If you’re reading this blog, you probably have some interest in TEFL. Have you entered the profession already, or are you deciding whether to begin teaching English or not? Here are 5 reasons why you should become a teacher of English as a foreign language:
1. Get the experience of living abroad!
Moving away form the nest to live in a totally new culture is a great experience. TEFL can make that a reality. If you’ve always fancied travelling a bit and immersing yourself in a new environment, then TEFL is for you. Of course, it is hard work too, but it is a very easy stepping stone into a new country.
2. Easy to qualify
TEFL training courses are from as little as one weekend to one month in duration. If you couple that with a university degree in any discipline then many countries will be well-pleased with your credentials. If you don’t have a degree, there are still options open to you.
3. Earn and save money
English language teacher’s salaries are often comparatively high – many teachers in countries such as Korea and Japan find they have enough money to live comfortably and have money to spare. Perfect for paying off those student loans.
4. Learn some essential skills
Qualities that are picked up when working in TEFL – teaching skills, language skills and cultural horizons – are good for the CV, and can enhance your career further on down the line.
5. TEFL could become your career
For many people, TEFL is their career. There is a surprising amount of diversity in the TEFL industry, and many teachers thrive on the thrill of changing countries every few years. Teaching English can also be exhilarating work. Your day to day life can be exciting and varied, and you get to meet a lot of people. It may start out as a one year thing, but new opportunities in new countries are always arising, so be on the lookout for new chances.
That’s my top 5 reasons for teaching English. What can you add to it? Let me know!