TEFL - FAQs

At ITTT we are dedicated to training new teachers to become effective and confident professionals who are capable of working in English language classrooms worldwide. Throughout the training process we are here to guide you every step of the way, from choosing the right course all the way through to finding the best job to suit your plans. Inevitably you will have many questions along the way which is why we have put together the following FAQ section that should help to answer some of the most common queries.

TEFL & TESOL (General)

What does TEFL mean?

What does TEFL mean?   

The acronym TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It is commonly used to refer to training courses that almost anyone can take to learn the skills and knowledge required to teach English to non-native speakers in countries all over the world.

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What is the difference between TESOL and TEFL?

What is the difference between TESOL and TEFL?   

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. These descriptions are generally used interchangeably, however, TESOL is more common in the USA and TEFL is more common in the UK.

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Do I need a TEFL certificate to teach abroad?

Do I need a TEFL certificate to teach abroad?   

Although it is possible to teach abroad without a TEFL certificate, we recommended that you complete a TEFL course before you set off. Many countries now require teachers to be TEFL certified, and a significant number of employers dismiss unqualified teachers as they assume they lack sufficient skills and knowledge.

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What is an ESL teacher?

What is an ESL teacher?   

"ESL teacher" can be used to describe various situations as teachers in this field work in a wide range of environments and teach vastly different groups of students. However, the common purpose of every ESL teacher is to help people to improve their ability to speak and write in English.

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Do TEFL teachers need a second language?

Do TEFL teachers need a second language?   

Having some knowledge of the local language may provide a more fulfilling experience when teaching English abroad, but it is not necessary in order to be an effective teacher. At ITTT we provide TEFL courses based on the principle that English is the only language used during lessons.

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Are there any age limits for TEFL teaching?

Are there any age limits for TEFL teaching?   

For many years we have enabled people of all ages to get started on the path to a new career as an English language teacher. As long as you are open to new ideas and keen to work in a classroom environment, your age should not be an issue.

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Do I need a degree to teach English abroad?

Do I need a degree to teach English abroad?   

No, a degree is not essential for teaching English abroad. Some countries do require teachers to hold a degree in order to secure a work permit or visa, but there are also many others where non-degree holders can find well paid jobs in both the public and private sector.

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Do TEFL certificates expire?

Do TEFL certificates expire?   

Once issued TEFL certificates are valid for life, they do not expire. Wherever you are in the world you can apply for teaching jobs using your certificate as proof that you have received training in a wide variety of topics, including English grammar, lesson planning and classroom management.

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Can I teach English abroad without any teaching experience?

Can I teach English abroad without any teaching experience?   

Although some employers insist on prior experience, due to a high demand in many countries there is no shortage of positions for first time teachers. By completing a TEFL course before going overseas you will learn all the skills and knowledge you need to get started as an ESL teacher.

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Can I learn a foreign language while teaching English abroad?

Can I learn a foreign language while teaching English abroad?   

Learning a foreign language is high on the to-do list of many teachers working abroad. Being able to practice the language on a day to day basis will not only help you to learn it quickly, but will also help you to feel more at home in your new surroundings.

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Is it safe for single women to teach English abroad?

Is it safe for single women to teach English abroad?   

The good news for anyone who is thinking about heading overseas to live and work is providing you do plenty of research and planning in advance, and employ some common sense on arrival, there should be no reason to worry about your safety when teaching English abroad.

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Can I teach English abroad if I have children?

Can I teach English abroad if I have children?   

Yes, although you will need to do plenty of research and planning to ensure that you find the right environment for you and your family. But if you are determined to teach English abroad, having children does not need to be a barrier to fulfilling your dream.

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How will I make friends while teaching English abroad?

How will I make friends while teaching English abroad?   

While it is possible that you will initially feel a little homesick, the vast majority of people who head off to teach English abroad soon develop a new network of friends and colleagues from both their host country and elsewhere in the world.

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What is the difference between TEFL, TESOL and CELTA?

What is the difference between TEFL, TESOL and CELTA?   

When conducting online research for teaching English abroad you will quickly come across the acronyms TEFL, TESOL and CELTA. Essentially, they represent the basic qualifications that many international employers look for when hiring English language teachers to work in schools or language academies.

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Are TESOL teachers in demand?

Are TESOL teachers in demand?   

The number of people learning English as a second language across the world continues to grow every year and there is no sign that this is going to change in the foreseeable future. Due to this seemingly endless growth the demand for qualified English language teachers is extremely high in almost every region of the world.

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Is TEFL a good career choice?

Is TEFL a good career choice?   

Teaching English abroad often has the reputation of being a short-term adventure that young people do for a year before returning home to a ‘normal life’. However, it is entirely possible to make a successful long-term career out of TEFL and many people do.

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Do qualified teachers need a TEFL certification?

Do qualified teachers need a TEFL certification?   

Many fully qualified teachers decide they want to broaden their horizons and head overseas to teach. However, it is often a surprise to find that some of the best jobs require a TEFL certification. In reality, there are many differences between teaching at home and abroad which is why a TEFL qualification is often expected.

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TEFL & TESOL Courses

How do I choose a TEFL course?

How do I choose a TEFL course?   

To ensure you make the right choice it is vital that you do plenty of research. First check that the provider is long established and well respected by employers. Also check which qualifications are expected in your country of choice, as well as any requirements for work permits and visas.

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Should I take a TEFL course online or in a classroom?

