Hello all. I’ve been reading through the forum here quite a bit and decided to post myself to hopefully get an answer more specific to my situation.
Quick background–I’m Shawn, 34, from New York. I have an A.A. in Humanities & Social Sciences. My native language is English, but I’m roughly conversational in Mandarin and Spanish. I work for the YMCA, where I supervise an after-school program. I’ve been a tutor for 15 years, and at various times I’ve taught Creative Writing, Painting, Guitar, English, Math, History, and Game Theory. All of these I’ve taught in a 1-on-1 or workshop setting. Obviously, without a B.A. I’ve never had a full-time teaching position in the classroom, since those are impossible to get in the U.S. without a four-year degree.
Why did I not go and finish my Bachelor’s? It’s a long story, but the short version is I was supporting myself and my family, trying to claw out of debt, and frankly, I was sick of school at the time. Go figure, since now I want to go spend 35 hours a week in a classroom overseas.
So, I’ve been digging around online, sending out feelers and resumes. Suffice to say I’m suffering from information overload. There is just SO much information to take in on the net. And, of course, I’m running into a lot of walls where people aren’t even willing to look at the details of my experience in the education field. Once they realize I don’t have a B.A., the email conversation is over.
Then I found this Mytefl.net internship in China. Basically, the deal is I pay like $1400 US (I think–can’t recall the exact figure) and pay for the flight. They send me to Beijing to take their on-site TEFL course for a week or two. Once that’s completed, they ship me off to a school to teach for a semester. The stipend is $450 monthly, with a $450 bonus at the end. They claim that, once I’ve finished their program, I’ll have the TEFL and experience to go on and land a teaching gig just about whereever I want. That sounds like a fairly bold claim to me, but I’m new to all this.
Based on my lack of degree, does this seem like a good option? Are any of you familiar with MYTEFL? Are there any countries or schools you guys know of that would be willing to more substantially consider my Associate’s of Arts and years of experience as qualifications, rather than just shutting the door because I don’t have a Bachelor’s?
Thanks for reading this.
P.S. I read the forum rules, and I didn’t see anything about wether I could mention mytefl.net by name. I hope doing so wasn’t bad form.
12 February, 2015 at 4:51
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Reply To: A question on internship in China
QUESTION? Why would any sane person pay over $3,000 to fly 5,000 miles away to work for free (or almost free) when you can get a full-time job teaching in China where they pay you $5,000 a month? Say no to drugs and google "China internship scams" before you get swindled sport.
12 February, 2015 at 8:31
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Reply To: A question on internship in China
Why would any sane person pay over $3,000 to fly 5,000 miles away to work for free (or almost free) when you can get a full-time job teaching in China where they pay you $5,000 a month?[/quote]
Growler – how can Shawn get a job that pays $5000 a month if he doesn’t have a degree? That’s the very reason he’s investigating internships in the first place. The main purpose of most of your posts in this forum seems to be to inform us all about working illegally in China, so why are you now suggesting someone without a degree goes looking for a full-time teaching job there?
They claim that, once I’ve finished their program, I’ll have the TEFL and experience to go on and land a teaching gig just about whereever I want. That sounds like a fairly bold claim to me, but I’m new to all this.
Shawn – yes, but the reality is that you’ll still be without a degree. So, yes, you’ll have some experience and a TEFL qualification, which will help a lot of course, but you’ll still be limited to countries which don’t require a degree to work. So i would say their claim is a little too bold and I would follow Growler’s advice and do that Google seach to make sure that MyTEFL doesn’t fall into that category. Ask them direct questions too about their claims – challenge them to provide honest answers. If you’re not satisfied with the answers they provide, look elsewhere.