5 Reasons to try TEFL...

Are you fed up in that dull office job and in need of some motivation in your life? Have you always wanted to travel the world and make some cash on the way? Perhaps you’ve heard of this thing called TEFL where you can travel round the world teaching English and hopefully make a living, but how do you know if it’s for you?

No one is saying that you have to make a career out of teaching English; I know plenty of people who have given it a go, had a great time, and now gone back home to settle down, but here are some of my reasons why I think you should try it.

Madness in China...
Why not?
When I was travelling through Vietnam I’d only planned on spending a day in Nah Trang. But there was a bar there called Why not?

“Do you fancy another drink?” the smiley Vietnamese barwoman used to say.
“Sure, why not?” was the standard response.

Thanks to the laid back atmosphere, and the happy hour that seemed to last all night, I managed to stay three days. Some people I met there had stayed for three months.

What I’m trying to say is that if you don’t try TEFLing, then you’ll never know what you’re missing. What’s the worst that can happen? Okay, you get all the way out to South Korea and realize you hate teaching kids, then find a job teaching adults. You fly out to Mexico and can’t stand the hectic capital (over 20 million habitants), then get on a bus down to Oaxaca where it’s chilled. On the way to Australia you read in the travel guide there are almost 3,000 different species of spiders and you have arachnophobia, well, then you’re stuffed.

Give TEFLing a go. All you need is a passion for travelling (who doesn’t these days), and an interest in teaching your language (possibly more difficult), and you can see the world.

Life is not a rehearsal
It was while on my way back from a caravan holiday on the Isle of Wight with my parents that we stopped at a petrol garage for a cup of tea and slice of cake. While my parents quarreled with my sisters about whether or not they could have an extra chocolate muffin, I wandered off and spent my last holiday pocket money pound on a cheap metallic key ring with Life is not a rehearsal printed on it.

“What does that mean?” I asked my mum when we got back to the car.
“What, you bought it without knowing?” she replied, huffing; a row had broken out about the muffin.
“Err, yeah.”
“It means enjoy your life,” she said, slamming the door. Since then I’ve taken that advice.

That’s why I left my sales job, did a TEFL course, and travelled round the world teaching English. Life is certainly not a rehearsal, so what are you waiting for?

You can read the rest of this blog here on the i-to-i tefl-blog.

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