Should I take a TEFL course online or in a classroom?   

Both options offer a credible route towards TEFL certification but there are some noticeable differences. Are you able to study alone without a tutor? Are you able to attend a training center? The cost and the type of certification required in your chosen country should also be considered.

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How long does a TEFL course take?

How long does a TEFL course take?   

We offer a range of TEFL courses to suit different requirements and most do not have a set timetable. The exception is our in-class TEFL course that runs for a set four-week period. All our online courses can be completed at any pace up to a maximum of six months.

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How much does a TEFL course cost?

How much does a TEFL course cost?   

The price of TEFL certification varies depending on the provider, the length of the course and method of study. An in-class course that includes teaching practice generally offers the best preparation, although they are also the most expensive. Online courses provide an affordable option but do not include teaching practice.

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Can non-native English speakers take a TEFL course?

Can non-native English speakers take a TEFL course?   

As long as you are fluent in written and spoken English you are eligible to take our TEFL courses. You will need to demonstrate a high level of understanding, but simply being a non-native English speaker will not prevent you from getting qualified and teaching English.

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How does the combined TEFL course work?

How does the combined TEFL course work?   

The combined TEFL course incorporates both the convenience of an online course and the practical experience of in-class training. You begin the course by completing 120 hours of online study. You then attend a training center where you will be guided through an extensive program of teaching practice.

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How much is a TEFL course and how do I pay for it?

How much is a TEFL course and how do I pay for it?   

At ITTT we offer a wide range of TEFL certification courses and as each course varies in content they are all priced individually. We accept payment via credit/debit card, PayPal, bank transfer, or Western Union. Simply click on the course page that you are interested in for full details.

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What is the TEFL/TESOL Diploma course?

What is the TEFL/TESOL Diploma course?   

Our TEFL/TESOL Diploma is an advanced online course that is aimed at practicing ESL teachers who are looking to increase their knowledge and qualifications. By completing this research based course you will be in a position to apply for jobs that offer greater responsibility and an increased salary.

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How does the lifetime job support service work?

How does the lifetime job support service work?   

Throughout your training, and after its completion, we will do all we can to help maximize your chances of securing a job. We can provide a range of services, including access to our database of potential employers, advice on CV/resumes and cover letters, and preparations for interviews and trial lessons.

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What are specialized TEFL courses?

What are specialized TEFL courses?   

We offer two specialized courses that provide a higher level of knowledge and qualifications for teachers who are already TEFL certified. Our Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners (CTEYL) and Certificate in Teaching Business English (CTBE) are completed online. The completion of these qualifications will greatly enhance your CV/resume.

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How do online TEFL courses work?

How do online TEFL courses work?   

Our range of online courses offers a convenient and affordable route to TEFL certification. All our online courses can be taken with or without the guidance of an experienced online tutor, and can be completed at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.

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Can you fail a TEFL course?

Can you fail a TEFL course?   

As a TEFL course is a serious academic undertaking, it is possible to fail. However, of the small percentage of students who are not successful most voluntarily drop out as they are unable to commit to the time and effort required. Relatively few students actually fail due to not meeting the academic standard.

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Where to take a TEFL course?

Where to take a TEFL course?   

Although our online TEFL certification is very popular as it can be completed from anywhere in the world, many people prefer to attend one of our in-class courses which offer face-to-face tuition and practical teaching experience. Our in-class course is available in dozens of fantastic locations all over the world.

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What are TEFL course hours?

What are TEFL course hours?   

TEFL certification courses are generally classified by the amount of hours they typically take to complete. When researching courses you will come across a range of options from as little as a 10-hour introductory course, all the way up to diploma-level courses that can be 300 hours or more.

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What is the best TEFL course to do in Thailand?

What is the best TEFL course to do in Thailand?   

As Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for teaching English abroad, there are many providers offering TEFL courses within the country. However, we think our course offers the very best preparation for real life teaching as it includes experienced trainers, high-quality materials and a choice of four great locations.

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Who can do a TEFL course?

Who can do a TEFL course?   

As the demand for qualified EFL teachers is so high in many parts of the world, and there are such a wide variety of jobs available, most people who have a good grasp of the English language are eligible to take a TEFL course.

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Are online TEFL courses valid?

Are online TEFL courses valid?   

Due to the lower cost of an online TEFL course compared to the traditional in-class variety, online TEFL certification has inevitably become ever more popular in recent years. A quick online search will bring up dozens of providers offering a huge range of course options, but how do you know if they are valid?

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Which TEFL courses are accredited?

Which TEFL courses are accredited?   

A quick online search for TEFL or TESOL courses will result in page after page of courses offered by dozens of different providers, but how do you know which ones are reputable? One simple way is to check if the course has been accredited by any respected bodies within the English language teaching field.

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How Should I Prepare for a TEFL Course?

How Should I Prepare for a TEFL Course?   

Once you have signed up for a TEFL/TESOL training course there are a few things you can do to help prepare for the experience. Making a study plan, reading up on grammar, looking over pre-course materials, and joining online groups are just a few ideas to think about.

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TEFL & TESOL Jobs

What questions should I ask a TEFL employer?

What questions should I ask a TEFL employer?   

To decide whether a job is right for you it is essential to get as much information as possible during the interview. You should be clear on areas such as salary, working hours, class size, student's age, and the resources available to you in the classroom.

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What will a TEFL employer ask in an interview?

