5 Reasons to get TEFL Certified, Even When it’s Not Required
Teaching English overseas is becoming more and more popular as prospective ESL teachers are realizing the importance of traveling, the significance of exploring and understanding a different culture, and let’s not forget, the overall coolness of living in another country.
It’s also a chance for you to make a real difference in the lives of your students; knowing how to speak English can be the ticket out of the cycle of poverty for a lot of kids all over the world. Having that skill can be the difference between higher education and a job or continuing in the cycle they were born into. The awesome thing is, is that you have the ability to help them gain that valuable skill!
The other good news is that it’s incredibly easy to apply to be an English teacher; all you really need is a Bachelor’s degree, have English be your native language and enough money in your bank account to buy a plane ticket.
A lot of programs will also require a TEFL certification if you don’t have a certain degree or a teaching license, but not all of them. Even if you are not required to obtain a TEFL certification, you still should, and here’s why.
Although part of your motivation for going abroad should be for fun and personal growth (and there’s nothing wrong with that!), you will still be stepping foot into a classroom, with 30-40 pairs of eyes gleaming up at you, and that can be intimidating. Throw in misbehaving students, low-to-no language abilities and 50 whole minutes to fill, and your zero hours training for this job will become glaringly apparent. But here are a few more reasons to consider getting your TEFL certification.
Get TEFL certified because:
- When you get wrapped up in the excitement of moving abroad, it’s easy to forget the reason there is such a huge demand for Native English teachers worldwide. By teaching English abroad, you are making a real impact on your students’ lives and the country as a whole. You’re being given the amazing opportunity to support yourself while living abroad. Pay back the favor by making sure you’re properly qualified and prepared to improve your students’ English level.
- As you wouldn’t apply for a job you don’t feel prepared to step into, you shouldn’t apply for a teaching job without the proper training.
- Moving abroad and getting acclimated to a new culture is stressful enough. Don’t create even more stress for yourself by frantically scrambling to learn how to create lessons every Sunday. Teaching is HARD. You earned that day off!
- You’ll be prepared when your classroom turns into chaos.
- You’ll give yourself the freedom to live and experience multiple different cultures around the world.
The extra training that a good TEFL certification provides you is paramount to your success in the classroom, but it also opens up a world of opportunities, literally. Having a TEFL certification allows you access to teaching jobs in most countries around the globe, especially if your course offers alumni lifetime job placement services, like Greenheart Travel’s does, to help you find a job independent of a structured program. Most first-time English teachers will stay abroad for a couple years, even if they had only planned for one semester. The TEFL certification will give you the freedom to stay abroad, teach in different countries and be able to give all your students the quality teacher that they deserve.
Have a few questions about how you can get started or which program might be the best fit for your travel goals?