Hi! i would love some feedback from any Americans who have had good experiences teaching abroad. What companies did you use for traing and placement? If you did not use an agency how did you secure your own employment. Any scams to be aware of? Thank so much!!
27 January, 2012 at 11:34
Total posts: 7
Reply To: american need feedback
Hi there! Where exactly are you looking to teach? And can you give me some information about yourself like if you have a university degree or a TEFL certificate already?
I would strongly recommend getting a TEFL Certificate first so that you are more attractive to employers and can secure a higher salary. Likewise, if you attend a good TEFL school, they should be able to provide you with job guidance and assistance in finding a job.
Likewise, it will help you if you have a university degree as many countries these days will need a degree for your visa and employers prefer it. However, even if you don’t have a degree, there are still options available to you out there.
Also if you are interested in working in Asia, there are many recruitment companies that you can work through that should be free of charge to you. So, where exacly are you looking to work?
I don’t mean to toot my own horn but my company was put together to assist in your exact situation. I am an American that moved to Shanghai with my girlfriend who is a teacher. After seeing so many teachers get stuck in unprofessional schools, I started Teaching Nomad. Now we have a team of American and British placement consultants working full time to screen partner schools and help people like yourself find great teaching jobs. Feel free to PM me for more information.
It really all depends on where you want to go. Many countries now do require and degree in some subject as well a EFL training via a TEFL certificate course.
I’m the owner of a TEFL course in Prague and most of our trainees are American. I’m American myself by the way. I’m not going to plug the school, but check out my blog for more information. I have post specifically on if TEFL is right for you.
Email me, or leave a comment if you have any questions. I’ve got a variety of different posts from choosing a course to preparing to leave and all of that stuff. It should help and it’s honest information without really any kind of slant to it.