Travelling overseas together will set you up for a set of challenges that will help your relationship become even stronger. Going on a holiday is different to moving overseas and becoming expats by taking jobs like teaching English abroad. You are both going to be out of your comfort zone and you’ll have to learn how to handle that together.
Here are some of the ways that travel can strengthen a relationship.
No-one is Perfect
You’re not perfect, and here’s a secret that is about to be revealed, neither is your partner. Travelling will expose your flaws, weaknesses, and your strengths. You are going to learn how each other copes under stress, which problems you take to duck like a water to solve and which tasks you put on the long finger. You’re going to learn all about each other’s bad habits and what you find most attractive them. How angry they can get when nothing seems to be going their way and how beautiful their laughter sounds. Travelling with your partner is going to put you in a situation where you will have to see each other at their best and worst.
Become Best Friends
The moment you both decided you were going to travel and teach English abroad that you were setting yourself up for an amazing adventure. Just like in those much-loved children stories when people unite to embark on a quest together, their bond strengthens and they become best friends, and that exactly what it’ll be like between you and your partner.
You will create memories together; time will seem to stand still, and the days will feel full as you make every moment count. Living life to the fullest and finding things to laugh about as you travel overseas will not only make your relationship more meaningful but will make you best friends.
Trust Each Other
It’s very easy to trust one another when you can predict everything that you’ll do from the moment you wake up to the time you go to sleep. However, when you’ve taken the plunge to move abroad and enter a different environment where you’re putting each other in situations where anything and everything could happen, you have to be able trust your partner to help overcome challenges.
It might be clinging to your partner as they drive a scooter for the first time on the backroads of a country in South East Asia. Or your other half is communicating for directions on your behalf because they’re picking up the language a little faster than you are. Or keeping the job they’ve got while you’re still looking for one and learning to budget together. These are the situations where you will both emerge as a stronger unit as the bond of trust between one another strengthens.
Fall in Love Again
You don’t mean for it to happen but after some time, you’re special someone might not be treated so special anymore. You take it for granted that they’re there in your life and those butterflies you had in your stomach during those first few weeks are no longer there. However, when you travel together to take on a challenge like teaching English abroad and are in a stimulating environment, you start learning something new about your other half. And it’s exciting. Those sparks are reignited and as you explore your new surroundings, everything seems fresh and full of possibilities.
Your Values Change
When you travel with your other half, you realise that they’re all you need to light up your day. When you’re at home and going through your day to day routine, you can become easily distracted from what’s actually important. You place value in materialistic items such as the coat going on sale that you needed for the winter season just gone. When you travel, you realise the things that you need in your life suddenly aren’t so important.
You place more value in going for strolls along the beach hand in hand with your loved one as the sun falls behind the horizon from the crimson lit sky. Clinking two glasses together from a skybar overlooking a city at night. Getting lost together and arguing about whose fault it was before figuring it out together. Sharing with each other your stories form the day, such as the child’s smile that lit up their face after you helped learn a new word in class.
It’s these types of experiences that you share with each other that you learn are the thing you value the most.
Have Together Secrets
You know the type of secrets that we’re talking about. The ones that you have with your partner where you’re at a gathering and someone brings up something that makes your eyes meet. Or a mention of some event triggers a shared discreet smile between you. When you travel together, the secrets that are meant for just you two to have and keep to the grave tenfold. You will have so many that you’ll laugh about with each other or swear never to mention again. These are the type of intimate things that make relationships stronger.
Have Shared Dreams
Travelling together is a bonding experience and the reason people travel to unknown destinations or to have new experiences is because there’s a sense of wanderlust in them that they want to explore. That they want to chase after dreams.
Travelling together to teach English is not something you really do to have something tangible. Maybe you’ll make money out of it but the biggest thing you’re looking to create is memories.
You’ll learn so much about each other and as you face all of the challenges head on together, you’ll form dreams. You’ll share common aspirations and have visions of what your future could look like together if you both took further chances.
In general, you don’t need a degree to teach English abroad or online. Our certification stands alone and you can get employment without pairing it with a degree. However, some TEFL employers do prefer their teachers to have a degree. More importantly, for some countries, it’s a visa requirement. This means you can’t obtain a work permit without a bachelor’s degree or higher. Some of these countries include China, Japan, UAE and Vietnam.
Our advice is if you have your sights set on a certain country, look into the visa requirements first before putting time and effort into finding a job there. This will save you time and disappointment. If it’s a school preferability, and not a visa requirement, there’s sometimes some leeway.
You do not need any prior teaching degrees or experience to teach abroad. Once you have your TEFL certificate, you can secure work as a TEFL teacher. A BA in Education would enhance your CV, but it’s not a necessity. Completing a TEFL course that includes teaching practice, like our Hybrid TEFL Courses, will also help your CV.
If you want to experience different cultures and see the world, teaching English abroad is for you. Not only will you get to explore new places, you’ll also meet new people and get the chance to make a difference to the lives of language learners. A TEFL certification lasts a lifetime. So, you can dip in and out of teaching abroad whenever you feel like it.
It is not necessary to speak any other languages. You’ll be able to find a job and work comfortably without knowing the language spoken in your chosen country. Of course, it is always an advantage, even if it’s just the basics. We recommend learning a few phrases before you move abroad like hi, thank you, goodbye and sorry.
You’re never too old to gain new qualifications! Some TEFL employers do have age restrictions, but there are ample opportunities for more mature teachers. There are also the options to teach English from home as a private tutor or online tutor.
We recommend one of our Hybrid TEFL Courses if you would like to teach English in Europe. These hybrid courses give you the best of both worlds. You’ll get the training and certification you need, as well as teaching practice through the 10 Hour Virtual TEFL Course.
The accredited courses are the quickest way to get TEFL certified, and are accepted by schools and institutes worldwide. Choose from a 120, 180 or 240 hour accredited TEFL course depending on the level of training you require.
The TEFL Institute+44 20 3318 53666 Mornington Pl.,Greater London NW1 7RP, United Kingdom
4.9 out of 5 stars -