TEFL Scotland, based in the Highlands of Scotland, have announced the results of research carried out recently amongst approximately 3000 people from all over the UK. The research was in regards to dream destinations for teaching English abroad. The top 10 countries were:
6. South Korea
The huge interest in Japan and China is promising, as there are almost endless opportunities there for those who want to teach English. This is very relevant for soon-to-be graduates and recent graduates, due to the constant demand in Asia as a whole for native English speaking degree holders.
Obviously there is a great deal of interest surrounding Japan and China, as they were the most sought after destinations by far. The reality however is that this data was gathered from degree and non-degree holders, and the majority of TEFL positions in those specific countries will require the applicant to be in possession of a degree (of any kind) – not so much for the job itself but for working visa requirements. For anyone who wants to take a break after university or who is exhausted by the jobs hunt and wants to flee the somewhat stagnant market here in the UK, this is a fantastic opportunity. TEFL is a great way to earn some money, boost your CV and gain valuable work experience whilst making a difference to people worldwide.
Currently, TEFL Scotland lists around 150 jobs on their TEFL Jobs Centre, which is updated all the time. There are paid and volunteering opportunities throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and Central and South America. Varying contract durations (from one week to one year, or longer) make it a flexible travel option and many employers (in China and South Korea in particular) will include accommodation and offer flight reimbursements as well as give you a good wage. This makes TEFL a very inexpensive travel option.
All that is needed to enrol on a course is a native or near-native level of English speaking. There are online courses are an options, as well as classroom courses which run frequently in cities across the UK. It’s possible to become TEFL qualified in one weekend. For students who want to fund travel over summer breaks it’s really something to consider, with summer camp work available and short-term contracts all over the world – funding is available for students and those who have graduated within the last 3 years.
For more information visit: www.teflscotland.co.uk
TEFL Scotland, which also includes TEFL England, TEFL Wales and TEFL Courses Ireland, is the most highly accredited TEFL provider in the UK. They provide various courses which are affordable and widely accessible and provide people with the skills, confidence and knowledge to teach English abroad.