E      FRANC           POLAND          SPAINTeach Abroad:Top 10 TEFLDestinations                             i-to-i       ...
Teach Abroad!The Top Ten TEFL HotspotsIf you speak English and want                                             Contentsto...
Everything You’llFind in the e-Guide!Over the valley and through                                      Top Citiesthe hills…...
Spain    If you want to TEFL in Spain,    you’re not alone! Spain is                                                      ...
Money Matters... Show Methe Euro!Currency: Like most members of the EU, Spain’s officialcurrency is the euro.Salary & Perk...
FranceOoh la la! 80 million touristsvisit France every year, so theymust be doing something right.Get under the skin of th...
Money Matters... Euro-nlyLive Once!Currency: Like most members of the EU, France’s officialcurrency is the euro.Salary & P...
JapanMix a little sci-fi futurismwith plenty of technologicalinnovation, add a dash oftraditional culture, throw in a     ...
Money Matters... Yen, Yen, Yen!Currency: Japan’s currency is the yen.Salary & Perks: You can earn around 255,500 yen amont...
Thailand Given its full title, Bangkok has the longest place name in                                                      ...
Money Matters... You Bet YourBaht!Currency: The currency used in Thailand is the Thai baht.Salary & Perks: You can earn be...
China If the 20th Century was an American Century, then the 21st looks set to belong to                                   ...
Money Matters... It’s Yuan Time!Currency: In China, the official currency is the ‘renminbi’(RMB) and you will often hear t...
Poland Incredibly beautiful (and about to hit the big time in 2012 as it plays host to the Euro 2012), Poland is crammed f...
Money Matters... Zloty for YourThoughts?Currency: The currency in Poland is called the zlotySalary & Perks: Whilst TEFLing...
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Money Matters... You’ve Won!Currency: The official currency of South Korea is the SouthKorean Won.Salary & Perks: Usually,...
Vietnam GOOOOOD MORNING VIETNAM! It’s Asia Jim, but not as we know it.* From honking motorcycle horns on                  ...
Money Matters... Dong, Dong,Dong!Currency: The local currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamesedong (VND) Bank notes come in de...
Turkey Turkey’s desire to join the                                                                                        ...
Money MattersCurrency: The official currency of Turkey is called theTurkish lyra which can be abbreviated as TL, TRL or TR...
Brazil Samba samba! Brazilians have a strong family bond and families are traditionally large in size with many           ...
Money Matters... Keep it Real!Currency: The official currency of Brazil is called the real.Its sign is R$ and the abbrevia...
Things We’ve Learned Along the Way… From Us to You! Toilet paper… Imodium… A couple of memory cards… Get those must- haves...
•  earn how to cope with culture shock. Culture  L  shock and homesickness are a natural part of travelling  abroad. If yo...
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  1. 1. E FRANC POLAND SPAINTeach Abroad:Top 10 TEFLDestinations i-to-i 1...2...3...smile!Teaching English Abroad with SOUTH KOREA CHINA THAILAND JAPAN VIETNAM
  2. 2. Teach Abroad!The Top Ten TEFL HotspotsIf you speak English and want Contentsto live and work abroad, Introduction 3you’re in for a treat! In this Spain 4e-Guide, you’ll find heaps ofinspiration and information France 6on the top ten TEFL hotspots Japan 8around the world. So, with no Thailand 10further ado, let’s get going! China 12Behind the Scenes First: Poland 14Why TEFL?Teaching English abroad is not only an incredible way to South Korea 16fund your travels around the world, it’s also a great way tomake your mark overseas! English is the global language Vietnam 18of business, politics and economics, so teaching English toyour students will significantly improve their academic andprofessional opportunities in the many years to come. Turkey 20With millions of people eager to learn English, it’s time foryou to find your dream TEFL destination and start your TEFL Brazil 22adventure abroad!So… get yourself a drink, get a cushion to rest Things We’ve Learned 24your bum on and start exploring the top tenTEFL destinations of 2012! What’s Next? 26 Not a bad view, eh? ! Say cheese he came ra! Pose for t2
  3. 3. Everything You’llFind in the e-Guide!Over the valley and through Top Citiesthe hills… We’ve searched With many TEFL destinations, you can usually pinpoint a few of the top cities where you’ll find the best jobs and highesthigh and low to find you the pay. Opportunities can exist across the whole country, but this section mentions a few of the most popular cities for youessentials on the most popular to consider in your job search.TEFL destinations around the Destination Types & Weatherworld! You’re only human! The climate and landscape are a fair concept to consider when relocating abroad. If you love hotSome people are happy to travel abroad with zero summers and chilling out at the beach, you’ll need to knowinformation about their destination while others want the get it’s there waiting for you!whole enchilada when it comes to info! Well, this e-Guideis somewhere in between. You’ll get a great overview of the Foodtopics to consider when choosing your TEFL destination butnot so much that it will take you all year to read it! Some destinations are worth travelling to just for the food! Travelling abroad is not only an eye opening experience…Training & Experience it’s also a great chance to tickle your taste buds with incredible flavours and cuisines. So, enjoy the delightsWhat do you need? Every employer in every city in every abroad and feel free to try chickens’ feet!country will be different… so always keep that in mind!However, you can find a few rules of thumb to follow in TEFL Here If…these sections. Your best bet? Get top TEFL training to makesure you stand out in the crowd! Simply put… here’s a fun breakdown of whether you’d love living in this TEFL destination.Education RequiredDon’t worry! Employers don’t expect you to be a So, as always…mathematician or some literary genius! The educationrequirements usually boil down to work visa requirements. happy TEFLing!Teaching Types & OpportunitiesFrom teaching in schools to hosting private lessons, there areall sorts of TEFL opportunities abroad! While most TEFLerswill go down the schools route, it’s very common to pick upwork teaching English to business people… while some haveeven taught in nunneries!Money MattersThe currency, expected salaries and cost of living are alwayssomething to consider when planning your TEFL move. Howelse will you plan all your exciting weekend getaways!? ets! Teachers P 3
