Is the monotony of student life sucking the passion and drive from you? Are you stumped about your future goals? Want to take a break without stopping your educational progress? Want that break to strengthen your resume and overall perspective on life? Gap year teaching abroad may be the answer for you!
The opportunity to step away from the drudges of college or pre-college life and travel the world while making an impact on the education of students can be the perfect solution to spice up your life. Gap year teaching abroad is the chance to take a year off before college, or before stepping into a career, and teach English in another country. It’s an experience that will expand your perspective on life, allow you the possibility to live in another culture, and strengthen skills that you’ll need in any future career.
Unsure of where you want to spend the year? Not to worry, there are many different destinations to choose from.
Asian countries have a rich culture and history that provide the perfect backdrop for an incredible gap year. And due to the high demand for native speakers and the growing popularity of the English language, Asia is a growing market for English teachers. Schools or teaching programs often provide courses for potential teachers in order to understand and gain teaching techniques specifically for teaching in Asia.
China is a very popular gap year destination due to the expanding English teaching market, the demand for native English speakers, and the possibility to teach without a TEFL certificate. Not only are students excited and eager to learn from a native speaker, but also the perks usually include free airfare, housing allowance, and paid vacation during the Chinese holidays.
Cambodia is another country with a growing teaching market looking to hire native English speakers that may not have a TEFL certificate. Cambodia is a beautiful destination to spend your gap year on a beach, err, the classroom. Like China, many Cambodian programs provide potential teachers with flight reimbursement, housing allowance, as well as paid vacation time.
The prospect of traveling to Europe many seem enticing, but what about living there during a gap year? Many European countries have a high demand for native English speakers with a comprehensive background in teaching or the English language. Potential teachers are required to have a 2-year or 4-year degree, as well as a TEFL certificate.
Russia has a very high demand for native English speakers to teach English as the popularity of the English language spans the massive country. Russia’s cold winters may not seem ideal for a romantic gap year abroad teaching, but the rich culture and stunning landscapes can change any mind. Like many countries, Russia has many opportunities and covers the cost of the flight, visa, and housing.
Spain is seen as the country of incredible food and beauty, which makes it the perfect gap year destination. Teaching English in Spain has maintained popularity throughout the years, with many different opportunities at a range of schools across the country. Finding a position with many perks such as flight reimbursement, housing allowance, and visa support is easily possible.
Latin America is a diverse group of countries, each with their own unique culture. Yet they do have similarities in language and certain cultural aspects, so that spending time a couple of Latin American countries is a popular option for gap year teachers, especially those who stay longer than one year. The demand for native English speakers with 2-year and 4-year degrees is growing as the popularity of the English language expands across the region.
Mexico has beautiful landscapes and a rich culture, from the coastal cities to the urban capital of Mexico City, which makes it an ideal gap year destination. Moreover, Mexico even passed a law that allows any native English speaker with a TEFL certificate to obtain a work permit to teach in the country.
Nicaragua is often compared to Costa Rica, but this beautiful country is incredible in its own right, with a rich culture and history and extensive natural beauty.Nicaragua can offer a gap year away from crowded tourist areas, and offer an opportunity to dive deep into the authentic Latin America. Major cities are where many of the teaching positions in Nicaragua are located. The Nicaraguan gap year teaching programs typically offer many benefits such as flight reimbursement, health insurance, and Spanish lessons.
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Teaching Chile allows those still in the process of obtaining college degrees the opportunity to teach English with the assistance of a local English teacher in the classroom.
International TEFL Academy is one of the largest TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification schools in the world, training over 1,200 new teachers a year. Over 95% of their students do not have a degree in education. They simply want to get paid to teach abroad, attend training, and get help to find the right teaching positions around the world.
ITTT Online TEFL Course offers internationally recognized and accredited online courses to over 500 new trainees each month. ITTT course graduates are now working in over 40 countries around the world. Their online courses offer flexible and affordable certification options ranging from 60-250 hours, allowing you to study from home and teach in some of the most exciting destinations around the globe.