If you’ve found this blog, you probably want to know how to teach English abroad! In this blog post, I’ll give you some information about how you can go about teaching English in a foreign country. Read this blog post and get advice about how to get started with teaching English in a foreign country.
The first thing you need to do is to start researching the country where you would like to go. Visa requirements can vary considerably from country to country, so be sure that you meet any requirements for a working visa for that particular country.
You then need to see what kind of qualifications the country requires for you to work there. Some require a degree and others don’t. Some countries require a TEFL certificate of some kind and others don’t.
This first step is very important, be clear on everything you need to secure both a visa and a job.
As I said earlier, the qualifications that are required for teaching English vary from country to country. If the country where you want to work requires that you have a degree and a TEFL certificate, then you’re going to find it very difficult, if not impossible to find a job. Take a look and see what the country requires and go from there.
If you already have a degree and a TEFL/TESOL certificate then you should have no problems finding work in most countries. If you don’t have a TEFL/TESOL or a degree, then you will find it considerably more difficult to find a job, but not impossible.
Finding a Job
The next step is actually finding a job. Many people use the internet to find teaching jobs in foreign countries. Some of the most popular ESL job sites are TEFL.net, The ESL Cafe, and the ESL Jobs Feed. Check these sites and apply for jobs. Alternatively, search for schools in the country that you’re thinking of going to, e.g. “Thailand English Schools” and check their websites directly.
Beware though, try to do your research on any school that you’re applying to and see what other people are saying about them.
The other way that people find jobs in foreign countries is the old fashioned way! This, however, means that you need to travel to that country and apply for jobs when you are already there. In this instance, you should be doubly certain of qualifications and experience that is needed to teach in that country. If you are already in the country, get your CV ready, don your best clothes and get out there and apply in person! This isn’t always possible in some countries though.
In South Korea, for example, the visa process is entirely external and you’d need to apply for a working visa before you arrive and this involves having a job lined up beforehand. In other countries, like Cambodia, you can get a working visa on arrival and you have the flexibility of finding a job when you arrive. Again, make sure you know what’s required of you before you go.
Teaching English abroad can be an exhilarating experience. You can travel, spend enough time in one place to learn about the culture and more from teaching abroad. If you are serious about teaching abroad, then make sure you do your research about visas and qualifications for each country to ensure that you can actually find a job. Good luck with your new experience, it’s one the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life!