Fancy Teaching English Abroad – Consider TEFL

Written By: The Planet D

Fancy working Abroad? A TEFL certification course gives you the tools you need to start teaching English abroad in 2021. TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) is a great way to kick start your travels and the TEFL Academy has joined us to tell you how to go about getting started.

What’s on your bucket list? Can we guess?

We feel you. It’s not surprising that many of us have similar bucket lists or new year’s resolutions. Many of us are stuck. We have a job we don’t like. We do the same thing week in and week out. We are bored. We know there is more to life. And there is. 

To be quite honest, travel is one thing you can do for yourself that can tick off all those things. Travel, no matter how you do it, is an adventure. When you travel, you experience a new way of life, you meet new people, you are exposed to new cultures, you see how other people think differently. You will also understand yourself better – or maybe even change for the better.

Travel While Teaching English Abroad

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We know, travelling takes money. So why not work while you travel? If you teach English as a Foreign Language, you can travel the world while earning money.

In 2021 you could be teaching kindergarten in Beijing, in 2022 teenagers in Barcelona, in 2023 CEOs in Berlin. Teaching English as a Foreign Language allows you to live wherever you want, and you don’t have to sell your house to do it. 

Sound crazy?  Well, it is, kinda. But who doesn’t need a bit of crazy in their lives? And it might be out-of-the-ordinary but it’s most certainly not unachievable. Anyone can do it. And considering there are an estimated 1.5 billion English language learners around the world, there is no doubt that there’s a need for more people (like you!) to become TEFL teachers. And it’s so simple.

How to Take a TEFL Course

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All you need to do is take a TEFL course and become TEFL-certified. Find a reputable TEFL course provider – like The TEFL Academy – and sign up for one of their TEFL courses. These courses are either 100% online, 100% face-to-face, or a combination of both. With The TEFL Academy, your TEFL course is online but you have the support of a whole team of experienced TEFL tutors to help you through.

Plus there is also the option of doing a practical course – either face-to-face or online – to give you practical experience in a classroom (which is not only great for your confidence but looks good on your CV, too). 

The TEFL course will give you the foundations of teaching English as a Foreign Language: learning styles, teaching methods, classroom management and the English language. The practical course will give you a chance to test out your new skills in an actual classroom. Even if you have no experience teaching, the TEFL course is an intense course which will give you all the tools you need to teach your students to communicate in English. 

How to Find English Teaching Abroad

Once you’ve done a TEFL course, it’s time to start applying for jobs. There are lots of online job boards where you can find a TEFL job to suit you, or you can look on websites dedicated to specific countries if you already have an idea of where you want to go.

Your Guide to Teaching English Around the World

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If you are struggling to decide on a destination, check out TTA’s World TEFL Factbook 2021 which is a comprehensive guide of the best destinations in which you can begin your TEFL journey! 

Find a suitable job, apply, brush up on your interview skills, ace the interview, and then it’s just a matter of paperwork:

  • getting a visa
  • applying for a work permit
  • booking a flight
  • getting travel insurance.

Then you need to tie up any loose ends at home, pack your bags and hug your mom goodbye. 

Getting Started

If even just reading about this makes you excited, then you should definitely take a look into teaching English as a Foreign Language. While you won’t need bucketloads of money to start off with, you will need some money to pay for your TEFL course, your flight, and your first month’s rent, but other than that – anyone can do this. 

Right now TEFL Academy has a 60% discount for their Summer Olympics Speciale

Besides, if you don’t have money to take the first steps on this adventure, you could even teach English online from home for a while to help you put some cents together. This will help you save up a bit of cash but it will also give you valuable teaching experience. 

Choose the Digital Nomad Life

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If you find yourself loving teaching English online, when you’ve saved up enough for a flight and rent, you can choose the digital nomad life. You can jet off to wherever you want to go, and your students can be with you wherever you are. No time wasted on commutes, a flexible schedule, and you can work from the mountains of Italy or a beach in Goa – as long as there’s an internet connection, you can teach.

So you can see, travelling the world does not have to be a dream, no matter what your circumstances are now. If you are unhappy with your job or your living circumstances or your life in general, now is the time to make a change. Be brave and open yourself up to endless adventures as you travel the world teaching English. Regardless of whether you choose to teach in a physical classroom or a virtual one, teaching English is a rewarding career which will allow you to give your students the essential skill of communicating in English, while helping you achieve your dreams of travelling the world. 

Ready to live your best life? Take a deep breath, sign up for a TEFL course and get ready to change your life! TEFL Academy two types of TEFL Certification courses.

  • Combined Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours) Regularly $990 on sale now for $495 – this includes 20 hours of teaching practice and classroom experience.
  • Online Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours) Regularly $620 on sale now for $310
  • Find out more details here.

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About The Planet D

Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil are the owners and founders of The Planet D. After traveling to 115 countries, on all 7 continents over the past 13 years they have become one of the foremost experts in travel. Being recognized as top travel bloggers and influencers by the likes of Forbes Magazine, the Society of American Travel Writers and USA Today has allowed them to become leaders in their field.

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