Soft white sands. Clear blue waves. A warm breeze carrying sounds of tropical birds and the whisper of gentle waves. Not a dream: just your everyday ambience in Seychelles, a country renowned for its beaches, excellent climate, and – now – its opportunities for TEFL instructors.
Since the early 1970s, Seychelles’s economy has been driven by tourism, which has enjoyed steady growth even throughout the 2008 worldwide economic recession. In response to increased English-speaking tourists arriving to the island, the demand for TEFL instructors has increased accordingly. Despite being a tourist haven, costs in Seychelles have remained relatively low, and a TEFL instructor in the country should have little worry about price-gouging practices common in tourist-heavy regions in Europe.
If you’re looking to get away from it all, Seychelles can certainly meet your needs. The collection of islands was uninhabited for most of its history, and many islands today still are. Even the capital city, Victoria, is a far cry from London or Birmingham: through distinctly European due to its colonial past, the the city houses only 25,000 people, which is still about 25% of the country’s total population. It’s not uncommon to travel by boat to reach isolated villages on their own islands, so your commute may be a bit more interesting than most.
For ample sun, surf, and stories to make your friends jealous, Seychelles is an excellent location to begin your TEFL career.