TEFL course providers help thousands of native English speakers embark on a foreign adventure every day. One TEFL teacher named Amy, originally from Surrey, has used her TEFL England certificate to work in Peru, Europe and Mexico, enjoying life there to the full by travelling and experiencing all there is to offer. Now settling in Valencia, when speaking of her TEFL travels in Peru, she said:
“I went to Cusco and completed an exhausting but exhilarating 4 day walk to Machu Picchu. I boarded a cargo boat full of cows, monkeys, locals, food and hammocks for four days and sailed down the Amazon. There, I spent a month in the jungle with teachers I’d met previously.”
Unlike anything you would experience at home, TEFL allows you to be hurled into the unknown – in a good way. In Mexico, Amy described her employment package as “amazing” as they received free accommodation, bills and great wages, as well as getting free breakfast and lunch at her school every day. Demand for English speakers all over the world is very high. There is a sense of urgency in learning English in some countries, as many see it as key in their international development. Penny Rollinson, a Director of Studies for Cambridge House in Spain, when speaking of the demand there stated:
“There is plenty of work for teachers, despite the current recession, as the Spanish are prepared to invest both time and money in learning a language…and so make it easier for them to either find work abroad or in Spain.”
She also described having a high level of English language skills as “indispensable”
TEFL is a fantastic way to fund worldwide travel, as wages and employment extras (like flights, accommodation and insurance) are often included. A TEFL experience allows for self-development, seeing the world and ultimately, the time of your life.