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Fancy taking a gap year?

Why not teach English abroad or online?

Grab a bottle of bubbly, throw away your revision notes, and get ready for your next adventure – it’s been two years in the making, but A-Levels are finally over!

Now it’s time to decide what to do next, and after the year you’ve had a gap year sounds pretty dreamy, right? Why not give your CV and uni application a boost at the same time and spend 12 unforgettable months teaching English abroad, or online?

All you need to get started is a TEFL qualification – that’s where we come in.


3 amazing opportunities for your gap year

Teach English Abroad

  • Gain international work experience
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture
  • Get paid whilst you travel
  • Make a difference. Make memories
  • Meet lots of likeminded people
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Teach English Online

  • Earn from your own home
  • Enhance your CV
  • Set your own hours
  • Learn about other cultures
  • Start earning in just 6 weeks
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Thailand TEFL Internships

  • 2-month voluntary placements
  • Travel with 20+ people
  • No degree or experience needed
  • Accommodation included
  • Full training & in-country support
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TEFL Gap Year FAQs

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Do you have more questions?

From our friendly TEFL experts to our highly qualified tutors, our whole team is passionate about providing excellent customer service. We’re here to answer your questions and we’ll be with you on every step of your TEFL journey.

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  • Q: Should I TEFL on my gap year?

    If you’re dreaming of a gap year full of adventures, then TEFL is right up your street.

    Here at i-to-i, we’re all about having fun and making memories, and taking a year out exploring the world is the perfect way to do that.

    Whether you choose to teach English online or abroad, TEFL will broaden your horizons and allow you to immerse yourself in other cultures. You’ll be making a difference to people’s lives and enriching their futures. Not to mention, you can also get paid to teach English online or abroad. Win-win situation!

    Plus, did you know that our 120 Hour TEFL course carries UCAS points? So, as well as being your passport to the world, it can also be your entry ticket to uni too.

  • Q: Which TEFL course should I take?

    If you are looking to bag the best TEFL job, in the most sought after locations and earn a high salary, we’d recommend choosing our Online TEFL Advanced Diploma (420 Hours). This TEFL course will propel your training and make your CV stand out head-and-shoulders above the crowd.

    If you’re looking for an accredited TEFL course that you can complete in a shorter time period, and still get access to paid jobs, then our Online TEFL Course (180 Hours) is right up your street! You can expect to complete this TEFL course within 4 – 8 weeks.

    If you’re eager to jump on a plane ASAP and start volunteering in exotic countries around the globe, then our Online TEFL Course (120 Hours) will get you qualified in as little as just 2 weeks and is perfect for landing TEFL volunteering positions.

    We also offer TEFL Internship packages where you’ll get TEFL training, plus an amazing teaching experience in a country of your choice: South Korea, Vietnam,or Thailand. We take care of all the organisation of the trip, including free accommodation, in-country support, plus either a paid TEFL job or volunteering position overseas. Dreamy!

    Our team of TEFL job experts are on hand to help you decide which TEFL certificate suits you best, whether you want to complete your TEFL course online or by combined classroom learning! You can either call our helpful team on the number at the top of the page or request a callback to schedule a call for a time and day that suits you. We look forward to hearing from you!

    If you’re still not sure which TEFL course is for you, then check out our TEFL courses brochure which is packed full of information about all of our different courses. You can download it by clicking here.

  • Q: Where can I teach without a degree?

    If you are looking to become a TEFL teacher, you should be aware that some countries do require you to have a degree for VISA purposes. However, there are loads of countries where you do not need a degree to teach English – and most of them will probably be very high up on your bucket list of places to visit! Here are our top 5:

    Cental and South America

    TEFL teachers are in hot demand in Central and South America, and for most countries, you don’t need a degree to teach. Get paid to teach whilst you are visiting the breathtaking scenes of Iguazú Falls in Argentina, or eating scrumptious food in Mexico.


    Looking to head out to South East Asia to teach? Then Cambodia is for you! There is an increasing demand for TEFL teachers in Cambodia, and with an incredible culture and beautiful temples (Ankor Wat is a must) – it’s not to be missed.


    How does trekking through a beautiful national park or seeing animals in their natural habit on a safari sound? Sounds pretty great, huh? Well, you’re in luck. Most countries in Africa don’t require a degree for TEFL teachers. We’d recommend South Africa, Madagascar or Morroco.


    The Taj Mahal, the hustle and bustle of cities & divine food… India is a wonderful place to travel whilst taking your gap year. Plus, you don’t need a degree to teach English here!


