Over the years, we have graduated many students from our New York iTTi on-site TEFL program. They started as TEFL teachers in all corners of the world. And, of course, we are in touch with many of them. They travel all over the world and enjoy TEFL jobs that give them a good income. And thinking of our TEFL training, our professional TEFL trainers gave them an education that enabled them to go from school to school, from country to country easily and continue their TEFL adventure by earning money to pay for their living expenses.
As it is impossible for us to list all the countries, we want to restrict our comparison to the U.S. If you register at a formal university and take up course work that leads to a BA in English or Education, we are talking of $20,000 per year in tuition (and hopefully) accommodation. This is a state college/university. So how can the average American afford these numbers? If they were excellent at the high school level, some colleges give them a performance award. You may get 25%, 50%, 75% or even 100% off your tuition. The catch is that you have to maintain your performance level or else you have to pay and take up student loans. The above-described scholarships are not the rule with all colleges only some of them. Most of the time, you have to pay. Americans also receive financial aid from the Federal Government. Your family income must be really low to get a larger amount. So American parents prepare themselves by saving money for college over time, and grandparents (who can afford it) will help support their grandchildren when getting a college education.
The dilemma U.S. college graduates with a BA face is that they do not always get employment in the U.S. in their field of study after all. So they would have to study something else. Looking back at the students we had in our TEFL programs over the years, there were extremely well educated individuals among them who just couldn’t find a job after 1 ½ year of graduation. We even TEFL certified people with an MA and without employment.
All those who came to us and wanted to work, have found great TEFL teaching opportunities in schools around the world. We remember Joe, who started as an English teacher and later took over some math classes at the same high school in Thailand. Keith has been in Saudi Arabia ever since. And he doesn’t want to change the country because he got used to his salary over there. On his Facebook page, we can see that he travels all over the world during his vacation time. The Saudis definitely do not underpay him. Dennis works in the Czech Republic after he had explored South America for two years. He has been near Prague for at least three or four years by now. One of our Greek graduates teaches English at a high school in Stockholm, Sweden. In short, non-native and native speakers alike embarked on a wonderful career path that leads them throughout the world. Their TEFL job is valued by their schools. If you would like to receive a free listing of countries and their average pay rate for TEFL jobs, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and request it.
Let’s look at Keith in more detail. When he applied for employment at schools in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), he had to show his BA (it’s not in education) and his 120-Hour On-Site TEFL Certificate. Schools in Saudi Arabia want to see a four-week, on-site training. So forget about the $100 on-line course during which you read about the basics of teaching methodology. You will probably land a job with a school somewhere out there, but you will never get a salary between $50,000 and $60,000 (tax free) together with a free apartment and airfare. You will have to settle for less-paying teaching assignments at schools in poorer countries. Then your living standard won’t be the same.
Just today, one of our New York graduates wrote the following e-mail to us:
Read about what happened to them when they applied to a school in South Korea in Part 2 of Why do I need on-site TEFL certification?