Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to teach English.
If you are thinking of studying TEFL in New York, you'll probably fit into one of two categories:
1) You'll step of a plane bleary eyed after a long journey, exited to start your TEFL adventure in the most "American" of American cities. You'll look up at the flashing screens in times square, the billboards, the unbeatable shopping, and want to soak every crazy, adrenaline filled moment you can get.
2) Just a few hours journey on Mega Bus, or even just a few minutes on the familiar subway line, when you step down into New York City you're still on home turf. New York will be the backstage of your TEFL adventure, and after you have that precious certification in your hands, you plan to step into the spot-light and put your hard earned knowledge to work in a far off land miles away from the American lifestyle your accustomed to.
Either way, by choosing to live in New York City, be it for a few weeks or a few months, you'll link hands with millions before you who made this city the portal to their dreams.
"New York, New York
I want to wake up in that city
That never sleeps And find I'm king of the hill
Top of the list
Head of the heap
King of the hill"
Its nearly impossible to sum up what makes NYC so unique, but for the sake of those who have not yet had the pleasure of spending quality time there, we'll have to give it a try.
New York city is a port city, and that made it the number one landing spot for immigrants from throughout the world who were looking for a new life in the land of opportunity. The great melting pot of nationalities, all of who's number one mission in life was to build themselves up, is probably the number one factor in what makes New York so remarkable.
It was from here that broken souls built themselves up, learned to dream big, and for many actually made it in the world.The Wall-Street business man and the window washer, the store owner and the aspiring actor all feed off the original energy of these immigrants.
And the immigrants are not just something of the past. Still today, people from all over the United States, and all over the world, flood into New York to enjoy the opulence, opportunity, and excitement of the city that never sleeps.
As a TEFL student, the influx of people from around the world presents a unique opportunity - finding a job as and ESL teacher is not very difficult in NYC. The foreign population is quite large, and those who come for work opportunities, to travel, or to immigrate, need to have a solid grasp of the English language. And in one small location, you'll have the opportunity to meet and connect with people from all over the world.
Quite quickly, you'll find that while NYC is a great place to study and learn, the non-stop entertainment and cultural opportunities can be quite a distraction.
"In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh
There's nothing you can't do, now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you, let's hear it for
New York New York, New York"
New York City is home to numerous fascinating museums, many of which are free for students. Check out MoMa, or the Measure of Modern Art, who's entrance fee is a donation of your choice. We also recommend taking time to visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to get a true insight into the darkest day in American history, as well as the strength that was born from it.
NYC is also shoppers heaven. Block long department stores and multi story buildings that house just a single designer will draw you in with their stunning display windows and cutting edge fashion. Head over to fifth avenue for Gucci, Tiffany, and Prada, or spend some time at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market where bargain shoppers and vintage venders face off every Saturday and Sunday.
We're not going to waste tons of space here detailing the countless activities you could do while studying in New York. Do a Google search or take out a book, from great sports teams, restaurants, and entertainment, the options are literally never ending.
Housing for TEFL students in NYC is never a problem. There are countless excellent hostels with reasonable rates right in the center of the city, with even more economical options available in the boroughs. Wanna live the high life while studying in NYC? Hotels start at around 150$ a night, and of course, offer privacy and services you won't find in the average hostel. Wherever you stay though, make sure to take a good look around before you settle in. New York still has a grimier side to it, and dirty, unsafe accommodations are not unheard of.
So book the flight, book the TEFL course, go live the American experience and afterwards get in touch with us and share your experiences to inspire others. Oh, does anyone know a TEFL course in the USA we could speak to to get more useful information about TEFL in America? Let us know, we need to collaborate with a local TEFL Academy to get some really good articles for our readers! Hasta luego.....