TEFL English Teaching Gap Year Courses

If you are interested in travelling to a non English speaking country to teach people to speak English, one of the most common acronyms you will come across is TEFL. TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. While not the most widely spoken language, English is certainly the world language for business, and as such, many nations choose English as a second language. Consequently there are plenty of opportunities for native English speakers to teach the language around the world, making it a great skill to be able to use as part of your gap year.

Thanks to an education system that has historically held us back on learning other languages, it is perhaps not surprising that many English people do not have a second language. Teaching English as a foreign langauge (known as TEFL) and being able to speak a second language well, is a very valuable skill and one that will stand you in good stead when it comes to job applications. Most of us probably list being able to speak a foreign language high on our wish list, but beyond downloading a free language app on our smart phones, or borrowing a language book from the library for a few weeks before we go on holiday, not many of us get around to doing anything about it. A good TEFL course can change that!


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POPULAR TEACHING ENGLISH COURSES


Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Africa Asia NorthAmerica SouthAmerica

PMGY offer some of the most amazing Under 18 volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

Asia

We manage several conservation and community projects in Malaysia. Join us in the Perhentian Islands on our coral and diving research project or our turtle project. We have 2 tiger and rainforest conservation projects one in Merapoh and the other at Royal Belum State Park. Contact us now.
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OUR FEATURED GAP YEARS


Teaching and Education Volunteering in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Teaching and Education Volunteering in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Travel off the beaten path and work on community-led teaching and education projects. Work with children in rural schools, help overworked teachers lesson-plan, plan and lead fun, engaging activities, teach skills to adults, teach English, and so much more! Travel and learn about another culture!
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TEFL Internships in China, Thailand, Cambodia, Colombia and South Africa

TEFL Internships in China, Thailand, Cambodia, Colombia and South Africa

Africa Asia SouthAmerica

Our TEFL internships allow you to combine valuable teaching experience with an amazing adventure in a beautiful new country. Before you head off, you'll be fully TEFL trained and when you arrive, you'll get all the support you need from our in-country teams.
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Paid Work

Paid Work

Asia Australasia Europe NorthAmerica

Chose from instructing, hospitality and support roles in one of our Canadian ski resorts. Experience the Aussie Outback or the cosmopolitan city of Sydney or Auckland. We offer the chance to earn money teaching in China or Thailand. Travel, gain experience, get to know the locals & enhance your CV.
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ALL GAP TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES


Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Africa Asia NorthAmerica SouthAmerica

PMGY offer some of the most amazing Under 18 volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Teach abroad with our 120 Hour Online TEFL Course

Teach abroad with our 120 Hour Online TEFL Course

Africa Asia Europe SouthAmerica

Our 120 hour online TEFL course is your ticket to new adventures overseas! You will be trained and gain qualifications that will enable you to teach all around the world, our qualifications are accepted in nearly every country, all you have to do is decide where you want to go, South Africa or China
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Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Zanzibar

Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Zanzibar

Africa

Embark on a life-changing trip to Zanzibar and make a lasting difference at one of the three community schools we work with, as you explore this famous archipelago's rich African-Arabian history.
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Gain a TESOL and teach in Thailand

Gain a TESOL and teach in Thailand

Asia

Join our 120 hour TESOL course in either Hua Hin or Chiang Mai and gain a teaching job in Thailand. The course includes a fun-filled orientation week before the 120 accredited TESOL course begins.
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Teaching Jobs Abroad

Teaching Jobs Abroad

Asia

The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million students learning the language at any given time. Whether on a gap year or a graduate, we have the course for you. Choose either to join our Teach and Earn programme or our China TEFL programme
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Learn Spanish in Latin America

Learn Spanish in Latin America

Immerse in the language and culture of another country, learn Spanish from experienced teachers and locals, dive into the deep, ancient history of the region, volunteer if you wish to, and enjoy the natural wonders that the landscape has to offer! We also have an online option available!
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Learn a Language Abroad

Learn a Language Abroad

Africa Asia Australasia SouthAmerica

Why not learn new languages in a diverse community in the developing world? With help from our teachers you will improve your speaking, reading and writing skills through one-on-one tuition and group sessions. There will also be plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills with your host family
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Volunteer in Africa

