• Teaching as a couple

    11th February 2020 | dgcadogan
  • How to teach English abroad as a couple or with a friend

    Is it possible to teach abroad as a couple or with a friend? It’s a question we are asked all the time, and the answer is quite simple: yes! It’s actually more common than you might think.

    Embarking on a TEFL career with your spouse or best friend means that you always have someone there for support, to share in new experiences, and there can even be financial benefits as well.

    But while there are advantages there are also a few things to be aware of before diving in. What are the requirements? How do you find teaching positions as a couple/friends? Where are the best places to find TEFL jobs? Let’s get into it!

    What you need to teach English abroad together

    First things first, we need to take a look at the requirements for most TEFL jobs. Remember, because there are two of you, you both need to fit the criteria stipulated by employers and visa regulations if you’re going to find work.

    A TEFL qualification

    Both of you must have a TEFL qualification. The days of English speakers being able to walk into a job without any experience or a single qualification are pretty  much over. The employers that are willing to recruit unqualified teachers these days are best avoided.

    What you need is a TEFL qualification from an accredited TEFL course provider. Accreditation is key here. It ensures both the quality of the TEFL course and its recognition by employers abroad. It’s why we’ve worked hard to become the most accredited TEFL course provider in the UK, gaining our accreditation from a range of established bodies.

    A degree

    A degree is a requirement for many (perhaps most) but not all! – TEFL jobs. If you have a degree but your partner doesn’t (or vice versa) then you will be restricted to countries where a degree isn’t a visa requirement. Find out where you can teach English without a degree here.

    A native or native-level of English

    It almost goes without saying that you need an excellent level of English in order to teach it. If English isn’t your first language then it’s still possible to find work but it can be a bit more of a challenge. This is because of non-native English bias and visa requirements that can restrict your options for teaching English abroad. If one or both of you are a non-native English speaker then it’s absolutely essential to be aware of the possible restrictions so you’re able to focus your job search appropriately.

    To find out more about how to find work teaching English abroad as a non-native English speaker check out our previous blog post!

    Visa requirements

    Visa requirements can vary from country to country and it’s essential that you research them. Depending on the country, there can restrictions based on the following: age, degree status, criminal record, native/non-native status, and more. It’s important to note that there is absolutely no flexibility when it comes to visa requirements – if you don’t meet the criteria then there’s no way round it.

    Establishing where you can both teach at the very start avoids disappointment later down the line and it’ll help focus your job search.