Published 23rd December 2015


Many people wonder if they would be a good TEFL teacher. Do I have the right educational background? Do I have to really love working with kids to be a TEFL teacher? Am I told old to be a TEFL teacher? While your brain might be abuzz with questions such as these, the simple answer is there are no specifications or rules for what makes somebody compatible with the TEFL profession.

Everyone has different motivations and reasons for becoming a TEFL teacher, some seek adventure upon graduation, some are looking for a career change later in life, and some have always had a passion for the education profession. No matter who you are, here are some top qualities that make a great TEFL teacher.

The People Person

Being an individual who enjoys the company of others and enjoys working in a social environment is a great reason to teach TEFL. From discussing your plans, strengths and failures with your peers to spending lots of time in the class with a myriad of individuals, you’ll never feel lonely as a TEFL teacher.

A Passion for Education

If you believe that education is a fundamental value that everybody should be entitled to then teaching could be for you. Having a job teaching English which enables the students to improve their professional and personal lives is highly rewarding. So if you want to change some lives and have a ball why you do it then TEFL should be at the top of your list.

The Free Spirited Adventurer

Of course one should feel passionate about teaching, but this might not be the prevailing factor in your decision to become a TEFL teacher. Many enter the industry simple because they enjoy the lifestyle and freedom and the joys and adventure that come with it. And as long as you work hard and don’t only see your position as a way to facilitate a lifestyle then take a TEFL course and live the life of an intrepid explorer.

Those Who Want to Make a Difference

Many people want to make a difference to the lives of other people but are often unsure about how to execute such desires. If this sounds like you then volunteering, or working at a charitable (or non-profit) organisation is a great way to give back to those who are less privileged in a way that can change their lives for good.

Don’t think that you’re not a natural candidate for teaching, as long as you have your own personal motivations for doing it and are prepared to work hard then nothing should stop you. Do a TEFL course and start your adventure today.