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How To Get Paid To Teach English Abroad

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One of the secrets most travel bloggers won’t tell you, is that a lot of them started off as English teachers to be able to afford to live and travel abroad.

And there’s some pretty amazing companies out there like English First, that are a TEFL certification away from landing you in a country like China, where they not only pay for your flights there, but also give you a signing bonus and travel voucher to get you started!

So if the idea of temporarily living abroad as a means to see the world excites you, not to mention several weeks of paid vacation time, then you’ll want to bookmark, share, and send this to your friends so they can take this leap with you!

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For those who don’t know, I actually taught English abroad for a few months to support myself while living in Barcelona. And one of the biggest benefits we have as native English speakers, is that our language is needed universally, and there will always be a demand for teachers in every non-native English-speaking country in the world.

EF (Education First) is not only the world’s leading privately owned education company, but it’s the only one I recommend after recently learning how many scam opportunities are out there.

Some companies prey on desperate millennials who want to venture overseas, and they don’t always keep their promises. A friend of mine learned the hard way, booking a ticket to Thailand, only to learn that the opportunity she applied for, was actually fake.

But English First is a group of over 16 divisions and non-profit organizations centered around learning a language, educational travel, cultural exchange and International Business Management courses.

With over 500 schools and offices in 53 countries, EF has literally turned the world into a global classroom. So as they’re currently accepting applications for 2017, here’s my little guide to get you started on this rewarding adventure.

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Step 1: Get TEFL-Certified

While there’s also a multitude of companies offering TEFL certifications, the most trusted on the market from my experience, is myTEFL.

In just 120 hours, you could get your professional TEFL Certificate, an official letter of recommendation, full tutor and tech support, 24/7 access to the online courses, and even a 35% discount if you type in “BABROAD” at checkout! You can click the coupon below and see!

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Step 2: Speak With A Recruiter

Here’s the exciting part! After finishing the course, you’re now certified and equipped to get paid to teach English as a foreign language! And what English First will do as part of their recruitment process, is schedule an hour-long chat to help ease the transition, answer your questions, and talk about your general background to ensure your placement fits.

Step 3: Get A Visa

While this might be the most intimidating step of the process, again, as part of English First’s recruitment, they’ll help you every step of the way to make sure you get a legal working visa based on the country you’ll be teaching in.

Step 4: Prepare For Arrival

You did it! You’re about to live abroad and get paid to teach English as a foreign language! Your nerves will be high, but your experiences and memories to come will be higher! English First will give you webinars and guides to ensure you’re prepared for this exciting, new chapter upon finding placement!

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Remember how you felt on graduation day? Ready to enter the “real” world? Yeah, this will be similar 😉

Teaching English abroad is never something I saw myself doing. It just kind of happened. And I’ve been humbled, blessed, and overwhelmed with how enriching the experience was for me. It might even double and serve as birth control, as you find yourself happy to only be responsible for these little humans for a few hours a day 😉

I hope this helps you jumpstart your next chapter abroad, and who knows what other opportunities will come from this! For me and many others, it was travel blogging 🙂

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post which contains affiliate links, but as always, all opinions are my own. Feel free to post any questions below!

  • Anita

    Hi Glo!
    First of all, I’d like to say I love your blog and really enjoy reading about your adventures!
    My question : you mention companies preying on “desperate millennials,” and a lot of the teach-abroad companies I’ve (casually) looked at seem to really focus on recruiting younger folks; some even have upper age limits. Do you have any idea if opportunities exist for older people wanting to teach abroad? This is something I’ve always thought of doing, but now that I’m approaching 50 (!) I’m wondering if the window of opportunity has closed for me. Thanks for any information you can share!

    • Hi Anita!

      Great question and thanks for stopping by 🙂

      I just reached out to the English First Support Team about this question and they assured me that they welcome your age demographic.

      In context, visas and health insurance become a bit more complicated around 60, so they welcome all ages, but the situation gets a bit more complex the longer you wait.

      Again, approaching 50 is still a great time! So best of luck!

      • Anita

        Thank you! I’ve wanted to travel all my life, but one thing after another just kept getting in the way. My son just turned 18 two days ago, and some life changes are on the horizon, so I’m starting to think seriously about old dreams. And you are one of my main inspirations!

        • Every new day is a new opportunity to chase those dreams! Thanks so much for reading and I really hope you’re able to make it work! ❤

  • Needed this! Definitely feeling like I’m in a transition year and want to explore my opportunity. I also always look for raw experience from others teaching abroad and have only heard good from EF. Thanks, darling!

    • Hey Courtney!

      Those transition years are a blessing in disguise. Scary because of all the uncertainty, but what better time to take a chance at life! I’m here to help you find those wings once you take that jump 😉

  • Nnedi Ugo

    Thanks for sharing! I have been abroad to several asian countries in the past year and now I am back for school and I am thinking of doing this once I graduate for college in 2018. But I am not sure yet for I have another opportunity here back home when I graduate..I have a big decision to make soon.

  • Brittany Kulick

    This is awesome, Gloria! I’ve hit the age limit on working holiday visas, and this sounds like a great way to keep going with my travels!