Teach Abroad in 2016 – Become A TEFL Teacher
Have you ever sat down on a Sunday morning with a cup of tea and not a care in the world? Do you look up at the skies and watch the planes fly by and think ‘I want to go abroad? I want to start a new life. My friend is in Asia teaching, is it something I could do?’ Maybe I’m just to old, maybe I’m not clever enough to become a teacher. The year is 2016 time to travel and see the world.
If you answered yes to any of the above then it’s time to get your backside into gear and move on. Carry on reading to see if this is something you would like to do in your life. Teaching abroad is fun, go for it.
We have listed 7 reasons that might change your mind, so that you get off your backside, change your life, and become a foreign language teacher.
- You are moping around at home doing nothing.
- It’s easier than you think to become a TEFL teacher
- Your spouse left you
- Your career is dragging
- You want to inspire a generation
- You would like to learn a new skill
- You would like to live like you are on another planet.
1. You Are Moping Around At Home Watching Karl Pilkington’s An Idiot Abroad
It’s 2016 and you don’t have a partner. You don’t have a mortgage. You don’t have any children. You don’t have a great job. You look out the window of the bus (or car!) everyday wishing you could do something. You have a degree, that currently is a worthless piece of paper sitting in the top draw of your desk and it’s doing absolutely nothing. It’s screaming at you – ‘use me, I cost thousands of pounds, I’m wasting away’. Your friends mock you for not having a life.
I had all of these thoughts as well, and do you know what I did? I booked a tefl course and flight, and got the hell out of England. Now, I consider myself to have a much more accomplished life. That’s why I’m sat here trying to give you reasons to go and teach abroad this year (year of the monkey in China).
2. It’s Easier Than You Think To Become A TEFL Teacher
You have nothing to lose, sure you have a career, but is that’s all that’s stopping you? If you have a good head on you, and you are reasonably educated you sure can find a job teaching abroad. One requirement that you may need to undertake is a special teaching course such as a TEFL / DELTA / CELTA. These are quite often easy to complete and you can find numerous amounts of courses on the internet or even the country that you want to teach.
Some courses run for three weeks in-house with teaching experiences in schools, and some courses are cheap online courses, that may not even be accredited. Check out every last detail of a course before you join one.
3. Your Spouse Left You
So what? Then pack your bag and get going. Sure you will think about your ex, but teaching abroad will give you a new lease of life. There are many students out there crying out for someone like you. You will make them happy from the very first day they meet you until the day you leave, if you leave. And there’s many opportunities to teach at a level that you want to teach. From nursery and KS1 all the way up to college and universities.
Besides there is a huge chance you will find a new girlfriend or boyfriend in Asia. Some of the people love the blonde hair and blue eyes characteristics. This will get you a few steps ahead. Be careful when you start dating, don’t put your heart on your sleeve. Check out tinybudda’s guide on how to get over a break up.
4. Your Career Is Dragging At Home
Are you at a loss at work? The young guy who’s only been at your company for under a year, get’s a promotion – he’s now your boss. This has officially become a dead-end job. Time to move forwards and see where a new career may take you.
Asia seeks and welcomes people 40 years and over. Companies love working with mature adults; males and females. This is because they are less of a threat to students than your average 18 year old, who’s teaching just to get drunk. This impedes on the children’s learning, especially with hungover teachers. They want responsible mature teachers like you so apply today.
All children deserve a good education whether that be in the countryside of Africa, or the inner-suburbs of Birmingham. You can also volunteer to teacher. But don’t volunteer in a country that already pays to have a teacher. If you are volunteering, and another teacher, at another school is teaching for $1000 dollars a month, wouldn’t you be pissed off?
5. You Want To Inspire A Generation
Some of the countries that you may come across, when searching for TEFL jobs to teach abroad, have very little for students to do. Many students will throw themselves at the opportunity to learn English from a foreign teacher. They believe that this can help them in their future career, and in some cases it will.
For example, a student learning English in the countryside will eventually end up working in big cities, in the tourism sector. This will be because you helped them on their way (and of course because of their own ability).
Today in the 21st century there are still hundreds of thousands of children that are unable to speak a word of English, say the alphabet, or even count to 10. At home and abroad. You can help them. Some children will never get the chance, but others will, and you will be the one they need to change their futures and help them become successful.
6. You Would Like To Learn A New Skill
Teaching can be a very fun thing to do. But before you go ahead and put yourself in front of a class of 50 students, who cannot understand a word you say. Before you do that, you should perhaps take a course in teaching. The best courses are costly, but you can pick up a cheaper course that could adequately do the job.
Teaching abroad standards are getting much tougher lately especially in countries like China, so to put yourself ahead of many other teachers, you should take an accredited course. One example of course accreditation is to see if it has been accredited by the British Council.
Teaching can often be tiresome. Especially if you land a job with employers that you don’t like, but remember you are doing this for the students not the teachers. It’s all a learning curve, that you should keep and cherish. You may be employed directly by a school or through an agent. Naturally, you should do a bit of googling and research on these potential employers. Remember never give cash to anybody online or anytime for that matter.
And of course, as well as teacher training, experience is the best trainer their is. You will learn something new every day in your teaching career. You will think you will have something sussed but of course, you won’t and you will have to start at the beggining again. You are always developing as a teacher, whether that be through classroom management or your own teaching styles, remember keep learning. Go and see your co teachers, watch another class, get advice from anyone you can.
7. You Would Like To Live Like Your On Another Planet
If you really do want to go and live in a new country to try a new culture then teaching abroad definitely is for you. You will learn a lot. From peoples behavior, to their mentality which is influenced by tradition. And the best thing is, you only have to jump on a plane, and your life will have changed in no time.
You could teach in many corners of the world in places such as Thailand, and Myanmar to Russia and Spain and from Brazil to Africa. There are many opportunities to become a teacher and travel the world. Each of these countries will be like another planet to you. You will experience everything you didn’t think of, and you will become a greater person for doing it.
Some Chinese Culture
China has a big traditional influence over its people, girls will just marry for the sake of their families, people will abort baby girls in favor of having a boy, as boys bring home a lot of money to help the family. We see these things as wrong in the west, but the traditions and culture in China, believe this is the way (or was the way). The flip side to these traditions in China is that the Chinese peoples minds and behavior are slowly starting to change, for example in Shenzhen. One of China’s ultra modern cities, here sees a huge mix of traditional and modern behavior.
Final Words About Teaching Abroad And Travel
If you have been thinking about this for a while, then you should look further and see what’s out there. There are many opportunities, and if you have nothing holding you back then just go and teach abroad. The students will love you and you will have an epic time and adventure. Not to mention the travelling you will be doing.
Remember to check out Visa requirements for whichever country you decide to go to. Many countries require a degree (in any subject) as a condition of getting a job. Some countries don’t require this such as Cambodia. Check out TEFL courses before you decide on anything. Sign up for our latest jobs news letter or favorite our page. 2016 is your year to find a teaching job.