Teach English Abroad - A Filipino Backpacker Guide to TEFL

Teach English Abroad – A Filipino Backpacker Guide to TEFL

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If you’ve been reading our previous articles, you already know that our main sources of income are from TEFL Teaching (English) and Ayurveda Massage Therapy. As a Filipino TEFL teacher myself, I will show you how we FILIPINOS can also teach English abroad. I’ll show you the easiest way to get your TEFL certification in the Philippines and start your new life as a Filipino TEFL teacher. All with just your passion and an online TEFL course. You could earn up to $25USD an hour and see the world at the same time! Are you ready to change your life?! Be an English Teacher Abroad while traveling the world!

NOTE – Although I have written this article with certain tips and advice for Filipinos, all of the information and TEFL courses can also be used by other nationalities too. You can also use the 40% discount on TEFL courses – It’s for all Two Monkeys Travel readers!

We have also partnered with Let’s TEFL to offer accredited 120-hour TEFL courses with a 60% discount. Just use our exclusive promo code – TWOMONKEYS. Let’s TEFL courses include free certificate shipping!

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First things first – Before you make any decisions to quit and move abroad, you must invest in your CERTIFICATIONS and SKILLS to sustain your travel. Why? Because to teach English abroad is a big commitment. Parents won’t pay just to be a “foreign teacher,” they expect you to teach their kids and treat them as your own. Or do you want to go back home after six months when you’re broke and begging your old boss to give you your job back or even ask Mama and Papa to buy your flight ticket to go home? Of course not, that’s why I’m here to tell you how you can start your long-term sustainable travel lifestyle!

If you want to be a Filipino TEFL teacher, then you’re going to need some TEFL certification or TEFL teaching certificateHere’s my other article on TEFL Certification for Filipinos.

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What are the different English tests and certifications?

Firstly, there’s a big difference between English Certificates and English Teaching Certificates.

IELTS, TOEFL, FCE, CAE, PET …and more, are all English Certificates.

  • TEFL – Teaching of English as a Foreign Language – English Teaching Certificate

Being Filipino – we are considered as non-native speakers, so when we decide to move abroad to study or migrate permanently, then we may have to take one of these two English language tests, recognized worldwide: International English Language Test System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

  • IELTS is run by the British Council, therefore, uses British English

It is an English language test that is used for educational, immigration and occupational purposes mostly if you decide to go to UK or Australia.

  • TOEFL is administered by a USA-based organization and therefore uses American English

It is for testing your ability to communicate in English in specifically academic, university and classroom-based settings. Mostly useful for migrating to the USA or Canada.

“But can I teach English abroad and be a Filipino TEFL teacher if I pass TOEFL or IELTS?”

The ANSWER is NO. You need to get a TEFL teaching certificate; then you can be a Filipino TEFL teacher and start teaching English abroad! 

A TEFL course and TEFL certificate are not just tests; they are teaching certifications that you must have to teach English as a foreign language. Usually, you need to pass 120 to 140 hours of training: TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

Whether you want to teach a long or short term, the best preparation for becoming a Filipino TEFL teacher is a 140 hour online TEFL course. The TEFL Online Certificate is perfect and gives you all the skills and knowledge you need to start teaching!

Okay, enough with the formalities… So here are the details you’ve been waiting for – How to become a Filipino TEFL teacher like me and start your new life, with an amazing source of income while traveling – Teaching English abroad!

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TEFL Course in the Philippines – How can we get it even though we’re not “NATIVE SPEAKERS”?

Finding a TEFL course in the Philippines is the same as finding a TEFL course anywhere else in the world. All you need is an online TEFL course. This has nothing to do with your Nationality! Filipinos are well-known across the world as some of the best TEFL English teachers next to Native English speakers (British, American, Canadian, Australian), as English is one of our two first languages, so Filipino TEFL teachers gain a lot of respect, particularly in other countries in Asia. If you’re having issues with your grammar, then check out Grammarly, a website that could help you proofread your work or your lesson plan!

My cute Vietnamese students!

CLICK the PHOTO: Read this for our 8 Steps to Succeed as a Traveling TEFL Teacher

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My Personal Story: How I became a Filipino TEFL Teacher

When I was new in Vietnam, I didn’t know that I could teach English abroad as a TEFL teacher and I didn’t know how to do it, but luckily Jon and his friends had already prepared for this even before moving to Asia – he already had his TEFL certificate before leaving the UK. That was the first time I had ever heard or learned anything about the TEFL certification. So I did my research online for companies offering the TEFL certification course for Non-Native speakers like me – There are a lot, and there are even three big companies in the Philippines, which are all OVERPRICED, but if you don’t know about this then you might just end up paying these greedy companies!