What will a TEFL employer ask in an interview?   

Although every interview will be different, there are several common areas of questioning that you are likely to come across. These include questions relating to your personality, work history, plans for the future, and how you would plan and deliver your lessons in the classroom.

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How do I apply for TEFL jobs?

How do I apply for TEFL jobs?   

There is no single best method when applying for TEFL jobs as it can depend on several factors. The main options are to apply and interview for jobs before leaving home either independently or through a recruitment agency, or travel to your destination and interview in person.

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Where are the best places to teach English abroad?

Where are the best places to teach English abroad?   

Once TEFL qualified you will have a wide choice of fantastic destinations to choose from. Due to a high demand for teachers in many countries, Asia is by far the most popular region. Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East also have significant opportunities for ESL teachers.

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How long does it take to get a TEFL job?

How long does it take to get a TEFL job?   

This question is difficult to answer as it depends on many factors, such as the time of year and the country you are considering. The attitude of the teacher will also be significant. Ultimately, those who are determined to hunt down a job will usually achieve quick results.

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How long do TEFL contracts last?

How long do TEFL contracts last?   

Contracts vary from school to school but the most common requirement for public schools is a contract that covers an academic year, while private language schools generally cover a full calendar year. Summer language camps and some private employers also offer short term contracts.

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How do I get a job teaching English in South Korea?

How do I get a job teaching English in South Korea?   

The government backed EPIK Program offers a convenient way to organize a teaching job in South Korea from within your own country. You will also find plenty of independent jobs advertised online, as well as recruitment companies who can arrange employment free of charge.

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How do I get a job teaching English in China?

How do I get a job teaching English in China?   

The most common approach for finding a teaching job in China is to contact recruitment companies who organize all the details such as visas and work permits before you leave your own country. Many employers also advertise independently via online job boards and other teaching related websites.

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How do I get a job teaching English in Japan?

How do I get a job teaching English in Japan?   

Through the government sponsored JET Program, as well as many other independent recruitment companies, you can make all the arrangements for teaching in Japan before you leave home. Teachers within the country are also in a good position as employers are always keen to interview in person.

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How do I get a job teaching English in Thailand?

How do I get a job teaching English in Thailand?   

Jobs can be found in government schools and private language academies in many parts of Thailand. The majority of employers prefer to meet applicants in person rather than posting jobs online, and most will also require a university degree and a TEFL qualification.

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How is teaching English in Asia different from teaching English in Latin America?

How is teaching English in Asia different from teaching English in Latin America?   

There are many differences between teaching English in Asia and teaching English in Latin America, including the typical method of recruitment, how much you can earn and save during your stay, and the type of atmosphere to expect in the classroom.

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Can I teach English as a foreign language online?

Can I teach English as a foreign language online?   

Across all forms of education, online learning has become a huge business in recent years. Teaching English as a foreign language is no exception, with opportunities for TEFL qualified teachers continuing to rise year-on-year. For many people it can be a great way to earn money without heading overseas.

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Can I teach English as a foreign language in Russia?

Can I teach English as a foreign language in Russia?   

As it is the largest country in the world and stretches across eleven time zones from Poland in the west to China in the east, it is no surprise that there are plenty of great opportunities for teaching English as a foreign language in Russia.

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Where can I teach English abroad without a university degree?

Where can I teach English abroad without a university degree?   

If you want to teach English abroad and you do not have a 4-year degree there are still plenty of great destinations to choose from. Most countries in Latin America have no such restrictions, while popular countries such as Spain, Italy, and China are also great options.

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How do I find a job teaching English in France?

How do I find a job teaching English in France?   

If you are considering France as a destination for teaching English abroad, then you are sure to have a few questions. When is the best time to arrive? Do I need a visa? Do employers expect a TEFL certificate? How much money will I need?

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Can couples or friends teach English abroad together?

Can couples or friends teach English abroad together?   

Yes, it is certainly possible for couples or friends to share the experience of teaching English abroad. With a bit of research and planning in advance, there is nothing to stop you heading off together to live and work as English language teachers in the country of your choice.

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How will I find a place to live when I teach English abroad?

How will I find a place to live when I teach English abroad?   

Whether you prefer the privacy of your own apartment, the cost effectiveness of house sharing, or the home comforts of living with a host family, there are likely to be several options to choose from wherever you intend teaching English abroad.

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Who will my students be when teaching English abroad?

Who will my students be when teaching English abroad?   

As there are many different reasons for learning the English language, there is no typical classroom environment for ESL teachers. Depending on the employer, your class could be full of five-year-old children, university students, or executives from the corporate world.

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Where do schools provide free housing for English teachers abroad?

Where do schools provide free housing for English teachers abroad?   

In some countries it is common for English teaching jobs to come with a range of benefits, including free or subsidized housing. You are most likely to find housing benefits in countries across Asia and the Middle East, although they can be offered by individual employers anywhere in the world.

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Where do schools provide free airfare for English teachers abroad?

Where do schools provide free airfare for English teachers abroad?   

In some countries it is common practice to hire teachers before they arrive in the country. In these situations the job often comes with other benefits besides the standard salary, including return airfares. By securing one of these positions you can seriously reduce your start up costs for teaching abroad.

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What are the start-up costs for teaching English abroad?

What are the start-up costs for teaching English abroad?   

