Travel and Teach – one career that can help you in your goal to travel the world is teaching English abroad. Why? Because there are a lot of Non-English Speakers out there. Lucky for us Filipinos that English is one of our official languages and it has been taught in school. With our knowledge of the language, we can find it easy to teach English.

Accredited TEFL Courses and Schools in Manila and Cebu
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There are many countries with a high demand for English Teachers.  This includes countries in East Asia like China or Japan, in South East Asia like Vietnam or Thailand, in Europe like Spain, in South America, Africa, and the Middle East. You can go to English Speaking countries like the UK or the US and teach English to immigrants too!

You don’t need to graduate an English course or an Education course to teach English abroad. You can teach if you have certifications like TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), TESL (Teaching English to Speakers of a Second Language), or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

One of our jobs before being full-time travel bloggers were English teachers in Vietnam. As a Filipino TEFL teacher, you can earn up to USD 2000 per month. After teaching, we used our earnings for our travels. It is really a great way to earn, save-up for our adventures!

We will be discussing TEFL, TESL, and TESOL, where you can get your TEFL certificates or get to learn about being an English Teacher. You can also check out this article for TESL or TESL courses.

Accredited TEFL Courses and Schools in Manila and Cebu
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Certifications differentiated: TEFL vs. TESL vs. TESOL

For TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), you will be teaching English to countries where it is not their native language, mostly where it is not frequently spoken. TEFL is also suitable for teaching children or teens. TEFL is recognized in a lot of non-native English speaking nations like parts of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and South America.

For TESL (Teaching English to Speakers of a Second Language), you will be teaching English in English speaking countries, it will be foreigners or immigrants living there. So basically, you can apply as an English Teacher in the US, UK, Canada, or Australia.

For TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), you will be teaching in both English Speaking and non-English speaking countries, a mixture of TEFL and TESL. You can also teach English at home with this.

CELTA course

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults or Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a TEFL course under Cambridge. You need to have at least 120-hours of instructions at a Cambridge certified school. There are also written assignments and practice teaching. Since CELTA has high standards, most CELTA certified students are made a priority. However, this is focused on adults, so if you want to go to a wider market (because there are lots of countries who will hire you to teach to children or teens), you need to expand by Young Learner’s course,

Online or In-class?

Though I took an online class through myTEFL, being in a classroom, and learning from professionals is a great way to learn. Not only will you have the course guides or outlines used by online classes but you could ask real-time questions and be given feedback. You will also have the opportunity to teach English to either children or non-native speakers. A pro of online classes is you can take it anywhere and finish it anytime. A con is not being sure if it’s accredited, and it will not give you accurate feedback on your skills.

That’s why we have listed onsite schools in major cities of the Philippines – Manila, Cebu, and Davao that provide onsite TEFL Courses. This list can help you with where you can enroll and start your journey as a teacher-traveler around the world!

Extra Note: I just want to let you know in advance that I’m not affiliated to any of the schools below! 

Accredited TEFL Courses and Schools in Manila

TESL Philippines
G/F Torre de Salcedo
184 Salcedo Street
Legaspi Village
Makati City 1229

10 days
TEFL Course

Accredited TESOL Courses and Schools in Cebu

TESOL Training International
G/F Snow Sheen Building
Osmeña Boulevard, Capitol Site
Cebu City

120 hours in-class TEFL Certification Course
Choose between a 4-week course or a 3-month weekend course
With practice teaching at a local school
USD 1590 (Deposit of USD 600)
With Hotel Accommodation: additional $400 – 600 – air-conditioned hotel rooms, free transportation to/from school

Harvest Christian School International
24-B Tres Borces Street
Mabolo, Cebu City

Onsite or In-Campus training for TEFL Certification
Total of 120 hours
For Filipinos   –   Php 15,990.00
For Foreigners   – Php 26,990.00
Must be Graduate of a 4-Year Bachelor Course (Send TOR)

ITTI Philippines
3F Ranulfo Lim Building
F. Ramos Street
Cebu City

In-Class TEFL Certification Program (4/16 week session)
Daily/Weekend classes and other key cities around the Philippines
Transcript of Performance is available

May have classes in Cagayan de Oro, Butuan and Davao

Cabahug Street
Cebu City

CELTA Full-time (120 hours)
Monday to Friday 11:30 – 20:30
All-in fees: USD 1750 

Getting a TEFL Certification is not free; you need to invest in yourself. You can surely benefit from it as you can get a job abroad, save money, and have a chance to travel the world. You can read our article on Countries with a high demand for English Teachers to check out places you could go to. There are surely a lot on that list, and you can surely get new friends.

Should you want to know TESOL on-site courses, check out Accredited TESL or TESOL Courses and Schools in the Philippines. If you’re going to have an online course you can choose myTEFL based in Canada because we know them, and they are adequately accredited. We have also partnered with Let’s TEFL to offer accredited 120-hour TEFL courses with a 60% discount. Just use our exclusive promo code – TWOMONKEYS. Let’s TEFL courses include free certificate shipping!

Accredited TEFL Courses and Schools in Manila and Cebu
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Teaching is a great career to have while traveling especially if you have a TEFL or TESOL certification. You can teach at non-native English countries or even earn a lot of money by teaching English online; practically, all over the world. Be a teacher-traveler and get your TEFL Certification now.

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