July 31, 2012

How many people dream of traveling abroad? Just go to any cubicle farm and have a look at everyone’s desktop backgrounds. You’ll see the usual mix of cute pets, and family portraits, but you’ll also surely see pictures of tropical beaches and other exotic destinations.
A two- to three-week escapade abroad as a tourist, traveler, backpacker or flashpacker is probably on everyone’s bucket list. But, if you’re ready for a change and really want to immerse yourself in a completely different culture, why not take it a step further?

Need convincing? Here are five reasons you should start planning your move abroad today:

1. Your skills are in demand.
Millions of people around the world want to learn English. For many, proficiency in English opens the doorway to a better paying job and more opportunities. With the right qualifications, you’ll be sought after by schools around the world.

2. Get paid to experience a new culture.
Some think that travel show hosts such as Ian Wright, Anthony Bourdain and Rick Steves have the best job in the world. They get paid to get lost, eat foreign delicacies and produce programs which give witty insight into each country’s unique culture. Being an EFL teacher won’t make you famous (on the world stage at least) but you will have access to the same experiences. Teach during the week, and go exploring on your days off. Even quick two-day trips to nearby cities and provinces can seem like a world away from a world away. Your job will never be boring and you’ll actually be paid to experience new adventures.

3. Find the hidden gems in your new home.
Every neighborhood has a best restaurant, coffee shop, pub or attraction. As a tourist, your capacity to experience your surroundings is limited to what is in your guidebook or where the tour bus stops. Package tours are a great way to see all of the sights in a limited amount of time, but as a resident, you’ll have the time to know the locals and get the lowdown on the regional favorites.

4. Learn a new language.
As a lingua franca, English is spoken by more people around the world than any other language. Perhaps this is why many native English speakers are monolingual. When living in a foreign country, you’ll probably learn the basics, “hello” and “thank you,” but don’t overlook the chance to take it much further. Every day can be a new lesson.

5. Something you’ve never dreamed of.
One of the most exciting reasons for teaching English abroad is out there waiting for you. You’ll know it when you see it. It will be different for everyone, and there’s only one way to find out what it is. Start your new adventure by enrolling in one of our TEFL courses today and start your new career in the in-demand field of ESL teaching today.

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