English teachers around the world share many similarities in their lifestyles and classrooms, from enjoying local cuisines, playing in sports leagues, exploring in regional travel, and playing an important role in local communities as an educator. While teachers may share these—and many other—similarities around the world, teachers living in Asia and Europe can expect many differences in their jobs, social lives, their schools, and even their personal lives. Here's a quick overview..........
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: Christie Koness
The countries of Central and South America are not well known for offering English teachers jobs in advance. Employers in these countries typically prefer to meet English teachers face-to-face, interview, and hire them on the spot. This process can understandably be slightly daunting for some ESL teachers who would like job security before they move their lives halfway or all the way around the world.
If this sounds like you, don’t disregard Latin America entirely! There are a few countries that sometimes offer opportunities to find work before being in the country.
Absolutely, it’s the smart thing to do! Schools in many Asian countries predominantly interview and hire teachers in advance from abroad. Certain Latin American and European nations like Mexico, Chile, Russia or Turkey will hire in advance as well, though the majority of positions are found on the ground. This means that if your take an online TEFL certification class, or the Chicago TEFL Class, for example, you will receive comprehensive job search guidance that will enable you to apply and interview for teaching jobs and opportunities in multiple countries and regions in the world at the same time.