How to teach around the world

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I have been receiving a lot of emails and questions from readers about how to teach around the world since I wrote my last couple of posts about my experiences teaching overseas.

So in order to help our readers who are looking for ways to continually travel, here are some tips to help you know how to teach around the world.

Qualifications needed to teach around the world

with my students in Raleigh, North Carolina

Non-Qualified Teachers

This all depends on what sort of teaching you wish to do. You may think if you want to teach in Primary or High School you will need to have a teaching degree. Not necessarily.

Ireland and the USA do allow non-teachers to teach in their schools as substitute or casual teachers.

In the US, you first have to volunteer for a set number of hours before you can be accredited to then take a class on your own for the day while the normal teacher is absent.

In Ireland, you only need a degree in order to teach casually or take on long term teaching assignments.

Pay is obviously not going to be as great as what a teacher might get, but it could be better than other jobs.

If you do casual teaching you will only get paid for the days you work.

This means that for 12 weeks of the year and any other days non-teaching work days, you will not receive any money.

If you are thinking of teaching overseas, it is worth investigating each country to determine what their required qualifications are.

Qualified Teachers

Qualified teachers have more options, not just for teaching in schools, but for teaching jobs like tutoring or language schools.

Just being a qualified teacher might not be enough to work in a particular country. You will need to ensure that you align with each country’s certification requirements.

You may have to sit a test, be under probation, or take further study. I could only teach in two states in America as I was only three year trained.

What about Teaching English Overseas?

The Golden Mountain
Teaching in Bangkok

Teaching English is a great way for non-qualified teachers to teach around the world. It’s pretty easy, fun, and gives you the opportunity to get to know the local culture more.

Do a TEFL or TESOL course.

This is basically a course that gives you the certification you need to Teach English Overseas. You must do at least 100 hours. You can do them online or at a venue.

I think it is better to do it on-campus for the practical teaching practice amongst your peers. This will  benefit you when it comes time to stand up in front of class and do the real thing.

A lot of countries prefer teachers to have a degree as well, regardless of the TEFL certificate. Again, research each country’s requirement.

There are so many courses around that I can’t really make a recommendation. I did my course in Ireland at a school. Research and ask around for other people’s experiences and recommendations.

What other certifications will I need to teach overseas?

learning how to cook
Jintina teaches me Thai cooking ( I was dreadful)

Police clearances

You will most often need to get police clearances from all areas you have taught, which makes it challenging to track down if you have taught in several countries or even states within your own country.

Before you leave each area it is probably a good idea if you can organize a police clearance to take with you just in case for future use.Get a police clearance from your own country before you leave.

Statement of Services

These are essential, which I did not realize and spent months chasing them up from around the world, to ensure that I was paid the correct amount for my years of experience.

Make sure the statement outlines dates you worked, your specific job hours per week, whether it was full or part time and if you took any leave without pay.

University Transcripts and degrees

Take copies of these as many places will ask for them during the certification process to allow you to teach.

References

These are really important to get from your principals as you leave each school. Also make sure you keep any observation records conducted on you in regards to your teaching practice.

If you have not taught before then make sure you have references from your previous work experiences.

Am I suited to Teaching Overseas?

Teaching in London in 1997

Great question!

Teaching overseas can be worthwhile, but not if you aren’t suited to it. Here are some things to consider about your personality.

  • Do you love to learn? Can you pass that enthusiasm onto your students?
  • Do you love children?
  • Are you flexible?
  • Are you a good student? Part of being a good teacher means you can learn well
  • Are you adaptable?
  • Can you think in different ways and cater to students who also think in different ways?
  • Are you accepting of different cultures and different personalities?
  • Are you patient and understanding?
  • Are you a hard worker?
  • Do you crave new experiences?
  • Are you a good communicator?
  • Are you willing to learn new ways and adapt to the local culture? are you prepared to learn some of their language and cultural traditions?
  • Do you like wine? ha ha Yes there are some evenings you’ll need it.

How to get Teaching Jobs Overseas

Caz teaching in Bangkok

Stack the odds in your favor

Research possible teaching options before you leave.

Organizing teaching jobs before you leave usually means you have a company assisting you in gaining the right visas and work permits.

You may even get special perks like free flights, accommodation, interest free relocation loans, sign on bonuses, subsidised health care, cheap insurance and assistance with relocating, all of which I have received through various teaching assignments organized before arriving in the country.

Do thorough research

Make sure you find reputable companies; if you do it right you could land a great job.

