How to Plan a Paid TEFL Gap Year on Three Continents 🌎
You want to teach abroad—but you want adventure too. Some TEFL teachers take off to Taiwan or jetset for Jaipur for one-year teaching abroad jobs. Established routine, neighborhood gossip, and all that jazz. But not you. You want to teach abroad, but you want adventure too.
You want to stay in a place long enough to know the scenic vs. the quickest route home, where to get the best homemade empanadas in town, and how to help those (downright silly) tourists when they’re looking lost at their Google maps.
You want to develop meaningful relationships and get to know your students, but you’re also by NO means looking to “settle down.” That’s why a few months here and a few months there—all while still honing in on your teaching craft and your ESL lesson planning skills—is exactly what you’re looking for.
Well, my uprooted friend, you’re in luck. Premier TEFL has just the path for you. Here’s our best advice to not only teach abroad in multiple countries for a year, but also to teach abroad on multiple continents for a year. Grab your passport and let’s bounce!
Do you have a degree? Start here.
Different career paths avail themselves to different ESL teachers depending on their level of qualification. You will need a TEFL certificate regardless, but those who have completed a four-year degree program will have a wider variety of options when it comes to the TEFL job market.
Here’s our recommended teach abroad itinerary for ESL teachers that already have a bachelor’s degree:
Stop One: Anglo TEFL Europe for 3 weeks
The Anglo TEFL Europe scholarship program is almost too good to be true. You get your 120 advanced TEFL course, 200+ hours of observed classroom teaching, orientation, accommodations in a hotel, three meals a day, visa guidance, and ongoing support. FO’ FREE (basically—there’s a €19 fee).
You can opt to based in one of eleven fabulous European cities in one of the following seven countries: Czech Republic, England, Ireland, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Romania.
Needless to say, your paid TEFL gap year around the world will be off to a (really) good start.
Stop Two: Teach in Chile for Five Months
A pinnacle for adventurous (Patagonia wearing) English teachers. Hike the Andes and Chilean Coast Range mountains or head to the beach for some surf. Chile will not disappoint wine connoisseurs or coffee cravers either.
Learning English has been a focus of the business community for some time now—great news for your future ESL job prospects there.
Chile, South America will be stop number two on your paid TEFL gap year. You’ll get a monthly stipend of ~$985 USD, 170 hours of Ofqual regulated Level 5 TEFL training, paid public holidays (woot!), orientation, and accommodation assistance—basically everything you need to start your favorite five months ever on the right foot.
Stop Three: Teach in Thailand for Four Months
There’s no possible way any words that we can write will do justice to the epic beauty of Thailand. And it doesn’t stop there. Thailand sets the bar high for ESL teachers around the globe when it comes to their standard of living, access to nature, and, well duh, ability to eat mind-blowingly delicious food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—daily. Thailand is an ESL teacher’s dream, and no paid TEFL gap year around the world would be replete without a semester stop here.
Premier TEFL’s Thailand program hooks up with around $800 monthly, not to mention 170 hours of Ofqual regulated Level 5 TEFL training, airport pickup, orientation, accommodation subsidization, and more. You’ll get weekends AND holidays off, perfect for mini adventures around beautiful Southeast Asia with your new lifelong BFFs.
Non degree holder? No problem. Start here.
Not every individual who dreams of teaching abroad would have already had the luxury of attending higher education—we see you and we get you. We’ve worked hard to curate excellent teaching abroad opportunities for those of us on our own path. Here’s our recommended round the world itinerary for the best destinations for getting paid to teach abroad:
Stop One: Anglo TEFL Europe for 3 weeks
Say what? You read right ^^, this incredible scholarship program is available to both degree and non-degree holding individuals. We love this as a first stop for ESL teachers jetting off for a year because you get the in-person training you need in a supportive environment. You’ll be doing yourself—and your students—a favor by improving your skills, mastering adaptability in the classroom, and learning to plan effective lessons like a boss.
It’s a high-impact learning experience where YOU’RE the student, likewise increasing your empathy for the students you’ll eventually be teaching. It’s hard to be tough on them or impatient when you remember back to a few weeks ago when you were also scratching your head about why that adjective comes first in this instance.
Stop Two: China for 3 months or 4.5 months
You’ve probably had your eyes on China since you tried digging their from your backyard sandbox at age three. We’re with you—and we haven’t lost our heart-eyes for China yet! China beckons the most intrepid of ESL teachers, who are rewarded with experiencing a culture with deep respect for educators and hospitality like nowhere else on the planet (hope you like tea!). Turn your eyes towards the (far) east after your Anglo TEFL Europe experience, and enjoy three unparalleled months of teaching, adventuring, and slurping noodles.
Stop Three: Brazil for 4 months
Continue to make way around the world as you head from the far east to the deep south. No, not Antebellum, but Latin America! Brazil is an incredible destination to round out your year of travels and teaching English abroad. With a culture that truly redefines “melting pot,” you’ll love getting to know this powerhouse as you peel back its many layers.
Whether you end up in a private school, a public school, or a language academy, you’re bound to be delighted by the warm, friendly students (and the warm, gooey cheese bread balls, obviously. #paodequeijo4life). Wrap up your nine full months of changing lives with weekend adventures to Iguazu Falls or Touchdown Jesus. This was definitely a year to remember!
You’re ready for a paid TEFL gap year—ALL. AROUND. THE. WORLD.
Whether you are degree-totin’ or not, we’ve got a RTW travel itinerary with YOUR name on it. See the world, but don’t go broke while doing it. Request a callback to start getting all those stamps in your passport today!