Top 10 Countries to teach english abroad (after the pandemic)

There is no question that the TEFL industry has been hard hit by the current pandemic.

Millions of schools have closed, and travelling has almost grounded to a halt.

When the world will bounce back to the ‘new normal’ is hard to tell, but when it does, the demand for English teachers will be back stronger than ever.

If you’ve used your time in lock down to get your TEFL, or you’re itching to get back to teaching English abroad in the future, here are 10 countries you should consider checking out:

South Korea

Travel Guide: South Korea

South Korea is a hugely popular TEFL destination at the moment.

If you have a bachelors degree, you can expect to earn at least $1800 a month teaching English in South Korea.

But money isn’t the only basis on why you should move to the ROK, there a million more reasons why you should teach in the land of K-Pop! Check out this post: Teach English in South Korea.

China

Travel Guide: China

The demand for English teachers in China is huge. There are no shortages of good job opportunities all over the country.

I think because the demand is so high, it allows us teachers to do more research and pick what position is best for us.

If you want information on getting a visa, check out this post: Visa Guide

Mexico

Travel Guide: Mexico

Whether you want to work in Mexico city, out in the country or near a beach, there is a huge market for certified TEFL teachers south of the American border.

Cambodia

Travel Guide: Cambodia

Teaching English in Cambodia is becoming more popular year after year. The ESL market throughout the country is growing, so it is more common to find TEFL job opportunities.

Taiwan

Travel Guide: Taiwan

I’ve only visited Taiwan, but I loved it. The Taiwanese are known to integrate more than other cultures in Asia and the island doesn’t suffer from freezing winters like Korea and parts of China. If you have a BA degree & at least a 120 hour TEFL certificate, then Taiwan may be the place for you!

Spain

Travel Guide: Spain

Spain is one of the TEFL hotspots in Europe. Hourly wages vary a lot, but good positions can be found in the cities. You’ll have an easier time getting a decent job with a degree, TEFL & some previous teaching experience.

Thailand

Travel Guide: Thailand

Thailand was my first TEFL destination all the way back in 2013. It was the time of my life!

There are so many reasons why you should teach in Thailand that I created a list of why you shouldn’t! Check it out – Don’t teach in Thailand if…

Costa Rica

Travel Guide: Costa Rica

I’ve never taught English in South America, but I have friends who strongly reccomend the TEFL lifestyle in Costa Rica.

Why? Check this out

Hong Kong

Travel Guide: Hong Kong

TEFL teachers in Hong Kong are well paid, but living costs are high. Do your research and make sure the job you’re applying for won’t leave you short each month.

If you’re thinking of teaching in Hong Kong, it’s worth checking out the NET scheme!

Prague

Travel Guide: Prague

Prague is an absolutely stunning city! Teaching English in Prague may not be as popular as other European cities, but it’s worth considering.

The average monthly salary is $600 – $1000.

So, there you have it! 10 TEFL destinations that you could be heading to after the pandemic.

Do you plan on teaching English abroad in 2021? Where do you plan on going?

Teaching on the road

I’t’s been about 18 months since I made the transition from teaching English in classrooms around the world to teaching English online from airbnb’s around the world.

It has granted me a freedom that I could of only dreamed of a few years ago.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed making different cities my home for a few weeks. I prefer taking the time to explore slowly and not rushing my experiences. From Budapest to Marrakesh, from Bangkok to London, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to multiple parts of the globe.

How? All because I make money from my mobile phone.

But, the lifestyle isn’t all travelling and late starts. It’s hard work that requires planning and discipline.

However, in my opinion, the rewards are well worth it.

If you’re willing to put in the hard work, teaching online doesn’t only provide you with a flexible schedule, but it can help you achieve a healthy bank balance.

I’m going to cover travel and teaching online topics such as: portable classrooms, internet backups , devices and much more in future posts. But for now, I want to help you to get on your own way.

So, firstly, you’ll need a job!

Online education is on the rise. There is no shortage of online companies to choose from. Do your research and find out which one is best for you!

I work for Palfish and I LOVE IT!

Palfish

There are many reasons why working for Palfish is great. Good pay, flexible bookings and a social network of teachers and mentors are just a few.

