Are you ready to make a change?
More and more retiring Baby Boomers are ready to stop suiting up and punching a clock, but they are not necessarily ready to sit on the porch and rock. Lots of options exist for staying active and relevant, but more and more Baby Boomers are becoming certified as a teacher for individuals wanting to learn English as a second language.
- Teach English as a second language abroad or locally.
- Find both paid and volunteer positions.
- Teach business executives overseas.
- Volunteer locally and help those who need to learn English.
- Retirees see the world and get paid for it.
You can get certified. With any four-year degree, you may attend one of the several programs carrying various acronyms. TESOL and TEFL are just a couple. Full-time training generally runs for four-to-six weeks and has about 140 classroom hours and then 12 hours of classroom work. You may also receive your training in a part-time or on-line program which will take three- to nine-months.
Train Abroad. Training is available on-site in a foreign country or you may attend at a local college and depending on what is included, the cost will run from $1,800 to $3,000. Some programs include housing, transportation to and from the school, and your practice teaching location. Others, like ones associated with a U.S. university, will only include instruction.
Job Placement. Once certified, your school will have many job opportunities. Some schools require in-person interviews, but it is becoming more common to have on-line interview via Skype and FaceTime.
Where To Teach: Once you are certified, opportunities to teach English as a Second Language exist in over 130 countries. The best paying jobs are in the Middle East and Asia. For example the United Arab Emirates, with most positions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, offers salaries of up to $4,000 a month, free housing, round-trip airfare and five weeks of vacation. You will need to consider the heat and high cost-of-living though. Oman, on the other hand, pays up to $3,500 a month, but the average cost-of-living is only $700/month. Opportunities are more limited, but there is the beach, mountain ranges and less strident attitudes toward foreigners. Jobs are plentiful in Thailand and Central America though the salaries may be less.
The Physical Demands: Most countries require a much more physical lifestyle than the United States. Stairs are commonplace, and public transportation might be nothing more than a pick-up truck. Tuck-tucks and baht-buses will be public transportation in many Southeast Asian countries, and four-floor walk-ups will be the most affordable.
Exciting Opportunity: The experiences afforded through teaching English as a second language are exciting.
- You can live and work among the locals in a variety of settings
- Have the ability to travel the world
- Make a difference in the lives of individuals
- Have a rich and rewarding experience