Teaching English as a foreign language obviously attracts those with an interest in education, but even more, it has attracted those with a love of travelling. Many young people who consider TEFL as a career have little or no interest in education at first. However, they may develop a stronger interest as they continue their TEFL experience. So as long as you have an interest in travelling, TEFL may be for you. And to answer your question, no you don’t have to speak any other language besides English to teach English as a foreign language.
Although it may seem that you can pack a suitcase and show up at a Thai school asking to teach English to its students, teaching English abroad isn’t as simple as it sounds. There is a lot of preparation that must be done before leaving for your TEFL adventure, including getting a TEFL qualification through an accredited TEFL course. Most programs require a minimum of 120 hours of TEFL training, and so you must plan ahead and complete this course before planning your trip. Because these TEFL courses may occupy a large chunk of your time, it may be difficult to balance taking the course with your social life and work life. However, LoveTEFL is currently running a 120 hour online TEFL course so it can be completed anywhere in the world and on your own time.
The bottom line is that if you’re passionate about travelling, then TEFL is for you. Although completing the TEFL course may be a large commitment while working or studying, you will find time to finish it, get qualified, and plan your first TEFL trip!