Everyone fancies packing their bags and wandering off to live in another country at some stage in their lives. I’m pretty sure for a lot of the good citizens of the UK that ‘stage of life’ starts at around 10 years of age and continues until the 80th birthday. Or death. Whichever comes sooner.
How easy is it? Really, it’s very easy. You just save a bit of cash, pack your bags, buy a plane ticket, get on plane, get off plane, book into a hostel or somewhere cheap until you get more permanent digs. Arrange to do a TEFL course with a reputable provider, and providing you have a little savvy and aren’t completely illiterate….voila. You’ve done it.
Don’t read too much into the negative stuff you find on the web, and don’t worry yourself too much about the tales of red tape that accompanies virtually every online forum you’ll stumble across. Corruption is everywhere, and as a result, you’ll be able to work a way round the bureaucratic mess.
For Mexico I highly recommend Teachers Latin America. It’s run by a guy called Guy. Which is a good introduction to homophones – he should use it more often as an intro to the world of grammar. Maybe he does, and I missed it when I did the TEFL course. Book a course with him and let me know. He’s a helpful chap anyway, and will guide you through the maze of accomodation, employment and socializing as well as how to actually pass on your native language skills to Mexican students.
Letters of recommendation are cheap and easy. I could waffle on about the merits of the course material etc. But the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. I took the course just over five years ago, and I’m still here, still teaching English, and still in touch with Guy. And happy enough to write up a recommendation once in a while.
This time, the ‘post of recommendation’ is to celebrate the unveiling of his new website – which was long overdue! Although I shouldn’t poke fun, seeing as I did offer to help design a new one about a year or so ago and never got round to it. He’s also (re)starting a blog. He had a pretty good one that died a couple of years ago at the hands of some unruly Terror Bytes, but hopefully this one will stay the distance!