Where is the Best Place to Teach Abroad?
May 8, 2010 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) 2599 Views
The best place to teach English abroad? Well of course it all depends on the individual, your worldview, your tastes, experiences and your ambitions. Everyone has different motivations, different expectations and lifestyles. It's these dynamics that will determine the most suitable destination for your teaching abroad.
Some people try to break down the choices by suggesting you look at what extra curricula activities a territory offers, whether you can find somewhere to snowboard or surf or pursue the sorts of hobbies or sports you like to at home. Others criteria offered are things like your sociability, how easy you find it to make friends and how your language abilities might or might not be an issue. There's your domestic set up - whether you are travelling with a partner or have children for instance. There are plenty of considerations to ponder and if you took the time to sit down and try to identify a location that fulfilled each and every one, you might end up never leaving home. Perhaps the easiest way to look at finding the best location in which to teach tefl abroad is not to ask yourself how similar to your existing life you want your new life to be, but how different. Follow your heart.
Perhaps you are looking to travel to distant lands and sample a completely different way of life, to immerse yourself in completely new customs, traditions and cultures. Maybe you want to experience something alien, a new language, a different climate and all the interest and excitement that that will bring. Teaching jobs in Asia certainly fit the bill when it comes to 'different', with popular teaching Asian destinations such as Korea, China, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore all offering their own inimitable versions. One thing teaching English in other countries and especially in Asia is bound to teach you though is that whatever your preconceptions of a country, to whatever degree you prepare and however similar your think countries might be to each other, the chances are that you will be wrong. The idiosyncrasies, unique flavours and shades gradually reveal themselves as you spend time there living and working. The more time you spend in Asia the deeper it gets. Expect the unexpected.
Maybe you're more of a Europhile. There's certainly enough rich European history and culture to choose from. Prague ranks consistently high in the best places to teach polls - beautiful, sophisticated and a relatively known quantity. Similarly Berlin and Germany, Paris and France, Poland, Spain and Italy all score high on the quality of life, sophisticated culture and classical cool Euro stakes.
South and Central America are also increasingly popular for teaching jobs abroad. Maybe that GCSE Spanish will come in handy after all. Africa too, North America, anywhere in fact where English teachers are in demand (which means everywhere) could end up being your perfect teaching location. Do your homework and research, research, research. There are plenty of online resources through which to gather first hand experiences and information. Do your reading, ask questions, listen and learn. You'll find your own way soon enough.
To Teach English abroad is the perfect opportunity for any English speaker to explore the world and immerse themselves in new cultures. Whether you're a trained teacher or a complete beginner, a TEFL qualification is your ticket for the journey of your life.