As I’ve explained in my last blog post, learning a new language is a wonderful thing that can open up a world of opportunity. However, it may be more challenging for some than for others. If learning a new language isn’t up your alley and I haven’t managed to convince you in my last post, there’s still hope.
If you’re a native English speaker and haven’t yet mastered a foreign language no worries. If you’re also a keen traveler, even better! I to I might just be the thing for you.
I to I is an accredited provider that offers Teaching English as a Foreign Language courses online to both native and non-native speakers. There are a variety of courses to choose from and they also list job postings for various teaching jobs all over the world.
This website was recommended to me by a friend who was successful in landing a job teaching English in Cali, Colombia after completing a 120 hour course. I myself pursued this course and I have to say that it was well worth the time. It really gave me an edge over other applicants when I decided that I wanted to pursue teaching in France.
I did previously write a blog about this experience but I would reiterate here that it was an amazing opportunity. Being able to live in Europe for just under a year, travel to fantastic cities and teach English to several groups of enthusiastic children was an unforgettable experience. Opportunities to teach aren’t just limited to Europe and on the I to I website they are divided by region depending on where you’d most like to go.
The course was really straightforward and once you’re patient and dedicated you can complete it successfully. They’re not as cheap as you might like them to be, but it really is an investment in yourself and your future travels as you can practically apply to teach anywhere that English isn’t the native language.
However, even if you decide not to leave home, it’s still a great course to pursue as I’ve been able to teach non-native speakers living right at home here in Trinidad. With my qualifications of being able to teach English as a foreign language, I was able to put together a class of students from several parts of Latin America who had migrated to Trinidad and wanted to learn English for work purposes.
So, even if you don’t know another language and maybe learning one isn’t for you, if you are a native speaker of English there are numerous opportunities for you to take advantage of in imparting your knowledge of your language. Traveling, making friends from all over the world and giving back can only open your mind and make you hunger for more of those experiences.
Farrah, thanks for your blog post. This is a great opportunity. Not only have I seen many job postings looking for people who can teach English to non-native speakers. I have also done some of these jobs myself - both overseas and in my home country (US).
And not just in English. I have also paid and bartered for people to tutor me in other languages I have studied, and I have tutored other native English speakers in foreign languages I have studied.
Thanks for sharing a way that people can find a career or pick up additional income doing something they do every day - speaking English, or whatever language they speak. Whatever doors this opens - whether for traveling or just meeting some interesting new people at home - will be amazing.