Not everyone can afford to travel to exotic locations or take time off of work for a long vacation. But what if you could travel and get paid while you were gallivanting around a new locale? Impossible? No, dear reader, it is not. Thousands before you have taken a year or two to travel and live in their destination of choice where the cost of living was much cheaper than the salary they were paid from English teaching. The best part is that most are able to not only cover their expenses, but also save money while abroad.
One of the greatest occupations to live out this dream life abroad is to become an English teacher. The continents of South America, Africa and Asia are all great places to teach English. The cost of living is low and the demand for English teachers is high. Best of all, they are beautiful locations and on your weekends, vacation or during holidays you can travel around the country or to nearby countries with money to spare.
If you’re thinking that you can’t become an English teacher because you didn’t study elementary education in school, don’t worry. If you are a native English speaker, usually getting a TEFL certificate is a sufficient teaching qualification for most schools. After getting your TEFL, the next step is to choose your destination.
China should be at the top of your list for several reasons. First of all, demand is high and the infrastructure needed to host foreign teachers is in place. China has been hiring foreign English teachers since the late 1990s. You will most likely not be the first foreign teacher that your selected Chinese school or training center has hired. And you don’t want to be! Living in China for the first time can be difficult and your new employer should be familiar with what difficulties foreigners usually have and help you with everything you need to enjoy your time in China.
Secondly, living expenses are very low in China. You will most likely be shocked at how cheap food, transportation, and leisure activities are compared to your home country. The most expensive thing in China is housing, but as a renter, you should be able to find a place that is also quite reasonable compared to housing back home.
Third, China is a fascinating place to live and travel around. The culture, the food, the language and the people are captivating and will ensure you learn something new everyday. There is also a great deal of diversity in China. The landscapes, ethnic minorities, dialects, and ways of living are all different from one province to the next. China is hands down the most diverse country in Asia.
Whether you decide to teach in China or some other country, the final step is to locate a reputable school who will host your new adventure. Be sure to read lots of reviews and request to speak with a current foreign teacher to get the real picture of what life will be like and how the school treats their teachers. The school should also assist you with a work visa and other important things you’ll need to live and travel abroad.
If you’re sitting at home right now wondering what to do with your life, English teaching is probably the perfect thing for you. You will meet new people, have new experiences and learn new things about yourself. If you’re looking for a way to live abroad and still save money, English teaching is your best bet.