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Will I be disadvantaging myself financially with TEFL?

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  • bunnybull
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    10 September, 2017 at 12:45
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    Hi. So I’ve been looking into tefl for about a year now and have so many questions that need answering. However my main one is whether I will be disadvantaging myself in regards to money and pay. I am a qualified ODP working for the NHS earning around £1500pm. I love what I do but I’m still young and want to go explore the world and live my life. A lot of the TEFL internships and jobs (we’ll use Thailand for an example) offer a wage the equivalent to £500. Now countless google searches have told me that £500 is enough to live comfortably in Thailand.

    Would I be a fool to give up my current wage? or am I thinking too much into it. I know exchange rates vary so dramatically but it does scare me that I wont be earning enough to fly home.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)

    dan
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    11 September, 2017 at 17:30
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    TEFL salaries are generally low

    You’re right that TEFL wages are generally low. Even in, for example, Spain, it’s common for language schools to pay not much more than 1000 euros a month. But £500 in Thailand will go much further than 1000 euros in Spain, and probably further than £1500 in the UK – it will be enough to live very comfortably while you’re there, but don’t expect to save much. I wouldn’t worry about saving enough for a flight home though – you only need to save £100 a month for half a year and you’re probably ok.

    Would I be a fool to give up my current wage?

    Well, this is the million dollar question! If money, and the chance to have regular pay rises as your career progresses, is very important to you, don’t get into TEFL. The reason most people get into TEFL though is what you touched on – you want to live your life and explore the world. So it’s a question of what you value most at the moment. Remember you’re not ruling out a career with regular promotion and pay rises – a lot of people do TEFL for 2 or 3 years and then come back to a different career in the UK (or USA, etc).

    Hope that helps.

    Dan

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