Popular Programmes for Teaching English Abroad – As a TEFL teacher, there are a number of different job opportunities available to you. You can choose to teach English as a Foreign Language in the country you are currently living in, either in a face-to-face school or online, or you can decide to spread your wings and set off for another country. If this is the case, you will then need to look online to try to find the job of your dreams.
How to find a TEFL job abroad in 10 easy steps:
1. Look on online jobs boards, such as TEFL.com
2. Apply online with a spectacular CV and cover letter
3. Ace your interview
5. Get the job (congrats)!
6. Sign a contract
7. Organise a visa
8. Pack your bags
9. Kiss your mom goodbye (and promise to call every Sunday)
10. Get on the plane!
Sound easy? It is!
Okay, if we’re totally honest, it can take some time. It’s the same as looking for any other job so you can’t expect the process to happen overnight. There is a lot of competition for jobs teaching English abroad right now, but – luckily for us – there are plenty of jobs available.
And of course before you even start at Step 1, you need to decide what kind of a TEFL job you would like. Would you like to teach Young Learners? Maybe you’d prefer adult learners? Are you thinking about teaching at a university? Maybe a summer camp? An internship?
There are a lot of options, and there’s one you may not have thought of: a government programme. In certain countries there are programmes set up by the government to place English as a Foreign Language teachers in schools. Applying for these programmes takes a lot of guesswork out of the job search. You know what you are getting, so you know what to expect. Your mom can rest easy knowing that you aren’t being taken for a ride and you can be happy that you’re signing up for a tried and tested programme – and the correct visa is guaranteed.
Here are a few of the most popular government programmes around the world:
The JET programme is a very popular programme for teaching English in Japan. In order to be an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET programme you need to have a Bachelor’s degree, and a language teaching qualification or experience is preferred. Teachers are placed in government or private schools and will assist local teachers in foreign language lessons. This is a cultural exchange so teachers are expected to take part in various cultural activities as well as teach. You will teach 35 hours a week for a year and receive approximately 3.36 million yen ($32 000).
To be considered for the EPIK programme, you need to be a citizen of a country where English is the primary language, i.e. Australia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or South Africa. You may need to provide proof of schooling in an English-medium school and university. You also need a Bachelor’s degree and a high level of English. You will earn from 1.8 million KRW to 2.7 million KRW ($1 600 to $2 400) a month, while accommodation and a flight allowance are provided.
The Teach and Learn in Korea programme (TaLK) allows you to teach after-school classes in rural South Korea. You need to be a citizen of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK or the US and have a Bachelor’s degree. You work 15 hours a week and receive a stipend of 1.5 million KRW ($1 300) a month, plus accommodation and a contribution to your flights.
As a teaching assistant in France, you will work 12 hours a week in up to 3 schools for 7 months, from October to April. Assistants may teach a part of the lesson or the entire lesson, depending on the school. You will earn approximately €785 a month. Positions are available in France but also in French territories such as French Guiana, Guadaloupe, Martinique and Reunion.
ConversaSpain is an organization that places teachers in over 300 schools in Madrid and Murcia. Teachers will be language assistants to local teachers in government schools. You don’t need to be able to speak Spanish but you must be a native English speaker or hold a C2 English certificate – check their website for a full list of nationalities they accept – as well as have a Bachelor’s degree. Placements are 8 or 9 months, you teach about 15 hours a week and you will get a stipend on €1 000 ($1 150) a month.
This is a programme organised by the Spanish Ministry of Education for North American and Canadian teachers. You work as a teaching assistant for about 12 to 16 hours a week for the academic year (from October to June). The hours aren’t much so neither is the pay (approximately €1 000 tax-free) but it’s an easy way to get a working visa for Spain. You can also stay with a host family to really experience the culture.
Teach and Learn with Georgia is an initiative by the Georgian Ministry of Education. It recruits English teachers to volunteer teach alongside local teachers in government schools in Georgia (the country, not the state!). To qualify, you need to be a native speaker, hold a Bachelor’s degree and have a clear criminal check and medical check. You teach from September to June and receive a salary of between GEL 500 and GEL 600 ($150 – $180).
The English Open Doors Volunteer Programme is another volunteer programme but this time in Chile. Volunteer teachers teach alongside local teachers in government schools to teach learners from 10 to 18 years. You teach 24 hours a week and are given a stipend of $100 000 CLP ($125) a month and you’ll live with a host family. It’s possible to sign up for just one semester, but you need to be able to speak Spanish and have a Bachelor’s degree.
Many of these programmes are volunteer placements but if you’re looking to get a bit of experience as a TEFL teacher, this is a great way to do it. Otherwise, these programmes are a good option if you are a bit nervous applying for jobs directly through schools and would like the safety of an established government-run programme.
If you want to find out more about programmes like these or internships, contact us and we can chat!