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The right way to train English overseas as a pair or with a buddy

The right way to train English overseas as a pair or with a buddy


Is it potential to show overseas as a pair or with a buddy? It’s a query our TEFL advisers are requested on a regular basis right here at The TEFL Org, and the reply is sort of easy: sure! It’s really extra frequent than you may suppose.

Embarking on a TEFL journey along with your companion or finest buddy signifies that you at all times have somebody there for assist, to share in new experiences, and there may even be monetary advantages as effectively. 

So, clearly, there are benefits to TEFLing with a companion or buddy. Nevertheless, there are additionally just a few issues to pay attention to earlier than diving in. What are the necessities? How do you discover educating positions if there are two of you? The place are the perfect locations to seek out TEFL jobs? 

Travelling the world and dealing as an English trainer doesn’t at all times must be a solo mission! Let’s get into it.

What it’s essential train English overseas collectively

Above anything, we want to try the necessities for many TEFL jobs. Keep in mind, as a result of there are two of you, you each want to suit the standards stipulated by employers and visa rules should you’re going to seek out work. Don’t fear although – it’s fairly straight-forward!

A TEFL qualification

Each of you should have a TEFL qualification. The times of English audio system having the ability to stroll right into a job with none expertise or a single qualification are just about over. The employers which are keen to recruit unqualified academics lately are finest prevented.

What you want is a 120-hour TEFL qualification from an accredited TEFL course supplier. Accreditation is vital right here. It ensures each the standard of the TEFL course and its recognition by employers overseas. It’s why we’ve labored arduous to develop into probably the most accredited TEFL course supplier on the earth, gaining our accreditation from a spread of established our bodies.

A level

A level is a requirement for a lot of – however not all! – TEFL jobs. In case you have a level however your companion doesn’t (or vice versa) then you’ll be restricted to nations the place a level isn’t a visa requirement. Discover out the place you possibly can train English with out a diploma right here.

English proficiency

It virtually goes with out saying that you just want a wonderful degree of English with the intention to train it. If English isn’t your first language then it’s nonetheless potential to seek out work however it may be a bit extra of a problem. That is due to non-native English bias and visa necessities that may limit your choices for educating English overseas. If one or each of you might be non-native English audio system then it’s completely important to pay attention to the potential restrictions so that you’re capable of focus your job search appropriately.

It might assist should you had both a TOEFL or IELTS certificates in your arsenal. Each of those {qualifications} are proof of proficiency in English, with completely different grades and ranges to display your means. This removes any doubt in an employer’s thoughts should you’re not a local English speaker.

To search out out extra about easy methods to discover work educating English overseas as a non-native English speaker try our earlier weblog submit!

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Visa necessities

Visa necessities can differ wildly from nation to nation, and it’s important that you just analysis them. Relying on the nation, there could be restrictions based mostly on the next: age, diploma standing, prison file, native/non-native standing, and extra. It’s vital to notice that there’s completely no flexibility relating to visa necessities – should you don’t meet the standards then there’s no approach round it.

Establishing the place you possibly can each train on the very begin avoids disappointment later down the road and it’ll assist focus your job search.

The place are you able to train English overseas as a pair/mates?

There are TEFL jobs to be discovered proper throughout the globe. However the place are the perfect nations to seek out work collectively?

Your finest wager? Go the place the demand is. This implies nations in Asia like China, Japan, South Korea, and lots of in Southeast Asia. Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam are highly regarded TEFL locations, and that’s as a result of there’s a lot demand for English studying there. 

There’s additionally wholesome demand in South America and in elements of Europe.

As a result of it’s essential discover not one, however two jobs, you need to focus your search on large cities. This provides you the choice of discovering work with the identical employer or at completely different faculties however nonetheless having the ability to dwell in the identical place. Rural areas and nations with extremely aggressive job markets are going to be a problem if there are two of you.

Suggestions for educating English overseas collectively

Discovering a educating job collectively could be more difficult than it’s for a person, so listed here are some suggestions that will help you discover what you’re in search of.

Focus your job search

To be in with the perfect probability of discovering a job collectively you need to focus your job search on areas the place there’s a powerful TEFL jobs market. If you wish to train someplace extra rural or off the crushed monitor then it’s going to be way more tough to do that as a pair or mates.

As a substitute, give attention to large cities the place there’s an enormous demand for EFL academics – you’re more likely to seek out employers recruiting for multiple place and it additionally provides you the choice to work in the identical metropolis however in other places of labor.

Be versatile

It’s vital to have an thought of the place you need to work however you additionally must be versatile in your method. For those who’re set on working on the identical college on precisely the identical contracts then that’s going to restrict your job search. 

 It’s good to be open to the thought of working in several faculties in the identical location – in some cities, there are a whole bunch of language faculties!


For those who’ve moved overseas along with the intention of exploring the nation you then’ll need to rigorously think about any contract earlier than signing it. For those who’re working for various employers then ideally you’ll need to safe the identical time without work. Put it this manner: it’s going to be a little bit of an issue when you’ve got Saturdays and Sundays off however your companion/buddy has Mondays and Tuesdays!

