We all dream of traveling the world and experiencing different cultures.
For some of us watching the National Geo channel is just not enough, also heading to the most popular mass tourist destination is just not cutting it anymore.
So for our intrepid readers out there who want to keep that spirit of adventure alive a little longer or even better turn your travels into a full-time gig teaching English abroad then read on.
So let’s get into it already, here are 17 reasons why it pays to have “Teaching English abroad” on your CV:
17 Reasons for Teaching English Abroad
English, in the history of the human race, is the fastest ever spreading language. And 2 billion people (According to the British Council) are predicted to be learning or speaking English by 2020.
With that said English teachers are in ever-increasing demand globally especially in Asia. Both Japan and Vietnam have made it compulsory learning at the primary school level.
Need a degree to get a job? Some countries require a degree but there are plenty that don’t like Cambodia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Sth Korea, Italy, Spain or even Kazakhstan to name a few.
What’s required to teach English abroad is a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) certification.
The online course should be a minimum of 100 hours to qualify for most jobs. Courses range from around $400 USD online, then up to $2500 USD for the university level onsite training.
Some interesting facts: 1in every 4 people are learning English worldwide, over 100,000 English teaching jobs open abroad every year.
What better way to travel if you have a passion for helping others than to teach your way around the globe. Also, longer visas can be granted if you have a job to go to.
If you have minimal teaching English experience you can always volunteer to work alongside local teachers to learn. You’ll be welcome all over Asia.
Added Bonuses for Teaching English Abroad
When your travelling, teaching English abroad is a fantastic way to really immerse yourself in the local culture. And get to know the local people in a way that not many other travellers will ever see. Creating great relationships and memories that will always be with you.
Don’t forget the added advantage of while you’re teaching English, at the same time you will be gaining the knowledge of their local dialect.
It’s advisable also to at least learn enough of the local language to a basic communication level before you arrive to avoid any language barriers.
It really pays to have some experience with life and teaching English abroad. International organisations like Oxfam, Red Cross and Amnesty International highly regard people with international working experience.
Money Money Money
Teaching English abroad salaries depend on the teaching position held, your qualifications and the country where you’re located. Salaries can range anywhere from $500 – $5000 USD per month.
The Top 5 highest paying countries for teaching English abroad are Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and The Gulf Arab States. Definitely, do your homework (pardon the pun) before you go to avoid disappointment.
Another point to take into account is the cost of living in your country of choice compared to your salary.
Unless you have a fair bit of coin stashed away and you’re just doing it for the love. You at least want to break even at the end of the month.
Speaking of the end of the month, that’s when you’ll be paid. Be prepared for that when your planning and allow for a month of expenses in your budget.
Be prepared for an unforgettable experience, you will meet new friends and travel the world while getting paid for it. How good is that?
A great place to start your search for an overseas teaching position is at North American TEFL. They have a fantastic global network of trusted partners to help get you on your way.
So really it’s not so much a question of can I find work overseas to extend my travels longer. It’s what job to take and which country.
For our readers who are interested in gaining certification, our good friends at North American TEFL Academy run an online course. It’s straight to the point and simple to follow. They have offered a $100 discount for us, just use the coupon code “uplivity” at the check out to redeem.
So pack your pyjamas and head out into a life of adventure. And the satisfaction of helping others achieve their goals.
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