What countries are available to people with blips on their background check?

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  • jcoffman27
    17 December, 2020 at 10:08
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    I’m not new to TEFL but lacking in some information that I hope some can help me with.

    But first some backstory that will help understand my problem…

    When I was 19 I served in the military. Long story short I failed a drug test because of Adderall a friend gave me.

    [b]TLDR[/b] – I received a general discharge but have a mark on my FBI background check for when they processed my information in Quantico.

    I have both a bachelors degree and an MFA as well as a TEFL and 2 years of online English teaching experience and 1 year of in person teaching experience.

    I’ve taught in Ukraine, however I don’t know of any other countries in the TEFL space that will accept me as an ESL teacher. What are my options?

    [b]SO HERE’S MY QUESTION: [/b]From your experience or from friends’ experiences, what countries do you know of that are accepting of people with blips on their background check, particularly the FBI background check?

    PM me or Comment below.

    Very Respectfully,


    17 December, 2020 at 10:16
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    Hi JC

    There are a couple of articles that go into this, which look like they might give you a few options:


    On reading these you will see that some countries will be definitely off the table. For others though, I would say there is nothing to lose in applying for jobs and seeing what the response is. if you know that a background check will be requested, then I would be honest and upfront about the issue with the employer and see what they say. Nothing to lose…

    But start with those articles – you may find some suitable options.

    Hope that helps.


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