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Re: Teaching with partner

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Tuesday, 16 July 2013, at 7:15 p.m.

In Response To: Teaching with partner (Dylan)

I'm beginning to look into teaching english abroad, particularly in Bhutan with a partner. We would like to be in the same location, ideally rural, but not necessarily at the same school. Is this reasonable? My impression is teaching jobs in countries like Bhutan would be far and few between, but I really have no idea.

Some background on us if it's relevant: My partner is a full-time primary school teacher in Switzerland with a couple years experience, fluent in English and she will have a certification of some sort in the near future. I'm a native english speaker from the States, BS in Geography and having been doing techy work for about 7 or 8 years, but would also have a CELTA certification or something similar.

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You might want to rethink Bhutan given that EFL teachers earn about $300-400 per month. (That's based on a current job ad on the Cafe's job listings.) Perhaps that's why it's not at the top of the list for TEFL destinations.

I assume your partner carries a Swiss passport. As such, you first need to research which countries you both can legally work in (based on visa regulations). I suggest you start with East Europe as your best bet for employment. Once you narrow it down to potential countries, look at TEFL job postings for entry-level opportunities in the locales you're interested in. Your focus should be on ads that indicate non-native speakers can apply. Even if the position doesn't require any type of TEFL certification, you both should possess CELTAs to increase your chances of gettig hired. For info on teaching in specific countries, head over to the Cafe's job discussion forums (forums.eslcafe.com/job).

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Teaching with partner
Dylan -- Monday, 15 July 2013, at 9:06 p.m.
Re: Teaching with partner
nomad soul -- Tuesday, 16 July 2013, at 7:15 p.m.
Re: Teaching with partner
Tim -- Tuesday, 16 July 2013, at 1:21 p.m.

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