Teaching is so portable you do have the added flexibility of being able to show up in a country and have a good likelihood that you can find work teaching.

Search online, check ads in newspapers, teacher union magazines, and word of mouth. Any companies you discover do search the net to see how legit they are.

Ask for advice from others who have done the same, and contact the PR/human resource people. Ask as many questions as you need to until you feel comfortable with a decision.

Usually your own instincts are a good gauge as to whether a company is worth going with or not.

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Get experience

Get Experience before Leaving home

A great idea is to get some experience teaching in school before you leave. You can easily do this by volunteering if you can’t find any paid teaching work.

Ask your local schools. Let them know you are going to teach overseas and would like some experience. Teachers will love the extra help and you can get to know what teaching in a classroom is really like and learn some great insider tips.

Interviews

Be prepared for interviews, maybe even more than one.These could be done over the phone, one on one in person, or in front of a panel.

Learn a little about the school before you attend the interview. Be clear on why you want to work at that school and have a teaching job overseas.

Be aware of your strengths and your weaknesses as well.

Dress the part of a teacher. This means making sure you have professional attire in your suitcase.

What is teaching like in another country?

teaching around the world
Caz talking with some students at Wat Saket High School

Teaching in another country has its rewards, but can be incredibly challenging.

You have to learn how to think on your feet and adapt quickly. If you are not a qualified teacher you are going to find this just that little bit extra challenging as you won’t have those skills already used in the classroom to transfer over.

Teaching Fundamentals

There really isn’t much difference, albeit a few cultural ones, in how children or adults learn. Have a firm understanding of these basics and then you should be able to adapt as you learn the new system, and curriculum.

As the owner of VIF, the company who I taught in US with said,

“You are all teachers here; you know what you are doing. It’s just a different system you need to adapt to, but the fundamentals will be the same.”

Cultural Awareness

Make sure you become aware of any cultural sensitivities you need to know.

We had a week’s orientation before teaching in Thailand, which helped me know what to expect and what to avoid.

Again do your research. You don’t want to lose the children’s respect on the first day–that is some catch up for you.

Do all you can to make your teaching experience a cultural one as well. Learn about the local culture, which you can do through creative lessons having the students teach you.

Create lessons that allow you to share your culture with your students as well. They will love this and will make your teaching experience all that more rewarding for you.

Teaching Duties

Teaching is time consuming.

You don’t start and finish with the school bells, there is planning, preparing, marking and many other extracurricular activities you may be asked to participate in, not to forget meetings and general administration duties.

It is not an easy job, be prepared for this. Plus your adjustment period will mean a lot of extra work.

Student Personalities

And then you get into the classroom and are faced with having to teach to multiple different levels, learning styles and personalities.

Not only this, but you will have behaviour challenges and highly unmotivated students. All of this can lead to several glasses of wine of an evening for you!

Rely on your teaching team and others at the school to help you.

Some countries are easier than others to teach in, it all depends on your teaching role as well.

My teaching experience in Ireland was a breeze, in the US there was a lot of performance pressure, in Thailand the students were so respectful, but it was difficult to teach them anything due to lack of resources and wide gaps within the class, and Australia has challenging aspects with lack of student respect for learning and for authority.

Despite all the challenges, each has its good points as well, so focus on that.

My advice is always if you need a mental health day take it.

What about the first day?

Caz on Bangkok buses
With friends during non-peak hour- a pleasant ride

Lay the Foundation

It doesn’t matter where I teach in the world or what type of job it is my first day is always spent laying the foundation. If you get this wrong you are screwed.

First thing to understand you are not their friend, you are their teacher.

Lay down your expectations, lay down the rules – but at the same time allow the children to have input into this.

Ask them

  • “What do you expect from a teacher or yourself?
  • How do you think this classroom should look, sound, feel in order for you to learn optimally?
  • How should we arrange our classroom in order for that to happen?
  • What should our consequences be if these expectations/rules are not being followed?”

Allow them to see that the rules are there for the betterment of all.

Get to Know Each Other

Spend the rest of the day getting to know the students and allow them to get to know you. You are going to be their teacher and role model.

In order to trust you and respect you they need to know who you are.

I usually start with a slide show of my life or a guessing game, or something interesting. Let them know what you hope to achieve with them throughout your time with them and what you are going to do to do your job properly.

A lot of teachers have sayings like

“You don’t smile until Easter, or a few months into the teaching contract.”

I don’t agree. I think you have to be firm, but you also have to let them know that you are a pleasant person to be around.

How much money will you make teaching overseas?