Although most teachers earn a comfortable salary, there are inevitably some initial costs that you will need to cover before you earn your first paycheck. The amount will vary considerably depending on your destination but will typically include airfares, accommodation, meals, and other living expenses.

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Are public or private schools better for teaching English in South Korea?

Are public or private schools better for teaching English in South Korea?   

Many thousands of teachers head to South Korea every year to work in public schools or private language academies. Both types of school have pros and cons so the choice is often down to personal preference. Potential areas of difference include salaries, working hours, and class sizes.

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Can I choose where I teach English abroad?

Can I choose where I teach English abroad?   

By completing a good quality TEFL course you will acquire a qualification that is accepted in virtually every country in the world. Whether you plan to head overseas or stay closer to home, a TEFL certificate allows you to apply for jobs in almost any area you choose.

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Can I cancel my contract early when teaching English abroad?

Can I cancel my contract early when teaching English abroad?   

When teaching English abroad there is always a chance that unforeseen circumstances could force you to break your contract. While this might result in the loss of certain bonuses, there are unlikely to be any major consequences if you feel you have no choice but to leave your position early.

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Where do schools interview and hire English teachers in advance?

Where do schools interview and hire English teachers in advance?   

When looking to teach English abroad you can either go through the hiring process on arrival, or you can complete it in advance before you leave home. Securing a position before leaving home is possible for many popular teaching destinations worldwide, particularly across Asia and the Middle East.

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What are the hiring seasons for teaching English abroad?

What are the hiring seasons for teaching English abroad?   

As the market for English language teachers covers so many countries, there are many different hiring seasons. If you have decided on your preferred country, knowing the right time to look for employment is one of the main ways to ensure you have the pick of the best jobs.

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What types of school hire English teachers abroad?

What types of school hire English teachers abroad?   

As the market for teaching English abroad is so vast, the variety of jobs available is truly staggering. In countries all over the world you will find positions in private language academies, public schools, universities, and summer language camps, to name just a few.

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Should I pay for a job placement teaching English abroad?

Should I pay for a job placement teaching English abroad?   

One option for securing a position teaching English abroad is to use a job placement service that will make all the arrangements for you in exchange for a fee. However, there are a few reasons why this might not be the best approach.

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Can I teach English in an English-speaking country?

Can I teach English in an English-speaking country?   

On completion of a TEFL course many teachers start a new adventure living and working in a foreign culture, for others it offers the chance to work in a familiar English speaking environment. Although this is a valid option, there are still a few things to consider.

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How do I find a job teaching English in Spain?

How do I find a job teaching English in Spain?   

If you are thinking about teaching English in Spain, you will undoubtedly have a few questions on your mind. When should I arrive in the country? What is the best visa for me? Is a TEFL certificate necessary? How much money will I need?

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How do I prepare for an interview for teaching English abroad?

How do I prepare for an interview for teaching English abroad?   

While most people find interviews to be a nerve-wracking experience, if you prepare in advance you can give yourself a great head start. By following a few simple rules regarding appearance, language, and knowledge of your subject you should be able to impress the interviewer and secure the job.

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Where can I teach English abroad as a non-native speaker?

Where can I teach English abroad as a non-native speaker?   

Teaching English is a popular way to earn money while living outside your home country. Although there are some countries where English teaching jobs are reserved strictly for native English speakers, there are still plenty of good options for TEFL qualified teachers who don't speak English as a first language.

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How do I find a job teaching English in Latin America?

How do I find a job teaching English in Latin America?   

If you plan to find a job teaching English in Latin America you need to be aware of which destinations offer the biggest market for foreign teachers, the best time of year to go, what visas are required, and how much it will all cost.

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Where are the best places for teaching English in China?

Where are the best places for teaching English in China?   

With a population of 1.3 billion there are countless destinations to choose from, from the Pacific Coast in the east to the Tibetan Plateau in the west. Each region has its own attractions but one thing they have in common is the promise of a once in a lifetime experience.

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Which are the best Spanish speaking countries for teaching English abroad?

Which are the best Spanish speaking countries for teaching English abroad?   

Spanish speaking countries offer some of the best destinations in the world for teaching English abroad. Spain itself has a large market for foreign teachers in towns and cities across the country, as do over a dozen other countries throughout Latin America.

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How can I avoid scams when looking for TEFL jobs?

How can I avoid scams when looking for TEFL jobs?   

Travelling overseas to teach may be the best move you ever make, but how do you know that the advertised job is legitimate? Thankfully the vast majority of advertised positions are genuine, but to avoid the small number that are not, there are a few rules that you can follow.

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Can I teach English as a foreign language in Africa?

Can I teach English as a foreign language in Africa?   

Absolutely. Although you will not find as many well paid ESL teaching jobs in Africa as you would find in other areas such as Asia, South America or Europe, there are still plenty of good opportunities available across the continent.

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How do I find a job teaching English in Italy?

How do I find a job teaching English in Italy?   

If you plan to find a job teaching English in Italy there are a few questions to consider. When is the best time to find work? Will I need a visa? Is a TEFL certificate required? How much will it cost?

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Can Americans teach English in Europe?

Can Americans teach English in Europe?   

While you will find Americans teaching in large numbers across Asia and Latin America, Europe is still the number one choice for many. Although U.S citizens are not free to turn up and teach in any country they want, there are still plenty of great destinations to choose from.

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How do I become a TEFL trainer?

How do I become a TEFL trainer?   

