I will be doing the $420 “Professional TEFL cert” one.
I have studied teaching abroad for a while now and understand the pros and cons. I understand that many countries require a college degree (in general) in addition to a TEFL onsite or online. I understand that many countries do not require a college degree at all – and as long as you have a TEFL cert (even online) you can be hired. I also realize that teaching English abroad is not for everyone and does not always enable someone to save tons of money.
I have heard that the easiest places to get a job teaching English are East Asia and many countries in Latin America.
One of the big sales tactics on tefl websites to draw customers in is the big possibility of “Cheap living and being able to save around 50% of what you make”. I understand that saving 50% is not the norm. It depends on the country you teach in, the environment you teach in, as well as the pay rate.
My understanding is that in general in Latin America you will have a quality standard of life but what they pay you will not enable you to save more then a couple hundred dollars per month. I’m fine with this for my first esl job but would like to be in a country (preferably central America, latin America, or east asia) where I will be able to save a ton of money. I have heard that east asia salary’s often enable you to live comfortably while at the same time saving money.
If someone could assist me on the reality of this situation. I would also like to know what the best countries are for this and the easiest countries to step inside of.