FranklinParticipant29 December, 2020 at 21:52
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Once you decide that you want to teach English overseas, do not be in a rush to accept the first job and especially the first contract someone offers you. Doing so will get you placed in a low-paying job that others don’t want. Do your homework and spend at least an hour researching the location, reputation, and compensation packages of the various schools (over 5,000 in the world that hire Art, IB, Subject, AP, and TEFL teachers). I suggest you visit and read these two sites where a lot of veteran language teachers post their experiences, recommendations, tips and warnings for the last 10-20 years. there are many at reddit and at ruqqus. Taking your time will net you an extra $10,000 a year in pay and benefits. Two such sites are at reddit a sub called r/tefl_tips_traps_scams and at ruqqus, a guild called /+TEFL. Within an hour of reading you will know what to look for besides just a big paycheck, like stability, convenience, and benefits.
For example, if your contract does not specifically identify you as a “Full-time” teacher, you are not entitled to any benefits, overtime-pay, or even paid holidays and vacations. If you do not read your contract carefully you will not notice the “waiver” clause where you basically forfeit all of your employee rights. You also have to look for the “probationary clause” which is usually is illegal in most countries if the probationary period exceeds more than 30 days. There is a lot of stuff like this you need to know about before you accept any teaching jobs. So go slow and if someone tells you there is a deadline and you have to do something “NOW” just say good-bye after asking them to send you a copy of a contract to review. There are never a shortage of teaching jobs abroad. I have been teaching TEFL 7 years and always had several offers to choose from. You will too – assuming you have basic requirement qualifications.
Lastly, by contacting the employer directly without agents, recruiters, and middlemen you will earn at least an extra $500 every month, and some subs like r/CFTU and guilds at ruqqus like /+CTA provide all those direct employers with contact info. I wish you all the best of luck. Bon voyage!
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