Teaching English in Vietnam

I took an online TEFL course with a British company and paid around $400 for my 120 hour TEFL certification –  I was just excited to get certified to start teaching. But I can tell you; this is one of the best investments, you’ll ever make. The TEFL course was expensive but worth it! 

Now I know that there are cheaper online TEFL courses available which are just as good, like this one from myTEFL. So I contacted them and asked if they can give a very special discount to Two Monkeys Travel readers – 40% Discount!

The online TEFL course is really helpful and very thorough – it was quite hard for me as my Middle Eastern lifestyle had already slightly damaged my English! During the TEFL course, you’ll learn different skills from lesson planning, how to handle different classes – large class, individual, children and even Business English! I took the 120-hour course, which is perfect for a new teacher and you can gain informal volunteer teaching experience before you and while you apply for your first jobs to give you valuable experience in the classroom.

Now that I know these things, I’ve contacted another myTEFL in Canada to partner with them to get a discount for our Filipino readers, as I know $500 is just too expensive for us backpackers. They have agreed and will be giving our readers a 40% Discount – so use this DISCOUNT CODE: 2MONKEYS. Here’s the website link to avail the discount. You need to type the Discount Code  (2MONKEYS) in the cart when you’re about to pay so from a $300USD course; you will now only pay around $170.  You need to pay with credit card or debit card with VISA or MASTERCARD but if you don’t have it, let me know, and I can connect you to the management to make an alternative payment of the Western Union or something like that (my email is kach.twomonkeystravel@gmail.com)

When you decide to start your online TEFL course, if you need any help – questions, motivation or whatever is on your mind – just email me here or join our Exclusive Facebook community group. There are a lot of people there taking the same course!

Thank you letters from my students! =)

Thank you letters from my students! =)

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Finding TEFL teaching jobs for Filipinos 

Even to teach English abroad sounds like one of the best jobs while traveling, each country has different rules – you have to consider the visa requirements, the pay, applicant requirements and the salary. In South East Asia, the best places to teach are in Vietnam. The pay for TEFL teachers is high ($25 per hour), and the living costs are very low. They also think very highly of Filipino TEFL teachers. Another option is the Middle East, but you’ll be required to get a work permit, and it’s more complicated – it’s not backpacking there you know! South America is another great place to be – Jon, and I have been teaching English in Arequipa, Peru for six months now and it’s awesome, but the pay is very low compared to Colombia, Brazil, and Chile, where living costs are higher anyway.

After class picture with my beginner students in Peru!

After class picture with my beginner students in Peru!

Now for applications, if you apply for TEFL jobs online because you want to teach English abroad – some institutes might reject you, especially when they state “Native Speakers” in their candidate requirements – don’t worry, they just need ‘educating!’ I learned this the hard way while in Vietnam. So, what’s the technique for getting TEFL jobs? Go to the country, enjoy your backpacking and if you feel like staying in that city longer then look for English institutes and simply WALK-IN with your TEACHING CV, CREDENTIALS, and your formal clothes. NEVER refer to yourself as a ‘non-native speaker!’ Almost everyone in the Philippines is raised with TWO OFFICIAL LANGUAGES – English and Tagalog. This is the truth, and this is what you must tell them. It’s that simple!

(Before embarking on your journey, bring at least two sets of formal clothes which you can use for situations like this!)

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Visas for Filipino TEFL teachers

Click here for – Filipina Backpacker Visa Experiences

This is one of the most common questions I get asked – “What about visas for us Filipinos?”

Indeed, as a Filipino passport holder we might have more limitations when going to Western countries, but since you’re a backpacker and planning to teach English abroad, then you probably won’t go to expensive, English-speaking countries!

The ideal place for you to start is Asia and South America where most of the countries are visa-free for us Filipinos! Golden Rule: NEVER OVERSTAY! Shame on you and shame for our country! People who overstay give us a bad reputation and make it harder for us to get visas. Don’t do this, please!


I only have Philippines passport; the another one is Jonathan’s British passport.

So what do you need to do, then? I can only tell you specifically about our experiences in Vietnam, India, and Peru, as these are the places where we have experience teaching and volunteering, but the rule is the same everywhere – Check before you go! 

