Teaching English abroad presents a world of possibilities. You can teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) in virtually any country you choose. However, before you give your cat away or sell your car to move overseas, there are things you need to consider to ensure TEFL is a success.
Things to considerThere are many things to consider when planning to teach English abroad. The most basic questions to ask yourself, however, include:
• Do I have the qualifications to teach English abroad?
• Which are the best countries, cities and locations to teach and live abroad?
• How will I find English teaching jobs abroad?
In most parts of the world, especially underdeveloped countries, all you need to qualify for an English as a second language (ESL) teacher is a bachelor’s degree. Your other skill sets don’t matter so much as long as you are a native English speaker.
Some countries, however, do require teaching experience. You may also be required to have TEFL training, such as hold a TEFL degree. Volunteer abroad to gain relevant teaching experience and enroll in any of the many TEFL programs across Europe to get your TEFL certificate or degree.
The best countries to teach and live
Demand for English teachers in Asian countries such as China, South Korea and Japan present exciting, growing opportunities for ESL teachers. Eastern European countries such as Bulgaria and Croatia also offer great opportunities for ESL teachers because of the expansion of the European Union. Research countries you are interest in and identify well-paying opportunities with attractive working conditions to teach English abroad.
How to find English teaching jobs
Whether you are moving from cruise ship jobs and you need paying summer jobs abroad or full time work abroad to complete the transition, TEFL jobs can help you meet your need. Many job search sites and advertisers list thousands of jobs from all over the world online. Read job notice boards and advertisements both online and offline to find open positions you can apply.
Write an application letter and create a detailed CV tailored for each job opportunity you identify. Send your application letter together with any other relevant documents to targeted employers as well as speculative employers you hope have open teaching opportunities abroad.
Taking advantage of teaching opportunities in foreign countries can open a whole new world of possibilities and realize your dream of teaching English abroad.