Have you been thinking of a career change or looking for a way to sink in to the french landscape, surrounded by the deliciousness of freshly baked croissants and baguettes…with a topping of home made myrtille (blueberry preserve), cheeses galore and wine at its finest?
Has the thought of teaching English in France crossed your mind but been steered away by the gloom of the recession still casting shadows on our world?
David Williams takes a closer look at how the recession has influenced those aspiring to teach English in France…
The current financial climate has hardly filled us with renewed confidence to reach out and explore new challenges or try something new. Instead many of us are finding that simply keeping our jobs is a task.
As result, our current job (of which we may well have tired of eons ago) becomes our main focus and we find ourselves saying: ‘the rest will have to wait’.
That being said, we still strive to better ourselves in any and every way we can.
Whether this is through a change in our financial circumstances or deciding to take on a new role, which requires us to go out on a limb. It is this attitude that will see us through this difficult time. So, rather than waiting for things to come to us, is it not better to actively pursue them? If you have always wanted to travel, then why not combine this passion with a willingness to participate and contribute to a new culture?
Teaching English in France could be just the kind of challenge you are looking for.
France itself is famous for its beautiful south, its temperate climate and its love of great food and wine. Culturally speaking we have some differences, but isn’t that the point of travel? To explore new customs and meet people who don’t always share your views?
If you are passionate about teaching English and your cherished TEFL dream is to teach English in France, then your first step is to prepare yourself with the relevant TEFL qualification; such as CELTA. The next is prepare yourself for your entry into the country, from a TEFL perspective: do expect to be met with a certain degree of reluctance towards you ; it is not uncommon when you arrive with the intention of Teaching English in France to French students.
The recession has narrowed minds and it has created an air of uncertainty. So, whilst Teaching English in France might seem like the perfect way to satiate your unbaiting desire to explore yourself and the world, steel yourself for a somewhat rocky ride towards your end goal. Persevere and you will be rewarded for your patience. Regardless of where you are and the state of the economy, remember that teaching abroad is a challenge but a challenge that you will rest assured enjoy and remember ever after.