Guide to Teaching English Abroad
View our guide to gaining TEFL employment overseas. Whether you are totally new to this idea or have already completed a qualification course our guide should be able to help you get on the teaching employment ladder around the world. The number of people traveling abroad to teach English is increasing every year and a lot of companies offer TEFL courses which provide you with a learning experience and help prepare for a teaching placement. If you are open to living abroad and you would like to get paid then a career as a TEFL teacher could be appealing to you. Teaching abroad can open up a whole new world of opportunities, thousands of people are enjoying the experience of a lifetime working abroad as an esl teacher and you can too. Maybe you are new to this idea or you are currently researching options but this is one opportunitiy not to be missed! For all those who are teachers or want to be teachers, those who want to do something different, and those who want to bring some excitement into their lives, teaching abroad is for you.
Why Teach Overseas
Teaching English abroad is a great way to live in a different country and get paid. It is also a great way to enhance your CV / resume, learn new skills, meet new people and explore a new region of the world. By working as a teacher you will be able to help children/students expand their knowledge of English, get a new experience living in a different culture and also improve your personal and professional skills.
If you are looking for a break and are open to the idea of seeing the world, living abroad whilst also getting paid a career as a TEFL teacher you be just the thing you are looking for! There are teaching jobs in exciting destinations all around the world, we highly recommend Asia and South America which offers culture, tradition and lots of place to see. Most people really enjoy teaching in a foreign country. You get to live and experience being integrated into a different culture. You will also really get to understand a different country and meet people from all over the world but don't expect to make a fortune and go in with an open mind. Charlie Dunford on our facebook TEFL page describes teaching abroad as "the best job in the world!".
Popular Places to Work as a TEFL Teacher
So many countries have people wanting to learn English which can help them improve their language skills or help with career prospects. You can teach in a wide range of countries and once qualified you could lead private lessons or teach at schools and colleges, popular destination teaching countries include China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Czech Republic and Spain. Eastern Europe is becoming more popular too. With the growing need for learning English in non English speaking nations, demand far exceeds the supply so there is never a dearth of teaching opportunities abroad.
The choice of where you decide to teach really comes to personal preference. A lot of people travel and live in places like China, Japan and Thailand but if you are after a larger pay packet consider Saudi Arabia. You will not need to know the local language of the country you decide on, but it is highly recommended you learn some basic words and phrases to make the whole experience more enjoyable and easier. Destinations like Spain, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Turkey are currently reporting a high demand for qualified English teachers, this is therefore a wonderful opportunity for you to make a considerable contribution.
Types of Teach Abroad Programs Available
Paid Teaching Placements Abroad
Get paid to work as an English teacher overseas, there are jobs available around the world.
Gap Year Teaching Programs
Take a gap year and teach abroad, educate and brighten the lives of less privileged children. Education is a key area to make a difference with your time on your gap year, and teaching abroad is the most popular choice. If you enjoy working with children and want to gain valuable teaching experience, our teaching projects are ideal for you. There are exciting gap year teaching opportunities across the world, you can use your gap year to teach in primary schools, secondary schools, community centres or specific outreach programs. Options include becoming teacher in Asia, working to help students in Africa, help educate Buddhist monks or slum and street children, or teach English to kids from rural villages in South America. You will have the opportunity to teach English and/or teach Maths and Sciences, as well as bring kids something fun such as drama, arts and crafts. Children are keen to learn something new and fresh from you. In return, you will learn from them, from the poor, the disabled and from adults eager to make more from their lives. This is a great way to do something worthwhile on your gap year!
Vounteer Teaching Programs Abroad
Volunteer abroad and teach. The vast and continuous support of volunteers that travel to worldwide destinations can have a genuine and real impact on the development of this ever-evolving nation. Probably the easiest way to get involved is to undertake a Teaching project in the many township schools where volunteers are responsible for developing written and spoken English of primary school children. If you are I.T. literate you might like to help the employability prospects of young township children on I.T projects. Some volunteers choose to work outdoors in schools coaching Sport which is stripped of all government funding in a cash strapped education budget. Whether it is Rugby, Football, Athletics or another sport you care to name, you can help to foster team spirit, physical exercise and put something back into the curriculum that it sorely lacks.
General Duties and Responsibilities as a TEFL Teacher
Be responsible for planning English lessons, organising games & conducting workshops
Become proficient in delivering interactive content and comprehensive classroom lessons
Work with local teachers and assistants to ensure classes are run efficiently and start and end as scheduled
Be confident when using scripted printed materials, multimedia and a variety of audio-visual aids
Have an emphasis on dialogue, story-telling, singing and role-playing, but more formal exercises, language games and literature can also be used
Prepare lessons prior to the start of each class
Deliver both formal and informal assessments and progress reports throughout the school term.
