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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Teaching English is the Best Way to Travel Latin America

Isn’t it everyone’s dream to travel and get paid for it? If you are a teacher or have the skills to teach others, then you could travel to awesome places like Latin America and get paid to be there. TeacherKick gives you the chance to travel the world by offering a long list of open teaching positions in great countries like Brazil, Costa Rica, Argentina and Mexico.

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You know how there are key phrases in every language that everyone wants and needs to know when visiting a foreign country? “Where’s the bathroom?” “How much is this?” “How do I get back to my hotel?” Well, people who live in foreign countries who are planning to visit an English-speaking country want to know how to say them, too! You can help them learn these and many more useful words and phrases in the English language by teaching English abroad.

There’s no better way to learn to speak a foreign language fast than total immersion. By teaching English to those whose native tongue is a different language, not only do they get the benefit of learning the correct phrasing and pronunciation from someone who has been speaking the language all his or her life, but you will get the same benefit from them. While many of us have taken foreign language classes in school, there is no match for using that language in the real world.

What if I’ve never taught before?

But you have no teaching experience, you say? That’s okay! Many jobs only require an enthusiastic and outgoing person who is a native English speaker. You don’t need to know a foreign language either. Of course, in some instances, it is necessary to be a certified teacher and it can be beneficial to have your TEFL, ESL or TESOL certification, but it’s not required for all. There are lots of jobs that only ask that potential teachers be committed, reliable and engaging.

Teaching English may seem hard, but it can be a fantastic experience for you to learn about other cultures and break language barriers through activities and games. When you’re not teaching, you can use your earnings to sightsee and enjoy the rest of the city. Of course, in most cases you’ll have to pay for your transportation to and from another country and your housing and food, as well as arrange for a work visa. I have had several friends leave the U.S. to teach English in another country for various amounts of time. Only one had real teaching practice, but they all had a wonderful experience and said they learned as much as their students did.

Will you even have time to travel while working?

Not only did they gain more language skills, but they also learned about the culture and living in a country other than their own. They had a chance to travel extensively and one lived with a local family, exchanging cooking skills and more with their hosts. They made lifelong friends and each said they would do it again if the opportunity presented itself.

TeacherKick can help you make amazing memories and give you experiences you may not be able to find on your own. There are many different kinds of jobs to choose from, though all are for teaching of some sort. One of the best ways to get paid to travel and help others is to join TeacherKick for jobs in Latin America.

You can find your perfect placement and upload your resume or CV to your profile, so you can apply right online or let prospective employers find you. You don’t even have to keep checking back. You can sign up to be automatically notified when new jobs are posted! If traveling the world and meeting new people is something you’re interested in and you want to learn a new language while teaching others your own, then a teaching job in Latin America may just be for you!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post brought to you by TeacherKick.com. If you’re interested in teaching abroad to travel you can also find them on Twitter and Google+.

1 comment:

  1. huh, I never thought of teaching English abroad in Latin America. I guess it is simply more popular to do it in Asia.

    This is great, though, because my boyfriend has been dying to know how he can learn Spanish while pursuing his career (he is actually a teacher by profession!).

    Great post Shereen =)

    - Maria Alexandra


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