I am currently doing my BA in Liberal Arts and majoring in Sociology and Anthropology. I intend to do a CertTESOL course after I graduate and teach English in South American countries, preferably Uruguay. However, I am not a native English speaker, I am from India. I also, unfortunately, do not have any experience in teaching. I completely understand that my options are limited and it would be hard to find a job without facing any form of racism or colourism. However, getting a CertTESOL and moving to another country is a big investment for me and I wanted to know my chance of landing a job after I complete the necessary. Does a 22-year-old male with an Indian passport, a BA degree in Liberal Arts, TESOL certificate and no experience In teaching stand a chance in getting a job in South American countries (or in fact any country at this point)?
I would really appreciate the reply.
14 October, 2020 at 11:36
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You are right that you will face some limitations with not being a native speaker. What this effectively does is reduce the percentage of employers who will hire you. But it doesn’t reduce it to zero. In fact, South America is one region where not being a native speaker is less of an issue. Having said this, it’s still worth looking at ways of making your CV stand out from the crowd. Can you do some volunteer teaching work so that you can put some experience on your CV, for example?
There are jobs out there for someone with your profile. Even if it means teaching in a country lower down your list of preferences for a while to get some experience, it is definitely do-able with some patience and persistence.