If you go to any country, there are always different types of Visa – Visa On Arrival (just a stamp), Tourist Visa (can be up to 3 months), Business Visa (For Consultants and if you want to do business while there for short time) and Work Visa (You want to work there officially in a permanent job). It would be wrong for me to try to tell you exact rules, as they are always subject to change.

My Pre-intermediate students in Peru!

My Pre-intermediate students in Peru!

In Vietnam, I was initially using the free visa on arrival, but I got tired of doing visa runs, especially when I decided that I would be teaching. Once I decided to work as a Filipino TEFL teacher, we visited a Travel agency where we could process a 3 to 6 months BUSINESS VISA, allowing me to work as a “consultant” and get paid. Since we didn’t work full time and we were freelancers, institutions accepted and hired us. One company even offered me a full-time position with a Work Visa, but we already had plans to head to India instead.

Jon and I went to India to study Yoga and to do some volunteer TEFL teaching. We applied for our visas in Hanoi and were able to get a 6 month Tourist Visa for $80 (Jon paid more, we Filipinos are luckier with some visas!) I don’t know the rules when it comes to teaching in India and I don’t think they need you to teach them as most are fluent like us! But I’m giving you this experience just in case you want to go to India to VOLUNTEER! Just get the six months, multiple-entry visa! Volunteer TEFL teaching is very rewarding and is great work experience too.

Budget Backpacking in India

Now in Peru, I’ve read blog articles of some Pinoys saying that you can only get a maximum of 3 months, nope! You can get 183 days VISA ON ARRIVAL, but you have to tell the Immigration Official why you need that amount of time – we told them we are volunteering and wanted to learn Spanish (which was true!). You can also read my personal visa experiences here to over 60 countries.

Now, if you want to work on a long-term contract, then you have to apply for a “Carne de Extranero” (residential visa) so an Institute can hire you and pay you a salary, but if you just want to be a freelance TEFL teacher, then your tourist visa is fine as you don’t have to pay any taxes if you stay in the country for less than 6 months – of course, you will leave before your visa expires!

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INCOME – How much do Filipino TEFL teachers earn? 

The pay for TEFL teachers differs greatly based on the country and the institution where you are working. In Vietnam, I started getting paid $17 / class (which was 90 mins) then soon after I jumped up to $25/ hour! If you’re a freelancer, you need to know how to balance your schedule! Here in Peru, we got paid for only $11/ hour in the institute, but up to $500/ month for private TEFL classes.

My two Business English students - private class in Peru!

My two Business English students – private class in Peru! Cooked them Pinoy fried rice during our last day of a 3-month program!

You need to consider the cost of living in any country and also about the taxes. You also need to know how they will pay you – whether you get paid cash after the class, fixed monthly salary or just depending on your agreement. Jon and I were paid mostly in cash in Vietnam and through our local Peruvian bank account Peru.

If you need tips on how to manage your finances while backpacking esp if you have a Filipino passport, then read our other article.

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SUMMARY OF PREPARATIONS: Things you need to do

  1. Plan your route/itinerary and when you feel like staying in one place then apply for a volunteering gig or a paid teaching job.
  2. INVEST in your TEFL Certificate – we highly suggest you get the 120 hours, plus volunteer teaching experience, which will make you much more attractive to employers. Here’s the company we recommend, myTEFL Canada and 40% Discount Code is 2MONKEYS (applicable for any nationality!)
  3. Practice Teaching your siblings or friends to prepare yourself for the classroom limelight! Practice different sign languages and miming too – oh, you don’t need to be fluent in Spanish or fluent in another language to teach English in that country. It may be helpful but don’t stress yourself! You can read our article here on how you can become a good English teacher.
  4. Don’t forget to pack formal teaching clothes in your backpack – for ladies, just two dress or different top and nice skirt; and for men – trousers, long sleeves and two shirts with collars.
  5. Documents – if you plan to get a work visa eventually then bring your original diploma with red ribbon from DFA (scan it to get a digital copy) and other documents.
  6. PREPARE YOUR TEACHING CV – I can send you a copy of what our teaching CV looks like, just email me when you’ve passed the TEFL course. Your Teaching CV doesn’t need the information of all your past work experience, but you should mention your most relevant jobs and skills and explain why they would help in the classroom.
  7. GATHER CONTACTS before you go – If you’re a follower of Two Monkeys Travel Facebook page or a member of our group then you already know that I will help you with that!
  8.  If you have questions about TEFL certification, course, teaching opportunities, etc., please read this FAQ page before you send an email to me.