It’s potential to barter your contract to make sure this doesn’t occur. Moreover, should you’re in a rustic the place lodging is included then you possibly can request a stipend as an alternative should you plan on residing collectively to economize.

Do your analysis

We really feel like a damaged file generally however analysis is so vital. It is advisable be sure to each meet the visa necessities for any nation you need to work in and perceive the demand for academics in these nations. What’s extra, it’s value studying about contract and employment regulation in every nation, to place your settlement with an employer into context. Briefly, don’t get a foul deal simply since you haven’t learn up beforehand!

Hiring seasons

Hiring seasons differ relying on the nation (in some there are many jobs to be discovered year-round!). Being conscious of those and making use of on the proper time will make it simpler to safe a job collectively. Discover out when college phrases are typically – it might differ extensively – and know that hiring seasons are typically just a few months earlier than the varsity 12 months begins!

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The advantages of educating overseas along with your companion or buddy

Setting out on an journey overseas with your beloved or finest buddy has a complete host of advantages, past the enjoyment of simply being collectively. Let’s check out a few of them!

Shared prices

Instructing collectively can work out effectively for the financial institution steadiness. Sharing the price of issues like lodging, payments, and meals goes to work out quite a bit cheaper than for a single particular person.

It stands to motive the sharing monetary tasks is a good thought. Not solely can you’ve gotten a extra assorted expertise whilst you’re overseas, however you can too save up for initiatives at dwelling; a marriage, a home, or one other sojourn overseas, for instance. 


Transferring overseas to start out a brand new job is a large step for most individuals. A brand new job, a brand new nation and a brand new tradition are a whole lot of new issues to adapt to! Having a buddy or companion with you who’s going by means of precisely the identical factor can actually allow you to settle in. 

A phrase of recommendation, although: don’t fall into the lure some {couples} do and never take some time to make mates within the nation you’ve moved to! It’s straightforward to develop into remoted inside your personal little bubble, however that forestalls taking advantage of being someplace new. Whether or not you’re a few buddies otherwise you’re a long-term couple, get on the market and mingle!

Somebody to discover with

Not everyone seems to be made for solo journey. Instructing English overseas collectively signifies that you’ll at all times have firm throughout your time without work to get on the market and actually expertise the nation you’re in. 

Considered one of you might need a great deal of concepts, and the opposite is perhaps higher with instructions. Possibly there’s an organised one and an idealistic one inside your two-person unit. Combining your finest attributes will make for a very thrilling journey!

Strengthen relationships

For those who’re shifting overseas to show English with another person then it’s going to essentially carry you collectively. There are challenges you’ll face and overcome, new experiences you’ll share, and a lot extra. It may be an actual take a look at of a relationship!

Couple tales

We’ve skilled over 120,000 EFL academics, together with many {couples}! A few of them have written about their experiences educating overseas collectively over time and listed here are just a few of our favourites.

Lydia and Emlyn

After finishing their TEFL course, Lydia and Emlyn discovered work educating English in Thailand with MediaKids Academy.

The concept of having the ability to journey the world over with a talent that would offer the means to dwell in several nations and cultures appeared too good to be true. We had each thought-about a TEFL earlier than we met, however we’d every additionally had our personal worries that being in our early 30’s we’d left it too late. It appeared one thing that folks did after they first left College. Nevertheless, we signed up for the 150-hour TEFL course, and every part began falling into place. [read more]

Joel and Menna

Joel and Menna have been educating in China since 2017 and it’s spectacular simply how a lot journey they’ve packed in since then! The besides beneath was written simply six months after they moved and so they’ve been to many extra locations since then.

Up to now, my TEFL certification has enabled me to journey to: Beijing, Xi’an, Harbin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, Tianjin and Wuhan. As we sat on The Nice Wall of China, stood silently in Tiananmen Sq., peered into the rows of Terracotta Warriors, gasped in awe on the Harbin Ice Pageant, wandered across the West Lake in Hangzhou, I reminded myself and Menna how fortunate and lucky we had been to be in such a mesmerising and charming location. [read more]


In early 2018, Sarah and her husband moved to South Korea to take up jobs in an elementary college. It was a totally completely different and really welcome change of tempo in comparison with life again dwelling.

I feel we have now such a tremendous job and I like our faculty and all of the little munchkins we’re fortunate sufficient to show. In my earlier job I labored as an administration supervisor for a well being care firm, and I used to be below a large quantity of stress that was actually affecting my temper. I used to be working lengthy hours every week, with barely any time or vitality left over to spend time with my husband. My schedule couldn’t be extra completely different now, particularly as we’re the one native academics at our faculty so we spend just about all of our time collectively!

Set out in your TEFL journey collectively

Now you understand how to do it, get on the market and do it! Instructing English overseas is without doubt one of the finest methods of experiencing the world, why wouldn’t you need to share the journey along with your important different or a buddy?

To get began check out our vary of TEFL programs and see what jobs are presently out there over on our Jobs Centre.