Published 31st July 2017
If you have a comfortable job and you live a satisfactory life, the idea of becoming a TEFL teacher may never cross your mind. Becoming TEFL certified is not something which many people set out to do for their career so there is every chance that you have never thought about it seriously. Which is a shame.
Teaching English as a foreign language is a life-changing experience, which is why more and more people are deciding to leave the humdrum of their 9-to-5 and embark on their own TEFL adventure. Understandably, the decision to uproot your life and move to the other side of the world is not one to be taken lightly so here are our 5 favourite reasons to become a TEFL teacher to help you with your decision:
Travel the world as a TEFL teacher
There are few other careers that offer travel as such an integral part of the job as TEFL. Becoming a TEFL teacher gives you the opportunity to discover the world, either through your own travels to teach abroad or by getting to know other countries through your foreign students who study in an English-speaking country.
Challenge yourself as a TEFL teacher
The job of a TEFL teacher is very varied and you could find yourself teaching in a range of different situations: teaching English to children, teaching on a summer camp, or volunteer teaching, just to name a few. What this means is that you are not likely to get into a rut in your job because every week, or even every day, is different. What this also means is that as soon as you feel comfortable in what you are doing, chances are you will need to do something else – teach exam classes, teach Business English – so you’ll be constantly challenged.
Make a difference as a TEFL teacher
In the TEFL world, there are a lot of opportunities to give back to communities. It is not difficult to find TEFL volunteering opportunities abroad and if you are able to take a break from a paycheque for a while, volunteer teaching can be an amazing way to broaden your skillset and contribute to the local community as well.
Make money as a TEFL teacher
Probably one of the biggest reasons people decide to become TEFL teachers is to make money. It’s a job, after all. Of course, there are places where you may not make the most money, but if you choose wisely there are many different countries where you can earn big bucks while having the time of your life teaching English as a foreign language.
Have an adventure as a TEFL teacher
Last, but most certainly not least, a reason to consider becoming a TEFL teacher is purely for the adventure. Being away from the safety of your home town and your family and friends will force you to learn to fend for yourself – living abroad means even going to the grocery story is an adventure, and being able to immerse yourself in different cultures and communities is a guaranteed way to grow as a person and develop your independence and individuality.
So, there you have it: 5 reasons to become a TEFL teacher: travel, challenge, philanthropy, money, adventure – what more could you want?