  4. 4. Spain If you want to TEFL in Spain, you’re not alone! Spain is r? one of the most popular TEFL de nt eve destinations around the world Cutest stu and there are incredible opportunities for you if you’re ready to bask in the sun, enjoy Spain might be in a crisis, but the TEFL industry is booming. Spanish some sangria & make Spain people NEED to learn English to your new home away from help them in the job market, parents are prepared to pay extra for their kids to have a home! good level of English because they need a high level to get into the best universities. The weather is gorgeous; blue skies for over 300 days a year. Training & Experience Barry OLeary Read more... Spain is one of the world’s top TEFL destinations and the competition for jobs is really high, which means you’re unlikely to get work there unless you have a high level of TEFL training and some experience of teaching English learners. So if you’re heart is set on sunny Spain, we’d Education Required suggest our top of the range EDI CertTEFL. If you’re an EU national, you can search for work in Spain the same way you would in your home country. If you’re not an EU national, you’ll need a university degree in order to get your work visa. However, we highly recommend you conduct your own research for visa requirements. Teaching Types & Opportunities Many jobs in Spain require fluency in English, so the demand for native English TEFL teachers is huge! In fact, English language lessons are compulsory in all state schools and while positions are usually only offered to the more experienced TEFL teachers, pretty much every town and city has at least one Academia de Inglés that Fancy a lu may employ less experienced teachers. nchtime d TEFL jobs in Spain can be found in any ip? number of different settings, from state schools and kindergartens to private tuition and language schools.4
  5. 5. Money Matters... Show Methe Euro!Currency: Like most members of the EU, Spain’s officialcurrency is the euro.Salary & Perks: Firstly, remember salaries & perksalways vary! The average salary will vary from €700 - Pick me! Pick me!€1,000 per month, but this will depend on the type of schoolin which you teach. Accommodation is usually not includedin your package. You can also earn extra cash doing privatetutoring, where you’ll usually earn €10 - €25 an hour. Destination Types & WeatherCost of Living: The cost of living will vary based on the Each city has its own unique charm and offers lots ofpart of Spain in which you live. In general, the cost of living opportunity for people looking to teach English in Spain.is reasonable but definitely not cheap. You should expect Spain is not a place to grow rich and save, but if having aprices similar to those in the Western world and make sure memorable time is more important to you than having loads ofyou avoid the tourist hot spots! If you do your research cash in the bank, Spain might be the perfect choice.and know where to eat and hang out, you can have some Spanish weather can vary greatly from region to region.significant euro savings! In the north you’ll find mild winters and summers, while the temperatures can be more extreme the further south you travel.Top CitiesMadrid - Spain’s capital is probably the biggest market Foodfor TEFL jobs in the country. It is one of the largest cities Tapas, sangria, paella… Mmm! Spain offers you somein Europe, and as the capital, it is home to many of the incredible flavours in both food and drinks. The best waycountry’s largest businesses and educational institutes. to sample a lot of different foods is to go for ‘tapas’ with aBarcelona - Perhaps Spain’s most feted city and capital of glass of tinto (red wine)! This is your chance to have loads ofCatalunya, Barcelona is also one of the country’s top TEFL different snacks, and it is usually served throughout the day.destinations. There’s a well developed TEFL job market in the Food can range from meat delicacies, like roast lamb andcity and the opportunities to teach English are largely varied. beef, to seafood if you’re living along the coast. Paella, oneEveryone from language institutes and state schools through of the most popular foods from Spain, gives you a wholeto businesses and private clients are looking to learn English medley of rice, seasoning, vegetables and usually seafoodfrom native speakers. or meat.Seville - Seville is the capital of the beautiful southern Things to try:province of Andalusia. While it doesn’t offer the sheer There are loads of incredible foods to try. Tortilla Espanola!number of jobs available in Madrid and Barcelona, there is You’ve probably had eggs, potatoes and onions before…still a well developed TEFL job market and the cost of living but the Tortilla Espanola combines these tasty foods intois lower, so you can live comfortably on a TEFL teacher’s one big omelette. It’s not as adventurous as frog legs butsalary. for many newbies in Spain, it can be quite unusual… but delicious. Bacalao con tomate is simply cold fish with a tomato sauce, a very popular and unique dish! Tinto verano is red wine with lemonade and is pretty hard to beat on aNot only am I learning more hot day (which is most days!)...about Spanish people, gettingunder the skin of the culture TEFL Here If...and discovering what it is that makes them You thrive in the warm weather and like a laid back lifestyle. tick, but Im also enhancing my It’s also an incredible destination if you want to learn career, my skills and building Spanish, as you’ll have the chance to practice all the time! something more than simply a 24 So… ready to get yourself TEFLing abroad? hour-a-week TEFL career. Check out internationally recognised TEFL courses today! Will Peach Read more... 5
  6. 6. FranceOoh la la! 80 million touristsvisit France every year, so theymust be doing something right.Get under the skin of this vast EFLand complex country famous e mon Tr Jadorofesseufor its art, food and berets as pryou live and work as a TEFLteacher! I am teaching in north-east France, in a city called Nancy. Fabulous place, where I moved after marrying a French woman ... of course!Training & Experience I did my TEFL course before leaving Australia in December 2007 and have completely enjoyed my change inA huge TEFL hub for teaching business English, most schools career. In Australia I was a senior manager, withwill want to see evidence of a high level of TEFL training. some background in training so, because myYour best bet for landing a job teaching English in France French is so bad, I realised that the only thing I could conceivably do was teach English. I love theis to take a level 5 qualification like the EDI CertTEFL. It interaction with the students, and the way theycombines face to face teaching, online tuition and vital are so keen to learn English!experience of teaching real English learners. If you’rebudget can’t quite stretch that far check out our 120 Hour Neil Powell Read more...Online TEFL Course & the 140 Hour Combined TEFL Course. Education Required A university degree is not required for a work visa, but it can help you find the best jobs. If you’re an EU national, there are no special requirements but you do need to register with the authorities once you have found your job. Teaching Types & Opportunities As with much of Europe, French businesses are increasingly seeing English as a key skill for their employees. In fact, legislation states that French companies have to put aside at least 1.5% of their payroll to employee training. Many private language schools are solely concerned with teaching business English – so a relevant business English certificate would be useful. Vive la France!6
