I have finally completed my TEFL course.
This means I can teach English as a foreign language in whichever country I decide. Obviously, since I’m in school during the year, this deters my option of leaving immediately to go to another country.
So for now, I have the option of teaching abroad in the summer only. I could teach from 1-3 months, which would take up my whole summer. I have started planning early, so I will hopefully be abroad in the summer of 2015. This is so incredibly exciting to me. I never realized how easy it actually can be to go to another country even with a tight budget. The possibilities are endless and definitely in reach for everyone.
How much did it cost me?
My TEFL course cost me around $1200. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but NEVER buy a TEFL course package through places like Groupon or Living Social. This is a total ripoff and you can not graduate from an accredited course for $49. This simply does not make sense nor should exist.
Pay your dues now and you won’t have to worry about whether you’ll actually get a job or not. Also, it is obviously better to go through a place that is making you pay the regular amount because you know you’ll be getting a great education and teachers who actually care about you succeeding.
What program did I take?
The TEFL program I went through was the International TEFL Academy, based in Chicago, IL.
They were so incredibly helpful with all of my questions and I’m also able to receive their help for the rest of my life. The advisers are there to help you with your resume and also give assistance in finding a job.
The best thing is, is I am certified TEFL for life! I will never have to get re-certified or pay any extra dues.
I’ve also applied to 2 volunteering abroad programs that also work with teaching English abroad. One of the countries is Italy, where I could work at a camp and in return they provide free accommodations along with many other things. I get the experience of working in a different country while I am also improving my language knowledge. And obviously having this kind of experience looks FANTASTIC on a resume.
Need I say more? 🙂
So if you want to be abroad for a large amount of time but don’t have the money to spend to travel the world, obtain a TEFL certification through an accredited TEFL program and you will have an amazing future ahead of you. You can switch countries yearly, improve your language knowledge and make all of your friends jealous.
Are you interested in teaching abroad? Why or why not?
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