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1. Posted by J kerouac (Budding Member 38 posts) 10y

has any one had any experience teaching english abroad? How was it? would you reccomend getting tefl certified before departing, or is it something that can be done once im traveling? how long does it take to get a job once you are certified? are there any particularly bad/good companies out there that I should watch out for?

hmm, i think thats all the questions for now...

thanks!

M

2. Posted by danahawkins (Full Member 128 posts) 10y

It depends where you go. I know to teach english in places like Cambodia, you need a TEFL certificate. As for me, i'm teaching english in japan and it was really easy to get a job, with only a degree (not even teaching specific). The contract is for a year, but you can leave anytime. It's the same for Korea and China... easy to get jobs without a TEFL certificate. My company pays a lot, and you can take holidays by doing shift swaps with other teachers, so there's a lot of flexibility. The job can get so boring sometimes, you can fall asleep in class, but it's a great opportunity if you want to travel throughout Asia. Nova is an ok company... easy to get into... good pay... good holiday options. But be warned that it's the McDonalds of teaching english in Japan. You'll find no lack of 'nova-bashing' on the net.

Hope I could help.

3. Posted by J kerouac (Budding Member 38 posts) 10y

Thanks alot

got a few more questions if thats cool...

is the school set up so that you get summers off, or is it year round work?

does the pay allow you to save up enough money so that you can travel at the end of your contract?

and if you dont mind my asking...what makes the work boring?

thanks again!

4. Posted by danahawkins (Full Member 128 posts) 10y

If your with and English Language School (Like Nova, Aeon, Gabba, etc), then you don't get the summer off. For Nova, you have 10 paid holiday days you can take at anytime (after you've been there for 6 months). Also with Nova you get a 10(ish) day period at the end of the year (roughly Dec 29th to Jan 4th)... but you'll be working Christmas unless you put in a holiday request early. The pay if waaaay more than i'm used to. In the last 4 months i've travelled, and saved about $1000 Australian. If you only save for a year, you'll come home with 5 digits. Plenty of travel money.

The work is boring because it's the same lessons, same students, same mistakes every day. There are students that only come for a social life, and it can really get to you. There are about 350 lessons to teach at Nova, with all different levels, and that sounds like a lot... but when you've been teaching 8 of those lessons a day for a year... it gets old.

There are better companies... Jet for example, that are government run... so less pay but better conditions and more holidays. Any more questions, just send 'em my way!

5. Posted by smelli (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Hi i am looking to teach English too. I would like to be based in Thailand. But i found a agency that organise it for either 5 or 10 month stints but you have to pay £625 joining fee. I don't have this to spare are there better deals out there? Also when are you planning to teach and where? I am hoping to go out in the next few months. Company would be good x

6. Posted by agc_cwm (Travel Guru 45 posts) 10y

My girlfriend and I are teaching English in Japan right now and the biggest reason we can save more money here is the lower income tax rate. I'm from Canada and was used to paying 30% income tax (plus GST and PST), but in Japan (I'm not sure about South Korea or other areas) the income tax is 5% and the Consumption tax (GST) is 5%. For me there is no tax here.

The other thing to keep in mind is you have to make an effort to save money. If you go out drinking every night then you aren't going to save money but if you make the effort and work a little bit of OT then you can save some money.

7. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 10y

I think if you apply for a course in Thailand through Cactus then it works out cheaper than if you go direct. I was really considering doing my TEFL in Thailand until I saw the entry application, now I seriously considering doing it somewhere in the UK. Thailand are really HOT on grammar. Now I understand certain aspects of it, but trying to explain it in words is a whole different ball game.

Best to get yourself armed with a couple of books first.

www.ecc.com/th (or something similar) will take you to a site in Thailand and it will explain which books to get. I got some through Play.com.

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

I´m teaching English to business executives here in Santiago, Chile at the moment. TEFL wasnt even an issue - as long as you speak fluent English and do well at your interview, its no problem here in SA.

Hope that helps. ;)

9. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 10y

It depends which school and country you are intent on teachng in. You will need to do some further research.

Most non-english speaking countries will have their fair share bigger and more official colleges which will require certification, as well as smaller, more private type schools where you can teach as long as you are an English native speaker and prove your skills at an interview.

I taught English in a small private English College in Buenos Aires last year with no Tefl qualifications. Some of my clients were employees of the national airline.

10. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 10y

Is it a requirement that you have to be fluent in the language of the country where you're teaching? For example, if you want to teach English in Japan, do you first have to be fluent in Japanese?