Interviews With Real TESOL Training International Veterans

When you were younger, you might have sat around the living room listening to stories of Grandpa serving in World War Two. About the battles, the sense of mission, and the pride in sailing across the seas to make the world a better place. You learned in History class about the young men and women managed to create a bridge between working for the greater good and maintaining their youth, who held rallies and made protests, and who changed the course of history in the process.

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Working as a TEFL teacher is kind of like the modern spin on that same altruistic energy of youth. It’s service and effort for the greater good. It’s sacrifice and hard work. At the same time its an unbelievable thrill, the kind of thing that will light up your Facebook page for months, and you’ll still be reminiscing about years down the line.

You might choose a single destination, make that your new home, become established teachers in an ESL school and immerse yourself in a new and exciting world view. You’ll see simplicity, perhaps even poverty that you were never exposed to, at the same time, you’ll create deep connections with people who you’d probably think are miserable, but, you soon learn, actually understand the true keys to a happy life.

Others TEFL teachers jump from location to location, teaching as a way to pay for your travels. You’ll pick up tools and life lessons along the way, learning a bit from this culture, and a bit from that, creating a magnificent tapestry of all the wisdom you’ve acquired. Once your trained and have the information necessary to be a great teacher, the options for executing this rite of passage are endless.

When you enlist in a TEFL course and do your “service” in a foreign country, you’ll be identified not by your dog tags and metals, but by your Instagram pictures, your Facebook location, and an endless stream of crazy tweets. We are lucky to live in the western world, to have access to countless opportunities, and to be able to step out of our comfort zone for a few months, perhaps a few years, to give to and learn from those less privileged. You’ll probably return with some battle scars; but mostly, you’ll have acquired fresh insight and outlook, and sense of purpose that can truly change the course of your life.

Bellow we have collected articles written by veteran TEFL teachers, those who already have experience on the front lines. They battled present continuous in Spain and phonetics in Florence. They gave to their students, gained much themselves. Their insight is invaluable, so gather round and get comfortable, and be inspired by their stories.