Volunteer in Africa

Specialising in ethical and sustainable volunteer abroad projects, Kaya Responsible Travel have a wide breadth of choice when it comes to projects in Africa. With dozens of projects in 11 countries, discover the incredible scenery and varied wildlife of Africa while making a positive impact!
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Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Kenya

Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Kenya

Africa

Embark on the trip of a lifetime and immerse yourself into the hustle and bustle of modern-day Kenya as you make a lasting difference at one of the 11 community projects we support in the heart of the Great Rift Valley.
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Teach English Abroad

Teach English Abroad

Africa Asia Australasia SouthAmerica

A Projects Abroad teaching placement is ideal for anyone who would like to make a positive contribution across the developing world. Your role will include working with local schools, NGOs or universities, where you will find yourself taking classes or teachers with lessons.
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Travel Off the Beaten Path in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Travel Off the Beaten Path in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Combine travel with volunteering in exciting, remote destinations throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. We have projects in a wide variety of subjects (coach sports; track elephants for research; etc.) in locations that could take you to the jungles of Peru or the mountains of Nepal, and more!
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Volunteer in Asia-Pacific

Volunteer in Asia-Pacific

With a wide range of volunteer projects in Asia (and ten years in the business) get in touch with Kaya Responsible Travel today and start organising a life changing trip! Already got travel plans? Add in some volunteering time and make a positive impact while you explore!
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Camp Counselor in France

Camp Counselor in France

Europe

We’ve been running English camps for French children since 1994! With multiple locations across France, American Village Language Immersion Camps welcome thousands of kids each year. Our caring, fun, and professional counselor team is a part of what makes our camp so loved by our campers!
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Teaching in Livingstone, Zambia

Teaching in Livingstone, Zambia

Africa

Join us near the 'Adventure Capital' of Africa, Victoria Falls, and offer much-needed teaching assistance at under-staffed Zambian schools. This is an opportunity to give individual attention to children who really need it, assist local teachers, and to gain some valuable teaching abroad experience.
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Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150

Africa Asia NorthAmerica SouthAmerica

Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning volunteer travel organisation, working across 17 countries in Africa, Asia & South America. PMGY provide a safe, structured and social experience with opportunities available from 1-36 weeks.
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Teaching and Youth Development in Cape Town

Teaching and Youth Development in Cape Town

Africa

As a teaching volunteer in Cape Town, you will educate, support and empower children who come from disadvantaged township communities. This is an exceptional opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world, while also contributing to the future of it's poorest citizens.
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Affordable Teaching Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Teaching Volunteer Programs From £150

Africa Asia NorthAmerica SouthAmerica

PMGY offer some of the most amazing teaching volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Ghana

Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Ghana

Africa

Discover the beautiful coastal region of Ghana, where you will be immersed in a vibrant community with a proud West African heritage. Spend time working with one of 11 community projects we support and make a real difference.
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Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

Asia

We manage several conservation and community projects in Malaysia. Join us in the Perhentian Islands on our coral and diving research project or our turtle project. We have 2 tiger and rainforest conservation projects one in Merapoh and the other at Royal Belum State Park. Contact us now.
More Details.. Fuze-Ecoteer



Volunteer with the Maasai Tribe in Tanzania

Volunteer with the Maasai Tribe in Tanzania

Africa

Work with one of Africa’s most iconic tribes, the Maasai, near Africa's highest mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro. Your support will give members of the tribe who have not had access to education as a child a second chance at education in adulthood, and empower them to earn an income for their family.
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Volunteer in Latin America

Volunteer in Latin America

Travel off the beaten path and work on community-led initiatives in conservation, community development, education, healthcare, or the arts. Immerse yourself in new cultures and the Spanish language, hike mountains, explore ruins, tunnel through jungles - and make a difference!
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Teaching Jobs Abroad

Teaching Jobs Abroad

Africa Asia Europe SouthAmerica

The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million people learning the language at any given time. Combine teaching and TEFL courses or volunteer in sports or childcare projects to create a rewarding adventure and experience!
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In-Person and Virtual Internships in Africa, Asia and Latin America

