So you’ve arrived at the realization that teaching English to foreigners-in a foreign country may be just the unemployment crisis cure you were needing. If you landed on this page without reading the first part, it is strongly suggested you read that before continuing.
As local unemployment rates continue to surge, a window of opportunity is glowing just beyond the horizon. What next, how to get there and grasp it?
The most demanding choices for ESL/EFL teachers are part-time and full-time gigs at public & private schools and institutes across Asia & the Middle East, Eastern & Southern Europe, and Central America, e.g. Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Dubai, Vietnam, Mexico, and Spain will be where the mass of ESL-EFL jobs are.
If you haven’t got a clue where you’d like to go, the best starting point would be to browse global job announcements on one of the links below to get an idea of what the current demand entails. Personalized research of the preferred countries should accompany this preliminary stage. You shouldn’t focus on the raw salaries alone, but take into account other critical lifestyle and quality of life factors.
Do you want to earn more in a cold or desolate country like Korea or Dubai, only to spend all your savings on frequent sanity seeking Southeast Asian holidays? Some of the second and third world options in China, Thailand and Vietnam for example, may pay less, but offer more in terms of living standard.
Once you’ve narrowed your choice to a particular country, it would be wise to establish a practical plan to obtain legit credentials that will satisfy employers and officials abroad. Aside from the basic secondary level diploma, most employment opportunities for language teachers require a standard minimal of a university degree and teaching certificate, particularly for legal paperwork & processes.
Basically, this means that if you can’t provide both a verifiable legit degree and teaching certificate, you won’t likely work legally (at least not without extraordinary perseverance), bringing those that apply into an under-the-table world of visa runs and border hopping. As the demand for your teaching hand is grand, it is possible to get a sufficing teaching job abroad without one or the other fundamental credentials. Short term is seemingly not so bad, but the long haul is something one must consider if they plan on being a permanent teacher.
Previous relevant experience proves advantageous, but not necessarily an impermeable barrier initially. For newcomers, it is recommended that you consider fundamental teaching accreditation, e.g. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) TOESL (Teaching others English as a Second Language) TOEFL (Teaching Others English as Foreign Language), and CELTA (Certification of English Language Teaching to Adults).
The differences in variations of these legitimate English language transferor credentials are marginal at best. If anything, they will give you ample preparation of what you will be doing once you land a paid gig. In choosing the course, one has to use personal discretion taking into account their personal short and long term goals. The typical routes are either to save up enough to do a course locally, before traveling abroad e.g. at the local community college or university, or to choose a more affordable alternative course in their target destination. If it’s the latter, be sure to check whether the destination country’s respective ministry of education accepts and approves of the certifiers’ accreditation.
The good news is this field of specialization offers many channels and alternatives, allowing one to obtain teaching certification intensively i.e. two weeks to a month, or spread out over evenings and weekends, allowing diligent subjects to work and gain experience all the while advancing their future career prospects. The benefit of being abroad is having access to first world services e.g. medical, leisure, and education at third world costs. With the manifestation of ICT globally, remotely obtaining accreditation is yet another convenient route, making a Post Secondary Degree abroad definitely a viable option for many.
Once you’ve sorted out your strategy and plan, it’s finally time to get working on your Cover Email-Introduction complete with CRV and professional-presentable picture, which should aim at establishing the initial interview with several potential employees. Simply, you’ve got to do your homework before you can give it.