Will I Face Age Restrictions Teaching English Abroad in Asia?

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.

10 Things You Need to Know to Prepare for Your TEFL Class in Costa Rica

International TEFL Academy is proud to offer a world-class 4-week Costa Rica TEFL class at our franchise in the heart of Heredia. Employing a state-of-the-art curriculum and taught by expert instructors, this course is designed to provide you with the skills & qualification you need to succeed in teaching English abroad. This course is fun and you will learn a ton, but it is also very demanding and requires that you be prepared to meet the full-time demands of a rigorous university-level course.

To help you prepare for this course, we've compiled the most common and most important questions raised by our students in addition to advice & tips from actual graduates of the course. 

What is the EPIK Program for Teaching English in South Korea?

An Overview of the EPIK Program for Teaching English in South Korea

By: Jessie Smith

EPIK, which stands for English Program In Korea, is a teaching program sponsored through the Korean Ministry of Education. Accepted participants are placed in public school positions throughout the country, so while you can list your preferences, but assignments are decided on a first come-first serve basis, and your location will ultimately be assigned to you. You can increase your chance of getting the placement you want by making sure to apply ASAP when the application period opens.

What is Border Hopping When Teaching English Abroad?

By Lauren Davis

Visas for teaching English abroad can be extremely confusing. There are numerous different types of visas English teachers use when moving abroad to teach, especially when looking to stay abroad long-term.

One of those most common questions pertaining to visas being, what type do I need?  It’s can be an overwhelming topic, especially since every country and employer operates differently.  Many International TEFL Academy Alumni are teaching on work visas, student visas, or a cultural exchange visa.

But in parts of the world where paperwork isn’t a strong suit, most commonly in Latin America, tourist visas are the norm therefore teachers border hop so they can stay for an extended period of time.  The standard visa procedure in these regions is teaching on a tourist visa while “border hopping,” which basically means that you are crossing over a border to another country to get a new visa.  Because the term is vague at best, let's break down the who, what, when where and hows of border hopping when teaching English abroad.

What is the JET Program for Teaching English in Japan?

By: Chelsea Hendrickx

JET, which stands for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, is an exchange and teaching program fostered by the Japanese government which brings university-educated, native English-speakers (or in rare cases, other languages as well) to teach English in Japan, and to participate in culture exchange. Accepted participants are placed in positions throughout the country, so while you can list your preferences, your location will ultimately be chosen for you.

How Much Money Can You Earn & Save Teaching English in Thailand? [Tips & Resources]

By: Shay Ames

What's left to be said about Thailand? As I'm interviewing an International TEFL Academy staff member - who we’ll call “Erika” - she gazes out the window’s display of winter wonder-Chicago-land, and dazedly reminisces about her experience, not long ago, teaching in a warm, magical place called Thailand that is also one of the top job markets for teaching English in Asia.  

Asia is known as one of the most lucrative regions in the world & while Thailand is not the most  developed economy in Asia, it is a nation on the move and many English teachers are able to make enough to save 30%-50% of their income after expenses.  

Am I Too Old To Teach English Abroad?

By: Paige Lee

The short answer — HELL NO! 

However, like with anything else about teaching abroad, there’s more to say about this very common question. And yes, in certain countries age can be a limiting factor due to things like mandatory retirement ages, or cultural norms. That said, if you are a native English speaker who earns an accredited TEFL certification, you will have options.

To many mature teachers who are looking to explore different cultures and perspectives it can seem that many programs & TEFL schools, including International TEFL Academy (ITA), only work with recent grads and 20-somethings who have few obstacles and debts to figure out in order to go abroad.

While a majority of ITA’s teachers fit this demographic, teaching abroad is available to EVERYBODY! The key is to enter this adventure with patience, persistence, and an open mind. Below are a few tips on how to approach your TEFL course and finding English teaching work abroad as a more mature teacher.

How to Evaluate and Compare Online TEFL Courses

By: Ian Davis

For many, teaching English abroad can be a life changing experience, and like all big events in life, one should prepare by doing proper research.  Online TEFL courses have become very popular in recent years, as they offer a flexible and affordable way to complete your TEFL training.  However, not all online TEFL courses are the same. Like anything, when it comes to TEFL courses, you will typically get what you pay for and if a price seems too good to be true - it usually is. A $195 self-taught online TEFL class with no practice teaching that you buy on Groupon will not provide the same level of training, recognition or accreditation that you will receive by investing in a true professional level course that meets industry standards and is taught by experienced instructors.

As you embark on your research or the best online TEFL course for you, here are some key points to consider and some important questions for you to ask.

Am I Too Young to Teach English Abroad?

By: Jeff Penick

Technically, there is not any defined cutoff age for being too young to teach English abroad, but overall, if you’re under 18 years old, chances are that it will be a pretty unrealistic endeavor at this time in your life.

If you’re in the 18-20 age range and wondering if it is possible to teach English abroad, the short answer is yes, it is possible, but continue reading below as there are many key points to consider.  Once you are 21 and older, youth becomes much less of an issue, but even then it is not unheard of for schools in certain countries like China to prefer teachers that are at least 24.

If you’re 18-20 years old and have a strong interest in moving and teaching English abroad, having the right expectations is of utmost importance. There are numerous additional factors that you need to keep in mind on top of what anyone interested in teaching abroad needs to know.

With that being said, if you have the right attitude and you’re not discouraged by some of the restrictions associated with being a younger candidate, teaching abroad might just be right for you!

Here are 8 tips for younger teachers interested in teaching English abroad:

Will I Pay Taxes While Teaching English Abroad? [For Americans]

By: Doug Waxman with assistance from CPA & Expatriate Tax Consultant Gregory Lucyshyn

So…You are planning on getting TEFL Certified and teaching English abroad?  It sounds like the experience of a lifetime and you are ready to go.  But, you want to be smart and make sure you are fully prepared regarding all financial matters you will need to consider both at home and abroad, including taxes.

My name is Doug Waxman, Business Development Director & Admissions Advisor at ITA and I have teamed up with Gregory Lucyshyn with Expatriate Tax Consulting (MY ACCOUNTANT & also ITA’s preferred expat accountant) to help you out with the question, will I have to pay taxes while teaching English abroad?