People take TEFL courses for lots of different reasons and there are many advantages in getting the qualification that will last your whole life!
We chatted to students and graduates and found the main reasons people decide to take the course:
1. Travel and get Paid
Most travel addicts battle with the game of to and fro. They travel to exotic destinations, soak up all the adventure has to offer, spend a load of money and then return home to work and save up for their next jaunt. But have you ever thought that you could have the best of both worlds? TEFL is a way to travel and get paid at the same time.
Once you have the TEFL certificate you can literally move around the world to teach in different exotic locations of your choice. Teaching English offers amazing flexibility and mobility. The word jealous doesn’t even come into it for those stuck at home in the office!
2. Great for Your CV
Having a TEFL qualification can prove to employers your confidence, your teamwork skills and your ability to adapt to different environments and scenarios. Having a TEFL qualification along with experience teaching in a foreign country can put you one step ahead of the competition when it comes to applying for a job. Those with experience handling a classroom environment have essential skills that are transferable to many careers; presentation skills, multi-tasking, diplomacy, social and integration skills. Not to mention the incredible life experience you will gain working and living in a different culture.
3. Immerse Yourself in a Different Culture
Teaching English can be a great way to really experience a different culture. As a traveller, at times you feel like you are just passing through, seeing sights, going to bars and meeting other travellers. But if you really want to get to know a country and it’s locals, teaching English is a fantastic means of interaction.
4. Give Something Back
As a teacher, there’s a real sense of giving something back. Giving the children the gift of English language can make a difference to their future and seeing their English improve week on week as they grow in confidence and start to string sentences together is incredible. In many parts of Asia, learning English is key to a successful career in whatever field they choose. Helping to brighten the futures of locals in in another country is a very rewarding feeling.
5. Perfect Timing with the World Economy
At the moment, Asia is literally crying out for English teachers. It’s an essential skill for many youngsters in developing Asian economies and there are not enough teachers to fill the jobs! Thailand, Vietnam, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines are amongst the countries with the highest demand at the moment and finding well paid work is a breeze.
For those looking for a job in Thailand there’s good news; the government have just passed a new law which states that all school students must be taught English by a native speaker. Job opportunities are about to rocket! Most TEFL graduates find a job within one week of completing their course with S.E.A Backpacker Island TEFL.
6. High Wages – Low Cost of Living
Although wages can vary depending on what location you decide to teach, most teachers afford a very comfortable lifestyle. In Thailand, wages can be as high as 50,000 baht (approx $1,660 USD) per month in Bangkok and averaging around 30,000 baht (approx $1,000 USD) in more rural areas. With the low cost of living in Thailand, teachers are able to afford a fantastic lifestyle, eating out every night and travelling extensively at weekends and holidays.
If you’re looking for the big bucks, some TEFL graduates take their certificate to Taiwan, Korea or China. With booming economies in these countries, learning English is taken very seriously and there is extremely high demand for qualified English teachers. Teachers can earn up to a whopping $3,000 dollars a month working in the bigger cities plus accommodation and 10 weeks paid holiday a year!
There are also private lessons to consider. One major part of the TEFL course is learning how to market yourself by advertising to local business whose staff need to improve their English. For private lessons you can anywhere from $10 to $30 per hour.
7. Lots of Free Time
Many fully fledged teachers only work on average four hours a day – leaving plenty of time to get to know a different culture, developing creative skills, hobbies and of course travelling! Many young people use their TEFL course as a supplementary income whilst they explore other life passions, such as travel writing, art, sport and exciting entrepreneurial ventures. The world is your oyster.
8. An Extra Income your Whole Life
Did you know that you can use your TEFL certification in your home country too? In the UK or USA, some graduates use their certificate to teach foreign nationals as a supplementary income. Many others rely on their TEFL certificate as an important skill to fall back on, particularly with the ongoing threat of redundancy and unemployment in the UK, the US and many parts of Europe.
9. It’s So Much Fun!
With enthusiastic, well-behaved children who are extremely eager to learn – teaching is a job that is a pleasure rather than a chore. Teaching English as a career attracts many interesting, adventurous and creative people that will become your colleagues, travel buddies and friends. For many people, taking a TEFL course is a life-changing experience.
What are you waiting for?