Saturday, April 21, 2012

Jobs Teaching English Abroad

There are many placements available teaching English as a foreign language, in countries all over the world. If you are looking for a fun way to earn money, travel the world, or a new challenge, then you may want to think about finding a job teaching abroad. It will allow you to earn while you travel, and see parts of the world that otherwise you might never experience if you were travelling purely as a tourist. Living and working in a country gives you an insight into what it is really like there, rather than just seeing the busy tourist areas that most visitors to a country will go to.

Whichever part of the world you want to visit, you can do it by finding yourself a placement teaching English in that country. Placements are available all over the world, so all you need to do is choose your country. There are many schemes and companies that will help you to find a job teaching abroad, so look around and find one that suits you.

Some will require you to have a degree, while others will want you to complete a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course, to give you some relevant experience. It is very rare indeed that you will need to be a qualified teacher, and in fact many of the schemes will accept you without any qualifications whatsoever.

Whichever country you are intending to work in, you don't need to worry about learning the native language before you go. Many schools abroad actually prefer their English teachers not to speak the native language, as it provides an incentive for the students to work harder and learn English faster, as it is their only way to communicate with you.

Ideally, you should look to find a placement with a company that will help you to organise the relevant visas and work permits, as these can sometimes be complicated. Some of the jobs available will also provide you with an apartment to live in and your flights, while others will require you to organise these yourself. Check your salary and the cost of living in the area you are travelling to, and make sure you can afford to live on what you are going to be paid. Remember that English teachers who have completed a TEFL or TESOL course can sometimes command higher salaries, so it might be worth you completing the part time, home study course before you apply for a job abroad. Placements in the countryside will often pay lower salaries than those in the big cities, but the cost of living will also be much lower, so there are many considerations that you will need to think about.

However, teaching English abroad is a fantastic experience, and is definitely something to consider.

Article Source: Saidur Rahman Hira

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