My life plan went out the window when I dropped my accounting major, and I’m okay with it. I don’t know what I want to do forever, but I know it needs to involve travel: and lots of it. I’ll be graduating from university in less than a year, and my only requirement for a post-grad job is that it is abroad. With that in mind, I set off to become certified in teaching English as a Second Language.
Teaching English is one of the most prominent and successful ways for young people to move abroad with almost no money, which is what I’ll be doing. Tons of bloggers have done it: Amanda @ Living in Another Language, Matt @ Nomadic Matt and Liz @ Young Adventuress come to mind. I’ve been doing a ton of research and talking to a ton of people about my potential job prospects, and I have to say I’m extremely excited to start the application process and find a job overseas in 2016. The possibilities are truly endless with a TEFL certificate! Whether you want to move to Japan, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, or France, you’ll likely need a TEFL certificate to find a reputable job unless you have some killer connections. Some of the most popular options are the JET (Japan) and EPIK (Korea) programs, which have a more intensive application process, but the list of benefits is insane. They fly you out there for free, you get a million bonuses, housing is covered – sounds like a dream come true for a poor college student, huh? Who doesn’t want to make money while you travel?
Once I decided that this was what I wanted to do, my next step was to get certified. Most of the options were ludicrously expensive; some courses were over $1000 dollars which was definitely not happening. After fruitless searching, I settled on taking courses as electives at my school and then paying $600 to actually get certified – it wasn’t cheap, but it was all I could find. Then, I stumbled upon tefl247: an up-and-coming TEFL course that certifies you with a 140-hour course for around $100 Canadian. I thought it was too good to be true, but I did some research and asked some questions and realized that this was actually legit.
With tefl247, you get a fully accredited course for a fraction of the price of most. They can also provide job hunt help if you’re interested, and their creators have a ton of experience with English teaching. Another benefit is that since the company is still small, they respond to any emails or phone calls for help very promptly. You’re given three months to complete your course with tefl247, but I wanted to get it done before I started school again; so I put in lots of hours over Christmas break and finished it in about 3 weeks. The course I took has 10 modules, and you have to get higher than an 85% on a final test. I made to sure to keep detailed notes as I learned; they came in handy and I passed my test on the first try!
If you’re looking to become certified in TEFL, I can’t recommend tefl247 more! The customer service and quality of the course are phenomenal, and you seriously can’t beat the price. Trust me, I tried! If you use this link, you’ll get access to a code that gives you 60% off your course; making the 140-hour option only $99. You can also use the following coupon code: tefl247130.