If you’re a U.S. citizen over the age of 18 looking for a meaningful way to make an impact overseas, teaching English abroad and joining the Peace Corps are probably at the top of your list. There are many benefits to both opportunities, but here are some benefits as to why you should get TEFL certified before joining the Peace Corps:
Taiwan is not necessarily the first place that people think of when they decide to teach in Asia. It’s often overshadowed by its popular, larger neighbors like China and Japan, and to many Americans Taiwan is simply a place in Asia that makes computer chips and fields great Little League baseball teams. But tucked away in between those shadows is a hidden gem of an island, just off the Southeast coast of China. Formerly known as “Formosa” (Portuguese for "beautiful island"), Taiwan provides an amazingly friendly environment to teach English, learn Mandarin, and experience adventures of a lifetime. Here are a few reasons I chose to teach English in Taiwan and why you should too!
Yes, believe it or not, you can actually speak with an expert on international job markets for teaching English abroad. In fact, at International TEFL Academy, it is our policy and belief that every person who wishes to teach English abroad must speak with advisor prior to enrolling in a TEFL course.
This is to ensure that each TEFL student will gain a clear understanding of what their job opportunities will be for teaching abroad and how the process of getting certified and hired actually works prior to committing time and money to enrolling in a TEFL course.
Website brochure inquiries for teaching English abroad surge for
International TEFL Academy after Trump's victory.
Green = website inquiries from search engines. Orange & Purple - referral traffic from other websites.
Chicago-based International TEFL Academy, a leading provider of TEFL certification training for teaching English abroad with over 3,500 annual graduates, experienced a massive jump in web traffic and requests for information the day after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is one of the most common professions offering employment opportunities to native English speakers overseas.
A record number of people (701) requested information from International TEFL Academy about moving overseas to teach English abroad. The surge began on election night and then spiked dramatically the day after Trump's victory.
Top Tools for Researching Options for Teaching English Abroad & TEFL Certification
NOTE: This article was originally published on October 7, 2012. It has been updated for freshness & accuracy and republished on March 4, 2016.
Turkey, Russia, or China?
A native English speaker with a college degree and a TEFL certification can teach English professionally in 100 countries around the world, and those without a college degree or a passport from a native-English speaking country can qualify for thousands of positions in dozens of countries. So how to figure out your best options for countries where you can teach English abroad? Here are some great resources to help you learn about great destinations and job markets of teaching English abroad.
International TEFL Academy advisors John Bentley, Ian Davis & Cassie Wells joined 8,000 English teaching professionals from around the globe at TESOL 2014 in Portland, Oregon.
Do you dream of a life where you walk to work every day along the cobblestone streets of Prague or Florence, or through the colorful street markets of Bangkok or Saigon?
Do you want the satisfaction of performing a valuable public service, assisting others in achieving their own life goals, all while traveling the world and having the adventure of a lifetime?