Attend weekly progress meetings with relevant teaching authorities
Participate in outside of classroom academic activities with fellow teachers
Interact with both parents and young language learners in a way that makes language learning fun, engaging and educational
If you are worried about lack of experience or if you have reservation then please don't let this hold you back. To get paid to teach and travel abroad all you will need a TEFL qualification, this gives you information and knowledge about teaching which is recognised worldwide. Most countries have different eligibility criteria, most require a degree and a TEFL course to apply for jobs whilst others are more relaxed. You can find jobs if you are not a native English speaker but this is sometimes more difficult. Different schools, colleges and hiring agencies have certain teaching application criteria. Internationally recognized TEFL or TESOL certification are sometimes required and a bachelors degree needed whilst a lot of institutions also require you to be a native English speaking adult.
You do not need any previous experience of work or the knowledge of a foreign language but both of these are an advantage in the competative job market. Also when teaching abroad you might also need to provide a police clearance if working with children from your native country. A TESOL / TEFL certification, and a Bachelors or High School Degree, are usually the standard requirements for teaching English abroad but in some countries you can get by without one. Most people who want to learn English are children and young adults, so you would not find teaching them as stressful as teaching a roomful of adults. Furthermore, the job will leave you completely free on the weekends, when you can do as you please. You can go on longer trips on the weekends, even as you make smaller trips during the weekdays, when you will be free for much of the day. Teaching abroad is not a holiday and sometimes the experience can be difficult, it is a challenge to immerse yourself in a foreign culture and live like a local.
Different Positions and Roles
These are generally the three different types of TEFL teaching positions available:
Teaching Full-Time - Positions can be found at formal government or private schools, colleges or universities. Teaching hours are normally 7:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday. This work is salaried, includes paid holiday and contracts normally run for 12 months or until the end of the academic semester or year
Teaching Part-Time at a Language School - Teaching hours are normally weekday evenings and at weekends and work is usually hourly paid. This type of work allows shorter commitments and more flexible working schedules
Freelance Job - Teaching hours are usually arranged between the teacher and student
Summer TEFL Jobs
There are lots of summer positions available worldwide so you will need to decide where you would like to teach and what type of placement is right for you. We have put together some useful advice about summer TEFL jobs, how to apply and find jobs and more information. Some TEFL summer positions are very flexible, you will work a little and then get time off to travel or relaxed. Some jobs have fixed contracts whilst others are more flexible. There are lots of summer camps in Europe, Asia and worldwide where you can work for a period of usually 4 - 6 weeks. On these jobs you will be leading educational English lessons to children, adolescents and sometimes adults. The aim of these summer camps is to help youngsters have as much fun as possible and also learn in a structured environment of English programs.
These summer camp TEFL jobs sometimes require you to have experience, but also if you are newly qualified you can also apply for positions. These summer jobs are perfect if you are looking for a short term job for summer, would like to work alongside other teachers from all over the world and most importantly have fun and get paid! A lot of universities in the UK and worldwide also run summer programs and hire TEFL teachers for temporary summer positions. For these jobs you might need to have experience, a degree and a good TEFL certification course. On these jobs you will work leading English lessons to students who pay to attend, wages are usually good and work hours flexible but this really depends on your recruiter / university.
Salary / Wages
If you are new to the idea of teaching overseas and are wondering how you can earn money and get paid then you can view jobs abroad on our website with specific information. There are opportunities all around the world to teach English, a lot of jobs include free flights and accommodation but wages will vary depending on where you decide to teach in. You willalso get lots of free time to travel and see more of a country / new part of the world which is priceless. Salaries are generally higher in the Middle East and some Asian countries like South Korea. Teaching and instructing private lessons can be more lucrative than teaching at normal schools with wages generally being higher.
Salaries vary depending on the country but please be aware teaching generally is not a lucrative career unless in countries like Dubai or Saudi Arabia. In Asia you can expect to save around $500 - $1500 per month whilst in Europe and Latin America you should be able to make enough to have a comfortable lifestyle with savings. You will need to research destinations and please don't expect to travel to a destination like Cambodia and be able to make a fortune. In Asia South Korea and Japan are your best bet but note the highest wages doesn't necessarily mean the best experience. The Middle East usually pays the highest salaries in the world, here you can make around $2,000 - $9,000 per month. Specific countries and places you will most likely get get paid the most teach English include South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Gulf Arab States and Vietnam.
How to Apply
If teaching abroad sounds appealing to you and you would like to either apply or read more information browse our website today. You can view jobs and work placements on our website, facebook page and also check recruiters, agencies, websites and online job boards. View our featured positions check our our TEFL jobs today.
Is it Possible to Teach English Abroad without a College Degree
Are you wondering if you can teach English abroad without a college degree? There are lots of overseas teaching opportunities and every country has different requirements for those who aim to work as English instructors. Some countries will expect English teachers to hold a four-year degree due to Government restrictions or visa requirements. But, don’t let this hold you back. There are several countries across the globe where you can live, travel around and explore whilst teaching English, without the need of a university degree. Throughout South America, Europe and Asia the list of countries where you can be hired as an English teacher is extensive. A bachelor degree is not an essential requirement and what you will need is to hold a TEFL certification from an accredited program. With a TEFL certificate and native-speaking English skills, you will have in hands what you need to deliver a high-quality level of language instruction. Countries like China, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Russia and Spain are listed among the most popular destinations for English teachers without a college degree. These countries are also the ones in greater need and high demand of English instructors.