I’ve helped several teachers get started on Palfish. If you’d like to join the team, download the Palfish app and insert my invitation code – 45012005.

Alternatively, you can drop me a message and I can answer any questions you have.

Palfish only hires native English speakers with a degree. There is no leeway.

Airbnb

When you teach and travel, it is important to ensure you have a quiet space and some privacy.

I’ve found using airbnbs not only the cheapest option, but the least risky. You can message the host in advance to enquire about the wifi and ask any other questions that may effect your teaching experience.

Chances are you already have an airbnb account, but if you don’t, sign up here and help a brother out –

https://www.airbnb.com/c/lhaddock4?currency=GBP

If you have any questions about teaching online or teaching and travelling, please get in touch!

Have a fantastic day!

Welcome Back!

Hellooo!

How is everyone?!

I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since I last posted on tefltravelling.

I’m back!

I just wanted to write a quick post to explain my absence.

Life.  Life happened. You know how it goes…

That said, not much has really changed in 4 years.  I’m still teaching and travelling the world.

However, I now teach from my mobile phone and fund my travels that way.  I love it!

I will be back posting teaching and travel related content for the fore-seeable future 🙂

I’ll keep this short!


Happy New Year!  I am looking forward to re-connecting with you all again!

If you’re interested in teaching English from your mobile phone, download the Palfish app and insert invitation code – 45012005

I’ll be more than happy to talk you through the stages step by step and help you get started on your journey.

Private messenging me through Instagram is the fastest way to get in contact.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

I’m so happy to be back!

Liam

Why I Hate Teaching Kindergarten

Why I Hate Teaching Kindergarten (…and why I love it)

Today my class staged a full-on rebellion. Crayons were thrown; blocks were spilled. “No,” their 20 little minds simultaneously decided, “Now is not classtime.” Trying to round them up was about as successful as herding cats.

The first month is always the hardest, especially with kids who are attending school for the very first time. Not only do they need to learn to understand you, they need to learn what school is and how it works. It can take weeks before the routine begins to sink in and they understand, “Okay, now is the time to sit, now is the time to eat, now is the time to play.” For a good while, you’re just the bad guy who interrupts their never-ending playtime to repeat the same strange sounds over and over again while pointing at pictures. In an ESL school you may look strange, you’ll definitely sound strange, and it’s normal for some kids to be terrified at first. Many kids cry for their parents during the first week of preschool anyway and it’s bound to be worse if their teacher looks and sounds like an alien. The concept of learning (“Oh, I’m supposed to repeat these words, draw these symbols, sing these songs…”) can only begin to be absorbed once the sensory overload subsides.

One of the most frustrating things for me is starting from scratch every single year. You spend 12 months getting these kids to the point where they understand instructions, can express their wants & needs, know the rules, and have a basic foundation of letters, phonics, numbers & vocabulary on which to build. You teach them how to hold their pencils, zip their coats, and make a line; you work on sharing, helping, and apologizing. Then you send them off to their new teacher and have to start back at ABC, 123.

There are times when it feels like all that hard work was for someone else’s benefit—as if their next teacher is getting off easy. But you gotta remind yourself that it’s not about you, it’s about the kids. If you feel you’re passing off a class of students whose skills have greatly improved, who have shown huge progress and learned a great deal, then you should take pride in that. Seeing them learn in leaps and bounds is one of the most rewarding aspects of the job. Getting to know the huge personalities bursting out of little bodies, coaxing out their strengths, bolstering their weaknesses, and admiring their unbridled creativity is what makes it worth the tantrums and tears.

I’m not saying kindergarten teachers have it the hardest. It’s true that the older grade levels have their own challenges: Instead of the alphabet, it’s complex grammar and more abstract vocabulary. Instead of nose-picking and pants-wetting, it’s social drama and raging hormones. Instead of crying for mom and pouting in the corner, it’s testing boundaries and challenging the rules.

If anything, I’m lucky that popping in loudest, most colorful video I have can turn a room full of rampaging toddlers into slack-jawed zombies. With today’s uprising quelled, they morph back into their wide-eyed playful selves—cuddly little balls of raw emotion and unlimited potential—and I know I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

-Ashley