Teaching English as a foreign language has become one of the fastest growing industries in the world. A popular way to spend a gap year, students, young adults and working professionals are seeking out opportunities to take a break, experience different cultures while at the same time getting a decent financial jump start and seeing the world – all at the same time.
“With a TEFL qualification, young South Africans can explore the world on a travel budget that doesn’t stretch much further than their plane ticket,” says Rhyan O’Sullivan, Managing Director for the TEFL Academy, South Africa’s leading course provider of teaching English as a foreign language. “Courses take on average four to six weeks to complete,” he said.
Teaching English abroad during a gap year can help young professionals learn employment skills such as self-sufficiency, self-reliance, organisational skills, working to deadlines and excellent communication skills. Countries like Japan and Taiwan offer TEFL teachers a valuable cultural exchange. “Learning to respect and partake in a culture so vastly different from your own is an important life-long skill,” says O’Sullivan.
Foreign English teachers typically make enough to save between 30 and 40% of their salaries after expenses, allowing them to cover their bills while still enjoying the culture and lifestyle of their chosen country. Travelling regionally is also far easier, meaning those teaching in countries like Spain can explore France or Portugal.
Offering accessible, flexible and cost-effective ways to get TEFL qualified, The TEFL Academy offers internationally accredited and regulated online and combined-learning courses. From the rich and colourful landscape of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, to the futuristic skyscrapers of Doha in Qatar, traveling brings a fresh perspective on life and new skills to prepare young adults for university or the working world on their return. Visit the theteflacademy.com for more information.