  7. 7. Money Matters... Euro-nlyLive Once!Currency: Like most members of the EU, France’s officialcurrency is the euro.Salary & Perks: Your monthly salary can vary from€1,200 - €1,600 per month, and a business qualificationand/or experience can really boost this figure. If you want todo private tutoring, you can earn anywhere from €15 - €20 Youre not camera are you boys? shy,an hour.Cost of Living: In France, this really depends on whereyou are! If you’re living in Paris, always try and go for the‘prix fixe’ menu, as they offer you better value for money.Anywhere else in the country, you can get a meal with somewine for about €20. As usual, beware of tourist hot spots, asrestaurants will always be more expensive. Destination Types & Weather The weather is ever changing in France depending onTop Cities where you are. If you’re in the north, pack a parka. If you’re in the central regions of France, pack sunglasses, decentParis - Paris is many people’s dream TEFL job destination, walking shoes and a decent coat for the colder months. Ifand it’s not hard to see why. It is one of the most beautiful you’re lucky enough to be in the south, pack your swimwear!cities on the planet and the opportunities for teaching English It’s club Mediterranean time!in Paris are many and varied. You could be city-based in elegant Paris, sipping coffees inAs living costs can be high, you’ll struggle to save much cafes, or strolling through picturesque towns with the sun onmoney unless you land a well-paid job, but the experience your back overlooking vineyards... a tough choice to make!of living and working in Paris will more than make up for it!Lyon - Lyon has a population of around half a million Foodpeople and is regarded as one of France’s most important Tasting the foods of France is one of the other perks of livingeconomic and business centres. As is often the case, in this incredible destination (alongside the TEFL experience,economic success has brought a high demand for people of course). You’ve probably already tried a croissant, painwith an understanding of teaching business English. au chocolat or a croque-monsieur… but not in France!Montpellier - The southern city of Montpellier is France’s Things to try:fastest growing city of the last 25 years. This growth hasled to an increased demand for TEFL teachers as the Try every pastry available to you! There are far too manycity attempts to become a major player in the European incredible foods to describe, but here’s a quick list to geteconomy. There is a fast growing TEFL job market and it is a your mouth salivating: Tarte tartin (apple tart), soupe delittle less competitive than in other large French cities. fraises (boozy strawberry soup), chariot de fromage (a chariot of cheese!) and bouillabaisse (a fish stew). Should we bother mentioning escargot and les grenouilles... snails and frog legs of course!After 16 years spent in TEFL Here If...England, I decided to go back You want to sample a new culture while havingto France in 2009. I felt like the comforts of a Western lifestyle. Just makecombining my English knowledge with a new sure you’re motivated to get out there andcareer path. I am now an English teacher. I TEFL to a high standard while make newteach privately both students at all levels friends in a bustling environment.and adults. I am loving it! The i-to-i TEFL So… ready to get yourselfcourse gave me the confidence I needed. TEFLing abroad? Check out internationally recognisedDominique Papineau TEFL courses today! 7
  8. 8. JapanMix a little sci-fi futurismwith plenty of technologicalinnovation, add a dash oftraditional culture, throw in a We love Japangenerous helping of the mostpolite students you’ll meet...and you have the recipe for a Japan literally does haveperfect TEFL destination, also everything... something for everyone. You can teach inknown as Japan! the big cities and have western comforts. Up to date technology, gizmosTraining & Experience and gadget, mixed with hiddenThere’s a huge demand for English teachers in Japan, shrines and temples.so the amount of training you require depends on yourteaching experience and what you want out of your TEFL Paul Dixon Read more...career. If you haven’t had any teaching experience before,you’ll need to get started with a pretty high level course.Something like our top-end EDI CertTEFL or the 140 HourCombined TEFL Course would be ideal. Education Required With a degree and TEFL qualification, you should be able to find a TEFL job quite easily! Teaching Types & Opportunities Since the economic slump of the 90s, the Japanese economy has strengthened greatly. So the already-high demand for English teachers is increasing further. There is huge demand within private schools for business English teachers, and English teachers within state schools and kindergartens. There are also plenty of opportunities for private tutorials in public locations. In all, there are ample TEFL opportunities across plenty of locations across Japan. g the Risin La nd of un... S8
  9. 9. Money Matters... Yen, Yen, Yen!Currency: Japan’s currency is the yen.Salary & Perks: You can earn around 255,500 yen amonth and some schools will offer subsidised housing too.With such a high demand, you can also explore privatetutoring to earn some more cash on the side.Cost of Living: Japan has a reputation for being reallyexpensive, but food, accommodation and transport can bea lot cheaper than parts of Western Europe, Australia and Konnichiwa!North America. Eating at local restaurants and shopping atcheap markets (100 Yen Shops) can really help your yen goa long way! Food Rice is one of the most important ingredients in mostTop Cities Japanese foods, so if you don’t like rice, good luck! SushiTokyo – The capital city and the shining star of TEFL (rice wrapped in seaweed), fried rice (a variety of stir frieddestinations! There are plenty of TEFL opportunities at the vegetables and meat with rice), onigiri (rice balls wrappedmany language schools and institutes across the city. Many in sea weed), domburi (a bowl of cooked rice with toppingsforeigners live and work in the Roppongi district, so it’s a like tempura) and kayu (a warm porridge) are popular rice-good place to start looking for a job and a good place to based dishes. Japan also offers you incredible marinatedrest your head. vegetables, meat dishes and seafood galore.Kobe – Kobe is regarded as Japan’s most attractive and Things to try:cosmopolitan city, sat on a steep hill overlooking Osaka Bay. Weird and wonderful foods await you! Natto are fermentedThe rise in international businesses in this area means there soybeans with a pungent smell, but these slimy beans areis a constant demand for TEFL teachers with business English usually served with your breakfast of hot rice and sometimesknowledge. a raw egg. Mozuku is a hairy, stringy type of seaweed andKyoto – A Japanese urban jungle of types, what lies is very nutritious! Lastly… shishamo! It’s a skinny little fishbeneath modern Kyoto is ancient in heart and soul. With jam-packed with crunchy eggs! You just have to rip the head17 World Heritage sites, over 1,000 temples and plenty of off and eat everything inside of it!authentic Japanese cultural experiences, Kyoto satisfies allculture vultures! I worked with 8 different schools of elementaryDestination Types & Weather and junior high school grade and enjoyed the highs of spontaneous trips around the country,Japanese winters are sunny and mild in the south with after school activities with students and makingtemperatures steadily getting colder and snow falling some of the most fantastic friends ever as well as the lows of trudging to work throughheavier the further north you go. Spring and autumn hip high snow and sleet and getting lost in thetime are perfectly pleasant mountains. Throw in a few festivals, some seriouslywhile summer varies from good food and some close encounters with mountainwarm to extremely hot. monkeys and snakes and you have an entirely aweRainfall in Japan is fairly inspiring time from my life.consistent throughout Carly Adams Read more...the year, with June andJuly as the main rainyseasons. TEFL Here If... You are looking for true cultural immersion within intriguing traditions and customs. Consider that in smaller rural areas, English speakers can be hard to find, so you should be ready for an interesting and fun challenge! So… ready to get yourself TEFLing abroad? Check out internationally recognised TEFL courses today! 9
