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  • curious marine
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    19 July, 2012 at 1:53
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    hello. I’m a member of the U.S. Marine reserve and i’m about to pass the point in my military career where i need to plan for after the Corps. I’ve been searching for jobs, or more accurately careers, for quite some time with hopes of finding employment that would mean something. Then i stumbled upon this career path while searching English/Japanese on google. I’ve always enjoyed teaching, although only in an amateur capacity, and the idea of foreign lands have always fascinated me. I talked to some of my platoon-mates from other countries about it and i wound up at this site. could anyone give me tips, encouragement or any other words that might help me figure out if/how i should pursue this?

    ICAL TEFL
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    19 July, 2012 at 9:10
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    Well the first thing to think about is qualifications. In most cases if you want to teach abroad that means a degree and a TEFL certificate. Then it’s a matter of finding work; for Americans this usually means Asia (Korea, Vietnam, China, Japan). Most of these countries take new teachers without experience.


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    curious marine
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    19 July, 2012 at 18:24
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    Thank you for the advice. I’ve spent some time researching and have a little more knowledge on the topic. As of now, my biggest concern is finding work after school. How difficult is the job market for this field?

    dan
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    20 July, 2012 at 9:52
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    How difficult is the job market for this field?

    Depends where you want to teach. Do you have anywhere in mind?

    dan
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    20 July, 2012 at 9:55
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    In reply to your original post – if you like foreign lands and you’ve always enjoyed teaching, then this is definitely a good career choice! Start off by getting qualified, as a previous reply suggested. Have a look at this page for an idea about what kind of course you should be taking.

    curious marine
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    20 July, 2012 at 23:03
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    thank you for the info. as for where, i like the sound of japan, but i have a friend from peru who suggested i go there.

    ICAL TEFL
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    21 July, 2012 at 10:46
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    Generally speaking most Americans head off to Asia (China, Japan, etc) or South America. Speaking very generally, Asia tends to be more tech advanced (although this depends if you’re in a big city or the countryside of China) whilst South America tends to be slightly more laid back.

    But these are huge generalizations. What you should try doing is spend a little time going through each of the countries and sooner or later one will pop up and take your interest.

    There’s a full list of countries here with information.


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    FrancaisDeutsch
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    21 July, 2012 at 15:06
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    You will find a lot of Americans teaching in Turkey and the Middle East (high pay in the "oil countries"). There a quite a few in Russia, too, although it is not as "attractive" to the average EFL teacher unless he or she is intrigued by the language and culture (private lessons in Moscow can pay very well, but overall, Russia is very low-paying TESOL country).

    In Western Europe, there are not as many Americans because of visa restrictions. Many of the EFL jobs are automatically given to qualified British and Irish passport holders (EU members states). But if you’re qualified and really perservere, you will find work in one of the Western European countries at some point (Spain, France, etc).

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