I’m curious to know if you think there is a certain stigma-may not be the best word or type of sub-conscious discrimination involved when Asians apply for TEFL roles. Bearing in mind, I read somewhere that ‘looks matter far more in the East than in the West? I often notice alot of TEFL adverts/institutions show mainly teachers as Caucasians which I assume, is part of an impression they have to give to attract candidates and market themselves.
Anyways, to put things in context, I am for instance, Chinese, also a native English speaker with great qualifications including a TEFL however, I have been advised to avoid applying to countries like China for instance where they will probably take one look at your photo and disregard your application irrespective of whether you are suitably qualified for the role and more than capable of doing a good job.
I wanted to know if you or know of anyone who has held experiences of this nature; or more than happy to hear your thoughts and advice. I have only just completed my course and am in the early stages of looking abroad with two good interviews secured however, I don’t want to be deterred from any good opportunities.
5 September, 2017 at 14:49
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Subconscious, or even fully conscious, discrimination is, unfortunately, prevalent in the TEFL industry. In western Europe, it’s probably only a little, and in line with any other industry (although of course even a little is too much). In a number of other countries (probably including China although I don’t have any direct experience of that country) you are right – there is a strong preference for Caucasian teachers because this is what students, or in a lot of cases the parents of students, demand. I’ve seen it first hand, although not to a very large extent, in Morocco and Indonesia.
Looking for job adverts which don’t require you to send a photo would be one way to start. I know it’s not much in the way of advice, but might help a little…