In-Person and Virtual Internships in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Work on community-led initiatives in conservation, community development, education, healthcare, or the arts - virtually and/or in-person. Immerse yourself in new cultures either way, gaining international work experience and networking with professionals in your field - whilst making a difference!
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Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java Indonesia - Orangutans, Gibbons and sun bears

Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java Indonesia - Orangutans, Gibbons and sun bears

Asia

Join as a volunteer at our wildlife rescue centre in Yogyakarta in the centre of Java. The centre has over 200 animals and is actively rehabilitating 80 of them. In February 2017 we released 20 animals including 8 pea fowl and snakes. You can also help with our school clubs & community programm
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TEFL Teaching English

Our TEFL internships allow you to combine valuable teaching experience with an amazing adventure in a beautiful new country. Before you head off, you'll be fully TEFL trained and when you arrive, you'll get all the support you need from our in-country teams.

You may also see reference to TESL Teaching English as a Second Language, ESL English as a Second Language, EFL English as a Foreign Language, ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages, ELT English Language Teaching TESOL Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages... with no internationally agreed standard, the list is almost endless and reads like a Monty Python sketch. The only major differences are that TEFL is designed for people who want to go into a country where people do not speak English, TESOL can also be for people who want to teach non English speakers who are living in English speaking countries. And TESL would be somewhere between the two - you teach people to speak English in countries where a good chunk of the population already speak English as a first language.

What qualifications will you need?

While a degree in English, or a teaching qualification may well be sufficient for some positions, and a positive requirement for many schools in Western Europe, a recognised TEFL qualification, which will enable you to teach English in a school, workplace, or the home, to students whose first language is not English. This will also vary country to country as some places will have much higher demand for teachers and will not be so concerned about recognised qualifications. It is worth knowing that while qualifications can be an important consideration for companies or public bodies looking to employ you, they will also be interested in how you interact with the students. A native English speaker with great interpersonal skills but not qualifications may do a better job of teaching a class than someone with many certificates but little experience of the role.

You may decide to gain an internationally recognised TEFL qualification to assist your gap year job search. This is a popular move and other than the ability to speak English, you do not usually require any previous qualifications or experience in order to take a TEFL course.

Finding the right TEFL course for you

As we have already seen, there are a lot of different ways to describe the practice of teaching English to people who do not have it as their first language, but there are as many if not more different accreditations and affiliations for the TEFL courses that companies provide. The TEFL course providers try to align themselves with companies and bodies who provide this accreditation, to give their courses more credibility. Anyone can set up and offer a TEFL course, but who is to say they are any good. That is where the accreditation comes in. Unfortunately, anyone can also set up a TEFL accreditation company. Some accreditations are better than others so it is worth doing your research before handing over your money. The genuine companies will be able to demonstrate previous success and provide you with detailed advice about their courses and whether they would suit you. There are plenty of great companies out there, offering great courses that will further your career and experiences, just keep an eye out for the rogues. And if you already have an idea of where you will be teaching English, it may be worth asking your potential or future employers which TEFL courses they recognise.

Once you have decided to take a TEFL course you will need to decide how to study for it. One benefit of the internet has been the development of distance learning. It is quite possible to take a full TEFL course online, allowing you to qualify at your own pace and in your own time. Alternatively you may wish to join others, and get more experience of a classroom environment by taking a location based TEFL course. Many companies also recognise that people work Monday to Friday and may not have time to fit in a course during the week, so they have designed courses that fit into a weekend. Twenty hours of teaching and training and you are qualified. Perfect.

What is it like doing a TEFL course?

OK, so what is involved, what do you have to do? During your course, you will likely cover all or some of the following: writing skills, literature, task based learning, linguistic structures such as words, phrases, verbs and tenses and understanding sentence complexity. Basically, you will be taught how to approach the teaching of English to your future students, to be their teacher, organiser and motivator. You will be shown how to make your teaching methods meaningful and memorable. TEFL courses are not difficult, but they do make you think about how to teach and give you very valuable ideas for when you find yourself in a room full of people who do not speak your language.

I am qualified, where can I teach?

The world is your lobster. Any country you can think of that does not have English as its main language will have opportunities for English teachers. If you are looking for somewhere with high demand, try China or Japan. We list a couple of English teaching gap year opportunities below.