The year after I graduated from college, I retired to the South of France.
Ok—officially, I was “working” there as an English teacher. But that consisted of chatting with high schoolers in my native language for about eight hours a week (my contract paid me for 20 hours, but they never scheduled all of them).
The rest of the time I spent skiing in the Pyrenees…relaxing at the health spa…hiking in the forest…eating lots of cheese…starring in a local play…trying my hand at French cooking…shopping at outdoor markets…enjoying picnics in wine country with my French friends…and traipsing about Europe during long and very frequent school vacations.
All funded by those weekly conversations in my native language.
Sound ridiculous? It gets better…
Then the entire country went on strike—and I was paid not to work for about a month-and-a-half. I used the time to laze on the beach in Spain.
Best. Year. Ever.
Teaching English is one of the absolute GREATEST ways to get to know and live in another culture. Whether you land a gig for a foreign government, as I did, or you find a private company, most of the time, you don’t need even teaching credentials to do it. Native fluency in English is enough to get you started.
And teaching English isn’t just for recent college grads, either. You can get started at any age. Sure there are folks teaching English all over the world in their 20s and 30s, but there are also plenty in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond.
And once you start to investigate this fascinating open-to-all career opportunity, you’ll quickly realize that you’ll be in demand in countries all over the world. Schools in Colombia…universities in Spain…businesses in Japan—there’s no end to the places this can take you.
That’s because in every country outside the English-speaking world, students and the institutions they learn in know that mastering the international language is the key to getting ahead. As a result, a massive supply of people—just like you—is needed to fill this ever-growing demand.
And what does that mean for you? Well, it means you get to take your pick…
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