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Re: Teaching adults abroad

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Saturday, 12 July 2014, at 4:51 p.m.

In Response To: Teaching adults abroad (Louise)

My husband and I have had this idea for a while, we just don't really know where to get started. I only have a high school diploma, and would like to know what course would be best for us to take.

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Be aware that more and more employers and/or country visa regulations require foreign teachers hold at minimum a BA. Therefore, you and your husband will be quite limited as to where you both can get legal work because the pool of jobs available to those without a degree continues to dry up. Even then, don't expect much in the way of salary and benefits. You'll need to research which countries are still open to you also taking into consideration you and your husband's nationalities. I suggest you first do an Internet search on 'tefl countries without degree' and then look at each individual country's current requirements for a work permit or employment visa.

That said, one option for maximizing your chances for teaching jobs in those doable countries is by getting one of the more widely-recognized TEFL qualification such as a CELTA, Trinity CertTESOL, or SIT TESOL. The CELTA, in particular, is offered as a course throughout the world, so you might consider taking it in one of the countries where you can legally work. However, keep in mind you'll be competing against other job applicants who possess both a BA and TEFL qualification. Plus, some employers will only want degree holders. Obviously, the better option is to hold off on your plans to teach pending your completion of a bachelor's degree, which would open more doors to TEFL jobs worldwide.

Lastly, check out the ESL Cafe's country-specific jobs discussion forums for info on TEFL cert training and your realistic chances for work in certain countries.

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Teaching adults abroad
Louise -- Friday, 11 July 2014, at 1:06 p.m.
Re: Teaching adults abroad
Tim -- Saturday, 12 July 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
Re: Teaching adults abroad
Stephen -- Saturday, 12 July 2014, at 5:34 a.m.
Re: Teaching adults abroad
nomad soul -- Saturday, 12 July 2014, at 4:51 p.m.

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