Hello, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kyle, I'm 18 and hail from the United Kingdom. I'm currently in my third year of college doing a diploma construction and I'm really not enjoying it and as such would like to pack it in; go aboard, live in the sun, & earn a modest wage. Perhaps above all though, I want to enjoy what I do and feel teaching English would be the best thing for me.
I understand however, its not going to be that easy. Which brings me here! Well with that out of the way, I'd like to crack on with the questions I'd appreciate being answered.
#1. I understand that I'll need at least a TEFL Certificate if not a degree to teach English as a language abroad, now I only just have a C in GCSE English (primarily due to pratting around and not knuckling down in school days, a trait that has long since subsided) and I don't have the time to successfully complete a degree. So, how would I go about getting a TEFL Certificate? Additionally, how difficult would you say passing the certificate is? I'm not bad at English but I'm not brilliant either.
#2. Now you may be thinking, what's this guy on about planning to teach English for if he openly admits he is not exceptional himself in regards to the English language? Well, I do feel I have an advantage in regards to personality. I'm a natural teacher of others, I'm very outgoing, keen, and enthusiastic. I would definitely say working with others is one of my very best attributes as a person. That being said though, no one is ever complete and there is always room for improvement.
#3. Where would one go? I'm not too fussed about the wage (as long as its decent). Personally I'm thinking places like; Africa, China, Japan, India, Thailand and the Americas, what is the situation like when it comes to finding work in these areas?
#4. I'm well aware most would find the prospect of an 18 year old teacher laughable, but I really do feel that I am mature enough to carry out the job as good as any person. I'm worried employers would just take one look at my age not bother with me.
Thanks a lot, I really appreciate your time.