Which teaching abroad scheme should I choose? And... how?
May 3, 2011 2:15 PM Subscribe
So I graduated last year and have been working in sales since then. I'm very intrigued by the concept of teaching english abroad, as I've had some great experiences teaching children before, but am overwhelmed by the amount of different schemes and companies. I have never really
travelled before, and I know this may be seen as a big step, but I have this uncontrollable itch to just go for it while I am young and relatively free.
I'm really looking for any and all advice from you guys - anyone who's done it, anyone who's considered it, anyone at all!
Ideally, I am looking for a half-year placement, with a UK-based TEFL company (although it seems that many companies don't care where you are from). Having said that, I could be swayed by a year-long course. I am very excited by i-to-i, and heard about this through a recommendation.
However, as I say, I feel a little like I am stabbing in the dark. I have read with much interest some previous questions, and have heard mention of Dave's ESL cafe, but this seems to be mostly aimed towards the USA.
posted by jhighmore to Education (16 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I have a few key questions:
I am considering Japan (and, yes, I know I have missed the deadline for JET by a mile), Thailand, South America, South Korea, and the Czech Republic. Any good/bad experiences? Anything glaringly obvious about these places that I may have missed in my research?
2) Inclusion/exclusion of TEFL qualificaton.
I am seeing some schemes in which you can earn the qualification whilst (or just before) teaching and living. I am also seeing some which simply require the qualification. Are there any advantages/disadvantages to these?
I have seen some very interesting schemes which offer boarding with a host family. Would this be recommended over, say, private accommodation?
4) TEFL courses.
Any suggestions on good value courses?
These are just a few questions, but I would really appreciate any advice or suggestions, particularly on the location!