This Black Friday deal could kick-start a global career and earnings of up to R560 per hour

South Africa’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high and is rising amid political and economic decline with the country at risk of becoming a lower-middle-income nation, according to a model developed by Eunomix Business & Economics.

Tom Gibbons, director at The TEFL Academy, a provider of TEFL courses and qualifications, said that teaching English is a savvy way to earn an income while travelling and living abroad.

Despite travel restrictions brought on by the Covid pandemic, locals can still travel to in excess of 50 destinations, including Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica and Ukraine – provided they can prove they have been fully vaccinated. Once there, certified English teachers stand to earn a competitive salary of between R190 and R560 per hour, depending on experience, said Gibbons.

The TEFL Academy is offering South Africans a passport to international travel, at a large discount. “On Black Friday, we’ll be offering up to 70% off all our courses. The course takes around six weeks to complete, which means those who get started now will be fully-fledged TEFL teachers by 2022,” said Gibbons.

He noted that English foreign language teachers typically sign on for year-long contracts, which are open for renewal when they reach their end. This provides job stability, and an opportunity to remain overseas for an extended period of time – or to change their mind and try a new country every year.

Offering accessible, flexible and cost-effective ways to get TEFL qualified, The TEFL Academy provides internationally accredited and regulated online courses. As part of their Black Friday discount, the company has implemented a Beat Any Price Guarantee.

“If you find a like-for-like TEFL course – either a 120-hour Level 3 course or a 168-hour online course – with any other provider for a cheaper price, we’ll not only match it, we’ll beat it,” said Gibbons.

The TEFL Academy published a report on teaching English in foreign countries in 2019, showing how much graduates can expect to earn.

South Asia, China and South Korea have historically been popular destinations for South Africans, with a growing number also looking to do TEFL courses in Europe, it said.


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This Black Friday deal could kick-start a global career and earnings of up to R560 per hour