pbambace wrote:How likely is it for an American to get a TEFL job in Europe, due to needing a visa? The website for this course does not mention anything about that.
pbambace wrote:Unfortunately it's almost impossible. You have to be really well qualified and experienced and the school also needs to prove that they cannot find a teacher from a European country who can do the job. In effect, this means it's not going to happen unless you are an exceptional teacher with plenty of experience; the school has to go through a LOT of bureaucratic hassle to get the papers so in general they just find it easier to employ a British or Irish teacher.
That is simply not true. I am American and I have been legally working in Europe for a year and a half now, and am currently in the process of renewing my visa for the third time. The process isn't fun, but it's doable in some European countries. I am a grad of the TEFL Worldwide course, and know many other people who have taken it. I have American friends who have legally worked in Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Russia, Hungary, and other Eastern European countries. I also know people who succesfully found "under the table" work in Western countries including Spain, Italy and France with no troubles. I also know of a couple of graduates who obtained legal work in Spain, complete with a visa and a work permit. (I thought about moving to Spain 6 months ago and was provided with their contact information to aid in my job search.) The great majority of us were brand new teachers with a university and a TEFL certificate with limited (if any) relevant work experience. The opportunities are out there, you just have to find them and take advantage of them. TEFL WW has many contacts throughout the world and will do anything they can to help you find a job, and their guidance is lifetime. Two of my (American) friends just moved to Spain and have been given a lot of information about finding jobs there.
It's true that the school will have to prove they can't hire an EU citizen, but they can make it much more specific than that. Just requiring that the candidate be a native speaker drastically limits the options, and there is a larger demand for native speakers than the UK is able to provide. I had some issues when I was first applying for my visa so I am quite familiar with the process and how it works.