It seems like a faraway dream at the moment, but travel will be possible again. Whether it’s in a year or two, whether the way we do it goes back to what it was, or whether it will look different, we as humans will always feel the need to explore and push the boundaries of what we know. A lot of us do this by travelling and putting ourselves out there in unfamiliar situations and places.
Whatever it will look like, one thing is for sure. Travel will be part of us again. And when that happens, we want to be prepared to pack our bags and hit the road again. But of course, travel costs money. But what if you were able to travel and get paid as you go along? Teaching English allows you to do that easily.
There’s a preconception that teaching English abroad is for gap year students. But in reality, people of all ages do it. Whether you are looking to travel during a career break or to make travel your choice of lifestyle, teaching English as a foreign language allows you to earn money while you explore the world.
So here are three easy steps to prepare yourself to travel the world after lockdown and get paid for it!
Step 1. Get your TEFL Certificate
First of all… what’s the TEFL Certificate?
The TEFL Certificate is the qualification that a lot of language schools require you to have in order to teach English as a foreign language. You can get this certificate by taking a 120-hour online course where you can learn how to teach online or abroad.
You can take the course at your own pace, fitting it around your life commitments, and you have six months to complete it, so plenty of time. The TEFL Org is the most experienced and accredited TEFL course provider in the UK, and once you complete the course, you receive your certificate by pdf and hardcopy.
So now is the perfect time to prepare for your adventure. While we are all at home waiting for things to go back to ‘normal’, or at least as close to normal as possible, is when you should get your teaching qualification.
The course is normally £319, but TEFL Org are currently offering a 50% discount to my readers, so that makes it only £159.50! All you have to do is enter my discount code: ‘BROGANABROAD’.
Step 2. Applying for teaching jobs
The great thing about getting the TEFL certificate is that you can start teaching online before you set off on your adventure. If you start teaching while in lockdown, you will not only be able to gain valuable experience, but you’ll be able to start building up your funds for your adventure straight away.
Start applying for teaching jobs as soon as you have your certification. TEFL Org also offers a job board where you can find both full and part time teaching jobs online. They also advertise jobs abroad so you can keep an eye out here for when country borders open up again.
Step 3. Plan your travel adventure
After lockdown you will be able to start applying for teaching jobs abroad, and the experience gained from your online teaching will be invaluable. Countries in Asia such as China, South Korea and Vietnam are popular destinations for teaching English, and they offer a great base to explore the continent. Start reading travel blogs like mine about your preferred country now so you can decide where to go and make a plan of action.
If you don’t want to commit yourself to being in one country for a long period of time, you can still set off on your travels and continue teaching online as you travel the world. As long as your destination has a reliable internet connection, then you’ll be good to go!
Planning your adventure
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Disclosure: This post has been created in partnership with TEFL Org. As always, all views are my own.
Teresa is an award-winning travel blogger based in London. She’s on a mission to explore the world through responsible cultural and adventure travel, and through deeper, more meaningful local experiences. She’s a lover of adventure, the outdoors and everything food related, and she’s always looking for ways to make a positive impact through sustainable travel.