ENJOY your NEW SUSTAINABLE LIFE ON THE ROAD! There is a different source of income to – check out our list of 10 Practical Travel Jobs. We also offer travel coaching – I can help you find teaching opportunities, plan your itinerary and any long-term sustainable travel related issues you have (You’ll also help us with our travel fund)


1. What is TEFL Internship? Is it worth it?

A TEFL internship is an amazing experience where you get your TEFL training, take part in TEFL orientation workshops, and then work as a paid intern for about six months with a language school. The basic difference between a regular job and a ‘paid’ internship position is that most regular employers today prefer to hire EFL teachers who also hold a bachelor’s degree. You do not require a degree to be an intern. It is an ‘earn as you learn’ situation. An internship pays a bit less than a regular position, but it adds significant value to your resume as well as loads of real life TEFL experience. So, instead of a degree, it is the perfect stepping stone to start your TEFL career.

The only problem is that with a passport from the Philippines, you are not eligible for our internship programs except for the volunteer Africa internship. The only reason we can offer internships only to holders of the specified passports is due to work permit and visa related issues. The schools that hire our interns directly from overseas arrange for work permits and documents, and so we have to comply with their requirements. I am sorry about that.

2.  How can I also teach English in Vietnam if I have a Philippines passport?

If you are traveling to Vietnam with a passport from the Philippines, your best option would be to get your 120 hour TEFL certification, then apply in person once you are there. The school that hires you will help arrange for work permits and visas.

To help you get an edge over other applicants, myTEFL will provide you with:

  • Official Letter of Recommendation with detailed breakdown of completed course modules
  • Genuine advice & feedback on building your TEFL Resume and Cover Letter
  • Tips on how to ace your TEFL job interviews

We have students from all over the world, and our graduates are currently teaching in over 30 countries; if you are determined, and focused on your goal, I am sure you can make it happen.

3. How long does it take to complete a myTEFL course?

Our courses are carefully designed, peer reviewed and tested to ensure strict standards of quality are met. Our 120-hour course will take approximately 120 hours to complete! This includes reading each section thoroughly, completing all the exercises, quizzes and tests, keeping track of new vocabulary and definitions, and achieving a passing mark. Depending on individual learning and study habits, you may take a little less or a little more time. And remember, our dedicated tutors are always available to consult with, make suggestions, help explain difficult sections, and guide you throughout your course!

4. Can I apply for a work permit or work visa in foreign countries with myTEFL’s certificate?

Yes, you can! Our internationally recognized certificates can be used to apply in countries where a successful, accredited course completion is required! Please note, most countries require a minimum of 100 hours of TEFL training to apply for a working visa. If you are planning on applying to a country with these requirements, you will need to complete our 120 Hour Professional Course.

5. Does the TEFL certificate expire?

The certificate never expires. However, the longer you have been away from teaching or learning, the less attractive it might be for employers. If you’ve been away from teaching and TEFL for a while, taking a course to refresh your knowledge would be a good idea.

6. Does the online TEFL Certificate specifically state that it is an online course?

No, our certificate simply states that you have completed XXX Hours of TEFL training.

7. I don’t have a degree; is teaching English an option for me? 

Having a degree is an obvious asset, but not necessary. Some countries will accept teachers who have only completed a 120 Hour TEFL certificate and a high school diploma.

8. Do I have to be a native English speaker to benefit from a TEFL course? 

No, you do not need to be a native speaker to teach English. In fact, there are more non-native TEFL instructors around the world than native ones! A TEFL course will provide additional benefits to non-native speakers through the comprehensive Grammar and Functions sections in some of our courses. While many employers prefer native English speakers, completing a myTEFL.net course demonstrates professional commitment and growth, which are highly valued in the TEFL industry.

9. Do I need to know grammar inside out? 

It helps to have a strong understanding of grammar and concepts, but it is not essential. In our longer courses, a comprehensive grammar module is incorporated in your learning. It will give you all the knowledge you need to confidently work with grammar lessons in an EFL classroom.

10. How long do I have to complete a course? 

Students have 90 days to complete a course. This proves ample time for the majority of students taking a myTEFL.net course. However, if students require more time to complete a course, there are course extension options available. Please contact us for more details.

11. When will I get my certificate? 

Certificates are sent within five working days after the course has been finished, although most will be sent within 48 hours.

Don’t forget, your first step to becoming a Filipino TEFL English Teacher is to learn how to teach English and to get your certification!