  10. 10. Thailand Given its full title, Bangkok has the longest place name in ff the world: “Krung thep mah- Miss T showing o anakhon bovorn ratanakosin her moves! mahintharayutthaya mahad- ilok pop noparatratchathani burirom udomratchanivet- I love this country. It was the best place, I feel, for me to come as mahasathan amornpiman a new teacher and new to living avatarnsathit sakkathattiyavis- abroad. The people truly are very friendly and there are plenty of Westerners here nukarmprasit”! Yep, try saying that you dont feel too overwhelmed that after a few SangSoms! by culture shock (although, Im trying to escape that now!). Training & Experience Jess Watson Read more... To tell you the truth, it’s possible to find a teaching job in Thailand without any TEFL qualification! But the question Education Required to ask yourself is… Do you really want to go down that route? Probably not! Thailand is one of the most popular Rule number one… a university degree is a must to get a TEFL destinations and with that popularity comes fierce work visa and legally teach English in Thailand. i-to-i strongly competition for the best jobs with the best pay in the most recommends you do not attempt to work in Thailand without popular cities. You want to make sure you stand out in the the correct visa, as you can get yourself into some serious crowd with a top qualification that shows commitment and trouble. Sometimes there are teaching programmes for dedication to TEFL. Additionally, without any TEFL training, people without degrees, so do some research and don’t what would you do during your first hour… day… or week make any brash decisions! If you’re desperate to make in the classroom? the land of smiles your new home, you can also research So, check out these internationally recognised TEFL courses voluntary TEFL opportunities in Thailand. and choose the right one for you! Remember, you can request a free consultation with an advisor to learn more! Teaching Types & Opportunities Also, if the idea of a supported package appeals to you, check out our Thailand internship opportunities. With 24/7 Tourism is huge in Thailand, that’s no surprise, so English in country support, monthly spending allowance and free teachers are always in demand because of it, good news accommodation, it’s a great way to start your TEFL journey. for everyone! The English Language market in Thailand is well established and well organised. A well respected TEFL qualification will make finding a TEFL job a little easier and will set you up for the challenges ahead.10
  11. 11. Money Matters... You Bet YourBaht!Currency: The currency used in Thailand is the Thai baht.Salary & Perks: You can earn between 30,000 bahtand 60,000 baht a month; however, this depends on theschool, the city and your experience. You can also earnsome extra cash through private tutoring and the doors aresure to swing wide open once you’ve started working at aschool. Look at wCost of Living: In a nutshell? The cost of living in Thailand we did tea hatis very cheap so your salary should go very far! A two cher!course meal and a cold Singha beer shouldn’t cost youmore than 200 baht! Internal transport is also incrediblycheap making it quite easy for you to explore the country inyour spare time. Remember, when it comes to day to dayshopping, the ability to haggle is a HUGE bonus! Destination Types & Weather Thailand puts the ‘hu’ in humid! Humidity exists throughoutTop Cities the country, so come prepared for this by perhaps leaving your oven door open when cooking! Destination types varyBangkok – A little obvious perhaps, but here’s why from intense city-based locations in central Bangkok to aBangkok is a top city. There are thousands of language hut near the beach in Chumpon! Pack your sunglasses andschools across the city, as well as TEFL jobs in universities, baby wipes!state schools and private business colleges. Bangkok is anamazing and crazy city to be based in, try it for a short-termcontract and extend if you love it, which we bet you will. FoodChiang Mai – Chiang Mai’s tourism industry is huge, and Where do you begin with Thailand? A favourite cuisine inpeople come from all over Thailand to learn English and the West, Thai food is even more delicious in Thailand. Don’ttap into this industry in hopes of a brighter future and higher be afraid of the markets... You’ll find the best foods there! Ifincome. Chiang Mai is stunning! you love coconut milk, spices and incredibly rich flavours,Phuket – THE place you think of when it comes to you’re in for a LOT of Thai treats. From tom yam kung (spicyThailand’s glorious beaches. A massive tourist destination, prawn soup) to tom kha hai (chicken in coconut soup) tothere’s a real need for the locals to speak English in order phanaeng (meat in coconut cream), get your appetite ready!to make the most of tourism in Phuket.. So, you should be Things to try:in demand in Phuket! This is also a perfect location for a It’s mind over matter! Kung ten is a very unique feastingweekend beach break on a nearby deserted beach… experience as you eat mini fresh water shrimps, prepared with loads of spices and extras, while they are still alive! Another treat? How about takaten? Simply remove the wings, head and legs off this deep fried grasshopper before dipping it in soy sauce and… bon appetit!I did my TEFL with TEFL Here If...i-to-i, booked a flight andcame out to Thailand to You see quality of life as more important than how much you try my hand at teaching. earn. You need to be non-confrontational also in Thailand; it’s not a place for the hotheaded and impatient, as it’s No regrets at all, best important to be respectful of local culture. Don’t TEFL here if thing I ever did! you like pointing at things with your feet; that is an absolute no no in Thailand… Gareth Openshaw Read more... So… ready to get yourself TEFLing abroad? Check out internationally recognised TEFL courses today! 11
  12. 12. China If the 20th Century was an American Century, then the 21st looks set to belong to at China. But rather than making Hard daiy e :- ) everyone else learn Chinese, the off c they’ve decided to learn English! Which is great news My experience in China so far has for TEFL teachers... been one of the best and also one of the most interesting things that I have done. Chinese hospitality is second to none, in Training & Experience the school where I am currently teaching we live in a building with other teaching staff. We have home-made A respectable TEFL qualification can go a long way! food brought to us, we get invited to their China is one of the biggest TEFL hotspots with a huge homes and have currently just came back demand for English teachers… but experience and from Sanming (South China) which is a training counts for a lot. If you want to get one of the best teachers home around 4 hours drive away ’ from where we live. paid jobs, you’ll need top TEFL training and/or teaching experience. Remember, i-to-i TEFL offers you internationally Laura Peters Read more... recognised TEFL courses as well as internships in China to give you solid teaching experience! Education Required Teaching Types China can be a tricky one! To legally work in China, & Opportunities you require a university degree for work visa purposes. TEFL jobs in China can be found in a However, many programmes exist to enable non-degree number of different settings, from state holders to live and work in China. The Teach in China schools and kindergartens to one-to-one Internship is a great example as it’s open to people tuition and private language schools. educated to the age of 18. You can learn more about the The rise in demand for business Teach in China Internship here. English classes in particular is due to more employers taking advantage of the huge growth that the Chinese economy has seen in recent years. If you hope to work in universities, you’ll probably need a degree and a recognised TEFL course. Great for aS12 afternoon unday stroll...