Although teaching English abroad offers unlimited potential for travel and adventure, many teachers find that after a while they want to move into another area of the teaching profession that offers better pay, more responsibility, and more stability. One option is to become a teacher trainer.

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What can I do after teaching English abroad?

What can I do after teaching English abroad?   

Most people who spend time teaching English abroad will end up returning to their home country at some stage. After the adventure and cultural experience of living and working abroad, returning to normality can sometimes be a challenge, however there are many great opportunities available that allow you to use the skills you have learnt overseas.

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Can I get a teaching job with an online TEFL certificate?

Can I get a teaching job with an online TEFL certificate?   

A Google search for online TEFL/TESOL courses will deliver a huge number of options, but will they be good enough to get you a teaching job? The simple answer is YES, you can get a job with an online TEFL certificate, but there are a few things to consider before you sign up.

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Can I teach English in China without a degree?

Can I teach English in China without a degree?   

Many people dream of teaching English in China and there are many great reasons to do so, including the fact that there are always plenty of well paid jobs on offer. However, due to recent changes in immigration laws, it is no longer possible to legally work as a teacher if you don’t have a degree.

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Can I teach English in Spain without a degree?

Can I teach English in Spain without a degree?   

Most people who plan to head overseas to teach English have a few specific locations in mind, but unfortunately local restrictions can sometimes get in the way. For example, some countries are off limits to teachers who do not have a university degree; however, Spain is not one of them.

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How do I get a job teaching English in Vietnam?

How do I get a job teaching English in Vietnam?   

Vietnam is one of the hottest destinations in Asia for teaching English abroad right now as demand is growing fast and salaries are steadily rising. If you are a native English speaker with a college degree you should have no trouble finding a well paid position in the location of your choice.

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How do I get a job teaching English in Hong Kong?

How do I get a job teaching English in Hong Kong?   

Due to its high level of development, good wages, strong job market, and high quality of life, Hong Kong is a popular destination for teaching English abroad. If the territory is on your radar, there are a few bits of crucial information you need to know before applying for jobs.

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How do I get a job teaching English in Taiwan?

How do I get a job teaching English in Taiwan?   

Taiwan has been at the forefront of English language teaching in Asia for some time and the prospects are only going to get better in the coming years. If you want to earn a good salary in a welcoming and safe environment, here’s what you need to know about getting a teaching job in Taiwan.

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How do I get a job teaching English in Portugal?

How do I get a job teaching English in Portugal?   Although it is not a high paying destination by European standards, Portugal still attracts teachers due to the laid-back lifestyle that is common in this part of the continent. However, many employers will only hire native English speakers from EU countries to avoid the hassle of applying for work permits. Read more

How do I get a job teaching English in Greece?

How do I get a job teaching English in Greece?   Although Greece is no longer one of Europe’s teaching hotspots due to recent economic problems, there are still jobs available across the country. Employers typically look for EU citizens as they can live and work in the country without any restrictions. It is much harder, but not impossible, for non-EU citizens to secure a legal work permit. Read more

How do I get a job teaching English in Hungary?

How do I get a job teaching English in Hungary?   Hungary is one of several countries in the Central European region that has seen a sharp increase in demand for foreign teachers in recent years. Many jobs will require a degree, but there are still plenty of opportunities for those with only a TEFL certificate. Read more

How do I get a job teaching English in Turkey?

How do I get a job teaching English in Turkey?   Turkey probably has more English teaching opportunities than any other country in Europe. Jobs are available year-round and many only require you to have a TEFL certification to apply. Work visas are generally quite easy to secure, making it a popular choice with teachers from all over the world. Read more

TEFL & TESOL Salary

How much can I earn teaching English abroad?

How much can I earn teaching English abroad?   

Regions such as the Middle East and Asia offer the potential to earn salaries as high as $5,000 USD per month. Other areas such as Europe and Latin America have less in the way of high paying jobs but are still popular due to the culture and lifestyle.

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Can I make money as a private tutor while teaching English abroad?

Can I make money as a private tutor while teaching English abroad?   

It is common for teachers to earn extra income by working as a private tutor in their spare time. It is a convenient option as you are free to set your own hours and fees, and if you find enough clients you can even turn it into a full-time business.

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Will I get health insurance when teaching English abroad?

Will I get health insurance when teaching English abroad?   

Health insurance is often included when working overseas, but it is certainly not a given. Before you sign a contract it is important to be clear on whether you will be covered, and for what situations, so you can make your own arrangements if necessary.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Spain?

How much can I earn teaching English in Spain?   

Spain is one of the top destinations in Europe for teaching English abroad. Although the average salary of ?700 to ?1,800 EUR per month is not high compared with some other popular destinations, the warm climate and laidback lifestyle are enough to attract tens of thousands of teachers every year.

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How much can I earn teaching English in the United Arab Emirates?

How much can I earn teaching English in the United Arab Emirates?   

Salaries in the UAE can be as high as anywhere in the world, and with typically generous benefit packages, it is easy to see why it attracts thousands of international teachers every year. Salaries are often tax-free and range from $2,500 to $5,500 USD per month.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Japan?

How much can I earn teaching English in Japan?   

Japan is one of Asia's more traditional destinations for teaching English abroad, and still one of the most lucrative. Depending on experience and qualifications, you can expect to earn between $2,000 and $6,000 USD per month teaching English as a foreign language.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Taiwan?

How much can I earn teaching English in Taiwan?   

