You’re bright, talented and generally wonderful. Mix in a TEFL certificate and you could do some pretty amazing things. Just check out what you could do with a TEFL course…
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See the world
There’s a whole world of colours, smells, sounds and experiences out there: from firecrackers echoing in the streets of Beijing at Chinese New Year, to the smell of street food wafting through Thai markets. Some people spend a fortune flitting around the globe, but teaching English gives you a chance to get paid to see the world. Japan, South Korea, Mexico, China… it doesn’t matter where you want to go, your TEFL course will help you get there.
This certainly beats the view from the i-to-i office!
Have you ever looked around you and thought ‘Is this it… Really?’ Well, it might be time to do something a bit more challenging with your life. No one’s suggesting you morph into Lance Armstrong*, but doing something more stimulating than staring at a computer screen for eight hours a day could be tempting, no?
Teaching English abroad is full of challenges. Hell, when you live overseas, even going to the supermarket can be an exciting foray into the unknown. Try it and you’ll find yourself working out bits of your brain you didn’t even know you had…
Experience new cultures
Have you ever been abroad and felt like an outsider peering in? Not when you teach abroad you won’t! TEFL is a great opportunity to live and work in one place for an extended period of time: you’ll be welcomed into the local community, get to know all its little quirks and before too long you’ll be an insider looking out.
Make a difference
For your students, good spoken English can be the difference between a high flying career in international business, or a frustrating life in regional bureaucracy. Your talent and your teaching could literally transform your students’ lives. And you’re not just being paid in warm and fuzzy feelings. You get cold, hard cash too!
Enhance your CV/resume
It’s stating the obvious, but teaching abroad isn’t the same as lazing on a beach for a year. During your time in the classroom you’ll gain marketable skills, like leadership, communication and organization skills. So, if and when you do decide to come home you’ll have an impressive CV/resume that will stand you in good stead no matter which career path you decide to go down.
Meet new friends
When you head abroad to teach you’re not just thrown into some unknown classroom and expected to sink or swim. There’s always some kind of support network available: from local teachers at your school to other expats, everyone will be keen to make you feel welcome. So, not only will you have some incredible experiences in your new home, you’ll have some incredible new friends to share them with too. And if you’re at all nervous, just check out this article, How to Make Friends while Teaching Abroad: http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-chalkboard/emmafoers/posts/559-how-to-make-friends-while-teaching-abroad
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*He beat cancer and won the Tour de France seven times. He’s pretty hardcore.