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  • maxh1985
    6 April, 2010 at 20:01
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    Hi Everyone,

    I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice. My current situation, and the TEFL pathway i intend to take is thus:

    I have a university degree and will be taking a 120 hour online TEFL course including the 20 hour weekend classroom section. I also have an A-level in english language if that helps?

    I am definately set on going to teach english in either china, south korea or japan. Aswel as having an amazing experience as a teacher, living and working in another country I am also looking to save up a fair bit of money in the process. After a year or so of teaching i would like to continue travelling around the world.

    I know that there are thousands of different jobs out there, and thousands of other teachers that will be more qualified than me, landing jobs better than ill be able to get.

    Can anyone give me any sort of idea, through experience or otherwise, as to which country iam likely to land a better job in. In terms of salary as well as standard of the school and the job itelf? I know this is know easy question to answer but i am trying to gather as much info as i can so i can start making more plans.

    I was also wondering what peoples opinions are about working as a TEFL teacher in these various countries in regards to the countries themselves? i.e the culture, people, standard of living etc? as i have never visited any of them myself.

    I suppose the thing i am finding most confusing is the mixed impression im getting from reading about working as a TEFL teacher in these countries. I have people trying to sell me TEFL courses telling me ill be earning £1500 a month in japan, with cheap accomodation, and people telling me the complete opposite aswel!

    I hope some of you readings this understand where i am at the moment and can give me some sound adivce.

    Many thanks for reading!!!
    look forward to hearing from you

    7 April, 2010 at 8:43
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    First off you’ll need a degree and a TEFL certificate to work in these countries so you’re all right as far as that goes.

    None of them, however, will pay you a big wage. That comes only after you have experience. For example, if you have a few years under your belt than you can apply to more senior jobs and look at earning better money (still possible in the Middle East but you’ll need good experience and possibly higher qualifications there).

    A job in Asia will give you enough to live on reasonably well while you are there and then enough to extend your travels if you are fairly frugal. And of course being an English teacher allows you to extend this lifestyle.

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    13 April, 2010 at 8:24
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    If you’re only planning to teach for a couple of years, and would like to be somewhere in Asia, you could look into the JET programme. It’s a teaching programme in Japan mainly for graduates. Follow this link for more information: http://www.jet-uk.org
    Good luck.

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