Finished your exams? Starting to think about your summer and what you will do next? Teaching English in Asia could be your next move – a chance to travel, earn (and save!) some much needed cash and to pick up some useful qualifications and experience into the bargain!
For those of you have happily made it through your final exams, it’s time for the rest of your life! This is where the fun begins. If you are keen to travel but not quite sure how you can afford to, teaching English overseas is worth some serious consideration. It’s as easy as doing a little research to find the right country for you, completing a TEFL course and packing your bags. You can see the world and get paid to do it. With nearly one billion people enrolling in English classes worldwide each year, the demand for English teachers has never been higher, making teaching English as a foreign language a perfect post-exam option.
More good news too – getting qualified couldn’t be easier. TFA Academy offer several different online and in-class TEFL courses – see http://tfa-academy.com/course.php for details (including our summer discounts). TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. You can complete an online course of 120 or 150 hours or alternatively you can opt for a 170-hour TEFL Master Course which is 150 hours of online training + 20 hours of face-to-face classroom training. Classroom TEFL courses take place over one weekend in a variety of locations across Ireland. Over the course of two days you’ll be guided through the finer points of teaching English to non – native speakers by an expert TEFL tutor and you’ll receive recognized TEFL certification upon completion.
Once you have the TEFL qualification, it’s completely up to you where you go and how long you go for. Your TEFL certificate is your ticket to teaching all over the globe. Options include teaching kindergarten in South Korea, kids or teenagers in Taipei, public school placements in Thailand or teaching adults just outside of Hong Kong. There really is a TEFL job out there for everyone (for a sample of current jobs on offer, visit our ESL jobs page at: http://www.teachersforasia.com/esl-teaching-jobs/. As an English teacher abroad, you can immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of your chosen foreign country. In China and Southeast Asia, most first-time English teachers can earn enough to ensure they live comfortably, cover all bills and have money left over to enjoy travelling the region.
With an estimated 300 million Chinese citizens learning English, the world’s most populated nation is also the largest job market in the world for teaching English abroad. Of all locations, China offers the widest variety of teaching positions working with kids, teenagers or adults in English language education across the public school, international school, university or private English school environment. In terms of career development and the opportunity to gain management and team-leading experience, China offers some of the best opportunities available to teachers and anyone who is looking to gain experience in Asia. Many schools provide free Chinese language tuition as part of a contract. Not only that, but China is one of the more lucrative job markets for teaching English overseas. There are several other major factors that benefit teachers such as free housing and airfare. But teaching English in China is so much more than just the job. The country is now seeing a lot more workers from western countries and beautiful cities like Shenzhen, Suzhou and Guangzhou are now being discovered in addition to the better known locations like Shanghai and Beijing. Living and working in China provides the opportunity of a lifetime to immerse yourself in Chinese culture and experience first-hand of one of the world’s greatest and most historic regions.
Vietnam, for example is a fantastic country to take your first steps as an English teacher in. It also happens to be one of the fastest growing job markets in Asia. It is a country that offers endless possibilities for work and travel. Ho Chi Minh City has hundreds of language schools and is by and large the most popular spot with English teachers. This cosmopolitan hub has something for everyone. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous you can go completely local, get a bike and zip from district to district around the city. If you fancy something a little more low-key, a rural location is worth considering. Schools across the country hire new teachers on a regular basis. Outside the big cities, you can spend your free time exploring the lush jungles, or lazing on the endless Vietnamese beaches. Another lure to Vietnam is the high number of well-paid jobs available and the low cost of living; most teachers earn enough to save if they choose to do so, making it a very popular choice.
Or you could consider The Land of the Morning Calm – South Korea, long established as one of the more reliable places to teach English. Its generous salaries, comprehensive benefits and friendly people have ensured it has stayed high on the list of preferred places to teach English. Most Korean schools offer excellent pay and above average working conditions. Generally speaking job packages include accommodation, making it a very convenient option. And the best part of Korea? There is just so much to see and do. Explore the cities of Seoul, Busan or Daegu with their bright neon skylines and endless array of food options. Alternatively, you can spend your weekends hiking in the plethora of mountain ranges scattered all over the Korean peninsula. Due to its well-established network of “native” (i.e. foreign) English teachers, there are so many options for activities within the ex-pat community. Teachers can join English yoga classes, trivia nights and baseball or football leagues in a number of cities.
Another not always obvious choice (but a good one) is Singapore, where teachers earn one of the highest wages in Asia. The city state is unique in its diversity of cultures and is known as one of the world’s cleanest, safest and most beautiful cities. Singapore has earned a reputation for being an expensive place to live and whilst this is true, as a teacher you’ll earn more than enough to live comfortably. Singapore’s equatorial location means year-round tropical weather. For those of you who love food, thanks to its rich cultural mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay, Singapore’s eating scene features some of the most fantastic food you’ll ever sample.
So what are you waiting for? Do your TEFL, choose your country and pack your bags. Contact the team at TFA Academy today and get the ball rolling – http://tfa-academy.com/#contact-area.