Since 2009, I’ve lived in 3 countries abroad and visited several others. The countries I’ve lived in have been as diverse in culture as ice cream and pickles. Some people have found this to be very courageous, and some wonder how I was able to do this. It’s been my dream since I graduated high school to travel the world. Early in 2009, at the suggestion of an acquaintance, I decided to pursue a career that would allow me to take the first step to make my dream a reality. I would become an English as a foreign/second language (EFL/ESL) teacher.
Because of that decision, I’ve been able to travel to some amazing places in the world. By choosing to work as an EFL/ESL teacher, I’ve been able to utilize my funds and benefits offered by some of my teaching gigs to afford my travels. Before deciding to get certified to teach ESL/EFL, I had been a teacher in the U.S. public school system for several years, so I already had a little teaching experience, although I’ve known teachers who’ve taught English abroad who had no experience before teaching ESL/EFL and many places do not require teachers to have any.
The first country I taught in abroad was South Korea. Having some money saved, I was able to purchase my flight ticket there which the school reimbursed me for within a few weeks of my arrival. The cost of living there was quite low, and my apartment was paid for by my school. So, I was able to save quite a bit of my salary. The school paid for my flight ticket back home, and I received a bonus for completing my contract. So, I had money to take back with me.
My second country to teach in abroad was Saudi Arabia. The company paid for my flight ticket there and housing. Because I still had previous savings and was able to save a large portion of my salary there, I was able to travel to a few countries during vacations. I had enough money saved to pay for my return flight home since I left a little earlier than planned losing out on the free flight home.
My third country to teach in abroad was Peru. I still had some savings left before I went. So, I was able to buy a round-trip flight ticket there, as most schools in Latin American countries do not offer to pay or reimburse airfare. This would be a shorter stay and probably a good idea because there really wasn’t an opportunity for me to save, and I had to spend most of my savings to make up for what my wages didn’t cover. To experience Latin America was great, but the ability to save wasn’t the greatest.
So, that’s how I’ve been able to afford traveling the world through my career as an ESL/EFL teacher. I haven’t finished traveling, though. There are yet more continents and countries that I’d like to traverse before I can feel that I’ve truly accomplished my dream of traveling the world to the full. So far, my vehicle to do so has been teaching English, but who knows? Maybe I’ll continue on as an ESL/EFL teacher, or at some point, I’ll change and do it some other way. I invite you to sign-up to follow me to see what happens. Cheers!
If you’re considering teaching English abroad and want a few tips, you can check out my page “Teaching Abroad Tips” or an article I wrote on Hubpages titled “Traveling the World Via Teaching English”.
- 10 Steps to Teaching English Abroad (herstorybyalissa.wordpress.com)
- Teaching English Abroad- My (Rambling) Thoughts (lexitravelstheworld.wordpress.com)
- Working Abroad Spotlight: Teaching English Abroad (abroadglobaljobsjobsabroadand.wordpress.com)
- 3 Short-term Alternatives to Teaching English Abroad (jessicajhill.com)
- How To Have A Career Teaching English As A Second Language (careeradvisor123.com)
- Ever dreamed to teach English abroad? (fightwarm71.wordpress.com)