Published 18th March 2020
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic is a constantly evolving situation that we are monitoring closely. This article will be amended regularly and serves as a general guide on how the virus is affecting the TEFL industry.
Unprecedented demand for online TEFL teachers
As countries take measures to slow the spread of the virus, including the closure of schools, there has been a huge increase in the demand for online teachers. This is being felt especially strongly in the TEFL industry. We are receiving reports from companies that match up EFL/ESL teachers with students that they do not have enough TEFL teachers to cope with demand.
TEFL is fast becoming an ideal way for fluent English speakers to earn money from home during the pandemic.
Read our article: Coronavirus (Covid-19), Teach English Online and Earn Money from Home.
Our face-to-face courses
Anyone booking a combined course will be able to reschedule the 20hr face-to-face section of their course to a later date if their course is unable to go ahead. For those students with an upcoming course:
Firstly, we would like to assure you that the health and safety of our staff and students is of utmost concern and we are continually monitoring the situation worldwide.
As the situation varies greatly from country to country, we will assess whether or not a course will proceed on a case by case basis, which will be continually assessed.
If it is decided your course will not be going ahead, you will be contacted immediately and offered the opportunity to attend a classroom course at a later date.
Should the government advice of your area deem it safe for your course to proceed, we ask you to follow all advice and precautions provided to you included in the government advice of your area.
In addition to this, should you have travelled overseas recently, or should you or a family member feel unwell, please do not attend the course and instead contact us to reschedule your classroom course.
Please stay up to date on the advice in your location and contact us should you have any concerns.
Are schools still recruiting for TEFL teachers?
Schools internationally are still recruiting, however start dates are being pushed back until the end of the year. With travel restrictions in many countries we advise all students to check the government advice on traveling abroad in your country.
If you are considering a TEFL course or have just completed your course you can start applying for jobs, but please expect to not start your employment until at least autumn 2020.