How Do I Decide Where to Teach English Abroad?
7 June 2013
This is the biggest question on every TEFL-qualified
teacher's mind. The opportunities are pretty much endless, such is
the demand for native English teachers to TEFL all around
the world. With the high accreditation of TEFL
Org UK's courses which are recognised all over the world,
employers from all corners of the globe want to hire our graduates.
If you are not sure yet where you want to take
your TEFL career, have a think about the following
Will you need a visa?
By no means all, but some countries do require you to have a
university degree in order to issue you with the correct working
visa. This is the case in places such as Japan and South Korea. If you do not
have a degree don't feel in any way feel disheartened; your options
are still very much open.
Will you be able to adapt to the culture?
You have to be realistic with your
expectations. Travelling to a foreign and unknown country to teach
English abroad may be a shock to the system when you first arrive.
Culture shock is common for many travellers
and TEFL teachers alike, and is something you can usually
adapt to. Research your country (check up on things like customs
and dress code) and manage your expectations realistically before
you leave. If you do all this and go with an open mind and tolerant
attitude you should be fine.
What do you want to get out of the experience?
It is important to ask yourself why you want to teach English
abroad. Is it important that you earn a good salary or are you more
interested in how close the beach is and whether or not you can buy
your favourite beer locally? Have a look through our articles that have many
helpful country guides.
What will the teaching conditions be like?
This is perhaps more specific to when you have already decided
on a country and are searching for a TEFL job. You
should think about the types of classes you will be teaching in and
size of school. Your TEFLcourse will prepare you to teach
students of all ages and ability. Consider taking some of
our specialist training
courses in teaching business English, teaching
young learners and teaching English online if
relevant to the type of TEFL job you want to work in.
Do you have the minimum requirements to teach there?
As a native English speaker you are already half way there to
being qualified to teach English abroad! All you need after this is
at least and 120 hours of TEFL training and the
enthusiasm to get out there and TEFL. Most TEFL jobs will
hire teachers with 120 hours + so check out our TEFL course options to see how
you can get qualified. Remember to always check the accreditation
before you book a course; TEFL Org UK certificates are
internationally recognised and accredited by independent