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Should I sign up to a main TEFL recruiter like EF or Aston? So many options!!

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  • AndyR
    1 March, 2018 at 16:20
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    Hope you are all ok..

    So, in a nutshell – Im 44, got a Media Bsc degree, 17 years in schools (different roles/schools) and have nearly finished my 140hr TEFL.
    Where do I go and most importantly, do I sign up with one of the main recruiters (EF, Aston etc) so that a move to Asia is a relatively smooth one?
    There are lots of conflicting views out there, which is leaving me a little confused.
    Apply to a school directly (risks?) or get the support of EF (and others) and gain some ESL experience that way.
    I’m kinda open to going anywhere really as I just want to work outside of the UK for a few years and teach. I have taught (unqualified) and am pretty experienced in the field of special needs too.

    Like I said in the post – ‘so many options’. Should I just spin a wheel and go for it, wherever?

    Any tips/help/ideas would be greatly appreciated.


    17 April, 2018 at 6:24
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    Look at where you would like to be teaching – and try Mexico!

    Hi Andy,
    Wow! How’s the thinking through things going for you? Still trying to figure out what to do?
    If I were you, I would look at where I would like to be teaching. I taught in Mexico City for over 16 years – LOVED IT. There were plenty of ups and downs, that’s for sure, but I really loved it. The people are so kind, warm, and easy to get to know. (I’m from Canada, by the way.)

    I know for sure that you’d very likely be able to find work in Mexico with your experience and training. Have you ever thought of trying there? Teaching regs (as far as teaching English goes anyway) are next to zero – as far as the government goes.
    You would do well – anywhere you plan to go – to make sure the school/employer will help you with your work visa. At least in Mexico it’s much easier to get it if a school/employer ‘sponsors’ you.

    You can apply for the work visa yourself – in Mexico – but you will need to know enough Spanish to defend yourself (explain yourself) and wade through the application process. (I did this.)

    And final idea: I know when I ran my own school in Mexico, I only considered teachers who were actually living in the city where I operated. I never hired or even thought about hiring someone who was somewhere else, and planning to be where I was in a few months…blah blah blah. I’m not alone in that way of thinking – I know a few other language school owners who think the same way. They want to be able to shake your hand, look you in the eye, and talk with you before they’ll even think of hiring you. So you might want to do just that – arrive as tourist, and start the process. What do you think?

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