Do you long to travel but know that you cannot afford to take time off work to spend weeks learning about and immersing yourself in a new culture? Even if you have to keep a full-time job going, there is a way that you can learn a new skill, and then use that skill to boost your income, giving you plenty of transferable skills that can be used in other career paths.
Doing a qualification in TEFL or teaching English as a second or foreign language may seem like a fairly niche skill, but it has plenty to offer anyone who takes the course. These skills include the ability to plan and manage projects, enhanced communication, decision making and organisational skills, and also how to impart information simply but in a fun and creative way. Almost every profession or industry can benefit from skills learned taking an online TEFL course.
Once you have your TEFL qualification, you can get to work straight away. You can set up as a private English tutor, using a number of online platforms as your virtual classroom. These online spaces usually ask for a small percentage of your hourly fee in recompense, so you are not committed to making payments unless you are earning enough to make it worth your while.
There are online teaching companies that you can sign up with. The company will find your customers for you, and pay you a fixed hourly rate for any work that you do. In exchange, you will be provided with an online classroom, and some basic support and assistance with connectivity and teaching issues.
The beauty of this type of teaching is that you can pick and choose your hours, and you can even fit your lessons in around your day job, which will enable you to save your TEFL earnings. In time, you could even realise that teaching online is viable as a full-time career. Once you have a nice nest egg of savings built up, you can use that money to book a month or so in the destination of your dreams, with the knowledge that when you return, you will be able to continue with your TEFL lessons as either a supplementary or full-time income.
Why not teach abroad?
Another alternative is to go abroad to teach English. Contrary to many expectations, you do not need to be fluent in the destination language – in fact, in some cases, you do not need to speak the language at all, although we recommend learning some greetings and enough to navigate public transport, grocery shopping and so on. While you will be paid a salary for your teaching, in most cases you will need a certain sum of money in order to get settled and established and survive until payday.
Taking a TEFL qualification can change lives for the better. Why not get in touch today and see how easy it is to change your life?