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Number of TEFL Jobs Abroad Triples

The number of TEFL jobs abroad has tripled in the past decade, as demand for native English teachers around the world explodes.

According to reports in The Guardian, there are now over 250,000 TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) vacancies across the world, with the majority of these in Asia. This increase in demand for certified TEFL teachers makes teaching English abroad a great option for those who are struggling to find work in the UK.

Sam McManus from Peterborough, who completed a 140 Hour Combined TEFL Course with i-to-i TEFL, said: “I was suffering at the hands of the UK's economic recession, and since available jobs in my own country were next to none, I decided to do something about opening the doors to jobs in other countries.

“I figured teaching English would be a great way to get work, as there is a high demand for English teachers in foreign countries, and plus it would be a way for me to travel to various countries as well as earning some good money.”

Teaching English abroad is a particularly tempting option for those who are having difficulty finding work in the UK, as there is no need for teaching experience, the ability to speak another language or even a degree. All it takes is a TEFL course to get started.

Internationally recognized courses with i-to-i start from just £179 and can be completed online in as little as 12 days. More comprehensive certificates, which are necessary to take on the best-paid jobs overseas, start at £399, combine online and classroom learning, and are usually completed in around 6 weeks.

Far from being a bubble that’s set to burst, i-to-i TEFL, the UK’s leading TEFL course provider, expects the demand for English teachers to continue to rise.

i-to-i TEFL spokesperson, Honor Baldry, said: “As good spoken English becomes increasingly important around the world, especially in Asia’s tiger economies, the number of opportunities for English teachers will keep increasing. For example, language school owner Pearson has just announced plans to open 50 new schools in China – and they all need teachers!

“This is good news for our graduates, who usually have little trouble in finding work abroad after they finish their TEFL courses.”

Those who want more information about teaching overseas should contact one of i-to-i’s expert TEFL advisors on 0113 205 4610 or visit

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Notes to the editor:

1. i-to-i is the UK’s leading provider of TEFL courses. From 20 hour classroom courses and flexible online courses, to fully comprehensive 140 hour courses, i-to-i is committed to ensuring that graduates have the confidence and skills they need to become effective TEFL teachers abroad. Training over 16,000 TEFL teachers each year, i-to-i TEFL certificates are internationally recognised and accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council (ODLQC).

2. In conjunction with its TEFL courses, i-to-i also offers a Paid TEFL Jobs Abroad service. This growing service places people in English teaching jobs in seven countries, including China, Thailand, South Korea, Ecuador, Japan and the Czech Republic. i-to-i graduates can also apply for some of the 20,000 TEFL jobs posted online every month independently.

3. In order to teach abroad, i-to-i recommends that those with no previous teaching experience complete at least 120 hours of TEFL training to prepare them for the challenges ahead. Doing a 4-week residential course (such as the CELTA) is recommended for those who want to make a long-term career out of TEFL, but is not worth the initial investment for those who want to teach abroad for a year or two.