I’ve been looking seriously at TEFL for a long time now but still keep coming back to the same problems. I hope someone can help me choose the best route.
If I took the 4 week full time TEFL course in Brazil, is it likely I would find a job quite quickly upon successfully completing the course?
Should I complete the course in England and apply for jobs from here? This appeals to me less. I’d prefer to meet the people I would be employed by in person rather than via telephone interview.
Basically, I’d genuinely appreciate any opinions or advice from people who have successfully gone through the process.
Thanks in advance!
10 July, 2009 at 9:25
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Reply To: The best route to my first position in Brazil?! Help!
I haven’t worked in Brazil myself, but I can give you a general point of view about the pros and cons of doing a TEFL course in the country where you want to work.
The advantage of taking the course in Brazil would be the local contacts that the training centre could likely offer. Training centres can often help you to find jobs locally following the course, or at the very least put you in touch with some schools. It would be worth checking with your prospective training centre what level of support they offer in this regard.
The potential disadvantage is a financial one. There is of course no guarantee of finding a job immediately after finishing the course, and all the time you spend searching will deplete your financial resources. For this reason I would suggest maybe contacting a few school in Brazil directly to enquire if they employ newly-qualified teachers generally – this should help you to evaluate the risk. (There’s a list of schools in Brazil here).