  13. 13. Money Matters... It’s Yuan Time!Currency: In China, the official currency is the ‘renminbi’(RMB) and you will often hear the ‘yuan’ referenced as well.Yuan refers to the actual currency units, such as dollars,pounds or euros.Salary & Perks: Like any job in any country, salarieswill always vary, but here’s a basic guideline for you.Private schools will generally pay higher (10,000 RMB)than government schools (about 8,500 RMB); additionally,salaries will always be higher in the bigger cities and for the Ni Hao!more experienced teachers. Sometimes your employers willalso offer you accommodation, flight reimbursements andbonuses! FoodCost of Living: The cost of living and your lifestyle choicesgo hand in hand! If you’re not looking for a 29th story Dishes vary between regions, but typically there is a greatpenthouse in the centre of Beijing, you should be fine! China variety from restaurants to street stalls. Chinese food iscan be a really cheap TEFL destination for the westerner, traditionally based on opposites, which is a fundamentalespecially if you choose to live like a local, using local concept in Chinese philosophy. It is not unusual to find hottransport and going to incredible local restaurants. A bottle and cold food paired together along with pickled and freshof water can cost less than 5RMB… roughly 15 US cents! or spicy and mild food. Things to try:Top Cities Skewered bugs, butterfly cocoons and rats from the night markets. Also, the ‘thousand-year-old eggs’ are not for theBeijing – An obvious choice really. The capital city is home faint-hearted! Coated in red earth, garden lime, salt, woodto around 22 million people with more people streaming ash and tea, these eggs and stored in airtight containers forin every day. It is one of the key centres for international 100 days!business and the demand for TEFL teachers is high. It is arelatively easy place for Westerners to live in with a big ex-pat community to help you settle in. TEFL Here If...Shanghai – The city boasts the world’s largest cargo port You want to sample a new culture whilst having the relativeand is considered to be the most important commercial safety of Western escape routes if things get intense. You’vecenter in mainland China. These factors, and also its status got to be motivated to get out there and TEFL to a highas a tourist destination, have fuelled a huge demand for standard and make new friends in a bustling environment.English teachers - especially those with experience of, orcertification in, teaching business English. So… ready to get yourself TEFLing abroad? Check out internationally recognisedKunming – The capital of Yunnan, Kunming is home to TEFL courses today!the headquarters of many of Yunnan’s biggest businesses,which creates a huge demand for English teachers. It is alsoregarded by many as one of the more pleasant Chinesecities to live in due to its location high in the mountains. It is so hard to believe that IDestination Types & Weather have now been living and work1ing in China for over a year....13 / 2 eAn umbrella… some flip-flops… a few bikinis… a big months now to be precise! Where has th plate all thatparka… stop throwing things in your bag! China is a time gone......as I sit and contem is with joy has happened in the last year itmassive country with a very diverse landscape, so the ms my and happiness.....this just confir veclimate will change as you travel across the Yangtze Riveras well as during the year. With cold, dry winters and hot,humid summers, you’re in for the best of both worlds! thoughts that making this big mo ! was the best thing Ive ever done Kate Fennell Read more... 13
  14. 14. Poland Incredibly beautiful (and about to hit the big time in 2012 as it plays host to the Euro 2012), Poland is crammed full in of stunning scenery, eager Dine out yle! students and easy transport Polish st links to help you see more of the sights it has on offer... Plus the beer is still cheap! Bonus! Having read one too many scathing posts on the internet, this came as something of a surprise. Poland, beautiful?! Huh?! But it really Training & Experience is! Over the past few weeks, Ive visited several A TEFL certificate is your ticket to Poland, as you’ll usually towns, each one built around a central need a reputable qualification to obtain a work visa (even Rynek (main square), all of which are if you have an EU passport). With the demand for English unfailingly beautiful. You find yourself teachers on the rise, it’s recommended that you get top gravitating back to them constantly. TEFL training to really stand out in the market. Experience Briona Cable Read more... can be useful but is definitely not a requirement so don’t worry! i-to-i TEFL does offer you Teach in Poland Internships depending on the time of year, so make sure you speak to a TEFL advisor to learn more! Just request a free call-me-back today. Education Required Due to the visa requirements and the high level of A university degree is required to obtain a work visa, so competition, you’ll probably need a top-end TEFL don’t take this lightly. While programmes may exist for qualification like our EDI CertTEFL or the 140 Hour non-degree holders, the general rule is that a degree is Combined TEFL Course to have a good chance of landing a necessary. As always, this is a guide so feel free to conduct decent teaching job in Poland. your own research! Teaching Types & Opportunities With a population of almost 40 million, there is no shortage of people looking to learn English, and their reasons for learning are varied. With the economy previously working against Poland, there was a rush of Poles leaving to more prosperous countries. Now the tide is changing, more tourists are discovering Poland, so there is a demand for Poles to learn English to meet the needs and prospects that tourism provides! the oldest is one of ld!14 loth Hall Krakow C ing malls in the wo r shopp
  15. 15. Money Matters... Zloty for YourThoughts?Currency: The currency in Poland is called the zlotySalary & Perks: Whilst TEFLing in Poland, you canexpect to earn anything between 1,500 and 4,500zl permonth, depending on your qualifications and any previousexperience. A small amount of schools may provide you withan end-of-contract bonus, but this is not very common.Cost of Living: Depending on where you choose to baseyourself, you can actually live very well on your salary! Time to hit theShared accommodation situated within easy reach of city markets!centres can be around 2,000zl per month which may eveninclude bills.Top Cities Food Vegetarians and cabbage haters – steer clear! Just kidding!Kraków – It almost goes without saying that Kraków is the While the diet in Poland relies fairly heavily on chicken,premier destination for TEFLers in Poland. Rated as one of pork and cabbage to bulk up dishes like stews and soups,the most beautiful cities by many visitors, there are so many Polish food is ‘hearty and nutritious’... you can’t go wrongstunning buildings, it’s easy to lose count. Rynek Glowny with those words. Poles take a lot of pride in their food andis well worth spending a little extra on a hot drink and festive meals, so it can sometimes take DAYS to prepare!watching the world go by. Its tourist status ensures there isconstant demand for TEFL teachers. Things to try:Warsaw – Living in Warsaw will feel like living on a Warm your bones with a hearty bowl (see…hearty, wemovie set entitled ‘Mediaeval Old Town’ and would be your can’t stay away from the word!) of Borscht, a type of purplechance to live in a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Royal soup made of tomato and beetroot. Don’t leave withoutCastle is the most prominent tourist attraction and stepping trying babka cake, pickled cucumber, Sauerkraut (pickledinto the Market Square is like stepping back into the 13th cabbage) and Pierniki gingerbreads. Yum.century, although much of the town has been rebuilt havingbeen demolished in the 1800s.Gdańsk – Situated on the Baltic coast, Gdańsk is Poland’sfourth biggest city, full of Dutch style buildings after the I am loving teaching in Poland -World Wars. Gdańsk is a huge industrial centre for the students definitely make itPoland, so there is need for teachers with business Englishknowledge and experience. worthwhile! The language barrier can be challenging, especially with the youngDestination Types & Weather children, but it makes it all the more exciting as each day is different andWe can’t say enough great things about Poland! Thecountry has an unfair reputation when it comes to the can be full of surprises!weather, but the reality is so different. Yes, the winters are Lisa Troy Read more...very cold, but this is typical in Europe, and Poland becomeseven more beautiful in the snow! Plus, the snow means theslopes are even better for skiing! TEFL Here If... You’re ready to embrace the Eastern European lifestyle, you want to practice your skiing moves on the slopes and you love a hearty soup! So… ready to get yourself TEFLing abroad? Check out internationally recognised TEFL courses today! 15
