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Has anyone here done this and if so how did you find it?
for a couple of months in China last year. It was good and china is pretty cheap, you'll be able to put money away and save once you dont mind eating at local places and drinking chinese larger 40-60p for a big bottle of beer.
Im planning to go back in january
that chinese beer is crap
my school is actually looking for teachers at the moment. I don't know if our advert is on there at the moment. Have a look (it's in Poland)
if I had a TEFL qualification, I might be all over this. Would love to live in Poland.
Rybnik might be yours but I don't think it's on there...
it's a bit out of date (we are not just looking for people to teach kids now). We just hired two Americans, but my boss is still interviewing people because we might need more teachers...
imagine living here! http://www.eslcafe.com/joblist/index.cgi?read=32899
imagine living here! http://gremlinka.flog.pl/wpis/4395916/rybnik-moje-miasto-#w
I love Poland so bloody much.
'You hold a recognised TEFL qualification and/or at least 1 year's relevant experience. '
When I got accepted for a job teaching in Japan I didn't need this. I didn't go anyway.
it's not necessary to have that with the position we are looking at the moment, but someone with it would have an advantage. If anyone is genuinely interested, let me know. You'd have to be able to get here in like, the next few weeks and see out a contract until next June, which probably rules out absolutely everyone!
I've only ever heard of people doing it in Asia, which I don't really fancy cos the language and culture would be so different that I'd feel quite isolated. Also I've read a lot about the huge pressure placed on pupils in Asian countries and I'd hate to be part of that. But that may just be a myth, of course.
But yeah, it'd be cool to work in Germany or the Netherlands or a Scandinavian country.
Poland is amazing!
Yeah Poland would probably be a good place to teach!
Take a look at the jobs database on tefl.com to give you an idea of jobs in Europe. I may be wrong but I think English levels are so high in the Netherlands and Scandavia that there are probably few opportunities. Germany and France there is some but limited. Mainly you'll see lots of jobs in Italy and Spain.
File alongside baking cupcakes, volunteering, taxidermy, drinking coffee, going to Brighton.
She found the culture shock hard to deal with initially. The city she taught in was very industrial and she found it difficult to get some sort of social life. But after that she enjoyed it. She became more touristy and travelled around a fair bit.
She said that definitely travel out with a working visa, not a tourist visa, which is something some schools insist on (tax?).
My TV has done a lot of tefl over the years in Europe and something you need to be aware of is there are a huge number of crooks involved. It doesn't mean that you can't have a good experience but you need to be very very careful, and even then manage your expectations. If you can't afford to leave don't take the job.
Done it for 10 years. Both in Europe and Asia.
JohnWiddop and Zannimos are correct- the further east you go, the more jobs. Scandinavia and Germany and France have higher levels of state-provided English education, so there is less need for English teaching.
Europe is easiest and most pleasurable- both for the teaching and the culture adaptation. I dream of going back. The old eastern bloc provides the most job opportunities, and nobody ever says a bad word about teaching in Poland.
The mega-bucks are in teaching in Korea and China, though you are increasingly having to get a bit more savvy (i.e. maybe work there for a year, and then find a better job) to get that.
Teaching in China has such extreme pros and cons. Some people run a mile within weeks of arriving. With the crowdedness, the urbanisation and the ubiquitous air pollution, you've got to be quite an adventurous spirit or a glass-half-empty kind of person to handle it.
Scams are worth mentioning as Zanimos said. If you do want to pursue it, you should do your research. For example if a Chinese school asks you to come and work on a tourist visa, you would be wise to read about that, by searching for the school name on somewhere like Dave's ESL Cafe or searching for 'teaching on a tourist visa China' on the net, and you will be a bit more enlightened on the kind of employer you are dealing with. With something like Dave's ESL Cafe you can identify what schools/colleges have good reputations within a country/city, and that can help you to get it right.
In a city called hefei about three hours west of shanghai. According to time it was one of the fastest growing cities in the world last year. Its an incredible place, quite industrial but it also more beautiful areas. its close to yellow mountain aswell. which is pretty much the prettiest place ive ever been.
I absolutely love it out here. The kids are great to teach, i love the flexibility of the working hours, its easy to save money and its a great base to travel from (in the next two month im going to guilin, malaysia and HK). Chinese is quite a daunting language to learn but the grammar rules are v simple and i found the basics pretty easy to pick up and can now converse pretty easy with friends.
If your interested in teaching in China send me a PM and i can send you a tonne more information.
I love my life out here, particularly compared to back in London. I was on a smaller island for a year and now am in Incheon, a city about 45 mins from Seoul. I lucked out and got a REALLY good job at a Private Elementary school with my gf, when based on our experience we should have got nowhere near.
In terms of recruiters I initially came out here with a giant chain of afterschool academies, called hagwons. You really want to research your place before you go as there are some absolutely horrible shitshows out in Asia, bosses refusing to pay you and taking advantage of your lack of knowledge of the law/language. It's absolutely essential that you speak to current employees at any school who offer you a job and make sure you do so when they're not at work, so they can speak freely. I've met people whose bosses threatened them with reduced salary if they didn't give the school a glowing reference.
Korea pays the largest amount when compared to other countries but in terms of living standard versus wages, I've heard Taiwan is currently the best place to be. I have several friends out there who are all loving it. If you have experience, you can earn stacks of cash in China/the Middle East but if it's your first job I wouldn't touch China with a bargepole. Again, met people who've ended up in industrial shitholes hours from anything else working 12 hours a day for less than 800 a month.
Dave's ESL is a pretty good resource, I've also been told seriousteachers.com has a good reputation. Even Facebook groups for countries/cities you're interested in living and teaching can be particularly fruitful. If you want to PM me for more specific Korea-based details, fire away.
Whilst parts of this post are negative, I can say with 100% certainty that coming and doing this was the best decision I've ever made. If you have no serious commitments at home (I left behind a 2 year relationship for this but I mean shit like kids/mortgage etc) it's one of the best ways to spend your 20s/30s. In my time here I've travelled to Taiwan, Vietnam and Hong Kong - planning to do the Philippines and Japan in the next 12 months and I've still managed to save a couple of grand no bother.
I would love to do it in Japan, is it hard to be specific on your assignment? Also is it possible to just do a TEFL and then turn up in a place and say I'd like work and sort out a visa afterwards? (guessing not)
wasn't logged in. I've written about this stuff before on here so google my username and teaching English you should find the threads.
Basically, be aware of what 'do a TEFL' means. Some places offer weekend TEFL courses and stuff, and they mean absolutely nothing. In fact, they are often worse than nothing, because they give some people the impression that they are fully equipped with the necessary skills, which isn't true. It's like getting in a car, starting the engine and thinking you've passed your driving test.
and I would never recommend just turning up in place. That's madness!
I'd just add that, in Europe at least, it is increasingly common to insist on a 'CELTA'. There is no real good reason for this as it isn't any better than an equivalent tefl qualification but it is to do with the way the exam bodies are trying to lock up the market. It's also just fundamental laziness on the part of tefl schools - celta = you'll be a fine teacher. Not true at all but just the way it is.
p.s thank you all for your replies :)