The demand for English teachers in none English speaking countries is apparently high. Native English speaking gap year students, graduates and fully qualified teachers looking for a change of scenery might want to consider some kind of TEFL course where your native English speaking expertise might prove useful. From what I can gather  there are a range of paid and voluntary teaching positions available depending on needs and what you can bring to the table once you've acquired your TEFL certification. A degree would definitely be advantageous but not essential if you can prove your expertise and abilities. The jobs that you'd most likely be getting also would not require you to be able to speak the local language but obviously it would greatly help and be advantageous to you if you could.

Apparently being TEFL qualified allows you to teach all over the world with many openings for paid or voluntary English teaching positions.

But with all the blurb aside, my reasons for looking into this? I originally had other intentions and priorities for getting a plan together but nothing seemed to be coming together. The dreams of a rock'n'roll lifestyle earning some kind of decent living rocking dance floors all over the world started to dwindle as time apart from my wife made me realise a few things, no dough and dreams of a rock'n'roll lifestyle isn't going to get us off the webcam and back together anytime soon. The whole TEFL thing was recommended to me by a friend. I was really only looking into this as means of spending less time apart from my wife and generating a regular livable income as part of the process to completing the drawn out bureaucracy of getting hitched as a British national to a none British national. Landing something like this would have basically meant we could enjoy more time together again as a married couple sooner rather then being apart as part of the actual process in satisfying the pre-requisite of having a regular income.

Plus there were many other opportunities to acquire skills, gain experience, as well as continue and initiate new ventures.

The internet is full of sites offering TEFL accredited certifications, but there seems to be no set clear cut guidelines of standardisation to say that you are eligible and qualified to do certain things as a qualified TEFL teacher. It differs slightly depending on which organisation you choose to do your TEFL course with. However these were the foremost sites that stood out to my mind. If nothing else they'll act as refresher on the technicalities of English in a learning and teaching context as well as give you pointers in how to teach within the classroom setting.

The short test at this site will give you a fair bit to go on as far as suggestions and pointers on the things you may need to brush up on as a basic prerequisite to teaching English at the required level.  There's plenty of scope for your own extended research and learning from the materials they give you here to place you in better stead.

As far as I'm aware there isn't actually any direct means of getting funding or some kind of grant for completing a TEFL course as you can with many other types of courses. But apparently loans can be acquired through banks according to the folk at More on this if I can dig up the specifics on it.

The main thing to remember is that if you're reading this you already have access to many of the resources and source materials you need to prepare yourself against the outlined requirements in terms of technical knowledge. The only thing lacking would be some sort of personal tutor for a more personal and engaging learning experience in order to get that qualification.

The next link is to a site offering the courses too. But you can use the information there to give you a better idea of what's involved as well as the things you could do to prepare yourself in terms of knowledge.

That's basically all I've got on it that I thought was worth mentioning.  I'll add more info to this page as I get it whilst generally researching. As ever its not always easy to filter out the legit stuff with there being so many vendors of the course in so many differing variants, but hopefully I'll be able narrow them down.

Additional links

Here's one more link which carried quite a bit of weight in terms of credibility, especially since its a UK government organisation that solely deals in helping people get back into employment. The advice they give seems to be quite sound and legitimate without exaggeration of the potential benefits for career progression as a TEFL qualified English teacher.  There are also many links to resources and source materials at the very reputable news outlet guardian Online. Obviously there are no guarantees as with many things, but in world where many people are looking to advance themselves by learning English as a second language it's definitely one other avenue for employment to explore with there being job opportunities all over the world.

If you actually go there you'll also find help onhand in putting together a CV, or if you'd rather get help online try here...