India is a country which everybody should experience in their lifetime and if you teach English here it’s even more rewarding. You will love the flavourful food, colourful outfits, rich culture and friendly locals. If you want to really get the most of learning a different culture and getting the best real life education overseas then India should be first on your list. There are plenty of reasons why you should seriously consider teaching here.
Getting a qualification to teach is pretty simple. Luckily for us backpackers My TEFL has some amazing courses on offer for you to complete so you can teach abroad in over 40 countries. The most popular is the 120-hour course. You can complete it before you head off on your backpacking adventures or while you’re on holidays sitting on the beach. All you need is a laptop and some hours to complete your course.
India is an amazing place to teach English because the cost of living is extremely cheap. From food to accommodation if you have an average backpacking budget you will live like a King or Queen. You can grab street food from around 30cents and a chai will only set you back 20 cents. India has some of the best food in the world too. If you haven’t had a curry in India you haven’t lived. The flavours differ from each state. In the North, you will find a lot of creamier curries but if you head south you will find more fish and fresh seafood. Accommodation will only set you back a few dollars for a hostel room and if you rent an apartment it may be only a fraction more depending where you live. A hostel is a great place to start though as you will be with a bunch of other travellers that you may be able to do some travelling with in the future.
Life in India is completely opposite and upside down compared to the western life. You can learn a lot from India, especially patience. It’s complete chaos which some days can be a nightmare but you will surely get used to it and when you leave, you might actually miss it.
India is much bigger than people realise. The North, in my opinion, is much more confronting. I saw a lot more poverty and it was a lot more chaotic than Kerala in the South of India. Kerala is a lot more laid back and is perfect for first-time backpackers. Just think white sand beaches, endless palm trees and fresh coconuts. It’s actually called the land of palm trees! I cannot tell you my favourite state because they were both amazing in their own ways. A definite highlight was seeing the Taj Mahal and visiting the most religious city Varanasi. The country is so diverse from forts that are a thousand years old to the deserts near Jaisalmer or the picturesque backwaters of Alappuzha.
Make sure if you are thinking of teaching English that you look into basing yourself in India! English is a language which is extremely important here. Employers in the tourism industry these days will not hire Indians if they do not speak English. You will find the kids will love to learn from you and love to practice their English with you on the streets. Those who speak the language well are given far more elite job opportunities and better educational paths plus (unfortunately), they are thought of more highly than a non-English speaker.
How can I teach English in India?
- Purchase the 120 hour My TEFL course. If you use my code ANITA35 you will receive 35% off the course which RRP at $299!
- Complete the course. It takes about 6-8 weeks.
- Look for jobs in India! It’s that easy.
If you want to teach English abroad you will most likely need a qualification which is why I recommend My TEFL. They will guide you as to where the jobs are located around the world when you have finished which really separates them from the other TEFl courses online.
Make sure you sign up for a My TEFL course today and tick off ‘travelling the world’ on your bucket list!