That’s right readers: this is my 100th Financial Travel Tip! I’m still on a roll, with many more to come. The finance of travel runs deep; everything boils down to finance in the end. Money makes the world go round….so let’s go round the world with it!
Today we’re discussing another way to earn income abroad – by Teaching English as a second language. You can do this with private schools (for people of all ages), public schools, international schools, and even special interest groups or associations.
A number of my colleagues have sustained themselves (and traveled, and saved money) by teaching English abroad; I’m led to believe it’s a cultural experience unto itself.
Shy of a week-long informal volunteer experience in Spain, I haven’t tried my hand at teaching English abroad. I watched a television show prior to my travels that showed how hard people were working teaching English while trying to enjoy travel and life abroad, and it turned me off. I had already traded in one rat race; I wasn’t eager for another one.
But Teaching English abroad pays – and often it pays well. It’s a great way to try your hand at living abroad (which is a cultural travel experience unto itself), allows you to use the area as a base for weekend and holiday trips, and often, you can accumulate savings to travel after your teaching contract is up (or between contracts).
A Week-In-The-Life of Teaching English Abroad
Here are some fellow long-term/full-time travelers who have taught English abroad, and they’ve written in precise detail about what the “daily grind” of teaching English is like:
People Who are Teaching English Abroad
Here are a few more resources of people I know who have worked (or are still working) abroad teaching English.
- Sherry Ott of Ottsworld taught English in Vietnam for a couple of years (she even got herself a motorbike there – eek!)
- Nomadic Samuel Jeffrey and his girlfriend Audrey (That Backpacker) have both taught English all over Asia.
Learn More About Teaching English Abroad
Here’s an article that outlines some solid tips and experiential advice from people who have taught English around the world:
How do I Get Into Teaching English Abroad?
There are many places you can arm yourself with the skills to teach English abroad, as well as to find gigs. Certifications include TESL, TESOL, TEFL, and CELTA. You can take classes either online or in person, and some organizations help with your job search and job placement upon completion of your certification. In the article above I interview a few different English Teachers about their experience and recommendations.
If you want to earn your TEFL online, check out Premier TEFL (affiliate link). I had a look at their courses and they seem solid.
Other Ways to Earn Money While Traveling
There are dozens of ways to earn a living while traveling. To learn more about them, find the best career/job for you, read about other travelers’ experiences, and discover all the tools you need, check out Working on the Road: The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom.
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