Teaching Abroad – What are the benefits?
Last week I flew from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. Not a big deal but the woman next to me was extremely interesting. She had just recently retired from teaching overseas and was full of travel stories about trekking in Nepal, her living expenses in Hong Kong, exciting budget travel through Malaysia and having her adult children join her in Asia. Not once did we speak of the fact that she had been teaching abroad – we only spoke of the benefits to her of being in a foreign country for over six years teaching.
Prior to traveling abroad she taught school in British Columbia, Canada and through a network of friends was offered a position in Hong Kong. She took a TEFL course, packed her bags and headed to Asia where she stayed for over six years. During her time off she traveled through-out Asia, visiting many of the countries and experiencing some very colourful events. Both of us agreed that teaching abroad for her provided many benefits she would never have had without her job.
Teaching in China, Brisbane, Vietnam, Guatemala and almost every country in the world.
Having my son teach school in Shanghai gave me a reason and a purpose to travel to China – twice! I am eternally grateful for the chance to explore Xian, Bejing and Shanghai, visiting the Terracotta Warriors, climbing the Great Wall and experiencing the explosive and colourful Chinese New Year. That’s just for me and I don’t live or teach abroad. My son has traveled extensively throughout China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and is currently heading to Thailand. All because he is teaching abroad. Did I mention he is being paid while he is there? He is not teaching English – he’s affiliated with a private school in Shanghai that teaches the British Columbia school curriculum. But many of his friends are English teachers who enjoy some of the same benefits he does.
We aren’t all teachers
No we aren’t all trained teachers but most of us speak English fluently and have a University Education or work experience that gives us the qualifications needed to take a TEFL course that allows us to teach English as a foreign language. You will probably be surprised as to how easy it is. It’s possible to earn money while learning as well.
Internships vs Online TEFL Training
After researching with a number of reputable schools and talking with a few teachers there’s mixed feelings about online TEFL training or being onsite in a foreign country on an internship. I believe it depends on the school you are associated with. One of the very reputable ones I have heard a lot of good things about is Teaching English Abroad with i-to-i and I suggest that you contact them for a brochure that describes the countries they offer training at as well as their online program. Click here for Request a TEFL Brochure
Countries offering TEFL Training with i-to-i
ALGERIA, ANDORRA, ANGOLA, ANGUILLA, ANTARCTICA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, ARGENTINA, ARMENIA, ARUBA, AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, AZERBAIJAN, BAHAMAS, BAHRAIN, BANGLADESH, BARBADOS, BELARUS, BELGIUM, BELIZE, BENIN, BERMUDA, BHUTAN, BOLIVIA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, BOTSWANA, BOUVET ISLAND, BRAZIL, BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, BULGARIA, BURKINA FASO, BURUNDI, CAMBODIA, CAMEROON, CANADA, CAPE VERDE, CAYMAN ISLANDS, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CHAD, CHILE, CHINA, CHRISTMAS ISLAND, COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS, COLOMBIA, CONGO, CONGO, THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE, COOK ISLANDS, COSTA RICA, CROATIA, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, DJIBOUTI, DOMINICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EGYPT, EL SALVADOR, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ERITREA, ESTONIA, ETHIOPIA, FALKLAND ISLANDS (MALVINAS), FAROE ISLANDS, FIJI, FINLAND, FRENCH GUIANA, FRENCH POLYNESIA, FRENCH SOUTHERN TERRITORIES, GABON, GAMBIA, GEORGIA, GERMANY, GHANA, GIBRALTAR, GREECE, GREENLAND, GRENADA, GUADELOUPE, GUAM, GUATEMALA, GUINEA, GUINEA-BISSAU, GUYANA, HAITI, HOLY SEE (VATICAN CITY STATE), HONDURAS, HONG KONG, HUNGARY, ICELAND, INDIA, INDONESIA, IRELAND, ISRAEL, ITALY, JAMAICA, JAPAN, JORDAN, KAZAKHSTAN, KENYA, KIRIBATI, KOREA, REPUBLIC OF, KUWAIT, KYRGYZSTAN, LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, LATVIA, LEBANON, LESOTHO, LIECHTENSTEIN, LITHUANIA, LUXEMBOURG, MACAO, MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF, MADAGASCAR, MALAWI, MALAYSIA, MALDIVES, MALI, MALTA, MARSHALL ISLANDS, MARTINIQUE, MAURITANIA, MAURITIUS, MAYOTTE, MEXICO, MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF, MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF, MONACO, MONGOLIA, MONTENEGRO, MONTSERRAT, MOROCCO, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, NAURU, NEPAL, NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES, NEW CALEDONIA, NEW ZEALAND, NICARAGUA, NIGER, NIGERIA, NIUE, NORFOLK ISLAND, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, NORWAY, OMAN, PAKISTAN, PALAU, PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, OCCUPIED, PANAMA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, PARAGUAY, PERU, PHILIPPINES, PITCAIRN, POLAND, PORTUGAL, PUERTO RICO, QATAR, REUNION, ROMANIA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, RWANDA, SAINT HELENA, SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS, SAINT LUCIA, SAINT PIERRE AND MIQUELON, SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, SAMOA, SAN MARINO, SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, SAUDI ARABIA, SENEGAL, SERBIA, SEYCHELLES, SIERRA LEONE, SINGAPORE, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, SOMALIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS, SPAIN, SRI LANKA, SURINAME, SVALBARD AND JAN MAYEN, SWAZILAND, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TAIWAN, TAJIKISTAN, TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF, THAILAND, TIMOR-LESTE, TOGO, TOKELAU, TONGA, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, TUNISIA, TURKEY, TURKMENISTAN, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, TUVALU, UGANDA, UKRAINE, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES, UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS, URUGUAY, UZBEKISTAN, VANUATU, VENEZUELA, VIET NAM, VIRGIN ISLANDS, BRITISH, VIRGIN ISLANDS, U.S., WALLIS AND FUTUNA, WESTERN SAHARA, YEMEN, ZAMBIA
How’s that for choices? I recently spoke with a cousin of mine whose daughter wants to teach English in a Spanish speaking country once she finishes school in the spring. She has plenty of choices based on the list above.
i-to-i TEFL offers …
- The worlds leading TEFL course provider
- Experience in training more than 135,000 people over the last 19 years
- More than 250 years of combined TEFL experience across staff, tutors and academies
- World renowned i-to-I TEFL training
- Training style to suit you – face to face, distance learning or a combination
- Recommended by 94% of tutees
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- More than 65 experienced tutors around the world
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All the best and happy travels everyone.
PS: Ask about their PAID TEACHING PROGRAMS!! They are offered in most countries and I think one of the current promotions is in Vietnam. Another is taking place in Brisbane, Australia.Click here for TEFL Courses in Brisbane
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