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  • Linders
    4 January, 2015 at 13:52
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    Can anyone help me please?

    I am a qualified UK born TEFL teacher who has worked in Thailand for 15 months without a degree, but they found it extremely difficult to get me a work permit, which took over a year to secure and MOUNTAINS of red tape and paperwork as it was a Government school.

    Unfortunately I had to return to the UK at short notice due to family problems, but LOVED my job in Thailand and now know my vocation in life is helping children less fortunate than the ones in the UK.

    I am wanting to resume my teaching career in Asia, but of course my Government school had to replace me.

    I looking to relocate to another part of Asia to help and pass on my knowledge, wisdom and above all love to the less fortunate children rather than those in private and International schools. I am very interested to Rural and Sea locations rather than city, where I believe my help is more needed.

    Is there anyone out there who can point me in the right direction of work placements in Asia that I can secure with experience, my TEFL qualification, but no degree??


    4 February, 2015 at 16:27
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    You cannot legally teach in China without a degree but you can do so in the Philippines and Cambodia. Good luck.

    9 February, 2015 at 10:04
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    I think Indonesia is still a possibility without a degree – correct me if i’m wrong anyone?

    9 February, 2015 at 10:32
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    @ Dan: A degree IS required for Indonesia, and has been for the past couple of years. Moreover, they want a related degree.

    @ Linders: If helping "less fortunate" children is what you want to do, then I’m afraid EFL teaching is not the answer. Unless you are offering your services voluntarily through organisations such as VSO, you will only ever be teaching the better-off children. Poor families can’t afford education, much less second language education. English teaching is big business, and while we, the teachers, may not be making much money, the schools are raking it in. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I can assure you that even these so-called ‘third-world’ countries, I’ve only ever taught the well-off.

    Without a degree, you will struggle to find legal work in Asia. Just about every country requires you to have a degree to get a work permit. It’s always been possible to find work in China without a degree, but even they are now expelling ‘unqualified’ teachers. If you are serious about wanting to teach in Asia, then you should really invest in a degree.

    4 September, 2015 at 16:31
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    Honestly you need a degree most places now, very difficult. But some places in South Korea might hire you but not very good pay. Vietnam may be interested, but again, low pay.

    3 October, 2015 at 20:08
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    I have come across an agency called Global Employability offering Native Speaker jobs in Hangzhou, China, and no Degree is required.
    Has anybody heard of this company or know anything about it? The pay seems ok at 7,000?

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