Click this link and use Promo Code 2MONKEYS at the checkout to get your 40% discount on your 120 hour TEFL course.

Please note that we are affiliated with myTEFL and been promoting them since 2014! I vouched for them! =)


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  1. 1. My dream destination to start teaching English is South America. I have longing to visit that place for quite sometime now and to connect with locals there (as simple as teaching English) will be an icing on top of a bucket list.

    2. Filipinos are known as persistent, patient and pretty much almost next to being a native English speakers. It is in our nature to serve and give a helping hand aside from we are very relational as a nation.

    1. Hi Kenneth! Thanks so much for entering. South America is a great place to be a TEFL teacher and since there are far fewer Filipino TEFL teachers there, you will have less competition when searching for TEFL jobs. Choose carefully though, as some countries like Peru have very low salaries for TEFL teachers, whereas Colombia and Brazil pay much more.
      Good luck! 🙂

  2. 1. My dream teaching destination is Korea and or Japan 🙂 why? Simple because I love their culture. I believe being in love with the place makes it easier for one to excel.

    3. Filipino TEFL teachers are known to be hard working and are popular for being so patient. They have the best smiles and best characters to showcase. Filipinos are known to be jolly that’s why they are highly considered almost everywhere.

    1. Thanks Kristina Dass, great answers! I think Japan would be an amazing place to teach TEFL and I know that there are quite a few Filipino TEFL teachers there too!

  3. Hi Kach and Jonathan,

    I am Joerebie Ababon, I have read your article and I find it very helpful. I just realize then upon reading throughly the content that there is no need to worry about finances while on travel if I will do the steps and tips you shared.

    I am a Business Administration graduate, and currently working aligned to my degree. I am inspired by you, so I am very willing to shift my career, learn more about teaching English language and get TEFL certificates.

    To answer your question;

    1. As to start in living my dreams, I want to visit asian countries.

    2.Filipino TEFL teachers are some of the best because we are passionate, patient, hard working, and multi tasking.

    1. Hi Joerbie! Thanks for entering. Asia is a great place to be a TEFL teacher, I worked there and met a lot of Filipino TEFL teachers.

      Good luck!

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      Hey Keiko, I didnt get my TEFL in the Philippines, I got it from the online company,here’s the link – http://bit.ly/1HmgCpG

      for the jobs in Vietnam I applied for it when I arrived there, word of mouth from friends and you can join a facebook group called Hanoi Massive, Hanoi Teachers and Hanoi Comrades. where people announce opening.

  4. Hi Kach and Jonathan,

    · I’ve been reading articles in two monkey travel group and I am also part of your Facebook page. By the way my name in FB is ‘Ako si Carlo Caputan’. Great tips on how to succeed as a Travelling English Teacher. I enjoyed every single article that you posted and it provides inspiration. I love travelling and also wants to enhance my knowledge in English and use it for teaching. I’m actually looking at teaching in Middle East preferably Dubai at some point and your articles were a great point of reference. Me and my friend are planning to take TEFL however, we’re not that knowledgeable with the courses. I have also read one of your responses to one of the commenters if TEFL is hard you responded it depends on the TEFL course. Would you give us light about this? Sana matulungan mo kami. J

  5. Very helpful guide for non-native speaker, thank you. My friend is very interested in teaching english abroad so I’ll let him know!

    1. Hi Anita, thanks I’m glad you enjoyed the guide and let your friend know that we can help him anything he needs to be a TEFL teacher and teach english abroad!

      Jonathan 🙂

  6. Thanks for this article, this really motivates me to work harder!
    Here in the Philippines, I think DLSU is the one that offers TEFL / TESL.

  7. What other documents you need to bring or present to land an English Teaching Job? Do i need to bring my diploma/TOR? Or TEFL certificate is enough if you’re not planning to get the work visa?

    When you first had your first teaching gig, what proofs/certificates you presented to the employer and how about the requirements to extend your stay in Vietnam? And what kind of visa you had?

    1. Hello Arjay, work visa is a different thing. The most formal way is to go to POEA and get your PDOS and Medical clearance which will be submitted to the embassy of the country where you will be going. I did that for my jobs in the Middle East. Yes, you need your Diploma and TOR and they all be authenticated by DFA – you need a Red Ribbon.

      My situation in Vietnam is different, I was not looking to be a full time teacher (I quit my full time job to travel), we were there only for few months.I had my diploma though and my TEFL certificate so when I landed the job, I applied for my Business Visa which can be transfered to work visa (the company will have to process it for you). My company wanted to give me a work visa but I was not so keen as we’re leaving for India.

