Yes. There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t work abroad to teach English as a foreign language with a friend or a partner.
Among the tens of thousands of ESL teachers working overseas, it is relatively common to find friends or couples who set off to teach English abroad together. Although it is common practice, there are still a few things to think about before you both pack your bags and head to the airport.
The TEFL Academy training consists of an intensive weekend course and then you’re learning online. This means it is easy if you both want to train to teach English as a foreign language together. Your friend or partner can sign up to the weekend training event with you. Then you can study together to complete the online part of the course wherever is convenient.
Working together will mean you can help each other if you have a topic which you’re finding difficult to understand. It also means you are still in each other’s company even though you are studying. You’ll also be able to look forward to getting your qualification to teach English as a foreign language.
Finding a TEFL job where you both teach English as a foreign language in the same school might be difficult, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. However, if you pick a large city to work in there will be more than one school looking for TEFL teachers. Most major cities across Europe, Asia and Latin America have a high demand for teachers, making employment for you both much more likely. It is also worth remembering that in some destinations it is difficult for anyone who is not a native English speaker with a college degree to find an ESL teaching job. If one or both of you are in this position, a little research on the requirements of your preferred destinations should help you to make an informed decision on the best place to find work.
You can both work in the same city, but at different schools. This will probably be better than working together because you will meet different people and have a wider circle of friends and students.
One of you could also explore the possibility of teaching private students while the other one works for a school.
The good thing about travelling abroad with someone you know is that it will be a bit less scary and you’ll be able to share the costs of accommodation and other living costs like an Internet connection, food and electricity bills.
If only one of you decides to train to teach English as a foreign language, then your partner or friend may be able to get work doing something else. Hospitality is a field where English-speaking staff are often needed.