  16. 16. South Korea s ing live e Having English Changanguag language skills has become with l increasingly important for professional Koreans. Both wages and demand Im an English teacher in Jeju! And I love it, which makes the wait completely for TEFL teachers are high, so worth it. Ive climbed Halla Mountain, been to the Jeju Five Day Market, moved it’s a great choice, especially house, bought some warm clothes, explored for first time teachers. the beaches, been to a Buddhist temple, climbed another mountain, had a party, drunk too much soju, visited a couple of Training & Experience museums and eaten a lot of good food! Elizabeth Taverner Read more... There is such a high demand for English teachers in South Korea that Western tourists are often approached by locals to teach them privately! While those opportunities are great, you’ll need to get recognised training to get the best jobs at the best schools. And the competition is pretty fierce too, so Education Required you’ll need to get at least 120 hours of TEFL training with a recognised course provider. A university degree is essential to get a work visa and teach English in South Korea. As always, it is highly recommended Of our courses, the EDI CertTEFL, the 120 Hour Online TEFL that you take this seriously. Course, and the 140 Hour Combined TEFL Course are probably your best bets. Teaching Types & Opportunities It can sometimes seem that learning English is something of a national obsession. Early mornings in most major cities see a pre-rush-hour-rush-hour as students and business people head off for early morning lessons. Universities demand that all students pass an English proficiency test before offering them a place. And the school holidays see huge numbers of students signing up to join English classes at private language institutes. There are countless hagwans in Seoul, Busan and in pretty much any other city across the country. You’ll need a university degree to get your working visa, and although there are employers who will hire untrained teachers, a recognised TEFL qualification will make finding work with a reputable school a lot easier. Just a typical Friday16 night in South Korea
  17. 17. Money Matters... You’ve Won!Currency: The official currency of South Korea is the SouthKorean Won.Salary & Perks: Usually, you will earn 2,000,000 wonper month on a 12 month contact. Sometimes return airfare,free accommodations and other extras will be included. Youcan always try and negotiate better wages depending onyour experience.Cost of Living: South Korea is one of the few TEFL Boys willdestinations where you can save some serious money as thecost of living is very low and the salaries are high. A really be boys...nice meal can cost as little as 5,000 won… that’s just US$4!Top Cities FoodSeoul – Home to over 10 million people. It is South Korea’scapital, and its most important centre for commerce and Kimchi, Noodles, Banchan… you name it! Korean food isindustry. The opportunities for teaching in Seoul are many most noted for its many side dishes accompanying a riceand varied with language schools and institutes scattered base.across the country. Foods to try:Busan – South Korea’s second city. The number of TEFL Haemultang… a live seafood soup! In this dish, the rawjobs in the city is second only to Seoul, and due to its seafood is cooked in a very hot soup as it is brought to theposition on the coast it enjoys a more comfortable climate table and it’s quite delicious! Gejang is also another bit ofthan many of the inland cities. raw seafood, as you’ll eat raw crab with a bit of seasoningGwangju – Sits amid stunning countryside in the on it.agricultural region of Jeolla. It is also home to a numberof thriving industries and universities. The opportunities forteaching English are wide and varied, including TEFL jobs inuniversities and language schools across the country. This year has been theDestination Types & Weather best of my life. I loveWinters are pretty cold with occasional rain or snow. Korea. I love the people.Summers are lovely and hot with the majority of annual The culture, the mix ofrainfall occurring between late June-July – the monsoon traditional and modern, theseason. Spring is warm and runs from late Mar-May. guys and the fashions, theAutumn from Sep-Nov is warm & the most pleasant time ofthe year. food and mostly, my students. Sophie Roberts Read more... TEFL Here If... You’re looking to not only fund your travels abroad but also save a bit of cash! South Korea is well known for offering TEFLers a more than decent wage, so it’s the perfect destination if money is one of your main TEFL motivations! So… ready to get yourself TEFLing abroad? Check out internationally recognised TEFL courses today! e chitectur s prehistoric ar C! Korea ha 30,000B 17 datin g back to
  18. 18. Vietnam GOOOOOD MORNING VIETNAM! It’s Asia Jim, but not as we know it.* From honking motorcycle horns on her! crazy intersections to chilling Good morning teac out in a hammock, Vietnam is known to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and they’re still relative- I really like teaching ly unknown… so get in there here in Vietnam and while you can! never having been out of *If you don’t get the reference, get yourself watching an Europe before, Hanoi is a episode of Star Trek ASAP! hidden gem just begging to Training & Experience be explored. Vietnam’s tourism is fast catching up with its next-door Briona Cable Read more... neighbour, Thailand as more and more people are looking at Vietnam as their TEFL destination of choice. This is mainly due to the low living costs and the amazing variety of tourist hotspots to visit over the weekends. Getting ahead of the Education Required game with plenty of TEFL training, particularly bolting on A degree is a requirement to get a work visa and teach in specialist modules such as Teaching with Limited Resources Vietnam. While there’s a huge demand for teachers and and Teaching Large Classes. This will give you an idea of many travellers on tourist visas get approached to teach what teaching in a South East Asian classroom is like. Any privately, i-to-i does not condone this. You want to be really previous experience will always help you get the best jobs careful and make sure you follow the rules! but it’s absolutely not a necessity. Teaching Types & Opportunities Education in Vietnam is held in high esteem, and one that all in Vietnam strive to benefit from. The support of TEFL teachers is critical to continue providing the most basic of education to thousands of students who are now able to benefit from the free primary system. In Vietnam, education from age 6 to 11 is free (in theory), universally accessible and mandatory. Ha Long Bay18
