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Building a Career Abroad, Teaching English as a Foreign Language

If I knew what I do now, I would have got qualified to teach English abroad sooner. Now I understand the many benefits of getting qualified as a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher, I want to save you time and share some information which could see you working and living comfortably, in many countries across the world.

(The following article does include affiliate links and I only affiliate myself with products and services I have used myself)


Although I'm not a licensed teacher from my home country and my University Degree isn't in English, getting a TEFL qualification has enabled me to work in 4 different countries whilst teaching English. It has also been of great value to me personally and has been an amazing addition to other skills and not to mention, has enabled me to develop in my own professional career.


Instead of writing pages on a topic which has so many positives for a person looking to move overseas, I'm going to cut straight to the chase and explain the benefits of getting a TEFL qualification and how to go about getting qualified.



Why Get a TEFL Qualification?


Possibility to work and live in every continent of the world - As a qualified TEFL teacher, you can potentially work in many countries across the world. The only reason why I say 'potentially' and many, is that you can basically use your qualification in EVERY country you are allowed to travel to, who don't have restrictions for foreigners. Even if your home country is an English speaking country, there are still those where English is not their first language and that said, every continent of the globe is your potential destination for work!


It's affordable - getting qualified doesn't break the bank and you can take a course for around £140 / $200 (when discounted), which will give you a qualification good enough to get a job. There are different qualifications available and different course delivery options out there but as a rule of thumb, most employers look for a TEFL qualification which has given you at least 120 hours of learning.