How Easy is it to Get a TEFL Job Abroad?
Are you wondering what chances do you have of getting a TEFL job abroad? We highly recommend to increase your chances of finding paid TEFL employment abroad is to research research and then research some more. You might think having a TEFL course guarantees employment but this isn't the case, the job market around the world is competitive and the TEFL industry is no different. Never be shy to ask for advice from other teachers and language schools who will be able to help, whilst also keep checking internet message forums and websites for latest job posts. If you keep trying you will find work, but you could really do with having an idea of where you would like to teach. Some countries have a high demand all year round like in Asia whilst others have less. In some places you might expect to get paid more too like in the Middle East.
When you start out as a teacher it can be difficult finding paid work straight away. If you have a degree, and a TEFL or CELTA course you will improve your chances of finding paid teaching work. It is important you build good links with TEFL providers as they will be able to assist you in finding teaching work. If you are newly TEFL qualified it isn't easy finding jobs at first and don't expect jobs to just fall at your feet. Be prepared to send a lot of CV's and resumes or even volunteer to gain experience, having a TEFL certifications doesn't give you instant job access but if you work hard and keep applying you will find jobs. If you have been searching for TEFL employment or are worried you can't find a job, don't panic keep at it and we will be happy to help too. Please contact us and we will try to help with any questions or queries you have about finding teaching jobs abroad. You can also get advice on teaching abroad on our TEFL Facebook page which is where also there are also new job posts weekly before they even go live on websites. You can also follow us on Twitter or Google+ where we post regular updates to our followers with latest opportunities.
Scams and General Things to Watch out For
Sometimes you need to be careful and check all opportunities, lots of unaccredited TEFL schools can charge over $1,000 for job placement assistance, when in reality it is fairly easy to obtain a teaching position anywhere in the world with a reputable certification. On a monthly basis, there are over 10,000 jobs being posted worldwide. Additionally, there are hundreds of recruiters who will assist you to find a job free of charge since ESL schools pay them to recruit qualified teachers. Furthermore, it is the ESL school that hires you which will provide you with free or subsidized accommodation, a work permit, return airfare, transportation, and many other benefits and perks, so watch out for schools that promise these benefits as part of their “hassle-free” job placement package.
Safety Advice When Applying For TEFL Jobs Abroad
We have put together some useful information if you are looking to apply for teaching jobs abroad. There are lots of things to think about when appling for esl jobs or setting up an interview and we want you to stay safe and enjoy the most amazing experience of your life. A lot of teaching jobs can be arranged over the internet or in person and sometimes it can be risky not know much about a placement or organisation. We have also wrriten advice which will be helpful before you depart to a teaching job.
Here are some Guidelines and Advice when Applying for TEFL jobs
Most language schools offer job placements, job hunting advice and can guide you to reputable institutions
As a rule we recommend never providing a person or school any credit card information
If you are requested to supply documents for example ID or proof of a TEFL / TESOL course always use photocopies. Documents are easily lots or misplaced and it can be difficult to obtain originals again
Always ask fellow teachers / previous teachers for advice and their experiences
Check websites like Facebook for experiences and contact people who have taugh with a school or instituition. LinkedIn is also a good resource
If you do not feel safe about providing your contact / address details possibly set up a forwarding address
Use a new e-mail address not assosiated with any Facebook or social network page, it is very easy for people to view more information about you
TEFL Job Interview Guidlines
If you have arranged an interview but feel uneasy or unsafe at any time it's best to leave and seek a better opportunity
Try to gain as much information as a teaching location as possible, if at an interview the area doesn't seem nice you might not want to be walking in this area late at night or by yourself
Try to tell a family member or friend where you are going for an interview and with which organisation
Research research research
Prepare by finding out how long / how to get to an interview location
Almost always interview are during the day, its very rare interviews are at night
No reputable insitution will ask for a depost or a down payment for accommodation, visa etc
Check travel updates for your TEFL destination, especially in countries with a risk e.g. The Middle East or Myanmar
When you arrive in a country register your details with your embassy as soon as you arrive in the host country
Get travel isurance
Check your passport is active for the duration of your trip
Some countries require you to have certain vaccinations, check this at least 8 weeks prior to departing
Create and keep photocopies of documents e.g. your passport and leave one with your family and take one with you
Try to handle your money, get foreign currnency and take a backup. Also make sure your credit card will work in your destination
These are just a few of the recommendations we have for attending interviews or applying for jobs. Like any situation in life, if something seems to good to be true it usually is and you should be wary of these. For example if a job is offer a lot more than the going rate, or if someone is asking for a deposit or something similar keep your wits about you. We always recommend applying through a reputable TEFL organisation for a safe experience. View our TEFL jobs abroad today.