Not sure how to get a job abroad teaching English

This article explains how to get a job abroad teaching English in easy to follow steps. The steps are easy to follow but are not necessarily easy to do.

The easiest way to get a job abroad teaching English

Do what EBC Madrid graduate, Emolyn Liden and thousands of others did. Take a four week EBC TEFL course and use our worldwide, lifetime job placement programme. It is probably the easiest way to get a job abroad teaching English because all you have to do is give us your CV and then attend the interviews when language schools call you. You are free to accept or reject offers if you do not like them.

“Once you acquire a certification, the job hunt begins. EBC will send out your resume and language schools are quick to call. For this reason it is important to have a cell phone to schedule appointments. Academies rarely schedule through email and you want to avoid just dropping by. English teachers are in high demand and what you may find is that academies are eager to hire.” – Emolyn Liden.

Emolyn took the course and used the EBC job programme to get a job abroad teaching English.

You do not have to do this, you can do it yourself. It will take a lot longer, cost a lot more, ensure that you waste the time you could have used to start earning and may lock you in to a job you do not like.

We have been helping people find work all over the world since 2002.

We are well qualified and very knowledgeable about all the issues that will help you get a job abroad teaching English.

If you do not want EBC to help you get a job abroad teaching English and you prefer to do it yourself, please keep reading and we will explain what you will need to do.

Choose how to get qualified to get a job abroad teaching English

You will need to get certified as an EFL/ESL teacher. These days you have three primary choices:

  1. Online only TEFL certification
  2. Hybrid TEFL certification – a blend of online and practical training
  3. A four week residential TEFL course with classroom teaching practice

Your choice will have a direct impact on your ability to get a job abroad teaching English.

Choose where to get qualified to get a job abroad teaching English

You will have to decide where you want to study. You have two choices:

  1. In your home country
  2. In the country where you would like to teach

Your choice will have a direct impact on your ability to get a job abroad teaching English.

The best way to get a job abroad teaching English is to train abroad

If you are serious about getting a job abroad teaching English, attend a four week residential TEFL course that has classroom teaching practice.

You will gain an internationally accepted TEFL certificate, train in the country where you want to teach and then interview and get hired for local teaching jobs.

The next sections use a scale of one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best.

Challenges for the rest of the options to get a job abroad teaching English

All these options have a unique set of challenges that you must address. If you cannot come up with a workable and affordable solution for each challenge, forget about your desire to get a job abroad teaching English.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Almost all quality language schools will want to meet you in person before they make a job offer. A school that will hire you without meeting you may not be a school. Check first to avoid potentially dangerous/fatal situations.

How to get a job abroad teaching English with an online only TEFL certificate

Paid teaching job prospects: one, at best two.

Your challenges

  • Most schools that hire teachers want to meet a teacher face-to-face before making a job offer. If you are in your home country and you are asked to attend an interview in, for example Peru, how are you going to get there?
  • Good schools will expect a prospective teaching candidate to have attended a course with teaching practice. If you have not done any teaching practice, how are you going to convince schools that you can teach and manage a classroom better than a candidate who has attended a course with teaching practice?
  • How long are you willing to wait at home before you get a job abroad teaching English? It will probably take a few months to find something.
  • How much are you willing to spend over and above the course fee to travel to the country, maintain yourself and attend interviews in the hope that you will get hired?
  • How much are you willing to spend on a volunteer programme when you find out that joining one is your only option to get some teaching experience?
  • Can you accept the real probability of having to work as an unpaid teaching assistant or classroom helper for several months or even longer?

Your options

  • Hit job portals hoping that you get lucky. Here is one that is quite good: TESALL. You will have to search well because most of the jobs require certification that included teaching practice and at least one hundred classroom hours. You will be one of hundreds of applicants for each position.
  • If this fails, your best option is to join a volunteer/internship teaching programme to get some experience. You’ll pay a few thousand dollars to get your teaching experience. Here is an example that we found. Two weeks on a volunteer programme in China starts at $2,695.00

How to get a job abroad teaching English with a hybrid TEFL certificate

Paid teaching job prospects: If taken at home – five or six. If taken in the country where you want to teach – eight or nine.

The root of the problem lies in where you are.

Getting a job abroad teaching English is location, location, location. If you take the practical part of the course in the country where you want to teach, your chances of getting a job abroad teaching English with a hybrid TEFL certificate increase to nine or ten. If you want to teach in Spain, EBC runs the practical side of its hybrid course in Madrid.

Your challenges if your practicum was in your home country

  • Most schools that hire teachers want to meet a teacher face-to-face before hiring them. If you are in your home country and you are asked to attend an interview in, for example Argentina, how are you going to get there?
  • How long are you willing to wait at home for a job? It will probably take a few months to find something.
  • How much are you willing to spend over and above the course fee to travel to the country, maintain yourself and attend interviews in the hope that you will get hired?

Your options

  • Hit job portals hoping that you get lucky. Here is one that is quite good: TESALL. You will be one of hundreds of applicants for each position.

