What’s your hidden talent? Do you tap dance? Are you awesome at Sudoku? Ever consider your ability to speak English might land you a job teaching your native tongue in Japan, Spain, France, Thailand or China? Aside from the tap dancing (while it could come in handy) if you want to work teaching English overseas it’s as easy as ABC – Student Flights can put you in touch with the best companies offering preparatory TEFL courses. Imagine getting paid to live and work in a foreign country of your dreams off the back of your native tongue! The best part? If you try hard enough you might just be able to learn another language too in the process. It’s a win-win situation really.
Where you go and how long you decide to stay is up to you – but before you decide, take a look at our diverse range of teaching courses and experiences in China, Nepal, Brazil, South Africa and France. From two weeks to over a month these packages are a great way to dip your toes into the world of teaching English abroad. There’s no telling where the experience could take you.
In France you’ll teach English to your host family for around 15 hours per week – they’ll provide you with your accommodation and home cooked French food. The rest of the time you can explore the French countryside or live out your Parisian fantasies. Intrigued by the land of the red dragon, we’ve got your China ‘in’covered – teach English in Xi’an and you’ll get to experience Chinese culture first hand in one of the oldest cities in China. Teach English in Nepal and you might also learn a thing or two from the Buddhists who run many of the schools here. In Brazil you’ll head to Rio’s favelas for a rewarding, eye opening experience. In Cape Town get to the heart of the South Africa and met kids who will steal your heart – helping them to learn to read will be a small favour in return.
What to pack for an epic overseas trip of 6 months (or more!)
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The travel stuff
- Visa appropriate for the country in which you will be teaching
- Passport with at least 6 months validity
- Travel insurance
The teaching stuff
- Complete TEFL course – online or classroom course options available via i-to-i
- You’ll need to be a native English speaker
- Make sure you CV is updated and ready to go for the application process
- Ensure you have appropriate TEFL Teaching Resources such as lesson activities, lesson plans, classroom and teacher resources, theory and research, and additional resources.
- Purchase an English dictionary, a grammar book, and supplies in case these items are not readily available.
- Let AEC (Australian Electoral Commission) know you’re leaving the country so you don’t get wacked with fines for not voting if there’s a local or national election on the horizon
- Make sure your Drivers licence is valid for awhile or apply for an international drivers licence
- Make copies of your documentation (i.e., passport, visas, birth certificate, etc.)
- Photocopy all documents including insurance particulars, record the numbers of your credit cards, passport, and airline tickets and give to a responsible family member or friend at home.
- Additional passport photos to ease the process of replacing a lost or stolen passport, or if other official documents are required once you are in your destination country.
- Medical – do you have you have all the drug prescriptions you need, including your glasses/ contact lens prescription if you wear them
- A spare pair of glasses and contact lenses (if you wear them)
- Have you had all the relevant shots / immunizations for the region you’re travelling to? And pack a list of the injections you’ve had just in case
- Visit your dentist to have a clean and check-up
- Details you need to set up a bank account in the country your headed
- How to apply to social security in that country (i.e. in the UK you’ll need an National Insurance N.I number)
- Tax – let the ATO know you’re leaving the country
- Credit and debit cards for travel
- Notify your bank and close any accounts that might charge you fees while you’re away
- Money – take approximately $200 with you as universal currency.
- Pay off any debts you have with friends, family or financial intuitions
- Cancel any automatic withdrawals you have from your bank account
- Camera, batteries & chargers
- International power adaptors
- Invest in a good backpack
- All your electronic chargers
- All insurance and emergency numbers
- Pack an extra memory card for your camera
- Address of the Australian embassy in the country your travelling to
The not so obvious
- Foam earplugs (to block out noisy travel buddies or offer to others if you’re the noisy one!)
- A good book – or if you’re really smart a novel which is based somewhere you’re travelling to - it adds an interesting perspective when you explore these destinations.
- If you have more than one credit card, separate them. Perhaps store one in your wallet and the other in your luggage. That way if you lose one or the other you’ll still have access to cash.
- Collect Australian souvenirs (those little clip-on koalas go down a treat) to give out to your students
- Purchase a few educational games or children’s word association games.
- Collect glossy catalogues and magazines with lots of pictures; these are hard to find in most developing countries and students love them!
- Find out what is considered to be proper attire in your classroom, including shoes, as well as weather appropriate clothing for your destination country.
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