Career Break

Taking a career break or sabbatical is often a big decision. In our increasingly busy lives, taking a well-earned break from a job is something that we all need. Today, more and more people are taking time away from their careers to develop personally, see the world and recharge their batteries.

Depending on your personal motivations, teaching English as a second language overseas could be the perfect way to take a break from your career. English teaching will provide you with a stable income as you travel, experience new cultures and see the world. But teaching is much more than that. As a teacher, you will be able to develop your existing skill sets and even pick up a few more transferable skills. After a year of teaching and traveling, you can go back to your career, recharged, refreshed and even better than before. Or you might just fall in love with a brand new one.

Career Break Teaching

Why Take A Career Break?

According to a study by Hilton, “wanting to travel more,” “work-related stress,” “boredom” and “lack of enjoyment at work” are among the top reasons for professionals wanting to take a career break. It doesn’t matter if you love your job, or hate your job, taking a career break could be the best way to take some time away and get a new perspective.
At EF, we understand that more and more people want to escape to an exotic new location, explore a new culture, travel and even pick up a new language or hobby. That’s why our teaching jobs abroad focus on creating a fun work environment that doesn’t involve sitting behind a desk all day. As an English language teacher at EF English First, we will help you secure a legal working visa, and offer you full training and support, so you can take a break for a year and travel without having to worry about how you will finance your trips.

ESL Career Break

What is ESL?

ESL stands for English as a Second Language. It is estimated that there will be over 2 billion people speaking and learning English as a second language by 2020. This has led to a demand for English speakers to teach communicative English around the world, with countries like China leading the way.
The ESL industry isn’t like traditional teaching. In the traditional teaching model, students listen to the teacher, take notes and generally work individually. In ESL, teachers use games and activities, as well as teaching methodologies to help students communicate in English together. Teaching English is fun, fast-paced and a great way to take a break from a stressful or challenging career.

Travel While Teaching

Travel While You Teach

When you take a break from your career, it’s likely that you will want to travel and see the world. At EF English First, we offer all of our teachers’ 12-month contracts with legal working visas as standard. This will give you plenty of time to settle into a new country, get to know the culture, and find time to travel to different places over the course of a year. Living and teaching abroad for a year is a great way to have it all.
In addition to time, the cost of traveling abroad is also another factor that holds most people back. Saving up to travel can take a while. Often, by the time you have saved enough, your circumstances may have changed, and you have missed your chance. If you teach however, you will be able to earn a regular salary, enjoy the benefits of being abroad, travel on weekends and even escape somewhere tropical during the holidays. Many of our teachers at EF love to travel, so you will be in great company!

Teaching without experience

Teaching Without Experience

EF English First hires over 2,000 English teachers every year. Our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds and all walks of life. As a result, many of our teachers have enthusiasm and work experience, but lack hands-on teaching experience.
If you don’t have any teaching experience, don’t worry! You will get the training and support you need to get off to the best possible start. EF can help by sponsoring qualifications, and we will provide with two weeks of training when you arrive and offer continual support. Remember, teaching can be fun! We’ll give you the tools to succeed, all you need to do is enjoy your time in class, with both your students and your international colleagues.


How To Get Started

Getting started is usually the hardest part, but teaching English overseas couldn’t be easier. If you’re looking to take a break from your career, then we’d love to hear from you. All you have to do is fill out a quick application form, and we’ll take care of the rest.
We will arrange a convenient time to call, discuss your options when you would like you to start teaching, and if you’re ready to make the move, we can schedule an interview. All in all, the application process is usually quick and painless. Should you be successful in your interview, it’s likely that the visa process will take anywhere between three and four months. You will have time to work your notice, get packed, say farewell to friends and family and start a new adventure!

The world is waiting for you

Teach English, travel and work abroad with EF English First