  19. 19. Money Matters... Dong, Dong,Dong!Currency: The local currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamesedong (VND) Bank notes come in denominations of 200,500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000,100,000 and 500,000!Salary & Perks: You can expect to earn up to around18,000,000 VND per month and many teachers take onadditional classes out-of-hours for 315,000 VND to 525,000VND an hour. Whats for lunch?Cost of Living: Salaries aren’t high, but neither is thecost of living, so you’ll earn enough to get by and have afantastic experience at the same time. So, once you’ve takeninto account the low montly cost for your apartment, you’llstill be able to get a nutritious breakfast of Pho Bo (Hanoi Destination Types & WeatherBeef Soup), hop on a bus to explore a new city and thenfinish off the adventure with a few glasses of Bia Hoi! In Vietnam is a great destination throughout the year. The northother words... your TEFL wages will stretch far! has two seasons; wet with cool, damp winters between April and October; then dry hot summer weather between December and February. The south tends to be very humidTop Cities and wet between May and November, and the humidity continues as the rain dries up between December and April.Hanoi – Hanoi has served as Vietnam’s capital for almosta thousand years and is a rapidly developing city. There isstill a lot of evidence of its traditional charm too with plenty Foodof pagodas and temples. There is a less hectic pace of life inHanoi than Ho Chi Minh. Vietnamese cuisine is delicious, with a great variety to choose from. There are said to be nearly 500 differentHo Chi Minh – A bustling, dynamic and industrious traditional dishes that include exotic meats and fantasticcentre, Ho Chi Minh is the largest city in the country. This vegetarian options - all at ridiculously low prices! Theis where Vietnam meets the Western world with big hotels, staple of Vietnamese cuisine is plain white rice served withbanks, neon lights and a whole lot of character. Despite this vegetables, fish, meat, spices and sauces.cosmopolitan image, you can still find a fantastic bowl ofnoodle soup at the side of the road for pennies or a gourmet Things to try:meal still for a lot less than you would pay anywhere else. Pho is the Vietnamese name for noodleHoi An – On the coast of the South China Sea, Hoi An soup which is eaten at all times of the dayis home to around 130,000 people. It’s a large tourist and is especially popular at breakfastdestination with a laid back vibe that entices backpackers time. Also worth sampling is che, whichof all kinds. Therefore, locals are always in need of English is a cold, refreshing sweet drink madeteachers to meet the demand tourism provides. of sweetened black bean, green bean, mung bean or corn. This is served in a glass with ice and sweet coconut milk.I have been in Hanoi for 4 weeks now. I am TEFL Here If...teaching in a nursery school part-time and You like playing chicken while crossing theteaching i-to-i with 3 students. The school road! If you like a laid back lifestyle, like tois fun and hard work but more rewarding than haggle over goods and don’t mind dressing I was expecting. Life here is very different in a modest way to fit in with the locals, but my income £200 a week is pretty good Vietnam will be perfect for you! considering the cost of living. I found an So… ready to get yourself apartment for £220 a month and have been TEFLing abroad? Check out doing some short trips. internationally recognised TEFL courses today! Sean Usher Read more... 19
  20. 20. Turkey Turkey’s desire to join the s European Union has led to a udent huge increase in the number Eager St of English learners, so you can TEFL in the many state schools and English language Turkey is a marvellously rich country in institutes springing up around many aspects. In addition to the history and cuisine, Turkey is a country full of the country. natural beauty. With turquoise blue seas in quiet beaches to skiing in the winter and thick pine forests – nature thrives! A truly Training & Experience unique gem in the Mediterranean, and the only country which sits on both Europe and Turkey has become one of the Middle East/Europe’s top Asia. A definite must visit! TEFL destinations with a high demand for English teachers Naz in both state schools and language institutes. However, the level of professionalism in the TEFL industry has increased considerably in recent years, so it’s in your best interest to have at least 120 hours of recognised TEFL training. Any Education Required experience will always help you get the best jobs but it’s absolutely not a necessity. A university degree is required to get your work visa. If you do not have a degree, some employers may request that So, check out the EDI CertTEFL, the 120 Hour Online TEFL you enter on a tourist visa and continue renewing it, but you Course, and the 140 Hour Combined TEFL Course should be cautious of these types of employers. As usual, i-to-i strongly recommends that you follow the rules and are very careful! Teaching Types & Opportunities After years of being a slightly ‘Wild West’ TEFL destination, Turkey has become one of Europe/the Middle East’s (even the Turkish can’t quite decide!) top destinations! While Turkey is home to more TEFL teachers from the UK and Ireland than from anywhere else in the world, there is no official bias towards these teachers and there are opportunities for both North Americans and Australasians. Over recent years the level of professionalism in the country’s TEFL job market has increased, and you’ll now struggle to find a decent TEFL job lies Turkey Suppnuts! without a university degree and Fun fact: worlds hazel a TEFL certificate.20 70% of the
  21. 21. Money MattersCurrency: The official currency of Turkey is called theTurkish lyra which can be abbreviated as TL, TRL or TRYSalary & Perks: You can expect to earn roughly1,200TRY to 2,000TRY per month. You can also pick extrawork on weekends and evenings to increase your income.Cost of Living: The cost of living in Turkey is quite low, soyou can definitely live comfortably on an English teacher’ssalary. A three course meal can be as inexpensive as Teacher!20TRY! How do I spell...Top Cities FoodIstanbul – Often described as East Meets West, Istanbul Need we say more than shish kebab? Pieces of lambgives you the chance to immerse yourself in different cultures cooked over a charcoal stove… mmm, stop that salivating!as it’s the only city in the world to sit in two continents. Some How about doner kebab? Another incredible lamb-basedmight say this gives Istanbul a remarkable split personality dish, where the lamb is cooked on a skewer parallel to awhen it comes to the TEFL world! hot grill. There’s also Istanbul pilaf if you’ve had enough ofAnkara – Ankara is Turkey’s capital and home to many of lamb! Turkish cuisine (from your fresh dolmas to your richits key economic, educational and political institutions. Other baklava pastries) is absolutely delicious, so you’re in for a lotthan Istanbul, Ankara is Turkey’s biggest TEFL job market and of Turkish treats here!offers ample opportunity for foreign TEFL teachers. Foods to try:Izmir – Izmir is home to Turkey’s second largest port and is If you like the shish kebab, maybe you’ll be interested ina major tourist destination with over 1million annual visitors. trying kokorec, lamb intestines grilled over charcoal! You canThe city has lots of private language schools and offers wash it down with ayran, a cold yogurt based drink with justplenty of opportunity to teach English. a pinch of salt!Destination Types & Weather TEFL Here If...Central Turkey has bitterly cold winters and hot summers, You’re looking for 12 month contracts, free accommodationwith very little yearly rainfall. Around the coastal regions and the potential to have your flight costs reimbursed! Yeshowever, winters are warmer and summers are very warm! please!Make the choice between packing your umbrella and your So… ready to get yourself TEFLing abroad?sunglasses depending on which region you find work. Check out internationally recognised TEFL courses today! ... ish delight A rea l Turk I know! I know! 21
