TEFL – Teaching English as a Foreign Language
So, to start off this part of our adventure, we had to become qualified and familiar with teaching a language, and do a TEFL course.
The course is great, you spend a month in the country of your teaching choice at a particular place and learn how to teach a language, and also practice one on one with students.
Our teacher was a really great person, alongside being a great teacher. Being young and new to travel, he was extremely helpful, and was very excited to hear that we were traveling the world.
Our first experience with meeting other travelers was amazing. Back home, to see that other people were too scared to broaden their horizons and let go of what they were all too familiar and comfortable with was frustrating to me. Being so young, without anything weighing you down, how can you not run away and experience life? Maybe some of my friends wanted to do what I was planning to do, but they weren’t ready to throw everything away and take the plunge – and of course there was university/job/finances holding them back. But I envisioned what I wanted, and I’m convinced that the law of attraction brought it to me. It took a year of no social life, no indulging, being determined and disciplined, but it will always be worth it.
So on the road, the only people you meet (especially living the expat life) are the ones who dared to try something new and become more wise for it. It’s so nice being able to talk to and relate with so many people from different parts of the world whom I’ve never met before, but instantly click with and make great friendships with.
Another great thing about the course, was that we were forced to become the language learner and put ourselves in the shoes of students. We began learning some Thai, and a lot about the culture we were going to immerse ourselves in.
Travel Tip – Try and study even a little bit about the culture of the country you will be visiting. Something that may be fine back home, may be completely unacceptable in the country you are visiting. You don’t want to leave a bad impression and offend anyone, or insult someone’s beliefs/religion/culture. Remember that you are representing your country – not just yourself!