If you love traveling and having income while being out of the country, then try being an English Teacher. We are lucky that we, Filipinos, have English as one of our official languages, we learn it from school and watch movies and TV shows without subs. With the core knowledge of English, we can share what we learn by teaching English to countries that don’t have English as their official language.
We can travel and teach in East Asian countries like Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea. Or in some southeast Asian Countries like Vietnam and Thailand. South America, Europe, and Africa need English Teachers too, so basically you can travel the world while teaching English.
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 TESL or TESOL certificates or get to learn about being an English Teacher. You can also check out this article for TEFL schools.
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.
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 TESL or TESOL Courses. This list can help you with where you can enroll and start your journey as a teacher-traveler around the world!
Accredited TESL and TESOL Courses and Schools in Manila
International TESOL Education and Consultancy Corp, (ITECC)
T-312 3rd Floor, Mile Long Building
Amorsolo Street, Legazpi Village
120-hour in-class TESOL Certification
TESOL Certification + Teaching Young Learners + Reference Letter
American Institute of English Proficiency
227 Salcedo Street corner Gamboa
131 Timog Avenue corner EDSA
Specialized Course and Programs
120 hours (with ITECC)
ESL Certification and TESOL Certification
Php 20,000 for 120-hour program
American TESOL Institute Philippines
707 Shaw Boulevard
8-day TESOL program
USD 518 +
with housing fees USD 1,155+
International Academy Manila
9-A Visayas Avenue Extension
corner Ledesma Court, Barangay Culiat
Quezon City 1128
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate Programs (TESOL-CP)
1115, 6 Damortis Street
Quezon City 1115
140+ Hour program
TESOL Certification plus demo teaching
G/F Torre de Salcedo
184 Salcedo Street
Makati City 1229
Accredited TESOL Courses and Schools in Cebu
TESOL Training International
TESOL Training International – Cebu
G/F Snow Sheen Building
Osmeña Boulevard, Capitol Site
120 hours in-class TESOL 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
Total of 120 hours for TESOL Certification
For Filipinos – Php 15,990.00
For Foreigners – Php 26,990.00
Must be Graduate of a 4-Year Bachelor Course (Send TOR)
3F Ranulfo Lim Building
F. Ramos Street
In-Class TESOL Certification Training Program (4/16 week session)
Daily/Weekend classes and other key cities around the Philippines
Transcript of Performance is available
Accredited TESOL Courses and Schools in Davao
Davao Bible Community Church
Davao City 8000
140+ Hour program
TESOL Certification plus demo teaching
Getting a TESL or TESOL Certificate isn’t quite cheap, but think of it as an investment rather than an expense. They will significantly benefit especially if you want to get a job abroad. You can read our article on Countries with a high demand for English Teachers to check out places you could go to!
Should you want to know TEFL on-site courses, check out Accredited TEFL Courses and Schools in the Philippines. If you’re looking for online courses, you can get 60% off your 120 hours online TEFL course here with Promo Code TWOMONKEYS.
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 as well as English Speaking Countries; practically, all over the world. Be a teacher-traveler and get your TESL or TESOL Certification now.