Five Reasons to Teach English Abroad with CELTA

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Maybe you want to take your teaching skills abroad, perhaps you are looking for a complete career change, or it could be that you simply want to travel! Whatever your reasons, teaching English abroad is an experience that will change your life. Here are five simple things it will empower you to do:


1.  Increase your confidence.

Not just a little bit, A LOT. Taking yourself out of your comfort zone to live and teach in different cultures is hugely satisfying. Once you’ve spent time doing something you’ve never done before (and realising that you actually CAN), you will feel able to manage anything that’s thrown your way, and you will truly never be the same again.

© Jane Henderson Photography

2. See the difference you make.

Teaching English helps you to personally influence and change peoples’ lives, so you know what you are doing is worth it. Yes, you’ll have students who don’t seem that interested, but trust us, you will have twice as many other students who are, and these are the students who will feel the greatest impact of your work.

© Emran Kassim from Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, Creative Commons

3. Experience life.

Teaching English can take you anywhere. And Anywhere is the home of new experiences, different lives, different languages, different people. So not only will you be changing lives, they will also be changing yours.

© Maciek Lulko, Creative Commons,

4. Take control of your career.

Once you have completed an English language teaching course such as CELTA, you are in the driving seat – where do YOU want to go? Home or abroad, the choice is yours. 

© Emma Wilkinson

5. Meet new people.

One thing is for sure: the friends you make abroad are the ones you keep for life. When you find yourselves thrown together, thousands of miles from home, your shared experiences become unforgettable and invaluable, creating friendships that will be with you forever.

© Jane Henderson Photography

Where can I get my English teaching qualification?

The CELTA course is a highly regarded type of TEFL qualification (teaching English as a foreign language), equipping you with the skills and practical experience to take your teaching qualification anywhere in the world.  You can take the CELTA course at our schools in London (Hampstead School of English), Manchester (Manchester Academy of English), York (English Language Centre York) and Edinburgh (Edinburgh Language Centre), with full-time, part-time and online options available depending on your chosen location. 

An internationally recognised teaching qualification that is highly trusted by schools and organisations across the globe, CELTA is especially valuable because some employers, particularly in Asia, will only employ you to teach English if you have this qualification. Often having a CELTA qualification puts you in a better position for negotiating salary, because it is so highly regarded. 

Led by our dedicated Teacher Training teams, the CELTA course is very practical and gives you the chance to develop and practise teaching from the moment you start to the day you finish. It is intensive and rewarding, including invaluable feedback from teachers that will help you to develop your skills.

Click here to contact us and make the first steps towards a life changing career. 


Not sure? Come to one of our CELTA Taster Days or find out what our Graduates and Teachers have to say:

From London to Hong Kong: Meet Francesca
From Manchester to Thailand: Meet Liam
From Manchester to Paris: Meet Emma
Staying in the UK: Meet Sagal
An International Career: Meet Teacher Trainer, Dolores


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