So it’s 2017. Have you decided what the year has in store for you?
No? Well then, it’s time to get your TEFL or CELTA certification. Teaching abroad is the ultimate the gap year for all ages. You get to travel, earn money, experience different cultures and meet tons of new people.
Whether you need some time off before you start your degree or you are looking for a break from the humdrum of your daily life, here are five reasons why you should teach English on your gap year.
1. Get Paid To Travel The World
Yip. You read that right.
Armed with a TEFL or CELTA qualification, you’ll be paid to venture off to exotic destinations around the world of your choice for a whole year. Some countries like China will even pay for your airfare, accommodation and give you a bonus at the end of your contract.
Explore far-flung destinations like Japan or Taiwan while earning enough money to save or to help pay off your student loan back home. Whatever you decide, by investing in a TEFL or CELTA course the world is your oyster!
2 . Gain Valuable Work Experience Abroad
Are you struggling with finding a job after graduation? You are not alone. Graduates around the world have to deal with the harsh reality of the lack of entry-level jobs available.
Luckily, countries around the world are desperate for TEFL or CELTA teachers. According to the British Council, approximately 1.7 billion people are learning and using English, and this number will rise to 2 billion by 2020.
With this high demand for English teachers, you won’t struggle to find a placement, and it won’t be long before you are earning valuable work experience abroad.
Even if you didn’t study teaching and have no plans to continue it after your gap year, it still looks great on your CV. It shows your prospective employer that you are open to new experiences and challenges. Teaching abroad will also develop your communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills. All of which are valuable soft skills regardless of which industry you end up working in once you return home.
3. Experience Authentic Cultural Immersion
Imagine waking up at sunrise and watching a procession of monks make their way down the road to receive their daily alms. Experiences like these are one of a kind and are why so many graduates choose to teach abroad in the first place.
The cultural immersion is unparalleled and gives foreign teachers the unique opportunity to experience day-to-day life through an unfiltered lens. Your TEFL or CELTA qualification will let you live in the local community and expose you to a different side of the country that most tourists don’t have the opportunity to see.
And as you become more entrenched in the local community over the next year, you might find yourself invited to weddings, festivals and asked to participate in traditions that most people will never see in real life.
4. You Don’t Need Experience or Even A Degree
One of the best reasons to get your TEFL or CELTA certification is that you don’t need any previous teaching experience. As long as you are a native English speaker from America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or the United Kingdom and you have passed your certifications, you’ll be able to get a teaching placement.
While some countries like South Korea do require you to have a degree, there are still a bunch that will happily accept you without one.
5. Meet New People From Around The World
One of the perks about picking up and moving to another country or even continent is the people. If you spend your gap year teaching abroad, you’ll meet co-teachers from all corners of the Earth, fellow travellers passing through, and the chance to make genuine friendships with locals.
Some lucky TEFL and CELTA graduates have even found love abroad! It’s almost like a Hollywood rom-com just waiting to happen.
Inspired to teach abroad in 2017? Take a look at our some of the exciting job opportunities that are available through Saxoncourt Recruitment.