Teach English and Change Your Life(Style)

From needlessly fancy watches to timeshare vacation homes, everything seems to be a “lifestyle” nowadays. I always laugh when I hear about these “lifestyle choices,” because they’re nothing compared to what I think is a real chance to alter how you see the world and yourself: teaching English abroad.

Going overseas to teach English can, sometimes in a space of weeks, change your profession—and your perspective—dramatically. Everything and everyone around you will change when you go abroad, and you will change too—and, for the better.

For those of us who really crave “something else,” who want to change not only our surroundings but  also our wold view, teaching English abroad is the chance to do just that.

I’ve been living abroad for over 20 years. I’ve traveled to distant lands, seen exotic sights, and soaked up sun and surf on more of the world’s best beaches than a lot of the “rich and famous” you’ll see in celebrity magazines. That same lifestyle—my lifestyle—is waiting for you.

And, unlike paparazzi-chased film stars, English teachers abroad have the time and the local connections to experience traveling overseas at a far deeper level. Even other long-term tourists who spend a month or a year globe-trotting won’t get the same understanding of foreign culture as you will from teaching abroad. When you’re a teacher, you spend all day, every day sharing your time with (and gaining experience from) a diverse bunch of students, co-workers and neighbors. It’s this diversity that makes the world an interesting place—and that makes teaching English my chosen profession.

On top of that, you’ll get the chance to really delve into the language spoken in your host country if you so choose. You’ll know more about the quirks and foibles of their culture than most people get from studying guidebooks or watching a travel show on TV.

So, that’s my sales pitch for this wonderful lifestyle…are you wondering how much this will cost you?

Ha! Cost? Nothing! They will PAY you to embrace this lifestyle. Is that the deal to end all deals or what?

TED’s Tips™ #1:  Of course, being an EFL teacher isn’t for everyone, but if you recognize in yourself that you have a strong, insatiable curiosity about the world and the amazing, incredible people living in it, then there’s a good chance it is right for you.

TED’s Tips™ #2:  Don’t just sit at home! Make the most out of your life! Explore and learn what the real world is like.  Don’t rely on the mind-numbing, fear-mongering TV programs to tell you.

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Share Your TEFL Expertise

Here at TEFL Newbie, we’re always interested in getting informative guest articles from teachers who have experience abroad.

If you have got an interesting story, point of view or useful advice, we’d love to see what you can write up about it!

Our interest is especially in posting information that experienced teachers would like to share with TEFL newbies and TEFL wannabes. While I, clearly, like to give advice…I don’t know everything, and I’m happy to post some helpful tidbits that we can all learn from.

Of course every coin has two sides, but we are looking for POSITIVE stories that help our readers jockey for a successful life overseas. Stories about personal drama, negative boo-hoo fests and blacklisted schools are best saved for commiseration over beers and left off this site.

TEFL Newbie is all about sculpting a new life abroad, about making your dream of going overseas come true. We want to help people make that happen. And, by contributing a guest post, you will help others and, if you believe in karma, you will also be helping yourself!

One way you could help people thinking about teaching overseas is by writing a profile of a country that you live in now or have lived in recently. An overview of the jobs scene and some pointers for prospective teachers would be great.

Also, as you probably have noticed from reading our blog, we enjoy articles on how to adapt successfully to life overseas, how to adjust to living in a foreign culture and how to get used to working in a new country.

What We’d Like To See From You

I apologize for setting this out so specifically, but it makes it easier in the long run:

Guest posters should:

●            Write the post between 500-600 words, with a minimum of 400 words. We’ll accept longer pieces if the subject warrants it.

●            Write with correct English. Don’t take shortcuts as you would in an SMS or online chat. I don’t have time to edit guest posts, and readers may assume that if you don’t write using standard English, then perhaps you shouldn’t be teaching English…

●            Omit links to other websites. If you include a link or two to a very authoritative website (think BBC), it might be OK, but we aren’t going to link back to your own blog or website. If you do submit a link we don’t like, but we do like your article, we reserve the right to take out the link and post the rest. Think of this as your final warning, because if you don’t respect our wishes,  we won’t respect yours.

●            Do not ignore the “no links” rule! Yes, I do mean that you can not use TEFL Newbie to post a link to a gambling site, a gaming site or to anything, really, that doesn’t pertain to teaching English abroad. If you send something with these links, you’re just wasting your time—and mine. We DO read submissions before posting them.

●            Recognize that TEFL Newbie absolutely reserves the right to choose which submissions we will and will not post. If we decline to post something you have sent to us, then, we regretfully, but firmly, assert that that is our final decision. Our opinion is final.

●            Submit posts in a Word document, and send them to TEd @ TEFLnewbie.com. Please use “TEFL NEWBIE” in the subject line of your email.

Terms and Conditions for Guest Posters

Please be aware of the following when you submit your post:

●            Anything you write and that we publish becomes the property of TEFLnewbie.com

●            We are the sole gatekeepers of the site content. We decide if posts remain on the site or are removed and if they should be edited or altered in any way.

●            By submitting your article, you agree to the above conditions.

Contact Us With an Idea, or Send A Completed Post

We usually get submissions via one of two ways.

Firstly, writers may write to us before they’ve completed their piece. They then tell us the gist of what they want to write and we then make our decision.

Secondly, writers send already finished articles to us for our perusal. We’ve found that sometimes a subject that’s written in an interesting way will convince us to post something that we may have rejected on idea alone.

But, either way you submit articles is fine with us. Please send your query or your article (Remember! Word docs only!) to Ted @ TEFLnewbie.com.  And it’s very helpful if you remember to put “TEFL NEWBIE” as the subject line.

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