It’ll soon be summer, and time to plan how you’ll spend those three long months (and beyond if you’re graduating!). What could be better than packing a bag and going travelling? The only problem is you can often find yourself wishing you could stay overseas forever… but actually you can: all you need is a TEFL qualification with i-to-i and you can teach English in pretty much any non-English speaking country in the world! Take a look at our top 5 countries to spend your summer, and potentially start a new, exciting career!
How does relaxing by the tranquil shores of Ha Long bay sound to you? Or sipping cocktails in a rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City? Or racing around on a motorbike through bustling Hanoi? Well if you spend your summer in Vietnam that’s exactly what you could be doing – you could even commute to work on a motorbike as a TEFL teacher! Vietnam requires TEFL teachers to have a degree, which is great news for graduates, and the pay is great too – you’ll have plenty to spend at the sociable night markets with your TEFL colleagues!
Your summer in South Korea could be spent singing your heart out in one of the thousands of noraebangs; in between trying out national delicacies like soju and kimchi. If you’re looking to TEFL here, a degree is a must, and salaries are very attractive (you’ll literally be a millionaire – in Won, anyway!). Check out the government-funded EPIK and SMOE programmes for longer contracts of 9 months+. Be sure to plan a trip to the demilitarised zone on one of your weekends off, acting as a buffer between North and South Korea.
It’s not all about stag weekends: the capital – Prague – offers culture and stunning architecture in abundance: just Czech out (sorry!) Charles’ Bridge, St Vitus Cathedral and the astronomical clock, and you’ll see what we mean.
Alternatively, venture away from the crowds and explore charming Ceský Krumlov, situated on the banks of the Vltava River. Whilst the majority of TEFL positions are in the capital, there’s less competition out in the smaller towns like Ceský Krumlov and Brno, and the cost of living is extremely cheap – when a pint of beer is 60p, you really can’t go wrong!
Argentina has so much to offer: the breath-taking Perito Morena glacier, imposing Andean peaks and all-night partying in Buenos Aires (you HAVE to attempt the Argentine tango at least once!) – way to make your friends insanely jealous! There’s a huge demand for TEFL teachers in all Argentinian cities too, and whilst the salaries aren’t as high as they are in other countries, the experience you’ll have and the friends you’ll make will be totally worth it.
Whether you choose to spend your time relaxing on a gondola in Venice, shopping ‘til you drop in Milan, or sunning yourself on the exclusive Amalfi Coast, your summer will certainly be more glamorous than your friends’! If you want to fund your time in Italy whilst still seeing the sights, apply for a summer camp position – there are lots of these in Italy where children go specifically to learn English; and with contracts ranging from as little as 1 week to 3 months, you’re sure to find something to suit you.
Want to enjoy a summer you’ll never forget and potentially start a life-changing carer of teaching English as a foreign language? Find out more about getting qualified with i-to-i TEFL here!