1. To apply through a U.S.-based organization or company. These usually arrange the placement and provide additional logistical support.
2. You may contact directly with overseas schools.
3. You can go to the country where you would like to work and inquire about teaching positions in person. The downside to this is upfront cost: airfare, housing, etc.
Use caution when applying for teaching positions overseas. Many people have a rewarding and enriching experience teaching English abroad independently, but there are also disastrous stories.
Don't be afraid to ask questions; attempt to speak to former and current teachers. Ask them many questions, for example: do they get paid on time? Were any promises broken? Do they get paid sick time? Are lessons and teaching materials provided?
While many teachers choose to arrange their employment before going overseas, some teachers also arrange a position upon arrival. Both options have pros and cons. You need to decide what works best for you.
If you would like to find a position after you arrive in the city, consider completing a TEFL certificate program in the city where you are interested in teaching. You'll have time to make contacts, do interviews, and tour schools while you are taking the course.
A great place to start looking for employment opportunities is to look at the following sites:
The following organizations provide teaching English placements in various countries. Note: requirements, job duties, salary, and benefits vary greatly.
CIEE — Chile, China, Spain, Thailand
InterExchange — Ghana, Spain
WorldTeach — American Samoa, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Namibia, Poland, Rwanda, South Africa, Venezuela
TEFL Certificate Abroad Program:
Global Experiences - offers the TEFL Certificate Course in several locations around the world. Fees include the 4-week intensive course, private accommodation during the duration of the course, and job placement assistance for life.
American-Scandinavian Foundation - Teach in a Finnish school, college, private or public institution, or university
Czech Ministry of Education - The Academic Information Agency assists people in finding teaching posts, mainly at primary and secondary state schools in smaller towns in the Czech Republic.
English Program in Korea (EPIK) - Teach English in the Korean educational system
French Embassy Teaching Assistant Program - Assist with English classes in a French school
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships - Opportunities for English language and conversational classes are available in several countries in Asia, Europe, and South America
Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme - Work as a teaching assistant in a Japanese school
Language and Culture Assistants in Spain - Help Spanish students learn English as a teaching assistant in a primary or secondary school.
Peace Corps - Teach middle school, high school, or university students in one of over seventy countries around the world
An alternative to working for a company or a government sponsored program is to work at privately owned language school or institute. Requirements for private schools vary depending on the school and country. Check to see if you are qualified to teach in a specific school or country by looking at actual job postings.
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