Taiwan is sometimes overlooked as a teaching destination due to its relatively small size in comparison to its neighbors. However, due to a strong demand throughout the country, foreign teachers can reasonably expect to earn at least $2,000 USD per month, even without any previous experience.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Saudi Arabia?

How much can I earn teaching English in Saudi Arabia?   

Saudi Arabia always has plenty of teaching positions offering high salaries and generous benefit packages. The majority of positions require specific qualifications and a considerable amount of classroom experience, but for those who meet the criteria, salaries ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 USD per month are common.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Thailand?

How much can I earn teaching English in Thailand?   

Thailand has long been a popular stop on the Southeast Asia backpacking trail and a significant number of visitors stay on and teach English. Depending on qualifications and experience, teachers can typically earn around $1,000 to $1,500 USD per month which should be enough to live a comfortable lifestyle.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Cambodia?

How much can I earn teaching English in Cambodia?   

Salaries in Cambodia are modest in comparison with China, South Korea, and Japan, however, a low cost of living means it is possible to live comfortably on a teacher's pay. Salaries vary but an inexperienced teacher can reasonably expect to earn around $1,000 to $1,200 USD per month.

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How much can I earn teaching English in South Korea?

How much can I earn teaching English in South Korea?   

South Korea has plenty to offer foreign teachers, including some of the highest salaries to be found anywhere in Asia. Many positions also come with added benefits such as paid airfares and free housing, which all add up to a generous income that should allow a very comfortable lifestyle.

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How much can I earn teaching English in China?

How much can I earn teaching English in China?   

In most cities across China there are more available positions than teachers to fill them, meaning you are often able to pick from a range of options. To entice teachers, employers generally offer a generous salary by local standards that can range from $1,000 to $2,000 USD per month.

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How can I save money while teaching English abroad?

How can I save money while teaching English abroad?   

If you are keen to save money while teaching overseas there are a few things that can make a big difference, such as which country you head to, where you choose to live, and how you choose to spend your hard earned salary.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Italy?

How much can I earn teaching English in Italy?   

Due to its popular culture, beautiful landscape, and delicious cuisine, Italy is probably the most popular destination in Europe for teaching English abroad. While you are unlikely to get rich during your stay, the average salary of 1000 to 1500 EUR per month should be enough to live comfortably.

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How much can I earn teaching English in France?

How much can I earn teaching English in France?   

France receives more visitors per year than any other country, so it is no surprise that it is also a popular destination for teaching English abroad. Depending on the location and the employer, the average salary for ESL teachers ranges from 1,000 to 2,000 EUR per month.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Russia?

How much can I earn teaching English in Russia?   

In recent years demand for the English language in Russia has grown considerably and it is becoming an increasingly popular destination for teaching English abroad. Foreign teachers can expect to earn anywhere from $500 to $2,000 USD per month depending on location, qualifications, and experience.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Vietnam?

How much can I earn teaching English in Vietnam?   

Whether you are an experienced teacher or are looking for your first classroom position, Vietnam offers an abundance of jobs, a low cost of living, and a famously relaxed attitude to life. Depending on experience you can expect to earn between $1,000 and $2,000 USD per month.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Costa Rica?

How much can I earn teaching English in Costa Rica?   

The beautiful tropical paradise of Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations in Latin America for teaching English abroad. Although you are unlikely to save a great deal during your stay, the average monthly salary of $600 to $1,000 USD should be enough to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Turkey?

How much can I earn teaching English in Turkey?   

Known as a bridge between East and West, Turkey offers a fascinating destination for teaching English abroad. Although salaries are not high in comparison with many other countries, a relatively low cost of living means the average monthly salary of around $1,000 USD should provide a comfortable lifestyle.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Argentina?

How much can I earn teaching English in Argentina?   

Due to economic instability in recent years it can be difficult for ESL teachers to earn a good living in Argentina, however, it is still a popular destination for teaching English abroad. Average monthly salaries range from US$600 to $1,200 depending on qualifications, experience, and hours worked.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Ecuador?

How much can I earn teaching English in Ecuador?   

Ecuador has seen a significant increase in demand for ESL teachers in recent years. Pay rates may be as low as US$5 per hour, but with a very low cost of living an average monthly salary of $500 to $1,000 should be enough to live comfortably.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Poland?

How much can I earn teaching English in Poland?   

It is said that Poland has more available positions for ESL teachers than any other country in Europe. While most teachers find it difficult to save a great deal, the average salary of US$600 to $1,000 per month should be enough to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Greece?

How much can I earn teaching English in Greece?   

Due to the ongoing effects of the 2008 financial crisis, Greece is no longer the hotspot for teaching English abroad that it once was. However, it still has plenty to offer ESL teachers, including an average salary of 800 to 1,000 EUR per month depending on experience.

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How much can I earn teaching English in the Czech Republic?

How much can I earn teaching English in the Czech Republic?   

The Czech Republic has seen a huge increase in demand for ESL teachers in recent years and jobs are now abundant in many parts of the country, particularly in the bustling capital city of Prague. Typical salaries range from US$700 to $1,200 per month depending on experience.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Chile?

How much can I earn teaching English in Chile?   

Chile is one of the most stable and prosperous countries in Latin America making it a popular destination for teaching English abroad. Teachers are unlikely to save a large amount but the average salary of US$800 to $1,200 per month should be enough to live a comfortable lifestyle.

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How much can I earn teaching English in India?

