First of all, apologies - I know you get a lot of these "hi I'm new!" threads, but I'd appreciate any help or advice! I also plan on staying here for the long-run as I've seen a lot of great advice on here so far!
I'm British and in my early 20s with a 1st class BA in English, and plan on doing an intensive 4-week CELTA in May, which involves a good few hours of practical teaching to immigrants. This is ideal since I have no significant ties holding me back here, so to me it seems like the perfect excuse to travel and make a bit of cash for when I get back.
That said - I have no doubt that TEFL will be a great experience, but one of my concerns - like many - is saving money. I know TEFL's not known for being a particularly lucrative career path, but I don't plan on doing it forever; two or three years max.
Although my main concern is the personal experience and the memories I'll get out of these few years, I *don't* want to return to England after 2-3 years having made zero financial "progress" and be in pretty-much the same situation I'm in now (unemployed, living with parents and not massively thrilled about it).
Don't get me wrong - I don't expect to make huge savings doing TEFL or anything. But if I could come home with maybe three or four grand more than I had before in the bank to get me on my feet, that would be ideal, since I have a nice little business plan set up.
I know this is possible, and countries like Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam (and in certain cases China) have come up quite a bit during my research. I certainly have my eye on the Far East, but does anyone else have any further advice for me? Any personal experiences with savings and the like? I also have friends out there who tell me that pay rises and progression within schools is far more common than it is over here in the West - can anyone clarify/call BS on that?
Any and all help would be very much appreciated!