There are many advantages for choosing the TEFL Worldwide course. Besides offering a professional and top quality accredited TEFL/TESOL training course in a friendly environment we help find our graduates exciting teaching positions worldwide.
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Most important, our graduates are in demand and working all over the world! We have over 2500 graduates who have taught in 60+ countries throughout Western Europe, Central/Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
Our TEFL graduates have taught in Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Austria, Russia, Turkey, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, Croatia, Serbia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Czech Republic, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, USA, England, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Bahrain, Qatar, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Zambia and more!
TEFL courses in general are recognized by most language schools as long as they meet the industry standard of being at least 100 hours, have a minimum of 6 hours of teaching practice observed by an experienced trainer, and have qualified teacher trainers. Our course is 120 hours and offers 8 to 10 hours of teaching practice observed by our trainers. In addition our trainers have extensive EFL experience and teacher training experience.
CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults. TESOL stands for teaching English to speakers of other languages. TEFL is teaching English as a foreign language. You can be a TEFL teacher in a non-English speaking countries teaching students who want to learn English as a foreign language. TESL stands for teaching English as a second language. You can be a TESL teacher in an English speaking country teaching immigrants or foreign students English as a second language.
I’ll give you some examples of salaries below: Visit www.xe.com/ucc for the current exchange rates:
Czech Republic: (Visit www.xe.com/ucc to convert Czech Korunas to your currency if need be.) A full-time teaching schedule in Prague consists of 20 – 25 hours/week of teaching. That’s contact hours so you have to figure in lesson planning and commuting. Lesson planning will take you less and less time as you get more experience. If you are working full-time you can expect to make between 19,000kc/month to 21,000kc/month. That’s plenty to live on because the cost of living here is low. After paying for rent, food, and transportation you’ll still have spending money for entertainment and light travel. Since you’ll only be working 20 to 25 hours/week, you can certainly pick up some students to teach on the side. Typically you can charge 250kc to 400kc/hour for private students. I’ve known some teachers to do this and boost their earnings to 30,000kc+.
The average hourly rate for an English lesson in Germany is €17 – €22. This can as much as double if you have an emphasis and background in business English. German schools also compensate you for traveling time, usually €2 – €5 a day. However, when you begin teaching in Germany you will probably not be making this much. The average wage is based on private students as well as how much language schools pay. So, at the beginning you will be paid less because you will only be working for a language school. After that you can begin accumulating your own private students and your wages will go immensely. Once you settle in and combine your language school hours with your private students, you can expect to earn €1,200 – €1,800 gross per month.
Here’s an example for Spain. The usual EFL teacher pay country-wide is between 700 and 900 euros a month or about 8 euros an hour. However, academies in the larger cities of Madrid and Barcelona usually pay new teachers around 10 to 12 euros an hour, so pay monthly there can reach 1,000 euros or more. In smaller cities and towns the pay may be less, but the cost of living may be, too. Many teachers supplement their earnings by teaching private students.
Teachers usually share flats to save money. Sometimes grads end up getting apartments with other graduates while others move in with Spaniards. When renting a room in someone’s apartment, a one-month deposit may be required. Long-term room rentals in Spain can be between 300 and 500 euros a month depending on the city, the location in the city, the amenities, etc. Sometimes bills are included.
Many teachers head over to Asia to pay off student loans or credit cards. A degree and a TEFL certificate is required if you want to teach in the following countries: Japan, Taiwan, South Korea. Those are the countries where you’ll live earn a good salary. I knew a couple that taught in Japan for 2 years and saved $30,000. Typical salaries in Japan are about $2300/month but the cost of living is higher than the others mentioned. You’ll still save a lot. In Taiwan you can earn about $1700/month and in South Korea about $2200/month. Here the cost of living is very low so you will end up pocketing most of your salary.
Here are some sample prices to give you an idea of what you will spend. (Exchange rates: Visit http://www.xe.com/ucc for the current exchange rates.)
Should you decide to stay here after the course, you can find a private room in a furnished and shared apartment for around 6,500CZK to 8,500CZK/month plus utilities. The majority of teachers in Prague choose to share an apartment while teaching in order to cut back on their living expenses. Should you choose to rent a private studio or one-bedroom flat you can find something for around 8500CZK to 15,000CZK +/month depending on your preferences, location, size, furnishings, etc.
A meal at a Czech restaurant (meat, potatoes, vegetable and beer) – between 70CZK to 150CZK. Meal at an Italian restaurant (pizza or pasta and wine or beer) –between 150CZK to 250CZK. If you are in the mood for a nice juicy steak with potatoes, broccoli and wine – about 300CZK to 400CZK. If you decide to eat at home you can easily get by on 600CZK to 800CZK per week.
You can take a bus or train to the mountains or villages for around 150 – 300CZK round trip, depending on how far you go. When you travel within the Czech Republic there are numerous hotels and Bed & Breakfasts that start as low as 300CZK to 500CZK per person with breakfast included.
