Never in a million years did I think I would become an English teacher. To be honest becoming a teacher was the last thing I ever wanted to do. I was worried that I would not know how to teach anything to anyone. I was worried I didn’t know any grammar (which I didn’t) and that students would call me out on it. I was worried that I wouldn’t know how to plan a lesson. Well, I actually didn’t know any of those things but thanks to the TEFL course I was taught all of it in a month. Here are 10 reasons to join TEFL:
Reason 1: You’ll become a better English speaker
To be honest my confidence with English grammar was very low considering the last time I learned it was 10 years ago in school. The TEFL teachers will help you to re-learn all English speaking rules and grammar so you feel confident teaching it to others.
Reason 2: You’ll meet friends from different countries and states
Everyone in the program is new like you, scared like you, and just as excited to be living in Barcelona. I got so close with the people from TEFL that we even traveled to different countries together and now live together.
Reason 3: You’ll experience a new culture by living in such a vibrant city
Barcelona is one of the most amazing cities I’ve ever lived in. The food is amazing, the beach is close by, the nightlife is great, and siestas are real.
Reason 4: You can travel around Europe on the weekends
Usually TEFL teachers work Monday-Friday so many of us enjoy traveling on the weekends. A flight to Paris or Milan can cost as little as 20 euros round-trip! In 5 months of living here I have already traveled to 6 different countries.
Reason 5: You’ll gain references from professional English speakers
Not only are the TEFL teachers there to help, they want you to grow and be successful. They have a lot of insight about teaching abroad and can help you find jobs if you need them.
Reason 6: You’ll live a couple miles away from the Mediterranean Sea
Bright, blue waters, beach volleyball, and mojitos delivered right to your towel. That is all.
Reason 7: You’ll gain self-confidence both in teaching and in your personal life
Teaching in front of people can be scary for the first time but after awhile you start to get used to being the center of attention. Support from other teachers as well will help you feel more comfortable as time goes on.
Reason 8: You’ll build your resume with a unique experience overbroad
It’s been said that employers love seeing ‘TEFL Certified’ on your resume because it shows that you are a risk-taker, you’re adaptable, and you’re more used to hearing and working with other languages.
Reason 9: You’ll learn to adapt in any situation
There has been times where I’ve spent hours preparing a lesson and then showed up to class and my students didn’t understand it. It can be frustrating at times but I’ve learned to think on my feet and tweak the lesson so that the students could understand it better.
Reason 10: You’ll grow up
Cheesy, but true. Not only will you learn to adapt yourself to a new environment, culture, and language but you’ll also learn how to take responsibility for your lessons, how you structure your classes, and how you organize your week. I was never organized before I became an English teacher and now I’ve learned (the hard way) that organization and teaching go hand-in-hand. Not only that but feeling homesick is normal. I’ve been able to lean on my friends that I’ve made from the course and have realized that I really can make it through anything. All in all, it’s a wonderful experience and you shouldn’t think twice about doing it. It’s worth it!
By Anna Preston