Want to teach English in China, but unsure of the steps to take in order to obtain a visa? Don't fret, we've got you covered! From FBI background checks, to job offers, to gathering documents to apply for your actual visa, read on to find out what exactly you need to do to undergo a smooth visa application process.
NOTE: This article was originally published on May 3, 2012. It has been revised & republished on August 7, 2018 for freshness & accuracy, including new information from ITA students, partners & other sources in Italy.
The vast majority of opportunities to teach English in Italy will be gained by searching and interviewing for positions in-person locally on the ground in Italy. We highly recommend that you plan on being on the ground in Italy in September. Here are some great tips for finding opportunities to teach English in Italy.
Getting a job teaching English in Spain takes a lot of planning and knowledge about the teaching market, especially for Americans. Here are some key items you need to know in order to ensure a smooth transition to life abroad and successfully secure a teaching job.
• Hiring Seasons - September/October & January are prime hiring periods.
• Visas - The type of visa will depend on your nationality and your job.
• Locations - Madrid is the top job market; Barcelona & Bilbao are other top options.
• Finding Jobs - Plan on being on the ground in Spain to interview during hiring seasons.
• Interviewing - Be prepared to interview face-to-face with your TEFL certificate & sample lesson plans in hand.
• Resources - From expert advisors to local job boards, ITA grads receive all the resources they need to get a good job teaching English in Spain.
Are you an American looking to live & teach English in Barcelona, Spain? Do you want to take ITA's internationally accredited Barcelona TEFL Class?
At International TEFL Academy, we certify over 5,000 people a year to teach English abroad & Barcelona represents one of the most popular teaching destinations for our graduates, including Americans. That said, if you are an American interested in teaching English in Barcelona, Spain there are certainly realities when it comes to matters like visas & the job market that you must prepare for and be willing to accept if you want to realize your goal of living & teaching in this beautiful city.
1. You should expect to live & teach English in Barcelona "under the table" on a tourist visa.
2. You should expect to work as a freelance private instructor & not as a full-time employee at a language school.
3. For a detailed overview of what it takes to get a job teaching English in Spain, please read What You Need to Know Before Moving to Spain to Teach English [The Ultimate Super Cheat Sheet]
International TEFL Academy Vice President, Ian Davis, recently returned from a visit to Prague, Czech Republic, where he and fellow ITA advisor, Cassie Wells (who took many of the great photos in this report!), attended the European Association for International Education Conference, one of the largest gatherings of international educators in the world. During his visit to Prague, Ian met with language school directors and International TEFL Academy graduates currently teaching English in Czech Republic.
We're glad that Ian was able to take some time to report on his trip and share his observations.
Teaching English abroad provides a viable, affordable and realistic way for almost any native or fluent English speaker to gain employment and enjoy the experience of living in a foreign country. At the same time, the endeavor of moving, living, working and traveling abroad requires research and planning, and matters like travel arrangements, visas, health concerns and safety.
There are loads of great resources, to help you plan and prepare for your adventures abroad. Here are some of our top picks.
- Do you want to teach English in Spain?
- Have you heard that it is impossible for citizens of non-European Union countries to receive a visa that enables them to teach English legally in Spain?
- Would you like to learn Spanish while living in Madrid and teach English in Spain legally on a student visa?