https://ontesol.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/man-in-beige-blazer-holding-tablet-computer-3184328-scaled.jpg 1708 2560 JerryS https://ontesol.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Ontesol-Logo-Small-300x138.png JerryS2020-08-19 16:59:312020-10-19 19:21:36Is Teaching ESL a Vacation or a Vocation?Teaching ESL is often advertised by recruiters as an opportunity to see the world. The industry term is a backpacker, or backpacking teacher. There are teachers who do one, maybe two-year stints in an academy or school, then take another teaching job in a different location. This is not so much for the high pay or good position, but a way for them to experience different cultures and travel the world. And why not? Many academies and schools will pay travel expenses either upfront or reimburse the teachers after a year. That equates to being able to see the world and getting paid to do it. So, this makes teaching ESL an attractive line of work for not just single folks, but even backpacking couples. After several years of teaching ESL and experiencing different cultures, these teachers have saved up some money and may want to return to school and complete higher-level studies, then as some say, “get a real job.” Some may use the time to save money to buy a car; others, to take advantage of the opportunity to fulfill a dream of international travel. The reasons vary, but the practice is the same: see the world while teaching English. On the other hand, there are ESL teachers out there who’ve been doing it long term. For them, TESOL is a career—more of a vocation than a vacation. They invest their time, money, and energy into perfecting their skills and upgrading their training as they are able to. I’m one of those who’s been teaching ESL for many years—16 in fact. And, it’s been a great ride. Teaching English has opened a lot of doors and opportunities so that I’m able to raise a family on what I earn. And, I’m not alone. For me, and other ESL teachers out there, TESOL is our livelihood. That’s one of the reasons why we try to protect it: because we’re in it for the long haul. As a result, we want teachers to be well-trained and know what they’re doing when they step into an ESL classroom. Otherwise, the industry takes a hit, and it lessens the credibility of the profession. TESOL is an opportunity for you to see the world, meet new people, and also earn a long-term living. But, what are the pros and cons here? Our blog today will share a few insights that may help you consider which type of teacher you want to be: a backpacker or a long-hauler, a vacationer or a vocation-er.
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