An Adventure Abroad: How You Can Begin Teaching ESL in Asia

Are you a person who thrives on the unknown? Are you adventurous, patient, enjoy teaching others, and interested in immersing yourself in a new culture? If you have answered yes it is possible that you would excel at teaching English abroad. In this article you will learn what one has to do to be able to teach English in Asia, as there is a huge demand to teach the English language here.
Here are a few helpful steps on what you must do to begin your new career.
 1.Where do you start? First, and foremost, in most countries you will need a college degree. There are some instances where it is not required, but that is rare. It is best if you obtain your TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) although it may not be required where you are going to teach. There are numerous programs online that you can take in order to receive your certification. It is not necessary that you speak the language of the country where you want to teach, but it may make it easier for you to move to a strange environment if you do.
2.  Once you have obtained your certification it is time to start looking for a position. There are various websites dedicated to recruiting teachers abroad. Settle on which site is best for you to work with and contact them to find openings. Most interviews are conducted by phone or email so be aware that you may be hired without knowing anything about where you are going.
         a.  Before you agree to an assignment be aware if you are being offered any travel or relocation expenses reimbursement. Also find out if they provide a housing stipend. Many do not.
        b.  Negotiate the length of your contract. Most schools want you to sign up for at least one year.
        c.  Find out your pay and research the area to make sure that you will be able to live off that amount. Once you have accepted a position you will need to obtain a work visa. It is vital that you understand what type of visa you will need to travel to this country. That country’s embassy can tell you exactly what you will need to enter their country. Before you leave the country ensure that you have your visa, passport, copies of your credentials, insurance information, birth certificate, and other papers that you feel are important. (It is also advised that you leave a copy of everything with someone at home as well as give them all of your pertinent contact information.)
3.  Once you have arrived in your new country you may feel overwhelmed. In most cases the school that has hired you will have someone at the airport to meet you and help you navigate your way through the area. Utilize this guide to help you learn the area including where markets and hospitals are located. Also have them assist you in learning about the public transportation system or point you in the direction of where to apply for a driver’s license. It is vital that you get to know the school including their policies, textbooks, schedule, etc. Before you ever begin teaching make sure that you plan your lessons and understand completely what grammar points you will be teaching.
     How do you teach English abroad without leaving your home? Perhaps you have always wanted to teach others the English language, but you do not want to live in a foreign country or you want to try out teaching before you commit to moving. You can get online ESL jobs. There are numerous online schools that allow you to teach via computer. Most will require that you obtain your TEFL certification and apply for jobs just like the above process.
     Whether you are moving abroad or teaching from home this is sure to be a rewarding opportunity. Moving overseas allows you to be immersed in a whole new culture and see and experience things that you never thought possible. Working from home will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you have taught someone a complete new language, an amazing feat if you think about it. Now, let the adventure begin!
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