As an English speaker, born into one of the de facto native English nations (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America) there are very few barriers for you to freely teaching English around the planet, in the global locations where English tuition is sought after in high demand – which is pretty much anywhere in the world, with the exception of Antarctica.
But let’s all leave the Earth’s southernmost continent alone, even if a burgeoning TEFL industry were to be one day considered there too.
Such is the international demand for learning the English language, that non-native English speakers also experience little difficulty in securing English teaching positions overseas – as long as their English language level is at C1 or C2 semi-fluency/fluency level.
Of course, the native English speakers will have the pick of the jobs first, but there are so many opportunities that our non-native English speaking graduates also successfully interview for teaching English jobs worldwide.
Many people choose to teach English overseas as a Gap year, some choose it as a way of taking a few years “off” while they go explore the world, and there is a growing trend for Baby boomers, and people born into the Silent Generation and Generation X, to use their TEFL/TESOL credentials in order to be able to live overseas; often teaching under tamarind-tree shaded sunlight and spending a portion of their disposable income on coconut oil massages and coconut water health drinks.
And then, of course, there are the migrating humans, that spend the summer months back home and who then fly to a much warmer part of the world to teach English when the first flakes of winter snow arrive.
Of course, though, it isn’t all champagne and caviar.
Teaching English can be an incredibly demanding job.
Students often have the superpower of zapping energy from you like crystalline Kryptonite. Your days might be long. You might nurture dark thoughts towards particular students, and one or two will inevitably be mirroring your exact same excursions of the mind.
But, overall, you will – in the vast majority of cases – complete that class semester that occasionally drove you nuts, and you will miss those moments in your life when you found yourself reaching out to other human beings and sharing your knowledge; to people whose future quality of life, very likely, partly depended on their attendance at your English classes.
So yes, as with any job there are pros and cons.
But regarding teaching English, who else do you know who can honestly state that they work a 4-day week and are then able to spend a long weekend off on an exotic island, such as (for example) Koh Rong in southern Cambodia?
If you are reading this and suddenly feel that ‘itchy feet’ syndrome of wanting to get the hell out of where you are living and traveling the world, you can! 🙂
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