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Digital Nomad Jobs: TEFL Instructor

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Are you curious about digital nomad jobs? Have you ever wanted to travel long-term, or move overseas for a while? Or would you just like the freedom of being able to earn a living from home, anywhere in the world?

A TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification is a wonderful tool for long-term travelers and anyone who wants to earn an income remotely. But finding an affordable program that actually trains you in the skills you need to be a good educator is challenging. I chose an online program from TEFL Express, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

Why TEFL?

Teaching English as a second language is a common way for native English speakers to find work overseas or to earn money online while traveling (digital nomad jobs is one of the most popular topics in most travel discussion groups). A TEFL certification is sometimes required, and is always helpful when you’re marketing yourself to potential employers.

Some people choose to volunteer as English teachers, often in exchange for room and board. Others take jobs teaching in school or in English-language academies around the world, allowing them to settle in one place for the duration of their contract and experience life in a foreign country on a very deep level.

Digital Nomad Jobs

Digital nomad jobs

Another popular option is to work with one of the many, many companies that hire TEFL teachers to work remotely. This can be a full-time job or a supplemental income, and it’s a great option for nomads as well as people who want to earn extra income from home.

Typically you’ll work with your phone or computer and meet with students one-on-one to offer either full-fledged instruction or conversational practice. Teachers with a college degree, some teaching experience, and a TEFL certification have the highest earnings because they can develop their own instructional methods and market themselves as professionals. With good business skills, an independent instructor can do very well financially.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in any subject but no teaching experience, you can expect to earn about $20 an hour working with programs that provide a curriculum for you to use.

If you don’t have a degree, your TEFL certification can help you qualify to offer conversational practice to English language students. Usually, once you’re accepted as a tutor you can sign into the app at any time and be matched up with a waiting student. These programs are particularly popular in the Far East, which means if you’re in the States you’ll find the most work at night. Tutors typically earn about $10 an hour and can create their own schedules.

The No Footprint Nomads blog is maintaining a database of more than 200 teaching opportunities, with salaries and other information.

TEFL Express

I chose TEFL Express for my certification for several reasons:

  • It’s affordable
  • The training is “real,” it’s not just buying a certificate. I learned so much, and I’ve used what I learned a lot
  • They connect you with lots of internships and work opportunities around the world

I was extremely happy with the program and the opportunities they provided afterward, and the price was much less than I’d expect to pay for accredited career training. The only negatives I might point out are that the program sometimes seems to assume that I had a fair amount of background knowledge (not a big issue, but something to be aware of), and that it’s presented in extremely British language rather than American English (which I found charming, actually).

How to Get a Steep Discount

I liked the program so much that I signed up for their affiliate program. You’ll get a discount if you use the following link and enter my “buddy code. I’ll get a small payment as well, which helps support this site:
Click here to open the page with the discount information
Buddy code: Buddy1194970442

Lauren Haas is a nomadic freelance writer. She has been traveling the world, living out of a backpack, since May of 2013. She loves to travel on a budget, learning about different cultures and cuisines.

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