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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.

Why spend time teaching abroad?

English teachers are one of the most frequently requested resources from the communities, schools and organisations that Frontier works with. Having the ability to read and write English makes a valuable difference to the people within these communities as it gives people the chance to apply for higher paid jobs, substantially improving their standard of living. Volunteer teachers help us fulfil the demand from the underprivileged communities in which Frontier works, and help build a more stable future in which to move forward.


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 020 7613 2422. Sam 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.

See what Sam has to say about the BTEC TEFL qualification in his monthly blog article here.


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Tanzania Teaching & Beaches

Tanzania Teaching & Beaches

Change the lives of those around you for the better and leave a legacy that will last for decades to come on Mafia Island, a true tropical paradise.

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"Daily life was good, always busy. Two dives a day, a lecture and chores. Life was simple but effe..."

prices from £895

Region: Africa

Activity: TEFL

Duration: 4 week +

Project Code: TZT

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

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.

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"I had the most amazing time of my life. Everything I experienced was beyond and better than I eve..."

prices from £2599

Region: Asia

Activity: Adventure

Duration: 10 weeks

Project Code: CCX

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Fiji Teaching

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.

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"I lived in Fiji for 4 weeks as a Teaching Volunteer at Dudley Intermediate School. 3 highligh..."

prices from £1195

Region: Australasia

Activity: TEFL

Duration: 4 week +

Project Code: FJT

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Madagascar Teaching

Madagascar Teaching

Teach in a local school in one of the most extraordinary destinations on Earth. Provide vital basic skills, environmental education and get involved with a variety of activities.

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"I have just finished spending 8 weeks teaching in Madagascar with Frontier. Overall it was an inc..."

prices from £891

Region: Africa

Activity: TEFL

Duration: 4 weeks +

Project Code: MGT

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Fantasy Gap Year

Fantasy Gap Year

Too many countries to choose from? Why not join this incredible 30 week adventure for the amazing discounted price of £6300! That's a saving of over 20% and almost £1400 off the price

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"After spending a week in the Capital, Suva  (as we couldn’t make the trip over to Gau..."

prices from £6300

Region: Asia

Activity: Adventure

Duration: 30 weeks

Project Code: FGY

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Costa Rica Teaching

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.

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"There really is something to suit everyone's preferences here at the Costa Rica teaching proj..."

prices from £495

Region: The Americas

Activity: TEFL

Duration: 1 week +

Project Code: COS

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Madagascar Sports Coaching

Madagascar Sports Coaching

Inject enthusiasm and creativity into the children's lives and become more than just a sports coach as you work in one of the most extraordinary destinations on Earth.

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"I arrived in Madagascar on the 28th of April the day after the Easter holidays and I’ve bee..."

prices from £591

Region: Africa

Activity: Sports

Duration: 1 week +

Project Code: MGS

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Cambodia Teaching & Community N.G.O. Internship

Cambodia Teaching & Community N.G.O. Internship

Make a positive and rewarding contribution to the lives of underprivileged and disadvantaged children, whilst gaining work experience for a career as a teacher

prices from £1319

Region: Asia

Activity: Internship

Duration: 2 Months

Project Code: CTI

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Costa Rica Teaching & Community N.G.O. Internship

Costa Rica Teaching & Community N.G.O. Internship

Teach English and support local community projects whilst gaining vital work experience for a career as a teacher

prices from £1719

Region: The Americas

Activity: TEFL

Duration: 2 Months

Project Code: COI

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Tanzania Teaching Aid & Beaches - 1 week

Tanzania Teaching Aid & Beaches - 1 week

Help change the lives of those around you for the better and leave a lasting impression on the communities of Mafia Island, a true tropical paradise.

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"The children loved to colour and play games to help them learn and have a good time. Once you mak..."

prices from £549

Region: Africa

Activity: Children

Duration: 1 week +

Project Code: TTB

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