The TOP 10 Benefits of Teaching English Abroad
1. Make money to fund your travels
Teaching English abroad is reasonably well paid in most countries, and some Asian and Arab countries pay excellent teaching rates. Good English teachers earn enough to live well in the local culture and make trips on their days off to explore neighboring countries. For example, if you decide to spend 6 months in Prague, you get travel to Berlin, London, Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow and other beautiful cities in less than 2 hours.
2. Enhance your resume
Your future employer will love your CV if you can demonstrate culture awareness and your contacts all over the world. Your willingness to leave your hometown and country and work abroad is a big plus in any job interview. Prospective employers will know you have dealt with culture shock and that you’ll be able to use the experience you’ve gained in your new job. Working abroad shows that you can be flexible and resourceful. Also, employers will know that you have the skills to train colleagues should the need arise.
3. Make a difference to your students’ lives
Many of your students will see English as a means to improve their lives – to get a new or better job, to travel, to get to know new cultures, to meet new friends, to be able to talk to their kids’ friends… You will literally open the doors of the world to them.
4. Explore the world
As a TEFL teacher you can go to anywhere in the world and teach English there. You can spend a year in Prague, a year in Cambodia and a year in Chile. You will be able to pick and choose where in the world you will work, according to your preferences – Europe, Asia, The Middle East, South America...
5. Get to know the locals and their culture
There is no better way to really get to know local people and their culture than living and working with them. Students are eager to tell you about their lives, traditions, experiences, work and families. They will happily guide you through their city or village showing you the sites, the people and the landmarks. You will get invited to parties, weddings and festivals.
6. Learn to survive and thrive in a different culture
Moving to a different country is a life-changing experience. You will gain a whole new perspective on life. Expats learn that there are different ways of thinking and more than one solution to a problem.
7. Work flexible hours
In most teaching jobs you will be able to organize your time. Weekends are usually free, and you can negotiate how many hours you want to teach each week. And there will be longer breaks between the peak times giving you time to do your lesson preparation, enjoy a good meal and explore your new home!
8. Find out if teaching English abroad is a career for you
With many people, what started as a half-year sabbatical turned into a long and successful career. Other people taught for a year or two, got loads of experience, and returned home to different careers. Find out if you are a career teacher!
9. Have a break from your career and life at home
Looking for a change? Teaching English abroad is the perfect option. You can gain your qualification in just 4 weeks and start work immediately afterwards. Contracts are usually signed for 6, 10 or 12 months. You can choose the length of your break according to your needs and feelings.
10. Learn the essentials of a new language
Teaching abroad is a great opportunity to study a language in the country. Your students will be more than happy to teach you the basics. Of course, they will teach you some swear words first :-)
With Live TEFL you can also decide to stay after the course and start your teaching career here in Prague. The city is said to be the heart of Europe and Prague lives up to this name. It has wonderful sites, great views, friendly people, lots of culture, good food and cheap beer. People here are hungry for English as they need the language for work, study and travel. Living in Prague is relatively inexpensive (http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=Czech+Republic&city=Prague) and we will help you find a job and accommodation. The best Live TEFL trainees will be able to take advantage of our Teaching in Prague Job Guarantee.
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