How to prepare to teach English abroad in 2021

2020 might not have been the year we’d all expected, but we’re not going to let it get us down! With 2021 just around the corner, we’re setting our sights on moving abroad*. New years bring new adventures and we just can’t wait to head overseas! But how should we prepare to teach English in 2021? Carry on reading to find out…

1.Research your options

If you’re looking to start your TEFL adventure, then teaching abroad is a great place to begin. From Chile to China and South Korea to Spain there’s heaps of opportunities available to you! With so many TEFL providers out there it can be pretty tricky finding a TEFL Course to suit your needs. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back! From social media to blogs and world TEFL guides to webinars you couldn’t be in safer hands with us! We’ve been TEFL pioneers since 1994 and are pretty proud of it! Our experts are on hand to give you the support and guidance you need and can answer any niggling TEFL questions you might have. And did you know? All of our TEFL Courses are accredited and regulated by the UK government and the ODLQC – amazing!

2. Weigh up your options and speak to an expert

So, you’ve done a bit of research and have found the perfect TEFL provider for you but what’s next? When it comes to teaching English abroad there’s heaps of information you’ll need to know. Speaking to a TEEFL expert is a great way to put your worries at bay as you can fire off any last-minute questions you may have. Plus, they can give you hints, tips, and suggestions on TEFL Courses and popular destinations – yes please!

Before you embark on your TEFL journey, you might want to ask yourself a couple of question such as:

  1. Where do I want to teach?
  2. What qualifications do I need?
  3. What type of TEFL is required to teach there?

Once you’ve nailed these top three questions, you’ll be more than ready to move on to the next step!

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3. Get TEFL qualified

To kickstart your 2021 teaching abroad adventure, you’ll need to become TEFL qualified. This means studying one of our Level 3 or Level 5 TEFL Courses. From our 120-hour Level 3 Course all the way up to our Level 5 TEFL Diploma, there’s plenty to choose from! Our academic and in-house teams are there to support you every step of the way, so don’t be afraid to reach out to them. With a wealth of knowledge and a super-friendly attitude, they’re always more than happy to help! Our TEFL Courses are designed with you in mind and with the right attitude and dedication, you can complete them in a matter of weeks. So, before you know it, you’ll be TEFL qualified and ready to take on the world of teaching – yes please!

4. Connect with the i-to-i family via our graduates’ group

We may have taught over 210,000 graduates, but that doesn’t mean that your journey with us ends here! We love to see what each and every one of you are up to and are excited to hear about your adventures. From Instagram stories to Instagram feeds there’s heaps of ways you can connect with us once you’re abroad. But before you go, make sure that you join our Facebook Graduates Group! It’s a great way to connect with fellow TEFL graduates, share resources, advice, and job positions so keep an eye out! Plus, it’s an amazing community to be a part of – what more could you ask for?

5. Start looking for your dream TEFL job

Your TEFL certification will open up a world of opportunities so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! From Asia to Africa and Latin America to Europe, there are heaps of amazing teaching positions available to you. But how do you get started? Believe it or not, it’s a lot simpler than it seems! You can find some fantastic teaching roles abroad through online jobs boards. Our sister company LoveTEFL boasts some of the biggest and best teaching positions abroad so make sure you check them out! And the best part? You’re automatically enrolled to them once you’ve signed up to one of our TEFL Courses – amazing!

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6. Make your travel and visa arrangements

Before you head abroad there’s just a couple of things you need to do. Making travel and visa arrangements might not be the most exciting task but it’ll save you time and money in the long-run – winner! Nobody wants to be caught off guard so make sure you have the right documentation you need before you head overseas. From visas and flights to legal work permits, there’s a lot to remember but we promise it’s 100% worth it!

7. Start your TEFL adventure

You’ve smashed your TEFL Course and have landed a top TEFL job, now all that’s left to do is explore. You’re about to embark on the most incredible adventure so enjoy every second of it! You’re going to be the most amazing TEFL teacher so don’t be afraid to get started. It’s about time you believed in yourself!

We can’t wait to see how you get on!

Good luck and happy TEFLing!


*when it is safe to do so.

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