Studying before you go overseas to travel
I believe this will enable me to teach in some schools, or gain employment along the way if need be.
Why teach English as a second language?
From Chinese businessmen to Peruvian school children, many people around the globe want to learn English.
Studying before you go overseas to travel is something you might want to consider.
I have known several people who gained great jobs in schools, and living with wealthy families on a wage with free accommodation and meals included.
Options with Learning
What I chose
The standard recognized qualification is the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)/ University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adult. This is an intensive, practical course (four weeks if you undertake it on a full-time basis) and competition for places is stiff. You will have to attend an interview, at which you may be given a short written test dealing with common grammatical and semantic problems that may occur while you are teaching.
These RSA Certificate courses cost in the region of £700-£1,000 – up to about $2,000 and you would have to head to the UK to start your trip, or before you travel. So not my chosen study course and studying before you go overseas it needs to be considered.
Also, the advantage of being taught by organizations like this is they often have language schools abroad, so once you have gained your qualification you are very likely to be given a job with them.
What can I do once qualified to teach?
My skills can also be used if I am asked to speak to classes or in the churches we visit. I can also teach at some school or privately give tuition.
I believe in some places you can arrange lessons in exchange for meals with restaurant owners etc.
A set of picture flashcards to take with you with English word on the back.
This can be something your child makes up for you to take by cutting out pictures from toddler books or magazines.
I will add more to this section when I finish my studies.
Questions and Comments
- Do you exploit your talents while traveling?
- How do you ensure your qualifications are still applicable even when traveling?
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