Foo - Teaching English Outside of the US
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05-16-08, 11:17 PM
Just out of curiosity, do any of the Foosters have experience with teaching English as a foreign language outside of the US? I am particularly interested in feedback regarding experiences in western Europe and Asia. Any insights would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
05-16-08, 11:19 PM
PS - Even though I was born in Pittsburgh, (http://www.pittsburghese.com) please don't hold it against me!
gbcb might have some experience there. PM him, but realize he is in China and may not be online much right now.
05-16-08, 11:52 PM
Looking at a few of the posts here at BF...I'm not sure English is the native language here either.
came close to doing it before i got sick, i have a tefl. to teach english as a first language
go here for good info http://www.tefl.com/
i also got accepted to life guard at a beach resort in guam before the whole seizure thing.
I was an esl teacher in my past life. I taught in Mexico and also in Baltimore and Washington DC. All this info is about 5-6 years out of date, so take it for what it's worth.
If you have a college degree (in pretty much anything), finding a job in Asia should be super easy. Check out Dave's ESL Cafe for an excellent job board and lots of great resources including reviews of schools and programs. Most of the job board focus is Korea and China, but there is plenty of info for the rest of the world as well. http://www.eslcafe.com/
Western Europe will be a lot more difficult, unless you have an EU passport. I know some people who worked under the table in Spain, but this requires showing up without a job and putting out feelers and seeing what comes up.
Do you have any background in ESL or Linguistics? Have you taught anything before? If the answer is no, you might be better off looking for a school that has a system like Berlitz or Wall Street Institute. These schools basically just need someone with a native accent who can run the system. If you really want to teach, look for smaller schools.
Send me a pm if you have any questions.
05-17-08, 12:23 PM
A few of my friends taught English in Japan.
A friend did it in Buenos Aires, although it was private tutoring (he had a TEFL certificate).
If it's something you really want to do, then I'm guessing your best bet is Asia or Central/Eastern Europe.
05-17-08, 01:28 PM
I taught English in Czechoslovakia right after the Velvet Revolution. I had offers to teach in Bulgaria and Poland as well. I think that nowadays, you need ESL credentials to go most places. In my case, I wrote directly to universities offering my skills and saying all I needed was an apartment and a stipend. However, going on an organized program might be better.
My twin, Paul, taught English in Korea for a couple of years, met his ex wife there.
He came back broke, but he is lousy with money, wouldn't have mattered if he made $10K or $110K, either way he was coming back broke.
He loved it.
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