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  • FutureTEFL
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    15 May, 2020 at 13:20
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    Firstly, I would like to stay thank you for reading and your advice.

    I am a 23M, I am going to be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in IT in a week. I have no debt.

    Before I start working in the States I would love to visit other countries specifically Argentina, Buenos Aries. Here are my questions:

    Right now they are very strict with because of the corona, they locked down the borders so how soon would I be able to get a job teaching English there?

    I kinda only wanna stay there for like 3 Months so will I get punished if I bail on a contract? since visas only last 3 months anyway?

    Can I get paid in USD? Instead of the inflated peso?

    Will they help me with getting an apartment?

    I’m not money hungry but will a bachelor’s degree and a TEFL cert allow me to be paid more? Or is it not worth it to get the TEFL cert.

    Thanks again guys.

    Keith
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    15 May, 2020 at 15:35
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    Hi

    Right now they are very strict with because of the corona, they locked down the borders so how soon would I be able to get a job teaching English there?

    Unfortunately there is no definite answer for this yet. It depends on the progression of the pandemic, when the government decides to open its borders, what kind of restrictions will be in place after they do so, etc. I have heard that the airport in Buenos Aires may re-open in September, so that gives you an indication of the earliest it might be possible (but please don’t quote me on that, it’s not definite).

    I kinda only wanna stay there for like 3 Months so will I get punished if I bail on a contract? since visas only last 3 months anyway?

    From an employer’s point of view, I would be pretty annoyed if a teacher bailed on their contract if I knew they had every intention of doing so from the get-go. Put yourself in an employer’s position – they have invested in recruiting you, and made plans for class scheduling, etc, based on the assumption that you will be there for the whole of your one year contract. When you leave, they have to find last-minute replacements for all your classes, calling on other teachers to work overtime to fill the void, and then they have to urgently find another teacher to replace you, costing them more time and money. I know what this is like, because I have been in the position of both a teacher having to work overtime to fill a void of a teacher who bailed, and of a recruiter who has had to re-jig schedules, explain to annoyed students what happened to their teacher, and urgently spend time that I didn’t have to recruit again.

    So, to answer your question, no, you won’t get punished, unless there is a penalty clause in your contract which means you have to pay a certain amount, for example, if you leave your contract early. But you would certainly be punishing the school, your students, and the other teachers working there. Teachers do leave halfway through a contract for good, genuine reasons – but this is different to going into a one year contract knowing that you only intend to stay 3 months…

    Can I get paid in USD? Instead of the inflated peso? Will they help me with getting an apartment?

    I’m not sure – these would be questions for the individual employer.

    I’m not money hungry but will a bachelor’s degree and a TEFL cert allow me to be paid more? Or is it not worth it to get the TEFL cert.

    Most language schools require a TEFL cert, although you may find some that don’t. But I would certainly recommend one, both for yourself, to give you confidence that you know what you’re doing in the classroom, and for your students, so that they can be taught by someone qualified…

    Hope that helps!

    Keith

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