      If you decide to teach as a career then go check with the POEA so you can be sure with all of the legalities and requirements.

  8. Hi Kat! I enjoyed every single article that you posted. Now I am moved as well to do the same thing that you did! Currently I am out of the country, teaching in Indonesia and I’ve been wanting to jump into something different. I’m starting to plan out for next year and hopefully by august 2016 I want do it already! I hope you could help me and others as well. Truly, you are inspiring a lot of people! Always keep safe!

    1. Thank you so much for reading! Feel free to send me email for any questions, would be very happy to help! =)

  9. Hi Kat! Rey here from Kuwait.

    Nabasa ko sa Blog mo advise mo 140 TEFL hours.
    sa Site nila 120Hour lang meron?


    1. Hello Rey, yung sa MYTEFL kasi 120 hour Professional Course so pwede na din sya, ganyan ung certificate ko =)

  10. Hello Kach is it ok if hindi tapos ng college mag take ng TEFL? My hubby and I love to travel but limited budget din. And after ba ng TEFL mag eexam pa kami? Nakaka inspire naman ang story mo. Sana magawa na namin soon!

    1. Hello Kristina, no need for the degree for online TEFL course, degree is important though if you want to get work permits. For TEFL, the exam is included in the course, you have to pass each module. Go take the course – We partnered with this Canadian company and they are giving 40% discount to our readers when you use the discount code MYTEFL35 – here’s the link – http://bit.ly/1HmgCpG

      Magagawa mo din to! Dreams do come true! =)

      1. In obtaining TEFL degree is not important but will it be sufficient if I would like to teach? 🙁 my husband doesn’t have a degree but is better than me. I’d love for us to both take TEFL and eventually travel and teach part time while travelling to earn, but my main concern is that my husband doesn’t have a degree :'( will he be able to teach?

        1. Yes Kristina, it’s all about passion! The degree is important only if you want to make it as a career because companies will require you to work full time and you need work permit with that.

  11. Hi katch..good evening. …I’m an OFW And really love traveling but I don’t know how to start with it…….di alam kung anong gagawin at kung kelan ang tamang oras to do it…..finding good opportunity somewhere na much better here in Taiwan but afraid to do.
    Nakaka inspired ung story mo…….sana magawa ko din yong mga nagawa mo…..keep it up!
    I will always read your articles from now and then for me to help and motivate myself.
    I love the way you do your things and ways…
    take care always…

    1. Hello Melode, kayang kaya mo magstart! Gusto mo ba every weekend lang or long term na byahe na? Madami daw magagandang lugar na pupuntahan jan sa Taiwan! Pero kung anu man, message mo ko, I would love to help you!

      1. Oo nga eh kadi impossible kapag ikaw ay naka contract. ..lol
        but I really want traveling. …maybe soon really ASAP.MG ipon tlga ako for that. ..even southeast asia lang…matravel ko yan like you…..

    1. Hello Kate, we are actually promoting two different companies TEFL247 and I-to-I people are always assuming that when you do things online then it’s already a scam.. Why would be a scam? I took my TEFL last year and I’ve been teaching for more than a year now and no one ever told me negatively. Maybe what you might be refering to is the internship programs etc. but what I’m only promoting is the online TEFL course- take the course, get the certificate and teach English wherever you go.

      1. Thank you for your reply. 🙂

        Is the i to i online tefl course certificate recognized in the countries you went to? Which do you think is better, TEFL247, or i-to-i? TEFL247 is really much cheaper.. Is it plain self-study in both companies? with no teacher and no evaluation whatsoever..

        I’m seriously considering getting one in a few days.

          1. Awesome Kate! We have friends who are doing the course! Let us know if you need help! TEFL 247 is great as it’s cheaper too!

  12. Actually working on a tourist visa is illegal in Peru or anywhere else in the world for that matter. Doesn’t mean that a lot of people don’t do it however.

  13. wow! this is extensive and very detailed… glad you were doing well in Peru.

    Question: I only want to do a volunteer teaching, will it be possible there? I already have my TEFL certificate. I got it in Thailand… I did onsite and online course.

    1. Heya! You;d like to volunteer in Peru? Yes, you can volunteer here and there’s a lot of opportunity! Where exactly are you planning to go and for how long? The ideal is if you stay at least 3 months so the volunteering experience will be worthwhile!

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