So, you’ve decided to teach English in Asia. Great! Asia is famous for offering some of the best perks in the industry, as well as the chance to save money during your time abroad. Now that you’ve decided on a teaching location, the next step in the process is deciding on which TEFL course to take.
By Jeff Penick
Salaries for English teachers in Latin America will vary from country to country mostly depending on the cost of living in the given country. With that said, as a general rule of thumb for the region, English teachers should expect to earn a salary large enough to live a middle class lifestyle by local standards, and for the most part, break even after expenses. That means you will typically make enough money to cover your expenses (rent, transportation, food, phone, utilities, etc.) & to enjoy going out and traveling on weekends, but you shouldn't expect to save substantial sums after expenses.
Key Point! The cost of living is substantially lower in most Latin American countries compared to native English speaking countries like the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. So even though your salary will tend to be lower, but you will still enjoy a good standard of living. Also, any hard currency (dollars, euros, etc.) that you bring with you will have strong purchasing power in most Latin American countries and will "go farther." This means that your start-up costs & travel will often be much cheaper.
It’s no secret that both international travel and searching for a new job both require any variety of personal, professional and academic documents from passports to transcripts, so it only makes sense that taking a job teaching English abroad means having certain important papers ready to go.
Yes, Americans (and others) can get visas to teach English in the Czech Republic
Apart from exquisite architecture and great beer, one of the benefits for many Americans and other non-Europeans teaching English in Czech Republic is that it is possible to get a visa and teach legally. Such is not typically the case in some other popular European nations like Italy and Spain where thousands of English teachers work on tourist visas. Below is a run-down on how Americans and others can get work visas to teach English in the Czech Republic.
- Can I utilize my TEFL certification after my experience abroad (if I ever come back)?
- How can I put my TEFL certification and new teaching skills to work if I do not plan to teach English abroad immediately?
- Can I use my TEFL certification to make and save money to fund my international travels?
- Is teaching English as a foreign language over the Internet a way that I can make some money and connect with people from around the world?
The short answer — No. Your TEFL certification never expires and never needs to be renewed.
What are the advantages of lifelong TEFL certification?
Lifelong TEFL certification gives you freedom and flexibility to teach English abroad whenever you wish in the future. Completing your TEFL certification, either in person classes or online, should be the first thing on your list before you teach English abroad, but once it's done, it's done. You have the freedom and flexibility to put it to use immediately teaching English abroad or to simply check it off on your to-do list as the first step towards your adventure.
Is the land of the rising sun beckoning you to its shores? Do you dream of having a picnic under cherry blossoms by day and drinking sake at the karaoke bar by night?
The Asian market is one of the largest in the world for English teachers, and Japan in particular has one of the longest traditions of employing English instructors. An official English Teaching Recruitment Program was started by the government as far back as 1978, bringing native English speakers to the various islands of Japan to help teach Japanese speakers. In addition, thousands of Americans & other foreigners teach English in private language institutes that cater primarily to adults. So what do you need to get a job teaching English in Japan?
Heard about culture shock? Worried that you will have problems adjusting to life in a new country when you first move abroad? It's natural to face challenges when moving to a new country where you might not know the language, the culture, or even any friends, but being prepared can help you meet these challenges. Watch this video featuring ITA Instructor Wayne Walker to gain an understanding of the stages of adjustment that you may go through when move abroad, particularly for the first time.
By: Havvah Holl
Europe is a popular market for potential TEFL teachers, however, it can be daunting because most positions for non-EU teachers are secured locally on the ground after you’ve arrived in the country. While common practice, it doesn’t offer the same peace of mind as securing a position in advance, when you know that you have a job waiting for you. The good news is that if you are set on being in Europe, and prefer to have a job secured before heading overseas there are some great options available in a variety of top job markets.
By: Tyler Parsons
International TEFL Academy graduates find paid work teaching English in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Beyond TEFL certification, some markets have additional requirements for hiring teachers.
Certain countries require a 4-year university degree, others may require an advanced degree in education, and some countries don't require a degree at all. In some cases, citizenship from a designated "Native English-Speaking Country" is required.
In some countries a teacher's age can play a factor in the hiring process as well. More than half of the teaching positions available around the world are teaching adults and many schools may prefer a more mature teacher with professional work experience for such positions.