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  • heno
    28 August, 2015 at 20:21
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    Hey there everyone,
    I’m new to TEFL and I’m brimming with enthusiasm about the adventure! I’ve done some research, and listened to some very helpful tips on teaching overseas. I still have a few questions I can’t seen to find.
    I want to go with my girlfriend and I’m wondering if it’s possible to organise things so that we work at the same place. Also can someone run through the general recruitment procedure?

    1 September, 2015 at 15:11
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    Yep, a lot of employers will recruit couples. Others won’t. Those that do like the fact they they get the recruitment of two teachers done easily! For those that don’t, it’s normally because of the risk of losing two teachers at the same time should they decide to “do a runner” half way through the contract (which is more common than you may think!) so it’s just a case of applying to jobs that you like the look of and seeing if they’re open to the idea.

    As for the recruitment procedure, it depends a little where you’re applying. Are you thinking of western Europe, Asia…?


    3 September, 2015 at 11:26
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    It’s nice to know people will employ couples, I was thinking that we might have to work at different schools.

    We’re planning on going to Japan and we want to work in Tokyo. We’ve made some progress since I posted this thread. My girlfriend has a Japanese friend who has been helping us out. Her friend recommends that we get working holiday visas so we are not locked into a contract and even offered us jobs at her school. If we choose to look at other options I’m still a little unsure on the recruitment procedure, I’ve heard that we can do a JET program or apply using the working holiday visas at schools directly, right?

    I was wondering, could you give me a run down of what the first few days of teaching abroad might be like?

    9 March, 2016 at 10:10
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    I’m not sure about other countries, but in Korea I’ve seen many jobs advertising for ‘couple positions’. I suppose it’s cheaper for some school to hire two people at the same time.

    5 May, 2016 at 21:03
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    A lot of schools actually prefer to hire teachers in a couple – they only need to pay for one apartment for two teachers! It’s recommended to work with a recruiter for couples positions, as they work with the schools directly and will be more informed about whether the school is specifically seeking couples (or if the school is open to hiring a couple).

    Teach Away is a reputable recruiter and they deal with teachers who will also be moving abroad with their families.

    Good luck!

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