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any info on teaching???

Travel Forums Asia any info on teaching???

1. Posted by scarlette (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i'm a 23 year canadian looking to help finance my trip through SE asia and try something new with some teaching. I have no university degrees, but am looking at the tesl courses. I of course know i won't make a fortune, i just want enough to help me finance a 6 month trip, and have a great experience. my questions are:

-where is the best country to find a job?

-whats the best way to get qualifications? internet course, 1 month courses? none?

-should i arrange work beforehand, or is it easy to find work in person?

-whats the best time of the year to go?

-what could i realistically expect to save and is that enough to continue travelling for 6 months? (don't worry i'm very cheap)

-is it true that its hard to find work if your not blond and white (i keep hearing this, just want to know if its true as i'm coloured)

-what were others experiences with teaching?

i've been doing all this research and i'm completley confused!!!! I've been leaning towards thailand or indonesia but im completly open to your opinions and experiences.


2. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Whether credentialed, or not, most institutions will want a minor commitment.
Six months would probably be okay, but you wish to travel.

Here's something I came along a while back; it might be a good opportunity for you:

Situgu International Buddhist University (SIBA) welcomes English teachers who are interested in teaching English as a Second Language in a rural Buddhist monastic environment. These courses aim to strengthen the English skills of the local monastics and laypeople of Sagaing, Myanmar. Teachers will be provided with free lodging and food within the monastic compound. Teachers will also be welcomed to freely attend SIBA's courses on Buddhism (all classes are in English). Unfortunately, SIBA cannot provide a teacher's salary. We accept teachers at all times of the year for any duration of time (minimum of two weeks). If you are interested in this opportunity or would like more information, please contact the Sitagu International Buddhist University at [not allowed]. You may also refer to our website at:

3. Posted by danahawkins (Inactive 128 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You can earn the most money from countries like Japan, China, Korea or Taiwan, and you don't need a TEFL certificate, just a bachelor's degree. You can get a job back home, or in the country, but if you make sure the company sponsors your visa then you don't waste a working holiday visa.

To would in SE Asia you need a TEFL certificate.

And it's easy to get a job teaching if you're a woman, because not many women teach as compared to men. I doubt the white and blonde thing, since there are so many teachers in Japan that are native speakers but are second generation asian.

I'm in Japan and I can save about US$1400 a month, if i'm not going out much. But most companies expect a commitment of 1 year (but there's no penalty if you break contract).

4. Posted by lost_4sure (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

try looking up the jet program in japan , i think they are all over asia too, im not sure.

i used to live in japan teaching for a private family, i had friends that teach for the jet program and they didnt have anything to complain about.

i am currently in the states and want to return to teahc english with my wife but I have a career and probably wont be able to return.]

have fun, i am jealous of you.

5. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 465 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If you want to teach in Thailand,you are required by law to have a TEFL cert. and a degree. However you might pick up some illegal work but beware...if you are caught you will be deported (and locked up first).
most language schools sell courses in 30 hour packs which would last 6 to 10 weeks, so you would need to commit to completing at least that amount of work....they will with hold some pay till the end of your contract to insure this.