Getting Paid to Travel: Myth or Reality?

Can you really get paid to travel?

Do you want to embark on an adventurous travel itinerary but you’re worried about how to fund it? Well, have no fear because we have the answer! Teaching English as a Foreign Language is a perfect way of paying for your  travel. You get to earn money, travel and learn a fantastic new skill that could ultimately, turn into a career.

You may think that TEFLing is just about teaching to young children in school…no no no! There is so much more to it than this. Here are just a few examples of how you could be getting paid to travel with TEFL!

Start Teaching English to Young Learners – This is usually children aged between six and twelve and is probably one of the easiest ways to get started. In Korea you can earn around £1500 per month doing this and in the UAE almost double this.
Become a Private Tutor – This is usually a one-to-one style of teaching and can be very profitable and flexible. Private tutors in Japan can earn us to £1,850 a month (US$2,800)

Teach English in a Summer Camp – Alternatively, you may not want to take a whole year out of studying. There are lots of TEFLers that have taught in summer camps all over the world. Now would be a great time to get ahead of the game if this is something you’d be interested in as the camps tend to recruit between January and March and obviously you’ll need to start your training soon.

Starting to get excited for your adventure? Then check out these words of wisdom that past teachers have for you TEFL wannabes:

Baz: “My advice to new teachers who are worried about finding a job teaching English abroad is just go, what’s the worst that can happen?”

Amy: “I’ve learned how to remove splinters, kill cockroaches, and how surprisingly easy it is to lose a child in a zoo! But in all seriousness I have learned to have patience (by the bucket load!), to be independent, and have gained a great deal of responsibility.”

Adele: “The course has opened up a world of opportunity I didn’t think was possible a few months ago.”

TEFLing really does open so many doors whether it be to see the big wide world and give something back or simply just to enhance your CV and learn a new skill. Where would you like to start your journey?


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