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1. Posted by shaila (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

I'm thinking of going over to Thailand, indonesia, malaysia and maybe hong kong after my trip to australia, but want to work to make some extra cash. does anyone know how important it is to have the tefl certificate? or would i be able to get work without it?

2. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 11y

Hi,

sorry pal, tefl is necessary if you want to teach english...even with it, in malaysia & hongkong u cant...looks like cambodia & thailand you may be able to...but usually as a volunteer through established NGOs...u might get some perks, like free lodging and food. for instance, the boat landing guesthouse in luang namtha (Laos), i know, the owner offers food and board for teaching english to his staff and eco-tourism project staff. but what u are looking for is cash for work, ugh?

keep trying

3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

You can get work without a TEFL in Thailand, but the pay is not too good. Best place to go without a TEFL in SE Asia to teach is Vietnam. If you go to the right places you will start on about 1200 US dollars a month, which is plenty of money in Vietnam.

4. Posted by TylerTy (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

You can get work without a TEFL in Thailand, but the pay is not too good. Best place to go without a TEFL in SE Asia to teach is Vietnam. If you go to the right places you will start on about 1200 US dollars a month, which is plenty of money in Vietnam.

Can you give any further information on which places would offer this much money and aside from the TEFL, would you need anything else to be qualified for such positions.

5. Posted by shaila (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

well i'm not looking to get rich, just a way to help fund my travels, meet people, experience new cultures and try new experiences. The boat landing guesthouse in laos sounds really interesting. do you have any more information about it? or any similar jobs?

Vietnam was originally on my list, so i may just have to spend some time over there!

I guess i will have to get tefl afterall, i thought i'd try to save a couple of bucks...

6. Posted by kikay (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y

Hi Shaila,

I'm currently an ESL teacher in Shanghai, China. Though having either a CELTA or TEFL certificate is helpful, most schools over here would hire someone who isn't certified. The number one qualification is to be from a native English speakeing country, it seems. However, I'm not sure if other countries are the same as Shanghai in this respect.

Anyway, Goodluck!