News & Stories/2020

TEFL Travel Essential

Copies of Documents
Let’s get the boring stuff out the way first! Obviously you won’t forget to bring your passport as you won’t be going anywhere without that, however it is a good idea to make copies of all important documentation. Nobody wants to think the worst but crime and lost baggage does happen and you never know if you documents will go missing. The easiest thing to do is scan all import documents, such as your passport, visa, and all credit and debit cards and email yourself, and a parent or trusted friend a copy. Having copies of documents if you lose them is a big help.

Injections/first aid kit
Depending on where you’re moving to you may need vaccinations before you travel. Some vaccinations are actually required to enter the country but even if they’re not, check with your doctor’s surgery what is recommended for the country you’re going to. Also, consider bringing a first aid kit with you, there is nothing worse than feeling ill and having to traipse around shops trying to find what you need, especially if you don’t speak the language. Pack the essentials you think you’ll need – plasters, pain killers, mosquito repellent, antihistamines, and they will no doubt come in handy at some point during your time away.

What clothes to take?
Knowing you’re going to be away for a long period of time, it can be hard to know what to pack as you may need to cover all weather conditions. What you need to pack should be based on what clothes you will need to wear for work and what the weather will be like. Ask currently employed teachers at the school about weather conditions and any school dress code so you know you will be wearing the appropriate clothes for work. Remember wherever you will be going you will be able to buy clothes when you are out there so there is no need to pack tonnes with the intention of having enough to wear for a year or more.

Phrasebook and Guidebook
You may not need to know the local language for your job however you could be moving somewhere where the majority of people don’t speak English. A phrasebook is essential to help you get by until you have picked up enough of the language that you can communicate without any help. Learning key phrases will help you communicate with the locals, your colleagues and is particularly helpful when shopping or at restaurants. It is always good to know exactly what you are eating! Also make sure you get a guidebook on your country. This will help you know what to expect and may help you avoid doing something unintentionally insulting. They are also full of great ideas on what to do with your free time, helping you make sure you make the most of seeing the country you are living in.

It may take a month or so to get your first pay packet so make sure you arrive in the country with a least the equivalent of your first month’s wage. If you can save more money than that then even better as you will want to be able to live comfortably and have enough money to travel during your free time. After all you haven’t moved all the way across the world to stay in one place.

Before teaching abroad the most important thing is that you are TEFL qualified! If you like the sound of teaching and travelling the world but don’t have a TEFL qualification then not to worry! With our two and three day classroom courses it’s a quick and simple process. Once you have completed your TEFL course you get access to TEFL Connections, our online jobs portal with up-to-date contacts worldwide, including contacts for all these destinations.

You also get a FREE Finding Work Guide to help with your first steps in moving abroad and landing your dream job, as well as a FREE CV MOT to make sure your CV is in tip-top condition for bagging your ideal role!