How much can I earn teaching English in India?   

Although India doesn’t have a large EFL job market by Asian standards, there are still options to explore if you want to spend some time in this fascinating part of the world. Paid jobs offer salaries anywhere between $150 and $1,000 USD per month, while volunteer positions are widely available in many different fields.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Qatar?

How much can I earn teaching English in Qatar?   

EFL teachers who want to earn big bucks generally head to the Middle East and Qatar is an increasingly popular destination. Tax-free salaries of $2,000 to $4,000 USD per month offer great potential for saving a big chunk of your earnings and free flights and accommodation are also generally included.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Romania?

How much can I earn teaching English in Romania?   

Romania has become increasingly popular in recent times due to its rapidly expanding market for qualified teachers. The average salary is between $500 and $1000 per month which is enough to enjoy a good lifestyle, but you are unlikely to save a great deal during your stay.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Bulgaria?

How much can I earn teaching English in Bulgaria?   

Although it is not one of the biggest markets for EFL teachers in the region, Bulgaria is still popular due to the wide availability of jobs and the rich local culture. Salaries are not high, but as the cost of living is low, most teachers can live comfortably on the average monthly salary of $650 to $1,000 USD.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Hungary?

How much can I earn teaching English in Hungary?   

Hungary is one of several Central and Eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004, many of which are now popular destinations for teaching English abroad. Although you will not earn your fortune, Hungary is a country that is rich in culture and jobs are widely available. The average monthly salary is between $700 and $900 USD.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Singapore?

How much can I earn teaching English in Singapore?   

The market for teachers in Singapore is very competitive as the salaries are high at $2,700 to $3,500 USD per month and it is a very desirable place to live and work. Ideally you should look for jobs that include free housing or a housing allowance as rents are also typically very high.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Malaysia?

How much can I earn teaching English in Malaysia?   

Malaysia is not one of the more traditional teaching hotspots in Asia; however, there are plenty of jobs available if you have some previous teaching experience. Salaries average around $1,000 USD per month which is more than enough to live comfortably on as many jobs also include free housing.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Oman?

How much can I earn teaching English in Oman?   

Oman is sometimes overlooked by teachers heading to the Middle East as it is smaller and less flashy than some of its neighbors. However, with tax free salaries of anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000 USD per month, it is a country that really shouldn’t be ignored.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Mexico?

How much can I earn teaching English in Mexico?   

Mexico attracts a large number of teachers due to its close proximity to the USA and the huge number of jobs on offer. Although the average salary of between $500 and $1,000 USD per month isn’t a lot by American standards, the low cost of living means it will go a long way.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Slovakia?

How much can I earn teaching English in Slovakia?   Although it is not currently one of the better known teaching destinations in Central Europe, Slovakia is an up and coming location with a great deal of potential. Jobs are plentiful in many areas of the country, with an average salary of between $550 to $1,300 USD per month. Read more

How much can I earn teaching English in Kuwait?

How much can I earn teaching English in Kuwait?   Kuwait is a popular destination for teaching in the Middle East as salaries and bonuses are generally excellent. Teachers can expect to earn between $2,500 and $4,000 USD per month tax free, as well as free housing, paid airfares, and health insurance. However, you will need a good level of qualifications and experience to be eligible for most jobs. Read more

How much can I earn teaching English in Jordan?

How much can I earn teaching English in Jordan?   Jordan is not yet in the same league as some other countries in the region when it comes to teacher’s salaries, but it is rapidly becoming more and more popular. Average salaries range from $800 to $1,500 USD per month, although international schools pay at least double that for those who can meet the criteria. Read more

How much can I earn teaching English in Brazil?

How much can I earn teaching English in Brazil?   Brazil is an exotic and adventurous destination that offers plenty of great experiences for TEFL qualified teachers. Jobs are widespread, although the average wage is not particularly high at between $800 and $1,500 USD per month. Salaries at the upper end of the scale will allow for a very comfortable lifestyle. Read more

How much can I earn teaching English in Colombia?

How much can I earn teaching English in Colombia?   Although it is not traditionally one of the top destinations in Latin America for teaching English abroad, Colombia is certainly one of its rising stars. Demand for teachers is rapidly growing across the country, with an average monthly income of $700 to $1,000 USD. Read more

Visa & Documents

Can I get a work visa to teach English in Germany?

Can I get a work visa to teach English in Germany?   

While there are numerous opportunities for language teachers in towns and cities across Germany, it is not always easy for non-Europeans to secure a visa that allows them to stay long-term. However, it is certainly possible if you are able to meet the specified criteria.

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Can I get a work visa to teach English in the Czech Republic?

Can I get a work visa to teach English in the Czech Republic?   

Yes. One of the main reasons why the Czech Republic draws such a large number of teachers from countries all over the world is that it is possible for many nationalities to secure a work visa that allows them to stay in the country long-term.

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What visa do I need to teach English in Spain?

What visa do I need to teach English in Spain?   

Spain is a popular destination for teaching English abroad as it always has a wide choice of jobs on offer, particularly in cities such as Barcelona and Madrid. For most non-EU citizens it is common practice to enter the country on a 90-day tourist visa.

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What visa do I need to teach English in Costa Rica?

What visa do I need to teach English in Costa Rica?   

If you choose Costa Rica as your destination you should check with your nearest Costa Rican Embassy for the most up-to-date visa information before getting on a plane. Currently, it is common practice for most foreign teachers to enter the country on a 90-day tourist visa.

