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Tattoo's and jobs abroad

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1. Posted by Deanos (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi Guys

I plan to go travelling next year and I hope to work too, I have been warned that because I have tattoo's on my sleeves that I will struggle to find work, especially in the Asian countries.

I am looking at completing a TEFL course but I understand that unless I wear long sleeves all the time, I wouldn't have any chance of a job

I just wonder if anyone had encountered any problems such as this

Many Thanks

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1031 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I myself only have one tattoo high up on my arm...But I worked with a former Marine who had a bunch of military oriented tats on his forearms and he STILL has to wear long sleeves to work everyday, even though he's a Course Director now. And, come to think of it, a girl I know had one of those arm band dealies and she was told she had to wear long sleeves too. Yep, those tats could be an issue, I'm afraid.

3. Posted by lily89 (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

a few people i know had the same problem, its something you just have to live with due to looking professional.

4. Posted by itoi (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


Honor from TEFL course provider i-to-i here. You're right that you may have a problem with your tattoos, as they're often associated with gangs in South East Asia. But, what you need to bear in mind is that you're a foreigner, and therefore will already be seen as strange - your tattoos will just be a part of this! So, they'll probably let it slide.

Usually you apply for TEFL jobs from home, and will only have a phone interview (if that) - once you turn up, a school is unlikely to turn away a certified TEFL teacher just because of a few tattoos. You probably just want to wear long-sleeved shirts for your first few days.

The TEFL industry can sometimes be a little complicated and confusing. If you feel like you need a bit more info, you might want to download a free copy of TEFL Uncovered: How to Teach Your Way Abroad with TEFL - it includes a good overview on what life's like as a TEFL teacher, what to expect, where to work etc. You can download it here: -snip-

Good luck in your job hunt!

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