Between 2020 and 2021, interest in teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) increased by 56% for South Africans aged 65 and over, compared to 12% globally for the same. age range.
This is according to data collected by The TEFL Academy, a leading provider of TEFL qualifications. With only 6% of the local population able to afford to retire comfortably, according to the National Treasury, teaching English can be a good way for South African retirees to supplement their income.
With no age limit to take a TEFL course, retirees looking to explore new subjects can take the opportunity to improve themselves for a second career.
“Using the skills they have learned throughout their careers, retirees are in a perfect position to become TEFL teachers. Teaching English offers the opportunity to use your deep knowledge and decades of experience, without requiring too much time or resources, “said Rhyan O’Sullivan, MD at The TEFL Academy, a provider of Teaching English. as a foreign language (TEFL) qualifications.
On average, foreign language teachers of English can expect to earn between R190 and R560 per hour, based on experience. If studied full-time, a TEFL course can typically be completed within four to six weeks. From here, retired residents can use their qualifications to earn an income, keep busy, and build a flexible schedule, while working from anywhere in the world.
For those who want to travel, teaching English offers an opportunity to escape the rising cost of living in South Africa, O’Sullivan said.
“Between rising fuel costs and inflation on basic food items, many retirees have to be careful about how they are spending their pensions. Depending on where you choose to live, foreign English teachers can potentially earn enough to save between 30 and 40% of their net salaries, allowing them to cover their bills while still enjoying the culture and lifestyle of the country. chosen country “.
Retirees who wish to stay where they are and supplement their income can opt for virtual rather than physical classrooms; “The flexibility of online teaching makes it an attractive option for those who still want to enjoy the free time that comes with retirement, while still earning. Retirees can teach from anywhere in the world as long as they have a laptop, webcam, internet access and a legitimate TEFL qualification, ”O’Sullivan said.
The TEFL Academy offers internationally accredited and regulated online courses.