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Trying to start my TEFL career and have no experience!

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  • Jerome
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    30 May, 2013 at 9:57
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    Hello anyone!

    I was born and currently live in Sydney Australia. I am an Australian citizen and just got married to my English girlfriend! We’re both living in Sydney and have both completed our 120 hour TEFL course. Mine was just online whilst hers had some classroom time. We haven’t used them so far..

    I am a qualified and experienced Social Worker with a Bachelor of Social Work. My wife does not have a degree. We were told that before we try teach overseas we should get our CELTA qualification. We are enrolled to obtain this August this year. My wife’s parents have moved to Portugal to build guitars and she is keen to try teach English there. As I am not an EU citizen the embassy told me I cannot stay there until I have a working visa which I cannot get until I have an actual job offer. This is proving quite difficult as applying online doesn’t seem to get me anywhere. We were gonna try to get our CELTAs and then just head out there and apply in person and then hopefully get a job and then apply for my VISA. This is risky because as an Australian I can only be there for 3 months! If anybody can please give us some advice on our chances as a couple; me with a degree but no EU passport, her without a degree but with an EU passport, both with our CELTAs!

    Ps. If not Portugal any other recommendations?

    PPS. Thanks so much for your time!

    Jerome from Down Under

    dan
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    12 June, 2013 at 11:22
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    Reply To: Trying to start my TEFL career and have no experience!

    Definitely go there in person – as a non-EU citizen you’ll have a much better chance than applying online. Yes, it’s still a risk as there is no guarantee of work, even with a CELTA, but some chance is better than none. if Portugal doesn’t work out, try moving over the border into Spain, there are plenty of opportunities there…

    ICAL TEFL
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    12 June, 2013 at 12:42
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    Reply To: Trying to start my TEFL career and have no experience!

    Don’t quote me on this, but as you are married to a British citizen I believe you get the right to live & work in Europe with her and you should be able to get a residence visa. A work visa might be harder. Certainly this is the case in other EU countries like the UK and Germany, etc.


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