Teaching English in Europe: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

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When it comes to teaching English in Europe, the continent is so diverse with different cultures and vibes that it’s difficult to pick just one country, isn’t it?

If you’re not sure where to start, you’re not alone! You’ve got the castles and pubs of the Czech Republic, the rich colonial history of Spain, iconic fashion and culture in France, and plenty of countries in between attracting adventurers and bucket listers alike.

We know we’re a bit ambitious trying to cover a region consisting of 50 countries — well, technically only 45 if you don’t count the five that are transcontinental (or share territory with other continents): Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia — in this one guide to teaching English in Europe…

…but, the continent overall is the second smallest on Planet Earth (next to Oceana), and that is precisely why it’s such an ideal place to live abroad.

Europe has a ton of heart in each of its corners. Perhaps choosing one place to live and teach English is a tough decision, but take comfort in knowing you’ve got easy and quick access to the rest of Europe no matter where you end up! Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in Central America

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Whether you’re looking for a short-term cultural exchange opportunity or a place to hang your hat in your retirement years, teaching English in Central America is your destination. From pristine beaches and tropical paradises, to cloud forests and inland adventures, there’s something to offer everyone who may want to call this part of the globe their home (even if it’s only for a short while).

While it may be a small region, Central America packs a big punch when it comes to sheer beauty, fascinating history, rich culture and friendly people. From Guatemala and Belize in the north to Panama in the south, and Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras in the middle, the countries that make up Central America are as unique and varied as the people who seek to move there.

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6 Questions to Determine if Teaching English Online is for YOU!

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Teaching English online is an amazing way to travel while working a fulfilling job. Since I started teaching English online with VIPKID, I’ve been able to travel full-time while house sitting across Europe. You’ve probably already heard about teaching English online, but is it the right option for you? Ask yourself these six questions find out! Continue reading

7 Tips for Dealing with Reluctant Parents Before Moving Abroad

Sharing the news with your parents that you’ll be moving abroad, is usually not an easy task for anyone. When your parents meet you with a thousand questions, strong emotions, and disbelief, it’s easy to get caught up in their reaction instead of focusing on why you decided to move abroad in the first place. Going to travel the world for a year? Becoming an expat in your favorite culture? Maybe you found the perfect TEFL certification course for a year abroad, and you plan to stay there after it ends (do your parents know that part?). No matter why you’ve decided to pick up your life and head somewhere new, these six tips and tricks will help you! Continue reading

7 Creative Ways to Pay for Your TEFL Certification Course

One of our latest blog posts gave you seven reasons why it’s not smart to consider teaching English abroad without a TEFL certification, and now we’re back to let you in on seven little ways to take care of the cost of that TEFL certification course (you’re welcome). The benefits of TEFL certification (as outlined here) are plenty, but we also understand that almost every endeavor worth its salt comes with a necessary upfront investment. Sometimes that can be difficult to come up with, and we thought of a few ways to help you out.   Continue reading

7 Reasons Why You’ll Fail Teaching English Abroad Without Certification

If you’ve been thinking about teaching English abroad but don’t yet have a TEFL certification, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can make it work without one! It’s tempting to jump in with both feet before being fully prepared, but thinking you’ll just figure it out along the way might actually set you back. Here are seven reasons why you shouldn’t consider teaching English abroad without certification: Continue reading

Want to Teach English Abroad Without a Degree? Here are the 8 Best Countries.

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Is it possible to teach English abroad without a degree? The short answer is YES, you can!

The long answer sometimes includes stipulations, lower salaries, and even extra up-front cost, but there is ample opportunity (and plenty of money to be made) for teaching English without a degree.

The hard truth is that earning a TEFL certification will greatly increase your chances of finding work (in some cases, it’s your only chance). But just because you don’t have a bachelor’s doesn’t mean your work isn’t valued! While many of the following locations may prefer a bachelor’s degree, it’s up to you to put your best foot forward in the application process and to show that a degree isn’t everything.  Continue reading

Teach English Abroad with Student Loans: Is it Possible?

In short, yes, it absolutely is possible to teach English abroad with student loans! Being straddled with debt is a commonplace thing nowadays—especially for students who have sought higher education. But what happens when you’ve got student loan debt holding you back from making career decisions, such as whether or not to teach English abroad? Well, it’s all about strategy! If you need a good reason to teach English abroad but don’t know the first thing about securing your financial plan beforehand, this blog post will give you great pointers. These are not one-size-fits-all options, but a combination of these efforts—or at least one of these options—will suit you. Continue reading

7 Benefits of Taking a Gap Year Abroad to Teach English

You may have heard the phrase “gap year abroad” quite a bit over the last few years. While gap years have long been the norm in countries like Australia and the U.K., the truth is, Americans are starting to take gap years in increasing numbers. Harvard University alone has reported a 33% increase in the number of students taking gap years, including President Obama’s daughter, Malia, according to Business Insider on the benefits of gap years. Continue reading

Pros and Cons of Taking Your TEFL Certification Course Online vs. Abroad

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So, you know you want to teach English abroad, and you’ve done the preliminary research and realized that being TEFL certified will put you above other applicants who aren’t…which brought you to this question: where do I take my TEFL certification course? There are two options: you can complete the TEFL certification online in your home country, or you can complete it abroad in a specific country—one you know you’re interested in, or one you want to learn more about.

Here’s a list of pros and cons to help your weigh options, getting you closer to choosing the best type of TEFL course for you! Continue reading