Are TEFL Internships Worth Doing?

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TEFL internships are no different to any other internships, and so your motivation for doing one would be the same. Doing a TEFL internship will provide you with on-the-job training and experience in a real classroom. It will help you become familiar with the TEFL world and comfortable with students, without having the added pressure of trying to impress your first employer.

TEFL internships will give you training in theory, as well as practical experience. You will be allocated a school where you will be given the responsibility to put the theory into practice and prepare lessons and teach learners. There is support if you need it, but generally speaking you will be left to your own devices to get through your lessons. Because you would have already done the theory, this time allows you to find your feet in the classroom and develop your personality as a teacher, without constantly being observed or evaluated. While doing classroom training should be an integral part of your TEFL certificate, an internship is able to offer much more time than any TEFL. When the internship is over, you will have the added bonus of already having a job on your CV – proof that you are capable in the classroom.

What’s more, internships are a safe way to introduce yourself to a foreign country. For the first few days, all admin and practical issues will be taken care of for you – no need for you to worry about any details, you can just enjoy the first few days of your new adventure. Internships offer an opportunity to get to know the culture of the country you are in. Often, language lessons are offered to the teachers to help them integrate into their communities, and cultural tours may be organised so that the teachers can get to know where they are living. This is a great help for people travelling on their own, who would otherwise have to find their way around by themselves.

It’s also possible you’ll live with a host family, which will open you up to a whole range of experiences you wouldn’t get in any other situation. Host families are a great way to immerse yourself in a culture. Usually, you’ll be in a more remote part of the country, which means that your host family will be valuable to you as a source of information and advice. It’s always nice to have a familiar face to talk to at the end of the day when you are in a strange place.

So while TEFL internships are not vital to your success as a TEFL teacher, they are a nice way to be introduced to the TEFL world and take your first step into the world of teaching and adventure.

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