The question everyone wants to know and the most difficult to answer as every country is different and it all depends on the job.

Usually you will find teaching work is relatively well paid compared to other possible options (although I firmly stand by the fact that teachers are severely underpaid)

You are usually going to get paid more in private schools rather than public, business English or private tuition.

Teaching will generally pay you enough to live off with some left over for travel. But, it depends on what you are like for saving and spending of course!!

Teaching does allow you plenty of holiday time to go travelling. Just bear in mind you may have to do a lot of after hours throughout the year in order for you to be able to take all that time for travel and be up-to date with your programming, planning and marking.

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Teaching around the world is a fantastic way to travel long term. It has gotten me around the world for 14 years.

  Take advantage of the booming market – teaching English online to Chinese students from home! 

Want more tips about working holidays?

Have you experienced teaching overseas before? Can you add any other tips on how to teach around the world?

84 thoughts on “How to teach around the world”

  1. Hey Caz!

    Great round-up of how to teach English abroad! I taught in Taiwan for two years before starting GO! and I really can’t recommend the experience enough. It’s the perfect opportunity to teach and travel your way a round the world. During my time in Taiwan I was easily able to visit mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand. All very easy and cheap to get to from Taiwan.

    If you’re serious about teaching abroad, I also second the minimum of a 100 hour TEFL course. They’re a lot of programs that say they don’t require TEFL, but it can really help if you have little teaching experience. I didn’t take one and I later regretted it. Those first few weeks were hell! In countries like South Korea it can also increase your salary so the course will pay for itself and then some within a few months.

    If anyone is interested, I run a website called GO! Overseas that basically serves as an online directory of teaching opportunities around the world. We also highlight reviews of popular programs, so if you’ve already taught abroad you can leave a review and help future travelers avoid the pitfalls. Check it out at http://www.goteachabroad.com

    Ciao!
    Andrew

    1. Thanks Andrew and thanks for sharing your resource. I am sure it will be very helpful for those looking for teaching opportunities.
      I wouldn’t even think of teaching english without doing the course first, It will just make your teaching experience far too difficult trying to work out how to do it right with no formal training or experience. That would be a headache! good to know it can increase your salary as well

  2. Hi Caz,
    You definitely covered a lot of bases here! I have just one thing to add. You don’t necessarily have to work with children to teach overseas. I’ve been teaching ESL overseas and in the States for over 8 years now, and the majority of my jobs have been teaching adults and college-aged students. While I’ve enjoyed the few experiences I’ve had teaching children, personally I prefer working with adults as I find adults tend to be more self-motivated to learn the language. I think there are a lot of people out there who may be interested in teaching overseas but are not comfortable or that interested in working with children. I would definitely suggest these people look into teaching at private language schools that teach adults, private tutoring for adults or universities.

    1. Great tips Sally!! thanks so much for sharing it.
      I can definitely see why teaching the children can be off putting for people. Teaching adults is a really good option as well, and that self motivation that they often have makes your job so much easier

      1. Well, I wouldn’t say “easier”! I think teaching, no matter who you teach or where you do it, is both a mentally and physically exhausting job. But I think finding your niche is definitely one way to make your job as a teacher more rewarding and satisfying.

    2. Good points! Another bonus of teaching adults is that they also like to show you around and teach you things you need to know about their culture. The university students I taught in China were excellent tour guides and knew the best and cheapest places to eat. My friend who taught business English to adults was often invited to their homes and was even given cooking lessons.

    1. Great resource Marc! Thanks for sharing.
      you definitely have to have some kind of passion for teaching kids otherwise you are a masochist

  3. Great post. And kudos to you Caz for mentioning some teaching basics, especially the importance of the first day. Teaching is on some level psychological warfare and if you don’t throw that first punch you will be on your heels and you’ll lose all control. I taught for 3 years in Washington, DC and wow, I can’t tell you how close I was to quitting after my first year. A big part of my failure that first year was not establishing myself on the first day/first week.

    1. “psychological warfare” Love this!! I prepare for battle every day. this is the thing that makes teaching so exhausting. You can never leave it at the door when you leave either. Those babies will haunt your sleep. The first day/week is so crucial. I’ve definitely been there before where I didn’t do a good job of doing this. Boy can it hurt!
      I’m glad I left that segment in now, i was thinking of taking it out, but thought it was pretty relevant and important

  4. Great post. I looked into this route once, but I do not have the patience with children. Fast forward a number of years later and my friend got a job here in Turkey teaching English to adults.I missed out on that one. Worthwhile noting as well, that the Turkish government is making plans to employ 40,000 native English speakers to teach adults. Anyone that wants to spend some time in Turkey, it is worth following this.

