Become a Teaching Nomad
Want to Travel but can’t afford it? Want a change of scenery or change of career? Well, we all know that feeling. Many of us dream of travelling the world but not many of have the means or we simply don’t fancy working for a whole year to make savings and use our measly few week’s annual leave to just go back to the daily grind. Well fear not, we have the travel tips that you need to get out and see the world! …
In fact there are many ways you actually get paid to travel! If you are wizard on the slopes you could become a skiing instructor in the French alps or Japan; if you are a guitar virtuoso you could fund your adventures across Europe by busking; or perhaps you would be better suited to fruit picking In Australia?! If none of that is for you but you are a native English speaker you could easily become an English teacher abroad.
Native English speakers who can teach English as a foreign language are in high demand. This can be a great way to work whilst you travel.
How do you get started? Well firstly, you will need some qualifications, better so if you have a degree, there will just be more opportunities available to you if you already have this on your cv – but not to worry if you don’t, you can still do it there are just less employers out there.
The next thing you need is to pass your TEFL course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), don’t worry it is not as daunting as it might sound, just get yourself over to this great website (PassTEFL.com) which tells you how to pass your TEFL course in 7 days – yes just 7 days, it’s that easy, just follow the tips on that website.
So once you have done that, all you need to do is find a job. Since there is such a huge demand for teachers at the moment there are literally thousands of vacancies across the globe to choose from! Just take your pick: Thailand, Brazil, Turkey, Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, UAE, or even Spain… these are just some of the top locations to TEFL there are so many more, the world is your oyster. Pay and benefits will vary per country; many positions will even pay for your flight and accommodation too!
There are many types of positions to choose from, these vary from teaching kids in schools, to evening classes to teaching adults in business schools – whatever suits you. Positions last anything from a few months to a year, so if you like a place your in you could stay there or if not then you can line up your place and move on; 99% of jobs you can apply for online and do interviews through skype.
It’s a great way to meet people as well, as there are often groups of westerners in teaching teams, so you can make lifelong friends. As your experience grows so will the salaries that you can obtain, the stamps in your passport and the jobs on your CV and before you know it you will be a well-travelled highly experienced teaching nomad in demand in all corners of the globe.
So what are you waiting for, go ahead pass your TEFL exams and get out there, the world a waits!