Published 26th July 2017
Looking for adventure?
Bored of your usual 9-to-5?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you should think about TEFL – the job that will let you travel around the world and get paid while doing it!
You’ve probably seen loads of adverts like these all over the web for TEFL, each one telling you how wonderful TEFL is and how it’ll be the best career decision you’ll ever make and don’t delay now, sign up for the best TEFL course on the internet.
But do you actually know why you’ll love being a TEFL teacher?
To be fair, most of these adverts are actually quite genuine. You will find adventure and excitement being a TEFL teacher and it will let you travel the world and get paid. But even on a day-to-day basis there are a million reasons why being a TEFL teacher is a good idea.
Here are just five of our favourite things you’ll love about being a TEFL teacher:
1. The people you’ll meet:
The thing about TEFL is that you not only get to know the people you work with but also your students. You’re bound to make some solid relationships among the other teachers you meet along your career path, but you’ll also meet hundreds if not thousands of students who may also become friends. If you teach younger students, your friendship may not last very long as they move in and out of your classroom, but if you teach adults there is every chance you will find yourself hanging out with students (past or present) on the weekends. Just because they’re usually really nice people.
2. The teacher as learner:
Being a TEFL teacher is a massive learning curve. Because there are so many sides to the profession, every TEFL job is different in some way. You will need to adjust your teaching style to suit your circumstances – your students, the school, the community. What this means is that you are constantly developing as a teacher in terms of both your teaching skills and language knowledge.
3. Every day is different:
Just as every TEFL job is different, so every day in your job is different. Teaching is always going to be unpredictable, which means that you will never get stuck in a routine that you might in the usual office job. One week you may be teaching your students about farm animals and the next you may be preparing them for their annual talent show. In TEFL, anything goes (and you just have to go with the flow!).
4. Beyond the classroom:
More and more, schools and institutions are realising that learning takes places beyond the four walls of the classroom. Learning English especially is something which can be accomplished sometimes even more effectively when placed in the real world. As a TEFL teacher you are usually able to get out of the classroom and take your students on an outing for educational purposes. In this way, you get to explore the town or city you are living in all in the name of work!
5. The downtime:
And of course, how can we forget about the time off? If you are working in a mainstream school on a fulltime contract, you will get the benefit of paid holidays! Need we say more?
So, there you have it. Just 5 reasons (out of many) that you’ll love being a TEFL teacher.