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What is a TEFL?

Changing Worlds offers a range of courses and qualifications to suit all needs, whether you want to pursue a career in a specific field, want to be able to travel and use a qualification overseas, or you just want to gain some more experience in something that you find fun and interesting. You may have noticed us mention TEFL qualifications throughout our website and wondered what on earth we are harping on about. TEFL literally stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and is the standard international qualification to enable you to teach English overseas to children who do not have English as their first language.

The need for English language skills is increasing throughout the world as it is quickly becoming the lingua franca of international business and communications, and increasingly being seen to be a valuable global commodity. With this increase comes the need for more English language teachers to help introduce the language to children and adults across the world, providing a fantastic opportunity for those looking to travel whilst earning a bit of cash and share their knowledge of the English language!

TEFL qualifications overseas usually begin with a course, followed by assessments and then a placement period working in a practical environment. The courses aim to provide you with all the knowledge and practical advice you need to become a confident, engaging English teacher through which you will be taught a number of key elements, such as how to put together lesson plans and how make lessons interesting and engaging, how to teach different student levels and how to motivate your students so that they are eager to learn and working effectively in your classes.

Once you are up to scratch and have passed your assessments successfully you will hold a recognised qualification that allows you to travel and teach throughout the world, and the best thing is that the qualification is valid for the rest of your life, so is a real positive to have on your CV or resume. There are many benefits to completing a TEFL qualification and it can be an extremely proactive and enlightening way to spend your time overseas. Teaching abroad allows you to completely immerse yourself in a new culture and gain a thorough understanding of how the education system works across the world and furthermore it will open your eyes to the obstacles some teachers, schools and countries have to overcome on a daily basis.

Holding a TEFL qualification is a fantastic platform to begin a career in teaching, or will set you up, building your confidence to enter or progress in your chosen field. These opportunities will certainly enhance your CV, emphasizing that you are able to adapt to new environments and show a high level of maturity.

For more information on the TEFL qualification and teaching opportunities we have available take a look at our Teaching page.

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  • ''The teaching was great, I felt that I learnt a lot and the school seemed to enjoy having me around. The whole experience was all I'd hoped for. I can't wait to get back to Ghana one day!.''
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  • ''The children, the people, the volunteers, and the whole atmosphere in general, made this experience one I’ll never forget.''
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  • There was never a dull moment on this action packed adventure. I had so much fun with the other people on the trip, I can't wait to go back to Ghana.
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  • I cannot believe how much we packed into only 3 weeks. Volunteering was amazing, and is was great to see the range of things that Ghana has to offer.
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  • ''I used this opportunity to gain work experience, and getting a new perspective of a health care service in a Third World country made me realise how much we take for granted in the UK.''
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  • ''It was great fun working alongside the locals and we shared lots of laughs and stories. It also felt great to know we were leaving something behind that the community really needed.''
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  • ''Ghana is a fantastic country and the people are so welcoming and warm, especially the Ghanaian staff. What makes the placement is being part of a team who all have the same viewpoint to help others.''
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  • “Great people, great experience and there is some great sport to be played in Ghana. Something I'll never forget.”
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  • “I have had a fantastic time out in Ghana and what they are trying to acheive out there is truly incredible. I hope to able to do something like this again.”
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  • “It was fascinating to associate and live with a number of different cultures. The experience of helping other who lived an extensively sheltered and innocent life was invaluable.”
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  • "The most amazing experience i've ever had. From the coaching to the social side, the staff and people were amazing both within the organisation and also within the schools."
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  • "A demanding, thrilling, incredible insight into this beautiful and stunning country and to top it off: an entirely rewarding project that makes you appreciate everything."
    Ross Green , Sports, South Africa
     
  • "This was the best way to spend my gap year! Sun, sea, sand and sport all whilst coaching amazing kids. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had and I would jump at the chance to do it again."
    Rosie Wells , Sports, St Lucia
     
  • "My overall experience was fantastic, I enjoyed all aspects of this trip and there is never a dull moment in St Lucia! "
    Sam Evans , Sports, St Lucia
     

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