  22. 22. Brazil Samba samba! Brazilians have a strong family bond and families are traditionally large in size with many o! m, lets g extended family members. OK tea Brazilians have a friendly, energetic nature and share an I can honestly say that I have had some enthusiasm for celebrations! really interesting and unique experiences teaching in Brazil. Although I went to Brazil to teach what I found was that I Training & Experience was really the student not only learning about life in another culture but learning about myself, about my Brazil is definitely the dream TEFL destination for many own strengths and weaknesses and about stretching travellers. While the demand for English teachers is my limits, taking myself out of my comfort zone and high, TEFL training is really important in order to be challenging myself. competitive in the job market. There are many jobs for Hiten Bhatt unqualified teachers; however, TEFL training will increase your opportunities and ensure you’re prepared for life in the classroom. If you have teaching experience, a basic 20 Hour Classroom TEFL Course or 60 Hour Online TEFL Course can suffice. However, if you have little experience, Education Required you’ll want to specialise your skills on a top course, like the EDI CertTEFL or the 140 Hour Combined TEFL Course. You do not need to have a university degree to get a work visa for Brazil. Teaching Types & Opportunities Brazilian language schools can see hiring foreign nationals to teach English as an expensive option; however, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find work. You can find opportunities teaching in language schools, teaching privately and teaching families. Your career in Brazil is what you make of it, so definitely start researching! Your first step? Chat to TEFLers in the Brazil group on Chalkboard to network and get advice.. On a lunch break!22
  23. 23. Money Matters... Keep it Real!Currency: The official currency of Brazil is called the real.Its sign is R$ and the abbreviation is BRL. The real is dividedinto 100 centavos.Salary & Perks: Salaries in Brazil can range from 1,500real to 3,000 real. You’re likely to earn on the higher end ifhave experience and are teaching in the bigger cities.Cost of Living: The cost of living in Brazil is very low! For Making lifelongas little as 25 real, you can get a three course meal! friendsTop Cities FoodRio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s top TEFLdestination with a huge number of people taking English There are plenty of different types of food… ranging fromlessons in state schools and private language institutes. TEFL meat and seafood to rice and beans, so get ready for somehere between January and March to be on hand for the Rio serious grubbing! Acaraje, a popular dish served in streetCarnival! markets, is a fried ball of shrimp, black-eyed peas and onions. It’s definitely one to try when you get the chance!Sao Paolo – Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, seat of Feijoada is a very traditional stew with black beans andthe Brazilian Stock Exchange and home to the headquarters smoked meats and goes really well with a Caipirinha… thatof over 60% of the country’s top international businesses. Its is if you’re a lover of rum! Last but not least is acai, a berry-position as the country’s leading economic hub means there like fruit that exists in the western world as a powder mix! Inis a huge demand for TEFL teachers with Business English Brazil, you can find it on just about every corner!experience. Foods to try:Brasilia – Brasilia is the country’s capital and home to allof the apparatus of government. It offers experienced TEFL Fancy some shrimp on your pizza? How about Brazilianteachers a wide variety of opportunities to teach English in barbecue, known as churrasco, where chicken heart is onlanguage institutes and in the business sector. the menu?Destination Types & WeatherOverall, Brazil has 5 major climatic regions; equatorial, Olinda is a beautiful town.tropical, semi-arid, highland tropical and subtropical. Though Thats what the name means.Brazil experiences mainly tropical conditions, the south has "Oh! Beautiful." My studentsa more temperate climate even experiencing frosts andoccasional snow falls during winter! were amused that my name was Linda, so every time they spoke to me they startedMusic is massive throughout Brazil and has many differentstyles of Latin music like the bossa nova and tropicalismo. by saying "Oh Linda." A joke that neverHowever, it’s the funky beats of the Samba, Carnival sound, got old and sent us all into big smiles.which is the beat behind the daily life of Brazilians. Linda Woodland TEFL Here If... You are not a wallflower and want to party hard and sleep later on in life! TEFL here if you want to see the world’s smallest bikinis and if you have a ‘life’s a beach’ philosophy! Consider that Brazil rich/poor divide can be difficult to experience. So… ready to get yourself TEFLing abroad? Check out internationally recognised TEFL courses today! 5th largest look at the world! Take a ue in the 23 stat
  24. 24. Things We’ve Learned Along the Way… From Us to You! Toilet paper… Imodium… A couple of memory cards… Get those must- haves packed first! Okay, now that those are tucked away in your bags, here are some other helpful bits to Getting the less help you with your TEFL travels. off to a great st on art! With years of experience not only teaching abroad but sending thousands of TEFLers abroad too, we’ve selected the top ten tips for your TEFL-travels around the world… • ou don’t need to speak another language! Y In fact, you’ll be a stronger teacher if you communicate in English and create vivid lessons using things from the real world, such as pictures and objects. • top packing your life! Never take more bags than the S amount of limbs you have! It won’t get you far on your travels and you won’t have space to bring back everything you collect along the way! • et insurance coverage. Travel insurance isn’t the G coolest, sexiest topic, but it’s a necessity! If anything goes wrong during your travels (from losing a bag to hurting yourself in a crazy game of dodge ball), you want to be rk my here I ma work covered. So, don’t even think about travelling without it! W students24
  25. 25. • earn how to cope with culture shock. Culture L shock and homesickness are a natural part of travelling abroad. If you experience either, try talking to some of your fellow TEFLers first. Chances are they’ve been through the same and can offer you comfort and support.• e prepared for worst case toilet scenarios! A B recurring topic when travelling, it’s always worth it to carry a little wash bag with toilet paper and hand sanitizer. While this really depends on where you travel, it’s a worthwhile tip for anywhere in the world… even home!• mbrace cultural differences! Your experience will E be more rewarding if you see cultural differences as a meaningful challenge and an opportunity to learn about Such enthusiastic where you’re living. Remember, you’re not there to criticise students! or change things!• hhh… stop talking so much! As a TEFL teacher, S the less time you talk the better! You might feel you aren’t doing your job if you aren’t constantly lecturing, but students will benefit from practicing what they learn.• on’t worry… your students won’t be clueless. D It is very, very rare that you’ll walk into a classroom filled with students who haven’t already learned some English. A couple of decades ago it could have been different but today most students have had some training.• earn the local lingo! Take the time to try and learn L the local lingo and catchphrases. It can be really fun and empowering to take on this challenge! If you want to test drive your new skills, try ordering food at a restaurant or mmute even negotiating with a street vendor!• ry all the weird and wonderful foods! Don’t T The morning co start gagging and turning your nose up - well, you can sometimes! Trying exotic, new foods is part of the excitement so get involved!• tay safe! Remember, you’re in a foreign country and S your street smarts may not be that tip top… so be careful and always use good judgment! Join TEFL Chalkboard Want to know what teaching English abroad is like for real? Join our TEFL community Chalkboard to meet people who are teaching everywhere from Italy to Indonesia. Join us now 25