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Posted By: Tyler <tmjbama5@gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, 2 April 2013, at 11:44 p.m.

Hi guys,

My name is Tyler and I'm from the States. I have a degree but no teaching certification. I'm currently in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa and I love traveling. I'm interested in teaching English abroad; however, I don't think I'm looking at this to be a long-term career. I'm looking at it as more of a way to find rewarding employment while I travel. I leave here in about 4 months and I am interested in getting certified. I have several questions because I don't know much about this endeavor.

I've briefly looked into CELTA and TEFL. CELTA here in Melbourne costs over $3,000 and I simply can't afford that. Is it really worth it?? I don't live near a TEFL in-class course location. The TEFL combined course is also don't appear to be offered at a nearby location. The online classes look like they are very reasonably priced, but I've read where they are looked down upon. I also have thought about going to Asia to either do an a combined online/in-class course or just an in-class course for a month (after I leave Australia). I am interested in teaching in South America, Asia, and/or Europe...with South America (or a Spanish speaking country) probably leading the way because I would like to learn some Spanish myself.

I want a certification to be worth my time and money. However, I'm not willing to spend an absolute fortune either. At the same time, I don't want to struggle to find a decent job after getting a certification...especially considering I've heard you can get a job without a certification as long as you are a native English speaker with a degree. Does anyone have some solid advice for me? I obviously want to make a smart decision here and any advice would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Need Advice
Tyler -- Tuesday, 2 April 2013, at 11:44 p.m.
Re: Need Advice
ICAL TEFL -- Thursday, 4 April 2013, at 6:39 a.m.
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Tyler -- Thursday, 4 April 2013, at 7:49 p.m.
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Tim -- Friday, 5 April 2013, at 1:22 p.m.
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nomad soul -- Thursday, 4 April 2013, at 1:42 a.m.
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Global Teacher -- Wednesday, 3 April 2013, at 7:07 p.m.
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Tim -- Wednesday, 3 April 2013, at 11:02 a.m.
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Tim -- Wednesday, 3 April 2013, at 11:00 a.m.
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Tim -- Wednesday, 3 April 2013, at 10:57 a.m.
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Tim -- Wednesday, 3 April 2013, at 10:53 a.m.
Re: Need Advice
Oxford TEFL -- Friday, 5 April 2013, at 2:26 a.m.

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