Have you considered taking some time off after graduation or from your job to and find your way through the world? If you're looking to dive into a new language, you could learn Spanish by teaching English and volunteering in the Caribbean Islands. An astonishing statistic estimated that more than 250 million children in their primary age are unable to read and write. A U.N. spokeswoman described it as a “global learning crisis” due to the lack of training of primary and secondary school teachers in third world countries. The need for ESL teachers is unfulfilled around the world.
This is where you come in! ESL teachers need the follow qualifications:
- Native English Skills
- Bachelor’s Degree
- TEFL Certification (usually not required for volunteer work
How do you maximize your experience? ESL teachers get to travel, explore, and take in the outdoors on weekends, national holidays, and semester breaks. You also get to expand your social circles by sharing your experience with fellow ESL teachers in your area! Assignments typically last for 3-6 months so you can continue to travel within the country, different parts of the island, or another island of your choice. You’ll also be immersed in the culture on a daily basis, giving you a crash course in the local language spoken on the island. With the vast diversity that exists in the Caribbean islands, you could potentially learn multiple languages in a year!
So now that your interest has peaked, where can you go? ESL opportunities in Caribbean countries like, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Jamaica. Credible placements can be found through a little research online in minutes. Who’s ready to give back in a BIG way and learn a language in the process? Sounds like a home run!