Graduate series, final round! What journey have these graduates been on with TEFL? Can it beat becoming a Director of Studies in China or marrying a Spaniard? Meet Christina, who is enjoying a simpler lifestyle in Germany and Dimuthu whose TEFL journey kept him in his home country of Sri Lanka but has opened doors in foreign lands…
Which TEFL course did you complete?
I completed the 120 hour online course which included the 60 hour TEFL course, 20 hour grammar course and the Business English Course.
Which University did you go to?
I graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2009. My major was Environmental Studies with a minor in Biology, concentrating on Marine Biology.
What inspired you to take up TEFL?
Teaching English abroad has been a dream of mine for quite a while. I originally wanted to do it during my studies; however, finances and time were not on my side. After graduating, I was lucky enough to score a job in the admissions department. It was fun and I enjoyed it, but there was something missing; I just needed to take a stab at my dream of teaching English abroad. I remember one day sitting late at night in my office and saw a deal pop up for i-to-i TEFL. All it took was one quick phone call and I was headed in the right direction towards my dream.
Where are you currently located, and what are you doing there?
Currently, I am teaching English in Bielefeld, Germany. With a population of 323,000, we are located in the North Rhine Westphalia area. We sit along the Teutoburg Forest and have our very own Sparrenburg Castle to walk to for a great view of the city. Bielefeld is very accessible to many cities via train transport and the cost of living is very affordable on a freelance teacher’s salary.