How to choose a TEFL internship? - Premier TEFL

How to choose a TEFL internship?


*If only* choosing the perfect TEFL internship was as simple as finding your next great Netflix binge. Oh wait, that can be pretty hard too. But rather than letting you scroll mindlessly through Romantic Comedies vs. Recommended for You vs. Originals and so on, we’ve compiled this handy list to help YOU make sense of your options and (hopefully) zero on in which is the best TEFL internship for you.

First of All — What are the Perks of a TEFL Internship?

TEFL internships put you on the right track — and fast. Rather than earning your TEFL certificate and watching your bank account dwindle, these paid TEFL internships oftentimes allow you to work, learn, and earn money, all at the same time!

Wondering the difference between a TEFL internship and a TEFL job? We break it down here.

The Right TEFL Internship If You… Want the Highest Monthly Allowance

Make it RAIN, maybe not dollars, but definitely Baht or Dong. If you want to make the most money possible while completing your paid TEFL internship, look closely at opportunities in Thailand and Vietnam.

Program Snapshots

 

Paid TEFL Internship in Thailand

  • Four months
  • 240 hour TEFL course included
  • Monthly allowance 30,000 – 34,000 THB (US$880-US$1,000, €780-€885, £680-£770)


Paid TEFL Internship in Vietnam

  • Four and a half months
  • 35 hours of teaching weekly
  • Monthly stipend of US $700 (€625, £540)

The Right TEFL Internship If You… Want to Learn a Second Language Yourself!

Why do the students get to have all of the fun? There are many paid TEFL internship opportunities out there in countries that speak the languages YOU want to learn. Don’t believe us? Read on to see how you can teach English abroad and learn a foreign language while you’re at it.

Program Snapshots

 

Paid TEFL Internship in Spain

  • Nine months — plenty of time to perfect your vosotros and paelle
  • 120 hours of TEFL training and 150 hour university TEFL course included
  • Monthly allowance of €315 (US$355, £275)


Paid TEFL Internship in Cambodia

  • Two and a half months
  • FREE khmer language classes
  • 240 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Monthly allowance of US$300 (€265, £235)


Paid TEFL Internship in China

  • Four and a half months
  • FREE Mandarin Chinese language classes
  • 240 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Monthly allowance of RMB¥2,000 (US$290, €260, £230) AND Flight reimbursement of RMB¥4,500 (US$660, €590, £515)

The Right TEFL Internship If You… Don’t Have a Degree

Hey — not all of us made it through university or turned the tassel on our graduation cap. And that’s TOTALLY okay when it comes to teaching English abroad. There are a handful of countries that welcome younger teachers or those without university / college degrees.

For more info on where to teach abroad without a degree, read this article.

Program Snapshots

 

Paid TEFL Internship in China

  • Four and a half months
  • 240 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Monthly allowance of RMB¥2,000 (US$290, €260, £230) AND Flight reimbursement of RMB¥4,500 (US$660, €590, £515)


Paid TEFL Internship in Chile

  • Four months
  • 240 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Monthly allowance of CLP$70,000 (US$100, €90, £80)


Paid TEFL Internship in Romania

  • Three or four weeks
  • 240 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Teacher allowance of €200 (US$225, £175)

The Right TEFL Internship If You… Love a Bargain

Who doesn’t love getting great value for their money? We love a bargain, and we know our TEFL internship participants probably do too. That’s why you’ve just gotta check out this list of our most affordable overall TEFL internships abroad. Thanks to government sponsorships, many of these programs don’t have many extra fees — applicants simply pay for TEFL training and some administration. Woot!

Program Snapshots

 

Paid TEFL Internship in China

  • Four and a half months
  • 240 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Monthly allowance of RMB¥2,000 (US$290, €260, £230) AND Flight reimbursement of RMB¥4,500 (US$660, €590, £515)


Paid TEFL Internship in Colombia

  • Five months
  • 240 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Monthly stipend of COP$1,500,000 (US$520, €460, £400)


Paid TEFL Internship in Spain

  • Nine months
  • 120 hours of TEFL training and 150 hour university TEFL course included
  • Monthly allowance of €315 (US$355, £275)


Paid TEFL Internship in Brazil

  • Four months
  • 240 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Monthly allowance of R$1100 (US$340, €300, £265)


Paid TEFL Internship in Chile

  • Four months
  • 240 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Monthly allowance of CLP$70,000 (US$100, €90, £80)

The Right TEFL Internship If You… Aren’t a Native English Speaker

You learned the language, and now you’re ready to give back and help others learn the language. You know what explanations work and which ones fall on deaf ears. You know how to truly empathize with your students, and you’re an awesome candidate for a TEFL internship — especially in these countries.

Read more on this topic here and here.

Program Snapshots

 

Paid TEFL Internship in Cambodia

  • Two and a half months
  • FREE khmer language classes
  • 240 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Monthly allowance of US$300 (€265, £235)


Paid TEFL Internship in India

  • Four months
  • 120 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Monthly stipend RS7,500 – RS10,000 (US$115-US$155, €105-€140, £90-£120)


Paid TEFL Internship in Buenos Aires

  • Six months
  • 240 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Monthly stipend up to USD $650~$900 (€575~€800, £500~£700)

The Right TEFL Internship If You… Don’t Have Much Time

If only we all had months and months and months to devote to traipsing around the planet, saving the world via English, and helping others gain a super awesome new skill. Well, for those of us who want to taste the experience without committing the next 12 months, consider these short-term TEFL internships:

Program Snapshots

 

Paid TEFL Internship in Cambodia

  • Two and a half months
  • FREE khmer language classes
  • 240 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Monthly allowance of US$300 (€265, £235)


Paid TEFL Internship in China

  • Four and a half months
  • FREE Mandarin Chinese language classes
  • 240 hour TEFL Expert Course included
  • Monthly allowance of RMB¥2,000 (US$290, €260, £230) AND Flight reimbursement of RMB¥4,500 (US$660, €590, £515)

The Right TEFL Internship If You… Are Looking to be Abroad for Awhile

On the flip side, sometimes you want to jump in fully to new experiences and give yourself a chance to get fully wrapped up in life abroad. Whether you’re drawn to longer teaching internships due to the chance to travel, to master your TEFL skills, or have heaps of adventures, then you can also find long term TEFL internships, too!

Program Snapshots

 

Paid TEFL Internship in Spain

  • Nine months
  • hours of TEFL training and 150 hour university TEFL course included
  • Monthly allowance of €315 (US$355, £275)

Now You Know How to Choose the Right TEFL Internship!

You are the master of your fate and the stars are truly aligning for a TEFL internship to be a part of your journey. Find the program that’s best for you then high-tail it abroad. We’ll see you there!

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