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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y

Hey Everyone

Thinking about going abroad this yr to work - just wondering if anyone has any advice/tips on the whole TEFL experience..

Is it worth getting certified?

2. Posted by Delissa (Budding Member 26 posts) 12y

I am currently in Japan teaching and it's been a wonderful experience so far. I'm not certified in TESOL but you really don't need it in Japan, at most schools at least. A 4yr college degree is usually the requirement. Let me know if you have any questions.

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

I teach in China. I have a degree and TEFL, though the latter isn't essential

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y

Hey guys,

Do you both enjoy it or would you rather be working at something else?

And do you generally work full weeks or part-time?

Wocca, I've come across a lot of your threads you seem to have a lot of free time!


5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

Hi Samsara,
I have a fairly carefree life, and I love being a foreign teacher .... see if you can access my webpage through the link on my profile

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y

Okay I will, thanks.

I'm very unsure about the teaching thing - I'm afraid I'd ending up murdering a whole heap of kids! but you certainly seem to lead the good life doing that. might give it some serious thought..

thanks Wocca

7. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 12y

Just a general point about teaching from my view. I only did 3 days of environmental education teaching in a small town in Northern Zambia where most of the people haven't seen any white people before. It was one of the most exhausting and looking back one of the best experiences I've ever had.
You have to get used to speaking very slowly and clearly, preferably with the local accent, and will end up repeating things over and over again. While this can be very daunting, especially if ask a multiple choice question like "Which of these animals lives in the water: Elephant or Hippo?" and the student goes "Yes." That can be frustrating, but then when you look back and see that the students actually remember some of the things you've taught them, it's well worth it. In my case the reward was even greater when some of the students came up to us and asked us how they could become Wildlife Patrol officers or how to join Greenforce. You could see that they developed an interest in the Park and it's Wildlife on their doorstep of wich they did not know anything before.
So I'd say, if you have a reasonable amount of patience and like to work with people then go for it! It's all about making a difference to other peoples live. There are too many people going on holidays in the all inclusive resorts where none of the money actually goes into the local community and some foreign businessmen get rich.

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

Depends a lot on how old the students are. Admittedly, small children (kindergarten & primary) can be rather exhausting, and yes ... you do need to have a loud voice. However, if the classroom acoustics are poor, then a portable microphone would help.
I now teach university undergraduates. That's cruisy. I've also taught junior & senior middle high school. Junior high school students ( say 11 - 14 ) are fantastic. Young enough to still love and respect their teacher. Old enough to communicate and think for themselves.

9. Posted by siany (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y


Im gonna be doing a volunteer programme in Yantai, China, teaching primary school children, and am starting to feel a tad (!) nervous about the whole thing....

i would appreciate any help or advice, such as, like, how do i teach?

what kind of level will i be expected to teach at and all that stuff

( you may have guessed that a TEFL course wasnt required, but i kinda wish i'd gone on one anyway, cos im really not feeling at all prepared!)



10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

Sing songs, play games, keep them active. The children probably won't understand much of what you say. Doesn't matter because they'll just overwhelm you with love. Yantai is in a wonderful location