Living and working in Europe has one major benefit – plenty of travel opportunities! It’s very easy to explore the country you’re teaching in and also to get around the rest of Europe. Another benefit for EU citizens is you don’t have to worry about any visas while travelling. With the likes of the Eurail, you could have breakfast in one country and by the end of the day, eat dinner in another country!
2. The Euro
Many of you will know when you work and live in Europe, most of the currency is in Euro. This will make travelling around Europe easier as it is a strong currency and you will not have to exchange it for any other currencies. When you exchange money it costs you, so this way your money will stretch even further and may even save you money!
3. Competitive pay
Speaking of the euro, all across Europe there’s a huge demand for English teachers. Europe also has a high cost of living, which means a competitive salary. Europe is a good place if you are looking to make a good wage with opportunities to earn more as well as travel.
4. Delicious food
When it comes to good food, Europe has it all. From homemade pasta, bratwurst, tapas and so much more! While in Europe you could start your morning with an espresso and a crepe in France and by the end of the day be in Spain enjoying tapas for dinner.
5. Beautiful scenery
Teach English in Europe and you can wake up to watch the sunrise over the Mediterranean or see the Alps. Every country in Europe has stunning views and, while your working in your country of choice, you have a chance to see these views. Not only will you get the experience of saying you saw these jaw-dropping views, but you can also step up your Instagram game. Snap of a few shots of the view to make everyone back at home wishing they were with you!
6. Learn a new language
There are many languages spoken across Europe. With every new country you visit, you could be immersed in a different language than the country before. Teach English in Europe and get the opportunity to not only teach but also to learn. You could add a second, third or fourth language by the time you return home – perfect for making your resume stand out.
7. The rich history
Europe has a very diverse history with plenty of museums and architecture to visit in every country. Teaching English in Europe gives you the opportunity to learn that country’s history by seeing it for yourself and walking through the same streets. You’ll see history come to life right in front of you!
8. Work-life balance
If you’re teaching English in Europe, you’ll be protected as there is a strong emphasis across all countries for protecting their citizens. You will have a set number of days off every year and will only have to work a set number of hours a week. This ensures you have a good work-life balance and have time to make the most of being abroad and doing things you love.
9. The nightlife
This has changed, of course, with COVID-19. But, before COVID-19 the parties and nightlife across Europe were fantastic. And it will come back! You can dance all night and then watch the sunrise the next day. In some countries, bars and restaurants have reopened, so you can still enjoy a night out with a glass of wine with your friends.
10. TEFL requirements
When you teach English in Europe, you will need a TEFL certificate with at least 120 hours of training. When you first join the world of TEFL, it can be overwhelming with all the courses and qualifications out there. There’s also plenty of companies that offer these courses. However, some hold a better reputation with employers meaning more job opportunities. Also, some courses have not been created by industry professionals who have experience teaching English. Take all these factors into consideration to make sure you pick the course that is right for you and is verified.
If you need advice on how to teach English in Europe, talk to our team today. Our TEFL experts are more than happy to help!
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.
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