Teaching English abroad has become a preferred career option for many native English speakers and that is hardly surprising. English teachers who work abroad get an opportunity to explore the world while at the same time earning a decent income. As with any other profession, to make the most out of this opportunity you need to approach this career with the right perceptive.
Teaching English Abroad – Training
Anybody who has a bachelor’s degree can teach English abroad. A native English speaker doesn’t necessarily have to get a master’s degree in ESOL or TESOL to find an English teaching job in Europe or Asia. However, you might need a TEFL or CELTA certificate to teach English abroad. These are short-term courses that equip you with the right kind of skills necessary for the job. If you can’t join a regular class, you could enroll in an online program. However, many people feel that online ESL teaching courses are not nearly as useful as regular mainstream courses. On the bright side, some online courses help in job placement. This can be quite helpful if you don’t know how to start finding a job.
Finding the right job
Once you have acquired a teaching certificate, you can start looking for vacancies abroad. Remember that teaching English abroad is not always a lucrative career option. Some jobs pay well; some don’t. Finding one that will adequately take care of your expenses is the most important thing. Look for positions that will help out with housing and transport.
Teaching English in Europe
Getting a work permit for teaching English abroad in Europe can be quite difficult. This is particularly difficult for a person who is not a citizen of a European Union. Of course, this is not a problem for UK citizens interested in teaching English in other European countries. Getting a work permit is also not a problem if you are married to a European citizen.
Teaching English in Asia
English is widely taught in many Asian countries and hence plenty of ESL teaching jobs are available there.