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Joined: 10/31/2004
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Hey All,
Is anyone either planning to teach ESL abroad this coming year or has at least thought about it? I am planning on taking a year off instead of continuing school directly after completing my undergraduate degree to go travel and teach overseas.

I have alot of useful and helpful informaiton websites and application websites for people who are interested. Plus there alot of facebook groups on this stuff.

Thailand, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Korea...the world is at your fingertips you just have to know where to move your finger :P

This seems like a pretty hot topic of late with people that i know, and i know a couple of people abroad right now is teaching. They are all having a good time and saving alot of money!!!!

- Mike
Joined: 7/29/2007
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Posted: 2/20/2008 4:57:22 PM
Last year I taught English at a Chinese university. This year I am going to a bilingual high school in Bangkok. It is not difficult to get a job, and it is a great way to experience a country. I have been to 22 countries so far. I wonder where I will be next year?
Joined: 10/31/2004
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Posted: 2/20/2008 8:28:49 PM
Sweet! Do you have any idea of the region or specific country you would like to teach in? There is alot of information on Asian countries at Also, i set up a facebook group for people thinking of travelling abroad that are in search of people to go with them, cause afterall it sucks going alone. If you go to there is a bunch of great information too. Basically, from what i gather you can either teach in South America, Africa, or Asian countries (Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, China, Japan, etc.) and then Western Europe. The best paying jobs are in the Asian regions!
Joined: 6/7/2005
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Posted: 8/23/2008 1:42:02 PM
With referance to where to take the teaching coarse.

Go to it will give you locations of coarses and times . all over the world.

I have taught in China for 3 years.
The pay is very poor. You have to go to Japan, Korea, or taiwan for good money in asia.
I disagree with a previous persons comments of China. Foreigners are treated very well compared to the Chinese. The problem is they have a completely different social interaction then us. We would find them to be very ignorant, but they are like that to all, not just foreigners.

Take your celta coarse, and travel from one country to another. You will have a happy experiance and many memories,
Joined: 7/1/2008
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Posted: 8/24/2008 8:49:07 AM
My cousin is currently in Thailand teaching English, and after spending the last three summers teaching English to Japanese exchange students, I would love whatever information is available!
Joined: 4/30/2007
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Posted: 8/26/2008 11:26:16 PM
The pay is very poor everywhere in Europe for English as a second language teachers and there are many used and abused stories.
The other option if you already have a teaching credential is applying for American civil service jobs overseas with the military K-12, lots of perks in that and you can still buy a hot dog if you have the yen, while living on the outside: Japan, Korea, Germany, Hawaii, Italy, Spain, England...just a few of the options and you can shoot for a transfer to some new great place when you want a change.
Joined: 6/9/2008
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Posted: 8/27/2008 8:48:49 AM
I feel this is a waste of time. Imagine what You could do in one year.
Joined: 12/28/2008
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Posted: 1/16/2009 3:50:54 PM
I am currently spending my third year overseas teaching. My first two years were in Azerbaijan and this year I am in Shenyang, China. First, somethings you should be wary of...

1) Recruiters -- if you look at any esl board on the web, you find many recruiters trying to get people to teach at a number of schools. While there are some honest recruiters, be wary of those asking for cash and offering an incredible salary. In most countries, the schools pay or give a commission to the recruiter for finding a teacher. If they are asking for money and claiming that they have these incredible paying jobs, chances are it is a scam.

2) Read your contract carefully and make sure you know what your job duties are and what the school will do.

3) If they are offering a free apartment, get photos of the place first. I know of several people who have traveled halfway around the globe to find their furnish apartment was a bug infested futon in a one room apartment with stained wall and a broken community toilet down the hall.

If you are under the age of 40 and really want to go to Japan, I suggest looking into the JET program which is sponsored by the Japanese government (I think). I have not done the program, but everyone I know who has always tells me how great it is. I just wish I was young enough to still be admitted into it.

If you are set on living somewhere in Asia, you want to consider comparing the cost of living. In China, i can get a decent cheap meal of ban fan for under $1 while a decent cheap meal of yakisoba in Kyoto, JP is over $4. It might not seem like that much but over the course of month or a year it really adds up.
Joined: 9/11/2007
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Posted: 1/18/2009 9:46:28 PM
As far as Japan goes, I taught with NOVA which probably isn't going to help anyone here out. Aeon / Amity do interviews in Toronto and have a number of schools located throughout Japan.

