TEFL Love Stories from Around the World

TEFL can change your life in so many ways: not just in terms of gaining independence and confidence by moving somewhere new, but it can always really change your love life for the better – just check out these TEFL love stories from around the world!

Every once in a while the wonderful world of TEFL brings people together – just like Jennifer.

Jennifer in South Korea

‘Here I am one year later, and I can honestly say coming to Korea was the BEST decision I have ever made. I can 100% say that I love my job. My co-teachers and my students are all wonderful. I feel very lucky. I’ve made some amazing life-long friends here, I’ve seen some amazing sites, and I met my wonderful boyfriend’.

The best bit?  The TEFL journey is far from over.  After South Korea the pair of them are making plans for Australia, Argentina or the Middle East!

Going with love

Who said you had to teach English abroad alone?  Why take the leap with two feet when you can take it with four?!  Over the past year loads of you have started your TEFL adventure with your other half.  TEFL teacher Sam for instance, alongside his girlfriend, made the move to Zhuhai in China where they taught for 6 months in a kindergarten, back in May 2012.

Meanwhile, TEFL teacher Jenny and her boyfriend decided to start their own adventure by moving to South Korea, so it’s entirely possible!

Taking up teaching to be closer to their loved ones

Not trying to blow our own trumpet (honest!) but Kevin’s and James’ TEFL love stories just prove how versatile TEFL can be:

Kevin: When the job market took a nose-dive in Ireland, Kevin decided to take up TEFL and move to his wife’s native Argentina… permanently.  When asked about what attracted him to Argentina, Kevin replied:

“My wife, the sun, the politics, the fact we could have a family waiting for us, for our baby to be part of and my own interest in other countries, languages, English especially as I am writer of poetry, stories, novels lately and plays and find I have a natural bent for teaching and enjoy it.  The school term starts in March here so I am teaching individuals, adults with great success judging from their individual development.”

James: The last one on our TEFL Love Story special is a personal favourite and is one of the most inspirational stories of the year!  James was enjoying the prospecting of married life in Ireland when things took an unexpected turn.

“I was finishing my Chartered Accountancy exams and I was getting married on the 15th of April.  Life was really good and I had just bought a new apartment in Belfast; I had a secure job and I was looking forward to ‘the quiet life’.  Then, the week before the wedding, my fiancé received an email from the Paris subsidiary of her company, asking if she would be interested in interviewing for a position they had available…”


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