I knew that I wanted to move abroad but I also knew that I needed a back up plan just in case blogging did not pick up the way I wanted to I wanted another source of income to fall back on. Momma always to have a plan B and C.
At the time, and with my prior experience already I figured the one thing that made most sense to do was to teach English abroad. But in order to teach English abroad you would either need a bachelors degree and a TEFL certificate, but in some countries only a TEFL is necessary or just a bachelors in teaching.
TEFL: Teaching English as a Foreign Language means to teach the English language to students with different first languages. With obtaining a TEFL you can either teach at a state school, teach more privately at a language school, teach English online or even tutor on the side as well.
While researching which program I wanted to use (because there are soo many out there to choose from) I realized that the cost for most of the highly rated ones were in the 2000s for Thailand’s location. I could understand why some were too expensive because they were offering “guaranteed teaching placement” instead of “lifetime job search” assistance but still, $2000 on to of the $600-$800 one way flight ticket would make anyone reconsider.
I began to get frustrated and nearly gave up until I finally stumbled across TEFL Campus. I ended up choosing TEFL campus because for one, they were Thailand based. I’ve read and heard from first had experiences that people who used American based programs started with one company and then was transferred to another once they reached Thailand. I considered that to be very risky especially being that I was considering moving my whole life abroad. I wanted to be able to deal with the same people from start to finish.
There are two options available for Chiang Mai – standard and premium.
On top of the $300 off they even also offered a free online course to take to boost your qualifications.
Now, in order to be able to take TEFL Campus Chiang Mai course you do need to have these requirements:
- Must be 18 or older.
- Must be fluent in all aspects of English.*
- Must have basic computer skills for creating classroom materials.
- Must be good with working under tight schedules and meeting deadlines.
- Must have an open mind as it relates to living within new and different cultures.
- Teaching experience
- University degrees
Important for those whose English is not your first language:
***If English isn’t your first language, you must be fluent in reading, writing, listening and speaking in order to pass our course. If you are unsure about your level of English or have any doubts about your ability to pass the course, we would like to conduct a 10-20 minute interview with you over Skype. Basically, you must be able to present the language accurately at all times in the classroom. We strictly enforce this requirement and no exceptions to our course standards will be made for non-native English speakers (or native speakers!).
Are you convinced yet?!?
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