I emailed the following to Keith at ESL who asked me to post my scenario to this forum to gain some relevant feedback all of which will be welcomed !
My original email reads as follows:
I am writing in the hope that you can provide some specific information regarding teaching English as a foreign language as it is an option my wife and I want to explore.
So please find herewith an outline of our current situation which should be useful:
In terms of locations we would want to look at both Turkey and Bulgaria and rather than simply working for a few months we are talking more in terms of selling up and shipping out !
My wife and I both work full time here in the UK. I am a business development manager working for a creative design and print company so am familiar and comfortable in dealing with people on a one to one or group basis. My wife, after several years working within York City hospital, is currently working and training to be a dispenser at Lloyds Pharmacy.
It is also worth noting that my wife originates from Barcelona so English is in fact her second language so she also speaks Castillian and Catalan if that was of use.
Neither of us have any "teaching" experience and we are both educated to A level standard.
We are certainly not in the position to sell our property in the UK and even consider living in another country without being able to generate some form of income. Age wise I will be 49 years old this year and my wife will be 51.
So at this stage we are simply wanting to explore the opportunity and evaluate how realistic our plan would be especially as we are looking to make a long term move to one of two specific destinations. Income wise we are simply looking to be self sufficient which is why we have chosen Bulgaria and Turkey as we have visited both countries several times and both benefit from a relatively low cost of living.
Timing wise we are not in a rush but if there were some genuine options and opportunites we would be looking to make our "move" within the next 24 months.
Regarding your initial feedback we would like guidance on the best course options, including costs, in order to maximise our chances of securing employment and also any thoughts you may have regarding the demand in Bulgaria and Turkey including specific locations if you can provide that information.
If you need any additional information from me just email email@example.com.
Many thanks for reading and we look forward to hearing from you.
Richard & Maricarmen
8 March, 2010 at 10:47
Total posts: 149
Reply To: newbie would like feedback on bulgaria & turkey
Firstly, the usual requirements to teach English in both Bulgaria and Turkey are a degree and a TEFL certificate. Without these you’ll find it harder to find work – though not impossible.
Basically if you look for work through an online advertisement, they are likely not to even consider you without both these qualifications.
As you don’t have degrees, you will need to show something to a potential employer so that will have to be a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate which can be taken either in-house at a local school for 4 weeks or online at your own pace.
However, if you are actually in the country then you stand a better chance. You need to be there: you need to get a list of schools (through the local yellow pages) and literally start knocking on doors and present your qualifications to them. Sooner or later you’ll find a school in need of a teacher who is willing to take you on and give you work.
So… get as much money as you can together; rent out your house in the UK; get over to Bulgaria or Turkey in a large city and set yourself up in a small flat for a few weeks to test the waters. If it all goes wrong then you can return to the UK but the chances are that if you are there in person you’ll start picking up work.