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How do I apply for a student visa to legally teach English in France?

How do I apply for a student visa to legally teach English in France?   

Teachers from all over the world flock to France to take advantage of all that the country has to offer, including a strong demand for English language instruction. For those who want to stay for the long term, applying for a student visa might be a valid option.

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How do I apply for a student visa to legally teach English in Spain?

How do I apply for a student visa to legally teach English in Spain?   

Spain is one of the top destinations in Europe for teaching English abroad and there are various options when it comes to entry visas, depending on your nationality. For some a student visa might be a good choice as it can be arranged before you leave home.

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How do I apply for a student visa to legally teach English in Italy?

How do I apply for a student visa to legally teach English in Italy?   

There are always plenty of job opportunities for first time and experienced teachers in towns and cities across Italy. However, long term visas are not easy to secure for some nationalities so applying for a student visa before leaving home might be a good option.

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Can I teach English abroad without a work visa?

Can I teach English abroad without a work visa?   

Securing a work visa can be relatively straightforward in some countries, while in others it can be almost impossible. That said, in many countries where work visas are hard to come by, it is common practice for teachers to work on a tourist visa, or with no visa at all.

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What documents will I need to teach English abroad?

What documents will I need to teach English abroad?   

The documentation needed when applying for jobs teaching English abroad can vary depending on the destination and the employer. To avoid the inconvenience of being stuck overseas without the paperwork required by employers or the immigration office, you should do as much research as possible before leaving home.

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Do I need a visa to teach English abroad?

Do I need a visa to teach English abroad?   

It is vital that you research the visa requirements of the country where you plan to work in advance of your departure. In some countries you can simply turn up at the airport and enter on a tourist visa, while others require you to apply for a visa in advance.

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Do I need a passport to teach English abroad?

Do I need a passport to teach English abroad?   

If you are planning to head overseas to teach English, one of the most important things to check in advance is that you have a valid passport. Without an up-to-date passport your dream of living and working abroad will remain just that, a dream!

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Can I get a work visa to teach English in Mexico?

Can I get a work visa to teach English in Mexico?   

Yes, for the majority of foreign nationals teaching English in Mexico it is relatively straightforward to apply for a visa that allows them to stay in the country long-term. By obtaining an official work visa you will also receive other benefits including access to the national healthcare system.

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Job Placement

What is the TAPIF Program for teaching English in France?

What is the TAPIF Program for teaching English in France?   

One of the most popular and convenient ways to secure a job teaching English abroad is to apply for a government recruitment program that places teachers into public schools. The TAPIF Program offers a great opportunity for native English speakers to live and work as language teachers in France.

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What is the Central European Teaching Program (CETP) for teaching English in Hungary?

What is the Central European Teaching Program (CETP) for teaching English in Hungary?   

The Central European Teaching Program (CETP) is a scheme run throughout Hungary that places native English speakers in state run or private schools to work as language teachers. Unlike similar programs in other European countries, the CETP requires a placement fee that must be paid in advance.

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What is the Cultural Ambassadors Program for teaching English in Spain?

What is the Cultural Ambassadors Program for teaching English in Spain?   

The Cultural Ambassadors Program is a government run scheme that places foreign nationals into public schools to work as teaching assistants. The program offers Americans and Canadians a fascinating opportunity to live and work in Spain with none of the hassles that come with applying and interviewing for jobs independently.

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What is the EPIK program for teaching English in South Korea?

What is the EPIK program for teaching English in South Korea?   

The English Program in Korea (EPIK) is a government run scheme that places native English speakers into South Korean schools with the specific aim of improving the language skills of children and teachers. The program allows you to enjoy a fascinating cultural experience while also gaining valuable classroom experience.

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What is the JET Program for teaching English in Japan?

What is the JET Program for teaching English in Japan?   

The JET Program is a recruitment scheme that places foreigners into Japanese schools in order to improve language abilities and to promote international relations. The program is primarily aimed at young college graduates who have a desire to experience living and working in this fascinating and unique country.

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What is the English Opens Doors Program for teaching English in Chile?

What is the English Opens Doors Program for teaching English in Chile?   

The English Opens Doors Program (EODP) is a government run scheme that places volunteers into schools across Chile to promote English language skills among young people. The program offers a great opportunity for novice teachers to gain experience in one of the most popular teaching destinations in Latin America.

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What is the Teach and Learn with Georgia Program for teaching English in Georgia?

What is the Teach and Learn with Georgia Program for teaching English in Georgia?   

Teach and Learn with Georgia is a program initiated by the Georgian government in 2010. The program places native English, French and German speakers into public schools across the country with the aim of improving foreign language proficiency amongst students, teachers and the wider community.

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What is the NET Scheme for teaching English in Hong Kong?

What is the NET Scheme for teaching English in Hong Kong?   

The Native-speaking English Teachers (NET) Scheme places certified foreign teachers into state schools in Hong Kong to work as English language teachers. Since 1998 the scheme has employed thousands of teachers and it is now seen as an integral part of the country's education system.

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What is the TaLK Program for teaching English in South Korea?

What is the TaLK Program for teaching English in South Korea?   

The Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) Program is a South Korean Government initiative that places foreign nationals into elementary schools to work as English language teachers. The program is similar to the larger EPIK Program; however, placements through this scheme are focused on rural rather than urban areas.

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