Contrary to what many people think, finding a job as an English teacher abroad is not so complicated as you might think. However, you need to take care of some important details before embarking on this journey. Where does one begin?
To be considered for teaching abroad, you must meet some of the basic requirements for the position of a teacher. First of all, a Bachelor’s degree is usually a must, and you’ll probably need it if you want to get certified. Chinese teachers find that it can be helpful to have worked as a Chinese translator, but it isn’t required. Most foreign English teachers who are hired to work in China only know English. But can obtain a certification in your home country first or travel to the place where you want to teach and obtain it there.
Usually, the certification required is TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). You can gain certification in either of two ways: by participating in an in-class program or by taking an online course. However, sometimes it’s not easy to find a good certification program because many companies offer TESOL and TEFL training. If you don’t know how to select a good company, check to assure that the company is accredited.
Your choice of country may influence your success. Our advice is to seek employment in one of the countries of Southeast Asia, because you’re bound to get a good job placement there. Other markets, such as Western Europe and Latin America, can be much harder to enter due to heavy competition. Choice of location entails a difference in salary, as well. The ability to interpret and translate into the local language can command higher salaries. Southeast Asia is a region where you can earn much more than in Latin America. The Middle East, on the other hand, is also very lucrative when it comes to job opportunities.
Be sure to consider the language(s) spoken in the country where you want to teach, the cost of living there, the cultural/political framework, etc. All of this could have a great effect on your stay and work. And don’t forget to ask yourself: “How long do I expect to stay?” You must not skip this step, since many schools want to sign a contract for at least a year, in addition to your verbal proof of assurance. We wish you the best of luck in finding a great job opportunity abroad!