what can you do with a TEFL certificate
Choose from thousands of teaching jobs around the world. Earning a TEFL or TESOL certificate enables you to work as an English teacher in almost any country around the world. Whether you are thinking of teaching English as a way to fund your world travels, as a new career, or as a means to supplement retirement income, getting TEFL qualified gives you the skills needed to make your dream come true.
Earn money while travelling the globe. Making money while teaching English is a great way to conserve your hard-earned savings and extend your globetrotting almost indefinitely. Why limit yourself to just a month or two backpacking when a TEFL certificate will allow you to spend quality time in each country you visit.
Volunteer in some of the world's less developed countries. Teaching English is not always about making money while travelling. There are many organisations around the world that need English teachers to help the less fortunate. Whether you are teaching refugees your home country or victims of wars and natural disasters abroad, working as a volunteer English teacher is an immensely rewarding experience.
Get to know a country and its people in a way that ordinary travellers cannot. Most travellers will only ever see the side of a country reserved for tourists but working as an English teacher will give you a unique insight into your chosen destination and its people that other visitors will never see. Whether it's dinner at a colleague's house with their family or karaoke at a work party you are bound to come away from teaching English with amazing memories and fascinating stories.
Make a real difference in the lives of your students. Whether you work as a paid English teacher or as a volunteer, earning a TEFL certificate and teaching English can make a real difference to the lives of students around the world Learning English through international aid organisations is one way many people in poorer situations can escape poverty. For others in more developed countries it can be a way to earn a promotion or apply for a new job, or travel abroad Either way, an English teacher can make a real impact on the future of their students.
Make a fresh start later in life with a new and exciting career in a new and exciting country. Many people reach a stage later in life where they want to make a fresh beginning. Perhaps they've been made redundant or their domestic circumstances have changed; they feel now is the time to make a clean break of it but they just don't know how. Choosing to take a TEFL course and getting qualified to teach English around the world is an excellent way to make a new start and take the first step on a whole new, exciting adventure in life.
Enhance your retirement. More and more people are retiring abroad in countries where the cost of living allows their pensions and savings to last longer and provide a better lifestyle than they would back home. Teaching English is a fantastic way for retirees to supplement their income, fill their time and get involved with the local community.
Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.