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Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Teaching English as a Foreign Language is a fantastic way to make the most out of your gap year. Gain valuable skills and experience while you immerse yourself and contribute to the life and work of a local community. There are a number of TEFL certificates, courses and qualifications available to new teachers through Frontier and we have developed these to be able to offer three levels of TEFL experience for you to choose between:

TEFL Certificate (FREE)

This is available on all Frontier teaching projects of 4 weeks and more. All you have to do is carefully prepare with the aid of our extensive TEFL Handbook, then complete a logbook during your project to show 20 hours of teaching experience. Send these back to us at the end of your trip and you will receive a Frontier TEFL Certificate.

TEFL Certificate + two day residential training course (£100)

Spend two days learning the basics of English language teaching and sharing ideas with other teaching volunteers. You will gain experience, get some practice and start your project ready to jump straight into the classroom! The training course is compulsory for all TEFL BTEC candidates but is also open to anyone else who wishes to gain the qualification! See this document for more information and to apply. It is not neccesary to be registered on a Frontier volunteering placement to take part in this course.

BTEC Advanced Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (£300)

For an extra £300 volunteers taking part on teaching projects for 4 weeks or more also now have the unique opportunity to take part in this new and exclusive BTEC qualification. Accredited by Edexcel as a level 3 course this enables you to take part in an intensive and informative training weekend and finish your project with a formal and internationally recognised qualification.

How volunteer teachers are helping communities

Having access to education makes a substantial impact on the lives of young children and under-educated adults as it offers them the chance to gain vital skills such as reading and writing. Using this opportunity to learn English opens up a world of job possibilities for those in developing countries, allowing them a chance to improve their standard of living. Within the communities, organisations and schools Frontier works with across the globe, English teachers are one of the most commonly asked for resources. Volunteers going out to teach help us fulfil these requests, and making a valuable contribution to the future of the communities in which they work.


If you’re thinking of gaining a qualification with us and you would like to discuss your options further, why not give our dedicated Training Supervisor a call on (+44) (0) 20 7613 2422. Julia has an in-depth knowledge of all of our  qualifications and will be able to find the right one to make the most of your volunteer project.

Alternatively, to arrange call back, feel free to email training@frontier.ac.uk.

Read more about the BTEC TEFL certificate in this blog article.


Take a look at our extensive range of teaching projects:

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South East Asia Ethical Adventure Trail - 10 week incorporating a placement

Travel with us to ancient Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, lands of unimaginable beauty, on an adventure that will take you from night bazaars to picture perfect vistas.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $4,095

  • Prices: from $4,095
  • Region: Asia
  • Activity: Adventure
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Project code: CCX

Madagascar Teaching

Teach in a local school in one of the most extraordinary destinations on earth. Provide vital, basic skills and environmental education and get involved with a variety of activities.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $295

  • Prices: from $295
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: TEFL
  • Duration: 4 weeks +
  • Project code: MGT

Fiji Teaching

Enhance your skills as you earn your TEFL certificate teaching underprivileged children in a local school, and soak up the true Fijian lifestyle in a friendly and laidback community.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $295

  • Prices: from $295
  • Region: Australasia
  • Activity: TEFL
  • Duration: 4 week +
  • Project code: FJT

Costa Rica Teaching

Teach English and support local community projects whilst fully immersing yourself in the lives and colourful culture of Costa Rica's friendly, welcoming people.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $255

  • Prices: from $255
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: TEFL
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: COS

Ghana Children, Teaching & Community Health

Make a huge impact on the local community and get involved in the vital aspects of making it stronger and better! Work with some of the friendliest people on Earth.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $795

  • Prices: from $795
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: TEFL
  • Duration: 2 week +
  • Project code: GHO

Nepal Teaching & Temples

Unlock the secrets of Buddhism whilst helping to teach children or young monks. Immerse yourself in the mystical and enchanting culture and discover the adventures hidden in Nepal's countryside.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $995

  • Prices: from $995
  • Region: Asia
  • Activity: TEFL
  • Duration: 2 weeks +
  • Project code: NTT

Ghana Teaching Project

Surrounded by the beauty of Ghana, teach in a local school and improve the livelihoods of the children. You could even help with school plays and football matches!
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $795

  • Prices: from $795
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: TEFL
  • Duration: 2 week +
  • Project code: GHT

Cameroon Teaching

Become a part of the community in this diverse, welcoming and friendly country. Teach at the local school, sample the delights Cameroon has to offer and explore its overwhelming beauty.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $1,695

  • Prices: from $1,695
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: TEFL
  • Duration: 4 weeks +
  • Project code: CAT

China Teaching

Soak up the mystical beauty of China, and teach English to friendly children, living alongside them and learning the local language as you go.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $1,045

  • Prices: from $1,045
  • Region: Asia
  • Activity: TEFL
  • Duration: 2 weeks +
  • Project code: CHT

Brazil Teaching & Community

Help to secure the futures of disadvantaged youth in the favelas of Rio, by assisting them to access quality education.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $1,045

  • Prices: from $1,045
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: TEFL
  • Duration: 2 weeks +
  • Project code: BZT

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