These days, we are spending a lot of time at home. COVID-19 has seen many countries shut their borders and impose a general lockdown on the local communities. To be sure, lockdown has been a necessary evil, but after a while spending 24/7 at home can get a bit stifling, a little bit frustrating, even a bit boring. We are social beings, and we were not made to spend long periods of time indoors with very little to no interaction with other people. Which is why teaching English as a Foreign Language might be just the lifesaver you are looking for right now.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language is becoming more and more popular. With people becoming more comfortable studying online, hundreds of thousands of English language learners are looking for online teachers, and wannabe TEFLers are signing up in their droves to be their teachers.
And why wouldn’t they? A job which you can do from the comfort of your home, with no need for a commute and a good way to earn some bucks – yes, please! Add to that the opportunity to travel the world and earn money while you do it when the world opens up again and it should come as no surprise that becoming a TEFL teacher is a very popular career choice right now. After all, there are not many careers that have thrived during lockdown as much as teaching online.
And the great thing is that anyone can do it. All you have to do is take a 120-hour TEFL course from an internationally-recognised and accredited TEFL course provider, and you’ll be ready for the classroom. A TEFL course will qualify you to teach in both a face-to-face classroom and a virtual one, so you can choose to teach online now and abroad later.
While we are still at home, teaching online is obviously the way to go. Jobs are relatively easy to find because there are hundreds of teaching companies springing up online every month to deal with the upsurge in online English language learning. Sign up with one (or a few) of these companies and soon you’ll be giving lessons to learners in Beijing or Barcelona or Bangalore.
When we are able to travel more freely, download the TEFL Word Factbook 2021 from The TEFL Academy. This valuable resource has useful information on over 100 countries where you can teach English as a Foreign Language – average teaching salaries, local costs of living, weather patterns, travel recommendations, and popular local food dishes – everything you need to know to help you choose where you want to hang your hat next.
It might still be a while before we are back to normal – whatever that might mean post-pandemic – so why not make the most of your time at home and study to teach English as a Foreign Language?