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Should I do a TEFL Internship or get a Job? Help!

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  • Marie
    9 October, 2017 at 21:18
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    Hi everyone,

    I am just coming up to finishing my TEFL course online and I am really unsure what is the best way to get into work.

    I have no savings whatsoever, so my plan at the moment is to save as much money as possible and then start an internship in Cambodia next April.

    I’m not confident about getting a job myself and arranging accommodation and travel independently as I haven’t done much travelling previously.

    My thoughts now are that the internships are a lot of money to pay, being around £700 – £800 (but obviously you get a lot of support and accommodation included) and I’m wondering if it’s a waste of funds.

    Essentially, I would just really appreciate some advice about what to do next once I have finished the course?

    How much money do I realistically need to go to Cambodia/ Thailand and find a job by myself?

    Is it a waste of time to do an internship?

    Kind Regards,


    10 October, 2017 at 19:27
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    A TEFL internship can be an investment

    Hi Marie

    I think the advantage of doing an internship would be that you’d end up with 6 months of experience which would count hugely towards finding a job after that. You may also make contacts while on the internship for a job afterwards. You can also get started straight away, rather than waiting for a job offer.

    So I don’t think it’s a waste of funds, more of an investment – if you find an internship program that interests you, that is. If you were thinking of going out there to look for work, rather than securing a job before you go, then you also need to think about living expenses while looking – which could quickly run to a few hundred anyway.

    If you do go down the job route straight off though, most employers will help a lot with things like accommodation, paperwork, etc. There are normally quite a few jobs advertised for Thailand (4 on this site at the time of writing).

    Hope that helps!


    Learning Education Shanghai
    6 December, 2017 at 10:10
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    It depends on what kind of work would be doing and are trying to get into.

    Why are you paying for the internship?

    If you meet the qualifications it should be pretty easy to find a teaching job. Finding a position that is a good fit for you will be harder. I would not recommend going to the country first since you are not confident about traveling. Take the extra time to look, don’t be forced into “going now, come now, get the correct visa later”.

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