    Teaching English Online is the fastest-growing area of TEFL due to its flexibility. Work from home in your pyjamas? Yes please! Or perhaps you’d rather work on a sandy white beach in Thailand? You can do that too! The choice is entirely yours. You can set your own hours, work and where you want, all whilst earning an income! Sign us up!

  • Q: How do I know which TEFL course provider to use?

    With so much choice and a huge amount of information online, navigating the world of TEFL courses can be a tricky place and it can be difficult to know which TEFL certification is best for you.

    Firstly, you’ll need to make sure you choose a TEFL course provider who’s internationally recognised and is regulated by a governing body. This ensures the training you receive is of the highest quality and your TEFL qualification will be highly regarded and accepted by employers worldwide. All of our TEFL courses, online and combined, are regulated by Ofqual, the UK Governing body responsible for monitoring TEFL qualifications. Not only that, but we’re also accredited by ODLQC. If you want to find out more about what this means, we have lots of information you can access by clicking here.

    We like to think that we are different here at i-to-i. We know the reason you wish to gain your TEFL certificate is so that you can get a brand-new job teaching English online or abroad. When you purchase a TEFL course from us, we don’t stop there. Our TEFL Jobs Team is on hand to help you land your dream TEFL job wherever that might be. From starting your TEFL course all the way through to getting a TEFL job, we’ll be here helping you every step of the way.

    Plus, we love adventure. We believe that completing a TEFL course is a life-changing experience that can change the lives of many aspiring TEFL teachers – that’s why our TEFL courses are competitively priced, to enable as many people as possible to get TEFL qualified and begin the adventure of a lifetime.

  • Q: Do I need to know English grammar and grammatical rules?

    Our TEFL courses are designed for those who haven’t studied grammar since they were at school (most of us)! It’s not everyone’s favourite subject, but if you’re a native English speaker, you already have a natural understanding of grammar – it’s all about turning that knowledge into teachable rules – that’s where our TEFL training comes in!

    So, whether you’re a native speaker or simply fluent in English, our TEFL courses will help you feel totally confident when it comes to taking your first grammar class.

  • Q: Who can I teach when I am TEFL qualified?

    When you pass your TEFL course, both online and combined, you’ll be qualified to apply for TEFL jobs abroad or to teach English online, to adults and children of any age. When you choose to study either our Online TEFL Course (180 Hours), Online TEFL Diploma (300 Hours) or Online TEFL Advanced Diploma (420 Hours), you’ll get access to our specialist TEFL courses, which are super handy if you want to be TEFL trained in a particular area.

    Our Level 5 courses (180/300/420 Hours) contain specialist modules. the more advanced the course, the more modules are included, this will make you more employable and allow you to earn more!

    Some of the specialist modules we have include: How to Teach Young Learners, Teaching One-to-One & Online, How to Teach Business English, Teaching IELTS (International English Language Testing System), and Teaching Other Subjects in English. These will prepare you for specific teaching situations. Plus, being qualified in specific TEFL areas will increase your earning potential!

    We are the only TEFL provider to offer these Specialist Courses at Level 5 and Advanced Level 5, which will make your CV stand out to future employers. If you’ve opted for one of our Level 5 TEFL qualifications, you’ll naturally have a greater pick of TEFL jobs on offer as you’ll be qualified to a higher level than if you choose a Level 3 course.

  • Q: Are there any age restrictions?

    No, there are no age restrictions to enrol on any of our TEFL courses! We often get asked, “Am I too old to TEFL?” Our answer: definitely not! We’ve trained teachers of all ages that have built successful TEFL careers online and across the globe. Check out some of their stories here!

  • Q: Do I need to be a native English speaker?

    You don’t need to be a native English speaker to take a TEFL course, but you do need to have a native English speaker level to succeed. If you aren’t a native English speaker, we recommend you opt for our 120 Hour TEFL course (you can always upgrade later), unless your standard of English is near-native.

    If you want to chat with one of our friendly TEFL experts to figure out which TEFL course is best for you, then you can request a callback.

  • Q: Do I need any qualifications to take a TEFL course or diploma?

    The short answer is no! You only need to be able to speak English fluently to take a TEFL course or diploma – we’ll train you on the rest. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bachelor’s degree, this isn’t a requirement for any of our qualifications and you can teach English online and abroad without one. If you don’t have a degree, our advice would be to take our Online TEFL Diploma (420 Hours) to boost your employment potential and give yourself the best chance of bagging a great TEFL job!

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