With more than 1.7 billion people using and learning English this year, there will always be demand for your services should you decide to be an English Teacher. So, is 2018 or 2019, the year you decide to teach English abroad and see the world? English students around the world vary by nationality, age and gender which makes this one of the most unique employment opportunities in the world. It means that you can choose to work and travel to any country in the world impacting people’s lives and making a living as you go.
If this seems like a lucrative prospect for you, the following simple steps will help you get started;
- Research and Speak to Expert Advisors
Before you pack and journey to Spain, Costa Rica or Thailand, you may want to get a clear picture of exactly what you are getting yourself into. There are a lot of things that goes into teaching English in a foreign country and adequate research is required if you are going to start on the right foot, so to speak.
Aside from the general travel questions you may have such as the visa requirements and academic requirements needed to get employment, you may also want to know more about TEFL certification. TEFL certification multiplies the chances of securing employment.
- Determine Your Options
With a TEFL certification you can teach English in very many countries. But to narrow down the search, there are several factors to consider. They include the following;
- The hiring requirements for different countries in the world to determine the requirements you are able to meet.
- Decide where you want to teach
- Decide how much you want to get paid for teaching abroad
- Determine the TEFL certification that is most appropriate for the country you want to teach at and your income goals.
- Enroll in a TEFL Course and Get Certified
Once you have decided on the country you want to teach at and the TEFL certification you need, it is time to find a good TEFL school to enroll in. TEFL certification is very important for anyone who wants to teach abroad since it gives you the necessary skills to become and effective teacher. Most employers will only consider candidates with TEFL certification.
When choosing a TEFL school, it is important that the school offer Job Search Guidance as part of the certification course. This will give you a greater chance of securing employment once you have completed the course.
- Connect with Other English Teachers
While taking your TEFL certification course, you may want to connect with other English teachers living and work abroad. Some schools will have alumni networks that can make it very easy for you do that. Connecting with other English teachers will make it easier for you to make the transition from a student to an English teacher abroad. The process of moving to another country can be overwhelming and a support group can help you easily navigate any challenges including culture shock.
- Begin Searching for Jobs
Once you have completed your TEFL certification, it is time to begin your job search. Even if your TEFL school provides job search guidance, the process of finding employment as a teacher abroad can be lengthy sometimes from 3 to 6 months from the date you enroll for TEFL course. You can apply and interview for the positions from home. If you are planning to teach in a country where you have to interview in person, you must realize that you will probably arrive during a major hiring season. It is also a good idea to schedule up to 6 interviews a day to increase your chances of getting hired within a week or two.
- Make Travel Plans and Visa Arrangements
This step applies to you if you are interviewing for the position from home. In most cases the visa arrangements will be handled by your employer once you have the job. If you are required to handle these arrangements yourself, you may want to do adequate research to ensure you are doing it right. Ask you TEFL school advisor for assistance.
- Arrive and Begin Teaching
With everything in order, you are ready to actually begin the task of teaching English. It is a good idea to make travel arrangements a few days or even a week earlier to make sure you are fit for the first day of school. Keep in mind that you may suffer from jet lag and you may need to get acquainted with the school not to mention find suitable housing. With a great network of friends, setting in to your new position should be very easy.