Is it too soon to start thinking about summer already? Not if you want to better last year’s events!
To avoid the dreaded move back home, the boredom, the menial summer job and the average pay to match, how does moving abroad for a summer sound instead? Scary? Impossible? A lot of organisation? Wrong! Avoid being average this summer – boost your CV, meet new people, earn money & get a tan whilst you’re at it by teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).
Teach English at a Summer Camp
A lot of students who want to do something a bit different with their summer look into teaching English abroad. With so many language summer schools popping up all over Europe and even further afield there is a huge demand for Native English speakers to teach English! Common destinations include France, Spain, Italy, Austria and even Finland!
Why should you do it?
There is a never-ending list of reasons why you should teach English at a summer camp but here are a few to start. Ready? Here goes:
– You’ll gain international work experience – as a student in today’s economic climate it has become really important to think about how you can sell yourself to future employers. International work experience ticks a lot of boxes as it shows that you are able to think outside of the box. Forget London…think bigger!
– You’ll have fun – simple as! Camp life is a lot of fun; you’ll meet lots of like-minded TEFL teachers and, after lessons are over, you’ll be able to relax into the camp lifestyle and enjoy the sunshine!
– Getting paid & perks – you’ll receive a wage and, more often than not, your employer will provide you with accommodation and food.
– Short contracts – the beauty of a summer camp is that teaching contracts vary from 2 weeks to 2 months allowing you to dip your toes into the world of teaching English abroad without taking the plunge.
– No degree or experience necessary – Still a student and an EU resident? You’re allowed to work anywhere in the EU without a degree. Problem solved. You don’t need experience to teach English abroad all you need is to speak English and have an accredited TEFL certificate such as those from i-to-i.
What about after University?
Interested in taking TEFL further after graduation? Perhaps further afield? Most TEFL contracts in schools, kindergartens and Universities around the world can be from eight months to a year. If you’re an avid traveller, this is a great way to really immerse yourself in a different culture, perhaps pick up another language and stock up your CV with incredible skills.
The most popular destinations include the likes of: China, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Spain! Each country has its own charm, pull-factors and wow-factors. There are, however, some great perks to look out for when it comes to applying for a TEFL job abroad. Some employers will offer, alongside your wage, free accommodation, food, visa assistance and even flight reimbursement!