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A qualification from us is your passport to far-flung places
21 years’ experience
i-to-i is all about incredible service. Our marvellous team are here to get you qualified and in to teaching, as and when you need.
Christina, teaches in Germany
Jess, taught in Cambodia
Heather, Thailand intern
Tim, teaches in Russia
Alli, taught in Cambodia
Josh, Thailand intern
Meet the team of TEFL buffs who'll help you on your way
After almost 20 years in the industry, teaching students of all ages and nationalities, Tracy now uses her experience to train teachers to do the same! As our Director of Studies she is involved in creating and maintaining courses, looking after our tutors and candidates and dealing with day-to-day academic issues.
TEFL highlight: Tracy has worked all over, including four years in Japan where she realised TEFL was her calling.
Leeds lass Meryl delivers courses around the north of England, and has volunteered and taught abroad in Ecuador, the Czech Republic and Australia. She’s been in the TEFL game for 15 years, and still gets a kick out of meeting the TEFL students who are off on amazing adventures around the world. Meryl’s favourite country is Ecuador, a diverse country with very welcoming locals.
TEFL highlight:Obtaining my visa to be able to teach in Ecuador involved illegal border crossings and bribery. Maybe not a highlight… but certainly memorable!
Russian-born Alex loves putting his MA in TESOL into practise passing on his knowledge of teaching abroad to his students. His passion is simplifying complex grammar rules and seeing the look of understanding cross a student’s face! Alex has lived and worked all over Europe, Israel and in the USA, and currently works for a university in Perm, Russia.
Favourite place: Jerusalem, for its unique history, and Liverpool for the Beatles spirit! I also love the hills and forests of Russia.
Portugese-born Annie started life in Paris, but has lived in Johannesburg, South Africa for most of her life after her parents emigrated when she was two. She’s been a TEFL teacher in her home country for over 25 years, and a teacher trainer for over ten years. You’ll likely meet her if you take our classroom course in Jo’burg, so be sure to say hi!
TEFL highlight: I feel very privileged to do the work I do. There aren’t many jobs that expose you to so many different types of people and walks of life!
Wendy lives in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa and has been a TEFL tutor since July 2011. She loves living here, and her favourite place is the beautiful nearby fishing town of Kalk Bay. Wendy has taught in Ireland, Libya and the UAE, and has travelled extensively – highlights include the pyramids in Cairo, and seeing elephants swim in a Zimbabwean lake.
TEFL highlight: Watching students’ creativity, and each time a student tells me how much more confidence and insight they have at the end of a course.
TEFL superwoman Penny is qualified up to the eyeballs, and has lived and taught in some amazing locations like Egypt, Mexico and Japan over the past twenty years. It was a burning desire to see the world that spurred Penny to get qualified, but since then she’s learnt how rewarding and diverse a career in TEFL can be; she’s written books and exams, and produced online resources for the British Council. Phew!
TEFL highlight: When I qualified, online courses didn’t exist – so I did my CELTA qualification in Egypt, and loved it!
Paula has been a TEFL tutor for fifteen years, and has spent twelve years teaching and travelling the world. She loves passing on her knowledge to students, and her heart belongs to the whole continent of Asia (it’s impossible to pick just one place!) – she loves all the great people, good food and amazing places lucky TEFL teachers get to experience.
Favourite place: How about a vodka bar in a back alley of Tokyo on a cold, snowy night – followed by hot sake at a fantastic jazz bar.
It was the variety of the work and the diverse people that attracted Debbie to TEFL back in 1993, and she’s lived and worked in Vienna, Austria and New Zealand (lucky!). Based in Devon, she’s been teacher training since 2002. Fave aspect of TEFL? She loves the challenge of diving into a new culture and finding out how things work in a new country.
Most remote TEFL course: I’ve run courses in remote parts of China, Siberia and Rwanda!
Peter lives and teaches in the Czech Republic, and is currently an online tutor for i-to-i. He’s been teaching for over twenty years in Poland, England and the Czech Republic, and in his spare time he translates, proofreads and writes materials for English course books, as well as lending his voice to recordings on these learning materials!
TEFL specialisation: Business English. I have a Trinity TESOL Certificate and RSA DELTA.
Lindsey is currently living in Amsterdam, where she’s worked for the university since late 2015. She’s previously worked all over including in India, Italy, Taiwan and the UK – but Hong Kong is her favourite teaching location after being thrown in the deep end at just 22. She loves the motivation and effort the weekend course students demonstrate, and can’t wait to meet you all there!
TEFL highlight: The new perspective you get – being invited into people’s houses for religious festivals, and being taught to cook local cuisine.
Travel is Teresa’s passion, and her claim to fame is having visited every country in Europe, Scandinavia, China (with the toilet stories to prove it) and many of the ‘Stans! It’s just as well she’s a TEFL tutor, then, as she’s able to continue travelling (to Hanoi, New York, or even just Milton Keynes!) and inspire others to get out and have some meaningful adventures. Favourite destination: Brazil.
TEFL highlight: Working in Turkey, where in the mornings I taught in Asia and in the evenings, Europe!
Paul lives in Hong Kong, and runs weekend courses in Bangkok and Hanoi. He started his TEFL career teaching in Korea, then moved on to Japan and China, and still nurses a passion for travel today. His favourite aspect of being a TEFL tutor is being instrumental in the lives of people who want to learn English, and he recognises that the teacher makes a huge difference in learning effectiveness.
Favourite place: Thailand, for sure. I think this is largely due to the incredibly friendly people. I’d love to teach there one day.
British-born Karen currently lives in Mexico with her husband and daughter, but has spent most of her life pursuing her dreams of teaching abroad. She’s taught in Japan, Russia, Mexico and London, and has secured plenty of qualifications including a DOTE, a Masters’ of Education, a post-grad and lots of short courses – this is a tutor who knows her stuff!
Passions: Reading, learning languages, bird watching and taking her dogs on long walks.
Stuart’s been teaching TEFL for nine years now, after what was meant to be a year in Sicily turned into six (oops)! As well as Italy, he’s also worked in Spain and France in private language schools, state school and universities, and also has experience in Director of Studies and examiner roles. He’s now based in the good old north of England with his partner and two kids.
Fun fact: Stuart’s partner Claire is also one of our TEFL tutors (though they haven’t yet confirmed if they met in the classroom!).
It’s really important to do your research before you buy, as there are so many TEFL course providers out there. Look out for Ofqual-regulated certificates which basically means the content, teaching and materials have been scrutinised to a high level of quality. You’ll also want to make sure you get at least 120 hours of training, which is the industry benchmark for employers worldwide.
Teacher salaries vary from country to country so it does depend where you teach, but most TEFL roles will pay a salary that’s enough to live comfortably by local standards. Top end? In some countries you could earn up to £2,000 a month!
You don’t need to speak another language to teach English abroad. Many schools prefer that TEFL lessons take place completely in English, so that’s all you need.
Once you’re TEFL qualified, the doors will open to thousands of roles all over the world, in any country where people are keen to learn English. This basically means there are opportunities everywhere!
You certainly will. Our team will support you throughout your course, and after that you’ll have access to thousands of great exclusive roles worldwide through our famous TEFL jobs board.
There are loads of great, varied roles available to TEFL teachers if you’re in it for the long haul. Fantastic roles are available like Director of Studies, and even TEFL Course Designers (like our tutors!) – the world is your oyster once you’ve got some experience under your belt!