Since I started blogging and traveling, the one question that has been asked the most (4 people) is how I afford to travel so much. This post is not so much about how I afford to travel but how YOU can afford to get up and go travelling the world and still get paid.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, it isn’t. Just keep reading.
To be honest, I afford travel because I mostly travel within Ireland which in itself is a traveler’s gold mine when it comes to abundance. There is always something to see and do on this little Island. My advice to anyone who wants to travel is that you don’t need to cross borders to experience travel and adventure.
Back to the point, how can you afford to travel as much as you want? Well, you need to get a job that allows you to do so. One that you gives you the opportunity to work from anywhere in the world and in any time zone. It is literally the dream job and here is some advice for you if you would like to land yourself one.
I am an online language teacher- better known as an ESL (English as a Second language) teacher. I basically teach Chinese children English for a living. It is an extremely enjoyable job and as flexible as a job can get but with good enough remuneration. In short, if you work for 20 hours a week and get paid what I would have been paid if I was in a fulltime 9-5 job.
How do you get yourself one of these? Well, listen carefully- I am about to give you pure gold.
What you need:
1. The first and most important thing you need is a native English speaking accent. The most desirable accents are the American, British and Canadian accents. Neutral accents are also very important for non-native speakers, although many companies prefer not to hire non-native speakers.
2. Experience with children. If you have experience teaching children, you have a greater chance of getting an ESL job. Companies look for people who are able to deal with children in a professional yet effective manner. That said, I know loads of people who have gotten ESL jobs with no teaching experience whatsoever.
4. You will need to have a TEFL certificate course done or be in the process of acquiring one. You can get them on discount depending on the time of the year.
3. High-speed internet very important as the companies need to know that your lessons are going to run smoothly with little to no distractions due to the connection.
4. Availability in peak times which happens between 6 pm and 10 pm in the students local time.
Once you make sure you have the above listed checked, you can then apply for a job. The company that I work for is called SnapLingo and they are definitely a great company. I have worked for them for a while now and I can confidently say that I am very happy with them.
I have created a new page on the blog solely dedicated to recruitment advice. Here are a few things you need to know about getting hired with SnapLingo. Click here
I am also thinking of posting a few videos to help fellow travellers with the application process, interviews, demos etc.
Comment if this is something you are interested it.
Thanks for stopping by guys.