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  • MarkJagger
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    6 September, 2010 at 16:27
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    Hi there all,

    well i’m about to embark on a new stage of my life. I’m now over 30 years old with a working history of banking and business and a little travelling thrown in between, i’ve always had the travel bug and now want to broaden my horizons. Unfortunately i never went to University, went straight in to banking something i always regret, as it now somewhat limits my options.

    I’m about to start on the Trinity TESOL course which i’ve heard alongside the Cambridge CELTA course is the best to go for. What i would like is some advice from some of you people who have had the experience of teaching abroad in a country that doesn’t require you to have a bachelors degree on where would be a good place to teach. Any advice or stories of your experiences would be greatly appreciated,

    Thanks

    Mark :D

    ICAL_Pete
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    7 September, 2010 at 9:46
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    If you don’t have a degree there are still possibilities. These countries do not always require a degree:

    * China – the demand here is so great they often overlook the need for a degree.
    * Indonesia
    * Ecuador
    * Czech republic (although you will need a passport from an EU member state to teach here)

    You will, however, need a TEFL Certificate to show you have knowledge of the subject and teaching it. Almost any reputable one will do.

    Also, don’t forget that you may well be able to find work in countries which normally require a degree. To get these jobs you usually need to be in the country in person, ideally around the start of the new school year. If you contact as many schools as you can you may well be able to find one which is in need of a teacher and is willing to overlook the degree requirements due to the urgency of getting a native speaker into the classroom!

    See here for more.


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    MarkJagger
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    9 September, 2010 at 13:50
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    Reply To: Trinity TESOL

    Thanks for responding Pete, i’ve had a look at the info through the link you provided which is quite useful.

    I’m a British citizen, ‘* Indonesia * Ecuador * Czech republic’ are these the only countries you can work with the Trinity tesol cert. without a degree? know from previous research many people work in countries that require a degree but don’t have one but in all honesty i would rather not do this. I want to be able to work somewhere where i feel comfortable without feeling that i’m hiding from the authorities, i think it would take away from the whole experience and lessen the enjoyment of being in that country,

    Mark

    ICAL_Pete
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    9 September, 2010 at 14:24
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    These are the usual countries. There are, of course, many teachers working around the world without a degree but most countries look for a degree as part of their visa processing.

    As a British citizen you can work in Europe without a problem but again most countries will ask for a degree and TEFL cert (almost any decent TEFL cert is accepted here, not just Trinity of course) as default to work in their schools.

    The only way around this is to work either illegally (as many do) or perhaps set yourself up teaching private lessons or finally to work in a private school which does not fall under the same regulations. This is often the case with schools teaching business English, for example, or those who teach in-house courses for companies in, say, Germany or Switzerland.

    Schools like these, however, do expect a couple of years experience and often ask for a degree also.

    What I am saying here is that there are possibilities, but it may take a lot longer to actually find work and you will probably be better off being in the country itself to get the job. If you can afford to get over to a European country and live there for a while looking for work, then this may be a good way of doing things.


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