How to get a job abroad teaching English with a four week residential TEFL training course in your home country

The same challenges as the hybrid TEFL certificate section.

Practical tips and advice to get a job abroad teaching English

If you are not in the country where you would like to teach, here is what you will need to do.

Research and plan

  • Short-list countries where you would like to teach.
  • Contact the consulates or embassies of these countries to find out how you will be able to work there. Their answers will indicate what type of entry visa you will need (if any) and if your choice is working on the books or off the books.
  • NEVER get consular or embassy information from a third party. This information changes regularly. It is impossible for a third party to maintain 196 countries laws. Get information directly from a consulate or embassy.
  • Research current job offers to get an idea of what is available and what certification is acceptable.
  • Research flight costs, accommodation and cost of living for each country.
  • Choose a course that will give you the required certification.
  • Do not compare your potential earnings to your home currency. Always view earnings by its local spending power.

Budget for getting a job abroad teaching English with an online only TEFL certificate

If you want to study online and then try to get a job abroad teaching English, you should budget between $400 to $500 for a decent online only certificate.

Budget calculation for looking for work on your own

Time: Allow two to three months before finding schools that are interested in hiring you.

Money: Add the total cost of a flight, accommodation and living expenses to cover you for at least 2 months to the course fee. This should cover you for interviewing and subsistence until you get your first salary payment.

Budget calculation if you use a volunteer/internship programme as a short-cut

This depends on how long you want to spend as a volunteer or intern. Price ranges we have seen on the internet range from around $2,500 for two weeks through to about $5,000 for twelve weeks. Add this to the course fee.

Budget for getting a job abroad teaching English from your home country with a hybrid or residential TEFL certificate

Budget around $1,800 for a decent hybrid certificate and up to $3,000 for a decent four week residential certificate in your home country.

Budget calculation for looking for work on your own

Time: Allow two to three months before finding schools that are interested in hiring you.

Money: Add the total cost of a flight, accommodation and living expenses to cover you for at least 2 months to the course fee. This should cover you for interviewing and subsistence until you get your first salary payment.

Finding jobs to apply for

  • As you are not using the EBC job programme, your only option is to use the same job portals that thousands of other prospective and active teachers use.

(IMPORTANT: EBC does not use job portals. We have direct contacts with hiring managers.)

  • There are many portals and there is a good probability that the same job is listed on more than one of them.
  • Make a list of the jobs you would like to apply for.
  • Do not spend too long making the list because some of the job positions are stale and those that are not are filled fairly quickly.
  • Prepare your CV/resume so that it addresses the requirements of the jobs. Depending on what the job is, you may need to tailor your CV/resume for each job you apply for. If you do this, MAKE SURE YOU KEEP TRACK OF THE JOB AND THE CV YOU SENT.
  • Triple check your contact details and send in your application.
  • Make sure that you check your email in tray and spam tray at least once a day.
  • Do not be surprised if you do not get a reply.
  • There will be hundreds of applications some of which will be from teachers already in the school’s country so they will get preference.
  • Keep trying, you may get lucky.

Usual reasons why you may not get a reply

With the exception of your certificate course choice and study location choice, the rest are all outside your control.

  • You do not have a certificate with teaching practice.
  • You are not in the country where the school is situated making it impossible to have a face-to-face interview.
  • Your application was rejected by the school’s spam filter.
  • Your application was too late to make the short-list.
  • The position has already been filled.
  • The position has been withdrawn.

Replying to employer interest and interviewing

  • Be very positive.
  • Do not be demanding.
  • Ask what the interview process is so that you know if you can afford to continue with the job application.
  • Try to convince the school to have a video conference/Skype interview.
  • Rehearse your answers to the challenges we mentioned earlier.
  • Prepare and be convincing. You will be asked about everything a trained EFL teacher should know.
  • Do not be surprised if the school asks you to interview in person in the school.
  • If you are asked to attend a face-to-face interview, decide whether you want to risk travelling to the country in the hope that you will pass the interview and be offered the job.

Conclusion and a comparison

A realistic time estimate to get a job abroad teaching English and start earning will probably be between three to six months. That is unless you decide to pay to attend a volunteer/internship programme.

Jobs through employment programmes that may include some cost-saving benefits are almost always for people who have attended a four week residential course with observed teaching practice and a year or two of teaching experience. These programmes also lock you in to a job for at least one year and there are financial penalties if you break the contract because you do not like the job, working conditions or living conditions.

The total cost of studying at home and then looking for work in the country where you would like to teach could end up costing you between $5,000 and $6,000.

In comparison, an estimate to take the EBC four week course, get a job abroad teaching English in Madrid and house yourself until your first salary payment would be about 20% cheaper.

EBC makes sure you are interviewing right after the course. This translates into having a job within about a week of finishing the course. Your course will have paid for itself within just over a month of graduating. We send your CV to schools we know and you choose the job offers you like.

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