BEING A TEFL TEACHER IS BETTER THAN BEING A TOURIST

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For sure, one of the biggest perks of being involved in Teaching English as a Foreign Language is the travelling. You can choose where you want to work and you’ll be paid for living where you want to. But there are more reasons than the money why being a TEFL teacher is better than being a tourist.

You go beyond the tourist traps

Being a tourist generally means being in one place for a short amount of time before moving onto the next, with the result that you may never get to really know a place. Being a teacher and living in an area means that you will be able to visit the usual tourist sites but you will also be able to get to know other areas where you live. Visiting other places will be easy for you to do on weekends and during holidays, plus you will become familiar with the local hangouts.

You’ll experience the culture

Living in a place means that you will become a part of a community. So when there is a holiday, you will not only be enjoying a day off but you will be able to find out the reason behind the holiday. As a teacher you will probably be invited to numerous cultural events and you will get to experience the local culture like no tourist can.

You’ll make lifelong friendships

Being a TEFL teacher can be hard work, so you will find that the teachers you work with will become your best friends – the people you can talk about work with. These teachers will help you with teaching ideas, problem students, homesickness and just generally making sense of the TEFL adventure. Because it can be quite a stressful situation – living and working in a foreign country – and you are all in the same boat you know exactly what each other is going through.

It looks better on your CV

It’s always a bit difficult to explain any gaps on your CV and saying that you went travelling is not always a satisfactory answer. Instead, if you can say you were teaching English to children in India, it will speak volumes. Teaching is not the only skill that you will be learning and potential employers will realise that.

So the next time you are thinking of going the easy route and travelling as a tourist, rather think about how much more you can do if you decide to travel as a TEFL teacher instead.

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