Teaching English abroad provides ample opportunity to explore the world. There aren’t many occupations which allow you to travel, experience new cultures, and have the time of your life all whilst getting paid. There are a number of ways to begin your TEFL career, one of which is to enroll in a program that could see you training to become a certified teacher, or even start teaching immediately.
If you’ve done any research, you’ll notice there are loads of programs out there – more than you probably imagined. To help out, we’ve compiled a small list of some of the most popular courses available.
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program is perhaps one of the most high profile governments programs ever. It sees at least a thousands of graduates make the move across the Pacific to teach in long-term placements at Japanese schools, usually as a language assistant. Being such an established and popular course means there are fairly difficult requirements, including a relevant degree. Only around 1 in 5 applicants get accepted. As a language assistant, your role will most likely revolve around helping out the the main teacher in any English-related topics. Usually, the teacher you assist will be an English teacher. It’s only really public schools you’ll be assigned to which means you’ll have steady wages and good job security.
And now onto yet another continent: South America – and, more specifically: Chile! The country’s program is, unlike the other two, entirely volunteer-based. You won’t receive any wages here. You will, however, gain invaluable experience for your CV as well new friends for life. Expenses are limited to flights and travel documents. Accommodation and food is supplied as well as a daily allowance to fund basic needs and travel. The organisation expects a lot from its teachers and want to see fully committed volunteers. Degrees are necessary, as is prior experience travelling abroad – without them there’s no chance of a successful application. TEFL training is another benefit which will prove useful even after your time in Chile.
Not all TEFL programs are run by governments. No, many are privately owned and offer a variety of options to teach or train abroad.
Based in the Czech Republic, and with placements all over Europe, Angloville is undeniably one of the best TEFL programs currently in existence. You could find yourself working in the likes of Poland, the Czech Republic, England, Malta, and many more. As a volunteer placement, you won’t be paid but there is free accommodation where you will be based in one of the fantastic venues – ranging from classy hotels to prestigious universities. You don’t have to worry about food either as everything is full-board and paid for. Unlike the above government programs, Angloville contracts usually only last between three and ten days.
Angloville also offers ‘scholarships’ – 120 hours of online TEFL training; 70, 140, or 210 hours of classroom experience; and a fully accredited certificate. Just like their normal volunteer placements, you can study your course abroad in any one of their venues. Benefits included are the same i.e. accommodation and food. Showing off one of these to future employers will undoubtedly boost your chances of being hired.
Don’t forget that you will need to pay for your own visa fees, insurance, flights, and other travel documents!
There must be something about the Czech Republic that makes it so popular with TEFL companies – maybe it’s the cheap cost of living, fascinating architecture, or good beer. Well, whatever it is, The Language House have set up camp here and offer a four week intensive TEFL training course, housing included. They promise course graduates that no TEFL destination will be out of reach. Prices are usually €1,450 but this can go up with added housing to an extra €880. Four weeks of classroom based TEFL training is seen as very valuable to employers so it’s up to you whether you want to pay. Courses are held near-monthly so be sure to check when the next venue is!
TEFL Courses Ireland
Last, but far from least, we at TEFL Courses Ireland have our very own program which might just interest you…
As well as our internationally recognized and accredited TEFL courses, we also offer teaching internships. Choose between the two tropical paradises of Thailand and Vietnam, get your housing sorted, an allowance of around $700 (you could live like royalty thanks to the low cost of living), and so much more. Oh, and let’s not forget the 140 hour premium TEFL certificate included in the price. The qualifications and experience you’ll gain after these will set you up for any job in the TEFL world and even help in other industries.
Just so you know, applicants require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and must be between the ages of 20 and 35. This is mainly due to the standards of the respective governments who state a degree is necessary to acquire a visa.
There’s a reason Southeast Asia is so popular with travelers, tourists, and students. With its sun-kissed sandy beaches, exotic wildlife, and buzzing cities you can’t help but feel like you’re in paradise on Earth. For €1,300, you can see for yourself why Vietnam and Thailand are the dream locations of many a EFL teacher.