The clubs usually charge a cover charge of 100CZK to 200CZK. Typical tourist attractions are usually 60CZK to 150CZK. Prague Castle is an exception. It is about 200CZK but well worth it.
Loaf of bread: 15 CZK
Bottle of a Czech wine : 50CZK to 120CZK
Bottle of beer: 10 CZK at a grocery store and 17CZK to 30CZK. Depending on the bar or restaurant.
Glass of wine at a restaurant: 25CZK to 50CZK, depending on the bar or restaurant.
Bag of Pasta: 20 CZK
Dozen eggs: 20 CZK
Litre of milk: 15 CZK
5 bananas: 20 CZK
Head of lettuce: 30 CZK
3 to 4 pieces of chicken breast: 80 CZK
1 yogurt: 7 CZK
Basic living costs:
Apartment with roommates: 6,500CZK to 8,500CZK per bedroom
Monthly transportation pass: 670CZK
Groceries for a month: 2,400CZK to 3,200CZK
So, you can assume that you’ll need a minimum of 9,600CZK to 12,500CZK to live on.
Other living costs:
Beer at a bar or restaurant: 30CZK to 50CZK
Wine at a bar or restaurant: 40CZK to 100CZK
Eating out: 100CZK to 250CZK for a meal and a drink
Club cover charges: 100CZK – 200CZK. Some have free entry for women.
Clothes shopping: Comparable to everywhere else but not as many sales or as big of a selection
Travelling in the Czech Republic: Cheap. Trains and buses go all over the country for 100CZK to 400CZK round-trip. You can stay in hostels or a bed and breakfast in many towns for 200CZK to 500CZK per night with breakfast included.
- Traveller’s insurance (mandatory by Czech law). You’ll need to be insured up to 30,000 Euros in case of an accident or illness while abroad. Buy the insurance for a month or two. Then depending on whether or not your employer offers insurance benefits you can always extend the insurance. Try the following websites for details: www.imglobal.com. Many major insurance providers provide traveller’s insurance so check with them too. (European Citizens only need their European Health Card.)
- Debit/Credit Cards. Be sure to check with your bank to let them know you’ll be in Europe so they can lift any international blocks. Also be sure to find out and adjust your daily or weekly withdraw limit. Your housing fee needs to be paid in cash upon arrival so you must be able to withdraw that or have the amount with when you arrive.
- Some smart clothes for teaching – a tie for men is only necessary for interviews.
- Hard and soft copies of your CV/resume (although we can help you prepare this once in Prague if you do not already have it).
- A voltage converter if you plan to bring any electrical appliances from North America and everybody should bring plug adaptors for continental Europe – the circular two-pronged variety.
- Czech phrase book.
- Bath Towels
- Depending on your nationality and the country you want to teach in (specifically Asian countries) you may need a criminal background check.
- If you plan to teach in South Korea directly after the program, an apostilled FBI Criminal Background Check (no more than three months old)
- If you would like to teach in the Czech Republic you will need a letter from your bank stating that you have over 110,000 CZK (about $5,600 US) in your home bank account. Many of our students have simply borrowed money from a family member or friend, then get the bank letter, and pay them back. The letter has to be very specific. You will receive more information on that from us, via email when you reserve. (Subject: Important Information to work in Czech Republic / how to prepare from home).
- Copy of your Passport. (This is good to have in case your passport gets lost or stolen. You may need it for a new passport.)
- We recommend that you bring your laptop if you have one because you can connect to our printer and wifi. The laptops come in handy for lesson planning.
- About 670kc for a one month metro pass.
- A passport with at least 6 months validity left in order to enter the EU.
- If you plan to teach in the Czech Republic, your passport must be valid for at least 9 months when you go to apply for the Visa (which can be several weeks after the course) and issued within the last 10 years. It must contain at least two blank consecutive pages. This is most likely the case for most countries and Visa applications.
- Feel free to email us for complete details regarding the Czech Visa process and requirements.
- A good sense of humor and adventure!
If you want to live and work abroad, you’ll need a Visa depending on your citizenship and where you want to work. If you decide to stay in Prague we can put you in touch with a highly recommended visa agency for assistance getting your visa. If you plan to stay in Prague, it is important to get this process started as soon as possible.
During your teaching practice, you’ll be teaching English to actual level-based classrooms of local students (mostly Czech).
If you are going to fail speak to the trainers and director about the options you’ll have.
• CV/Cover letter assistance
• Job Workshop (featuring 5-10 schools in the Czech Republic)
• Access to a large graduate network all over the world who are willing and able to answer country specific information for you
• Interviewing and job searching tips
• Support from a very approachable, knowledgeable staff
The TEFL Worldwide family, as I have come to see it, is a closely knit network, a support system that you will need throughout your international endeavors. Known all over the world as a breeding ground for good TEFL teachers, you will be part of an elite group who has gained a reputation of excellence.