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TEFL Home and Abroad

8 April 2015

We asked two of our recent graduates, Sarah and Charis, whether completing a TEFL course has had an impact on their lives and how, if at all, things have changed for them. While Sarah (29) ventured straight into teaching in Asia, Charis (23) managed to establish a routine of providing lessons on a one-to-one basis from the comfort of her home. Find out more about their adventures and how they think about teaching English as a foreign language below.

Sarah, why did you want to do a TEFL course and what were you doing before?

Before I took the course, I was working in PR and living in the city of London. I felt like I had reached a bit of a stop sign in the road, and although I loved my London life, I didn’t feel like it was going anywhere. I was looking for an adventure that would enable me to gain some invaluable life experience, whilst also learning a new vocation, and being able to save money all at the same time. I heard about the TEFL Org course through a friend, and as I had always wanted to live in a different country as well, it felt like a fantastic opportunity in which I could not pass up.

Did you study online or via classroom?Sarah Lakin
I studied online and in the classroom which suited me down to the ground. The 120 hour Premium TEFL course was thoroughly enjoyable, and I learnt an incredible amount especially during the 20 hours of practical classroom sessions.

How did this work for you?
The online course was extremely beneficial to my lifestyle as it allowed me to continue working whilst studying, and I even had my own personal tutor who supported me through the entire duration of the course.

What was your first TEFL job?
Since taking the course a short 9 months ago my life has changed dramatically. I started my first TEFL Job just 1 month ago, and I am now living and teaching in South Korea.

What was that experience like and what impact has it had on your life?
So far this experience has absolutely exceeded my expectations. I am working at a sweet little school just 5 minutes walk from my apartment in the bustling and vibrant area of Seoul, and I have met some really lovely people all of which have been incredibly helpful. Packing up my entire life and moving to a different country was a tough decision to make, but it has already been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had, and I cannot wait to see what the next chapter will bring. What a difference a year can make.

You can read about Sarah’s adventures in South Korea on her blog >>

Charis, why did you want to do a TEFL course?
Originally, I wanted to use my TEFL course in order to work and travel. Now, I want to help people to learn English, so that they may access more of the business world.

What were you doing before?
Previously I had worked in mainly administrative and customer service roles.

Did you study online or via classroom, how did this work for you?
I studied for the course online and I attended the 3-day classroom course, in a venue in London. This worked very well for me as I was able to study around everything else I was doing.

What was your first TEFL job?
I haven’t, as of yet, gone abroad to teach. I have, however, taught students from my home, on a one-to-one basis.

What was that experience like?
I found it difficult to think of lesson plans, at first, but once you get into a routine, it becomes very easy and enjoyable. I like to think of fun ways to teach and it’s interesting, to me, to watch a person’s knowledge grow; it’s very rewarding.

What impact has it had on your life?
The impact it has had on my life is a small, but warming one. I feel proud to teach my students and I hope to do more in the near future.

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