Erica Fairchild

Finding teaching jobs abroad can feel like a daunting task as you have a lot to think about. It can be difficult to know what type of teaching you would like to do. The location you would like to teach in, and whether you can leave family and friends behind for a year or two to start a new adventure. The good news is that many people have been in your shoes, bought the T-shirt and bolstered their resumes in the process, and you can too. Teaching English overseas could be the new start you're looking for, and here's why.

Teaching Options Available

Teachers with little or no experience

If you have little or no experience, then fear not, you are in good company. Thousands of people every year decide that they are going to find something new and start to teach. For many, they feel like they lack the skills or experience. The good news is, that you can develop both of these if you have the will and enthusiasm to learn. If you are willing to learn, the best option is to teach a language. If you're from an English-speaking country, then TEFL or ESL is probably the best option.

Experienced Teachers

Your background and expertise will determine the options that are open to you and what kind of teaching jobs abroad you can undertake. If you are already a qualified teacher with years of experience in your native country, then the chances are that you will be able to apply these skills elsewhere. However, you need to ask the following questions: Is there a demand for your teaching skills? And can you secure a legal working visa? If there is a demand and you are eligible to work, then you're halfway there.

Countries to Teach In

One of the biggest markets for teaching English abroad is China. China is on its way to becoming the world's largest economy, and this means there is a high demand for English to be taught in both public and private language schools. Teaching English in China can be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience. You can choose to teach in the major cities that seem to be developing at breakneck speeds or live in smaller cities where there is still plenty to do and see.

South East Asia is also a great option for those looking to expand their horizons and experience something new. Thailand and Indonesia are emerging countries with flourishing tourist industries heavily reliant on English. In both of these countries, you can enjoy bustling city life with great food and distinct cultures, as well as beachside towns with blue skies and sandy beaches.

The Benefits of a Teaching Job Abroad

  1. International work experience

  2. Lower living costs

  3. Opportunities to travel and see new cultures

  4. Career Opportunities

  5. The chance to learn a second language

  6. Rewarding job

  7. Memories that last a lifetime

Teaching Jobs Abroad with EF English First

EF English First currently has teaching positions available in China and Indonesia. As one of the world's largest private education companies, you can enjoy a rewarding start to your teaching career abroad, including a competitive local salary and benefits package. Support throughout the application process as well as arrival in both the new country and your new school. All teachers receive full visa support to make sure that they have a hassle-free start to life teaching abroad.

Benefits of a Teaching Job Abroad with EF

  1. Competitive local salary, based on qualifications

  2. 8,000 RMB annual flight allowance

  3. Sponsored Legal Z work visa

  4. 12,000 RMB salary advance available

  5. Health insurance

  6. 10 paid annual leave days plus 11 national holidays

  7. Airport pick-up support upon arrival

  8. Free hotel accommodation during your first two weeks at EF English First

  9. ESL certification programs including Cambridge TKT, Trinity CertTESOL, Trinity DipTESOL and Cambridge IDLTM

  10. Free Mandarin Chinese lessons

  11. Teacher Advantages Discount scheme

  12. Job rotation scheme


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