The TEFL Insider
Trustworthy tips, tales, and advice from Bridge's experienced staff
Teaching English online is a growing segment of the TEFL industry, and for good reason. Newly certified teachers can teach online to gain valuable experience, and more seasoned teachers may teach online to supplement their income or provide the freedom to work from anywhere in the world. Read an interview with Caitlin, who is currently teaching English online, to learn about the pros and cons and how to get started.
Have you thought of teaching English in Chile? With mind-blowing natural beauty, exciting city life in Santiago and a high demand for English teachers throughout the country, Chile is calling your name. Requirements to teach here are flexible, so you can either get TEFL certified online before you go, or at BridgeChile right in Santiago. When you graduate, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to teach adult professionals looking to improve their English skills for the global marketplace.
Once you are TEFL certified and start browsing TEFL job sites, you realize pretty quickly that there’s no lack of teaching jobs worldwide. It’s exciting! But the truth is, it can also be overwhelming. When faced with hundreds of job openings in countries around the globe, how you can be sure a job is legitimate? To help you vet potential employers abroad before you sign on the dotted line, I offer the five basic tips.
From my first visit to Italy, to the city of Florence in 2012, I had an unique connection. After exploring different options, I decided that getting certification as a English teacher was a way of obtaining my dream of living in Italy. After receiving a copy of my certification I got to work and found a list of English Schools in Italy… and decided that the Inlingua School of Parma was the right fit for me.
You want to teach English abroad, but with all the various websites, blogs and random advice out there, you’re not sure how to get started. Don’t let information overload stall your plans! Follow this easy step-by-step instruction guide to get your plans to teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in gear.
Jonathan is a Bridge graduate whose path to teaching started with the Cambridge CELTA course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 2010. After the CELTA, Jonathan taught in Colombia for almost a year, then returned home to teach and earn his master’s degree in education. Now he’s teaching abroad once again– this time in beautiful Cozumel, Mexico, where we recently caught up with him.
After a year and a half abroad in Costa Rica, teaching for two language institutes and online, and taking advantage of everything living in a new country had brought me, I decided to return back to my hometown in the United States. All my friends wanted to know, Why? You get to go to the beach or rainforest or even travel to another country on the weekends…why come back? And mainly, What will you do now?
Taylor, a TEFLOnline.com graduate from Pennsylvania, is currently working as an English teacher in Japan. She teaches classes of adult students for the Japanese American Society, which is on the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Iwakuni, Japan. We recently asked Taylor to tell us about her experience so far living and working in Japan.
As a Program Advisor at BridgeTEFL, I’m often asked if I’ve taught overseas myself and where. When I reveal that I taught English in Costa Rica and Morocco, I usually get a thoughtful pause, followed by the natural next question – how did those two places compare? While most people can imagine life in Costa Rica with its toucans, salsa dancing and laid-back, pura vida culture, Morocco is more of a mystery. I chose to go there because I wanted something totally different, and of course I got it!
Alan Tomko is a TEFLOnline.com graduate who went on to teach in China, where he is currently living. He shared some of his interesting experiences there, including making friends with the help of translation software and the feeling of being treated like local celebrity in everyday life! When did you arrive in China and how […]