From Tour Guide to GLobal English Teacher

Since as far back as I can remember, I have always felt somewhat of a force pushing my life towards Asia, but as a young boy I had no idea how to pursue this dream and make it a reality.

Until sometime towards the end of 2017, at the age of 20, I was working a drop dead boring 9 to 5 job as a tour guide

in my home country of South Africa, when my friend planted a seed in my mind about teaching English overseas. I was intrigued and excited about the possibility to potentially achieve my dream. This seed grew quickly and as soon as I got home I did some research, and by some divine intervention I stumbled across The TEFL Academy which ticked all the boxes for what I was looking for in obtaining my TEFL certification. And so started the journey that I now know and love, which is my life and purpose in this world. 

After completing my 168 hour level 5 TEFL certificate with The TEFL Academy in August of 2018, with no teaching experience whatsoever, I got in touch with an agent in China and through them, I started applying for English Teaching jobs abroad. After a few interviews (if I remember correctly it was about 5) I finally had an interview with an amazing woman who would later turn out to be my boss. She was the principle and main shareholder of a private International English Academy in a city called Wuxi in

Jaingsu Province, which was very near to Shanghai. About one hours travel by high speed train. This woman and I instantly got along like a house on fire, and shortly after, she sent me my contract and offer of employment to be one of the English teachers at her school. 

I remember the emotions that surged in me at the time, because bear in mind that as a 20 year old in South Africa, it was and still is incredibly difficult to find a good paying job without any qualifications, and my salary for teaching at this school was going to be more money than both my parents and I had ever seen as a monthly salary ever before. And so I signed the contract, got my passport and paper work ready, and set off for my new job as an English teacher for an accredited International EnglishAcademy in China. 

Teaching English online is an absolute wish come true

I am indebted to The TEFL Academy because without them, I would never have gotten this opportunity of a life time which started my adult and working life off on its best possible foot. From September 2018 to September 2019 I worked at this school which gave me the experience I needed to continue and further my career as an English teacher. I now teach English online for 3 different global companies teaching kids from the ages of 2 to 3 years old all the way to the age of 47 (which was the oldest student I have ever taught) 

Teaching English online is an absolute wish come true because it allows me the freedom of setting my available schedule and it enables me to live my longest standing dream which is to work from anywhere while I travel the world and experience all this life has to offer. Doing The TEFL Academy’s TEFL course has been the the single most best decision I have ever made, and I implore you to do the same.

The world is your oyster and The TEFL Academy is your proverbial shucking knife. 

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