Feeling a bit stuck? Looking for a change in direction? Are those feet feeling particularly itchy? In our opinion, 2022 could do with some adventure considering the past couple of years.
TEFL opens so many doors across the globe, regardless of your age or background. All you need is a TEFL qualification and the appetite for adventure! We could list hundreds of reasons why you should teach English, but here are our top 5 reasons to TEFL in 2022!
It’s time for a change
How many of us have put travel plans and dreams on hold these past two years? After a lot of being stuck at home at home, waiting around, and canceled plans, you might be a little bit fed up. We feel you.
But 2022 doesn’t need to be the same. It’s time to put those plans into action, pursue something new, and get out into the world! Maybe the past two years have helped put into focus what matters; you might be feeling dissatisfied in a job that doesn’t give you meaning, maybe you’ve been feeling burnt out and wondering if the grind is worth it, or perhaps you’ve realised your priorities lie elsewhere and your job simply doesn’t align with that anymore.
You’re not alone: in what has been dubbed “the great resignation”, millions of people have been quitting their jobs over the past year. Huge numbers of people have been handing in their notices in order to pursue new careers, ones that offer more fulfilment, a better work-life balance, and align more with their values.
We’ve seen the effects of this ourselves here at The TEFL Org, where interest in teaching English has never been higher. And, considering just how many doors a TEFL qualification opens, it’s easy to understand why.
Get out there and experience the world
With TEFL you can get out there and experience the world. Take our course tutors and staff here at The TEFL Org HQ, for example. They’ve taught English all over, in countries such as Spain, China, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, South Korea, and many, many more (we’d be here all day listing each one!).
Get TEFL qualified now and later in 2022 you could find yourself on the other side of the world, experiencing a culture completely different from your own, trying new things and meeting new people. Explore the Tatra mountains like Katie did when she taught English in Poland, island hop in Indonesia like Helen, make the most of your days off and travel extensively like Joel in China, or chill out at a jimjillbang (Korean spa) like Sarah. Read more experiences shared by some of our 140,000+ course graduates over on our blog.
Not sure where to go? Find some inspiration with The TEFL Org Guide to the World, featuring over 70 TEFL destinations worldwide!
Live like a local
The reason why TEFL is one of the best ways to experience the world is because you become part of a community. You have the opportunity to live like a local and immerse yourself in a new culture.
To what extent you do that is up to you. You’ll find expat communities in most cities, but stepping outside of the expat bubble and making local friends can open you up to even more experiences. TEFL is what you make it; while home comforts can be necessary (homesickness is something we all experience!), it’s by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and pursuing new experiences that can make for a truly special TEFL adventure.
There’s huge demand for qualified TEFL teachers
According to the British Council, there are over 1.5 billion English language learners in the world. Lots of learners need lots of teachers!
With so much demand, as well as the high turnover of teachers who leave positions for other teaching jobs or return home, there are thousands of TEFL jobs available at any given time. Demand is particularly high across Asia, but there are also plenty of entry-level jobs to be found in Europe and South America. And for teachers with a few years’ experience under their belt, the Middle East offers the most lucrative salaries in the industry.
Becoming a TEFL teacher is easier (and more affordable) than you might think
Yes, there are costs to getting started in TEFL and relocating abroad. But you might be surprised by how easy it can be to get started and, compared to the cost of retraining for other careers, how affordable it is.
Let’s break it down into steps.
Step 1: Get TEFL qualified
To teach English abroad you need at least a 120-hour TEFL qualification. A quality TEFL qualification can range anywhere from £150/$200 to over £1,200/$1,500. Fully online and self-paced courses are cheaper options – like our best-selling 120-hour Premier Online TEFL course – and at the upper end are courses like the CELTA, which is studied in person and full-time over the course of a month. What course is best for you really depends on your circumstances and budget, but as long as it consists of at least 120 hours of study and is completed with a properly accredited provider, it’ll be enough to secure your first teaching job.
You can find budget TEFL courses online for under £100/$135, but we would advise you to exercise caution when it comes to these courses. There can be a whole host of issues with cheap TEFL courses and at worst they can be a complete scam. For more information read our posts about budget TEFL courses and TEFL scams.
Step 2: Start applying for jobs
As we’ve already mentioned, there’s huge demand worldwide for qualified TEFL teachers. This means that once you’re TEFL qualified you’ll find no shortage of jobs to apply for.
All of our students get lifetime access to our TEFL Jobs Centre, as well as advice from our friendly TEFL advisors and a free CV-checking service. Wherever you fancy teaching, there are jobs boards out there to help you find your dream position.
Step 3: accept a job offer and get your visa sorted
We’re not going to lie, applying for a visa and getting all your paperwork in order is the least exciting part of the process. But it’s something that a lot of employers will provide assistance with (and may even cover the costs of) – so make sure to ask!
The time it takes to secure a visa depends on the country, and processes can vary hugely. For some countries you must apply for your visa in advance, while in others it’s possible to get it after arrival. We always recommend that you research visas at the beginning of your TEFL journey to ensure you understand what to expect. Some countries have stricter requirements than others, and may require a degree or a passport from specific English-speaking countries. Find out more about teaching abroad without a degree and teaching as a non-native English speaker.
Step 4: make the move abroad!
TEFL qualification: check. Job offer: check. Visa: check. Now it’s time to book your flight and pack your bags! The sooner you get TEFL qualified, the sooner you could be stepping on that flight and jetting off on your very own TEFL adventure, so what’s holding you back?
For more information about the start up costs involved with teaching English abroad, see our guide!
Make 2022 your year of adventure with TEFL! Get in touch with our experienced TEFL advisors to discuss what course is best for you and the opportunities available with TEFL. Contact us on live chat, send us an email, or give us a call on +44 (0) 1349 800 600 / +353 19 011 793