There's also a company called GEOS which I've heard good things about but don't know a whole lot about them aside from the teachers getting a bonus if their students resign with the company.

The two that I've heard of for Korea area 'Footprints' and 'Think-Outside', although I know there are many more than that.

Just keep a look out that they're legit companies. I've heard a few stories about some of the English schools in parts of Asia not being completely legit, so the teacher moves around every couple of months. I don't mean to scare you (or anyone) just do your research and I'm sure you'll be fine. Almost everyone I've spoken with reports positively about their experiances, no matter which country they were in and I know I enjoyed it so much, I'm planning on heading back to Japan or Korea shortly myself.
 english lass
Joined: 11/14/2007
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Posted: 1/22/2009 7:18:31 PM
my brother and his wife taught english in thailand for a few years and absolutely loved it

they've now started their own business teaching ESL in sweden, which is doing very well...

spending any time within a different culture amongst different people is never a waste of time, imo... people are so fascinating with so much we can learn from one another... the language is just a small part of it...
Joined: 7/20/2009
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Posted: 10/10/2010 9:11:06 AM
I like your note and had some questions. Are you still active on this board? I am beginning my process to teach in S. Korea through Korean Connections (ever heard of them?) I am not sure who to trust but I am a prime candidate to teach there. I have a Masters in ISM. I supposed to get some certification also online from Oxford I guess. Do you know of a site I check the credentials of the business recruiters I am dealing with as hopefully trustworthy?
Joined: 12/3/2010
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Posted: 12/28/2010 7:29:12 AM
How to apply for civil service, military education posts (K-12)?
Joined: 12/18/2010
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Posted: 1/9/2011 9:13:49 PM
Hey Mike, i would really like info on ESL abroad. Ready to go, just not sure how.
Joined: 12/18/2010
Msg: 14
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Posted: 1/9/2011 9:29:01 PM
Hey, i would like more info on these places, retired and ready to go.
Thanks Robert
Joined: 5/19/2009
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Posted: 1/10/2011 2:43:46 AM
I've taught ESL abroad. And here to adult classes.
Good luck in finding employment anywhere at all in Europe.
I don't know how it is in other more exotic places, but don't you have to have at least a minimal / basic knowledge of the local language?

I wouldn't make the trip without having a contract ahead of time.
Jobs are tight everywhere, and there is always the local competition to consider.
Everyone and their brother speaks English, there is no shortage of English speakers in the world, you know?

If you haven't noticed, this thread was started in 2004. Things where a little different then.

Joined: 6/2/2011
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Posted: 6/22/2011 7:26:15 PM
My dad who's an attorney taught English in China several times after he semi-retired and liked it a lot. He also taught some sort of law class in Guatemala(?) and liked that as well. He's not a teacher so I don't know how effective he was but they invited him back. I don't think the pay was very high but he wasn't doing it for the money. I taught at an American School (there are American and International schools all over the world) in South America and enjoyed it but I'm spoiled by having spent most of my career in the US where I had tons of materials and there I had nothing but what I brought. It was tough in that aspect. The money was good too but I think that's changed.
Joined: 3/10/2009
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Posted: 7/17/2011 2:15:39 PM
just completed the TOEFL course and cert ! weeeee
now to attach myself to a school
thinking something like from Stripes where I teach English off of Music Videos or classic rock tunes.
Joined: 6/13/2007
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Posted: 5/7/2013 5:57:49 AM
I would guess that its more about the level of English rather than whether they speak some of the language. Just returned from an English camp in France and although the people that run it had to speak some french to the kids, during the actual lessons you get by perfectly by speaking English or using sign language/drawing pictures etc. It does help thou if you know some basics of the local lingo thou.

If your from the UK I would have thought it would be safer to get a job in another EU country although agreed about getting a contact first. Very brave to just travel over and ask around especially if the other side of the world.

Also with this being a dating site wouldn't having intentions to get a job abroad put off potential dates at home? Can't have a particlarly long relationship if one partner is about to up sticks and leave the country.
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