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1. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

Hello!

I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the whole TEFL thing! I would like to work in South Korea for a year, starting approx Jan 07. As a graduate (or what will be), I was thinking about signing up to do a paid teaching placement with i-to-i (www.tefl-jobs-abroad.com).

I am confident that they are a reputable company but I also realise that they are making money out of it. What I want to know is, is it worth paying the initial fee to get them to organise it for me or should I try to organise my own placement? Also, if I where to organise it myself which course should I do? Thank you!

2. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

Hi Amy,

I did my TEFL course last year. I would highly reccommend doing one. The only thing is that generally you should complete a 100-hour course so that it will stand to you and jobs would be easier to find in certain countries.

Doing the course at home would certainly work out cheaper for you and then the course co-ordinators will be able to give you a list of schools to apply to.

It's an easy course and great for confidence when teaching.

If you need any help just let me know!

Cheers,
Deirdre

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting buttmunch

I am confident that they are a reputable company but I also realise that they are making money out of it. What I want to know is, is it worth paying the initial fee to get them to organise it for me or should I try to organise my own placement? Also, if I where to organise it myself which course should I do? Thank you!

I think this question depends on whether you have the time and energy to arrange one yourself and are willing to use it on arranging one yourself, or whether you'd rather pay a company to take the hassle out of it for you. Then depending on the price of the company, it might or might not be worth it for you.

Having said that, I think it's pretty easy to arrange this kind of thing yourself too, but I've never done it although I looked into it a few years back. There was a website that I used back then that listed the direct contacts for obtaining tefl work which seemed pretty good. I wouldn't have the foggiest clue anymore what it was called but a search or two on google should bring it up or something similar

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting buttmunch

Hello!

I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the whole TEFL thing! I would like to work in South Korea for a year, starting approx Jan 07. As a graduate (or what will be), I was thinking about signing up to do a paid teaching placement with i-to-i (www.tefl-jobs-abroad.com).

I am confident that they are a reputable company but I also realise that they are making money out of it. What I want to know is, is it worth paying the initial fee to get them to organise it for me or should I try to organise my own placement? Also, if I where to organise it myself which course should I do? Thank you!

Hi buttmunch

Your undergraduate degree is recognised much more than a TEFL qualification. I have both as well as foreign teaching experience. Most foreign teachers legally working in the Chinese city I'm in, have not done TEFL courses.

I did 5 or 6 weeks full-time TEFL training in Bangkok. Cost was $US1,000. The observed teaching practice was quite invaluable. I've seen advertisements that only want TEFL graduates that have had this observed teaching practice as part of their training. Online & correspondence courses may be good for theory development. However, standing up in front of a class is the real thing.

WRT teaching placements, you can do that yourself:

http://www.eslcafe.com/jobs/korea/

Good luck

5. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

Amy,
The course I did was an intensive 100hour course in Dublin. I had to work during the week and spend my weekend in class for four weeks. It was great and gave me invaluable experience.

If you have a course like this in your home country do it. I think my last post said do the course from home which I meant as to do it in your home country rather than paying out big money when going abroad to do a course and get a job from it.

Sorry for any confusion caused.

Also online courses are well and good but don't give you in class experience, which at first is daunting but well worth it.

Either way with a degree you will have no problem getting a job but it is nice to see if become a TEFL teacher would suit you.

Cheers,
Dee

6. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

Thank you!

Can you tell me, if I where to arrange it myself, what is the deal with visa's, etc? Do you have to get it before you arrive? Having looked at the website wocca suggested i can see that there is quite a lot of demand. How do you pick one out from another?

Still a little unsure as to whether I can be bothered to sort the whole thing out myself (I know - very lazy)! This is what the company I was looking at offer for £595.

A salary of approximately £900 per month(30 hours/week)
A return ticket paid on completion of the project
Fully-furnished, rent-free accommodation
Comprehensive TEFL training (online)
Meet & greet service at the airport plus orientation
Self-study Grammar Awareness Modules plus our TEFL Toolkit
Transfer to school in Korea
15-20 per year (including public holidays) Weekends off
Visa advice and invitation letter

Is £900 the going rate? Also, final question, do you need any particular travel insurance if you are working abraod or will normal travel insurance be enough?

Thank you again!

Amy

7. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

Amy,

That sounds like a great offer. The only downfall is not getting the in class experience.

Although judging by what they are offering it sounds great and maybe what you need. It is hard to know what job to take. A friend of mine who I did the TEFL course with last year is having some problems trying to find work in another country.

Shop around and see if there are classes that you can do where they offer placements afterwards or at the very least help with finding a job.

Hope this helps. Best of luck

Dee

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Hi buttmunch

Try this site for comments from others about South Korea:

http://www.eslcafe.com/forums/korea/

9. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

Thank you! That should keep me occupied for a while - loads of info!

10. Posted by Delissa (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Here are more websites about other TEFL courses and information:

http://www.cactusteachers.com/

http://www.onestopenglish.com/Jobs/Index.htm