    1. That is great to know about the jobs opening up in Turkey. Thank you so much for sharing that with everyone. Might have to consider it myself!!

  5. Thanks for all the great information! My husband and I are currently teaching English to children in South Korea and it can be very challenging at times to find that balance between authority, good teacher, and fun teacher. Since this is my first year and I’m only in my second month of teaching, I think I will learn how to balance better with time. I really liked the advice about student personalities and the section on the first day. Thanks Caz!

    1. You’re welcome Maggie. It takes awhile to work out what works best in the classroom, and you never stop learning! Each child is certainly unique!

  6. Caz,
    I am currently teaching English in China and have been having a great time. I love your tips and find that they are so valuable. I also think that it is so important to learn about the teaching/parenting style in the country you are going to teach in. There were many things we have learned about the Chinese parenting/teaching ways that we did not know before. I think I would have had less frustrations had I known them prior to starting.

    Hope all is well.
    Paz

    1. DEfinitely! Those cultural things can really cause a lot of problems if you don’t learn what they are and how to work around them. Makes life so much easier to discover what they are.

  7. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    Wow, this is such a comprehensive post! I’ve always wondered about teaching abroad – I know it’s a hugely popular way for people to have the opportunity to travel, but I didn’t really know much about the actual specifics. I still haven’t decided if it’s right for me (though I love teaching and have experience at the college level… but only in one particular subject), so it’s good to collect information for the time when I need to make a decision. 🙂

    1. If you have the experience- and at college level, then it is something you could easily take up if you feel you want to walk that path later on. I don’t want to do it anymore, but it is nice to know that I have that there as a back up plan

  8. Some great tips here guys. Countries like Japan, China, and Korea don’t require any formal teaching qualifications (or certificates), so they’re a great starting point for a budding young ESL teacher.

    I’ll be coming back to this one later in the year. I’ve got some more countries to teach in yet.

    1. Wow. No qualifications needed in those countries. That is a great place to start, although i would recommend just doing the course first for confidence and a little experience.

  9. Great looking list but I didn’t have time to finish this article so I had to send it to myself to re-read later. Thanks for the tips I’m getting everything I need in order now while I work on my TESOL masters degree.

  10. Never thought about teaching overseas before! Great idea – as long as you are prepared to put in the hours! I also agree (as a Nurse we are underpaid) about the pay being a lot less for what you are doing…teachers do not get paid the money they deserve compared to the work they are doing!
    Great information about how to teach around the world.
    Cheers
    Lisa

    1. Nurses are so underpaid!! I have thought so much about that each time I gave birth! The midwives were amazing and so run off their feet.
      Teaching is a great way to get around the world but so much effort is required!

  11. I think if you are going to do a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA there is little value in an online course, unless you are already a qualified teacher (but then would you even need it?)

    I did my TEFL course in the city I wanted to teach (ie. Prague – https://www.ytravelblog.com/working-holiday-central-eastern-europe). Not only did I learn how to teach in a practical setting, I had time to adapt to my new city and build contacts. But the end of my 1-month, 120 hour course I had multiple job offers (and lots of friends to hang out with).

    1. Suprisingly,qualified teachers do, in certain cases and places need TEFL. I had to get it in order to teach English to summer school in Ireland. I definitely recommend doing a live course would be better than online just for that practical experience, even if you are a qualified teacher, it still helps.

  12. Great post, very honest and reader friendly. I taught english as a volunteer in Russia for 6 months and absolutely LOVED IT (easily one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done) that said, ever since I stepped off the plane I’ve been hooked and have since made it my goal to return to teach english around the world after graduating with my bachelors this December. Seeing your success in traveling helps encourage my dream to do the same! Thank you!

    1. Thanks Heather! You can definitely do the same and easily to. Now that you have experience you will know what to expect and it will be all that much easier

  13. Caz, this is such great advice! I often get asked questions about teaching ESL overseas and I will refer others to this post. I like how you’ve covered things from all sorts of angles – types of jobs, qualifications and whether or not one if suitable for doing such work.

  14. Hi Caz.
    First, thanks for the great article. It was indeed a lot of good information and some very useful bits and pieces.

    My biggest concern however, is that I am not an native English speaker. Do you know if it’s even possible to teach English when it’s not your first language? I am fluent and have a good vocabulary, but will coming from Sweden “shut the doors” for me?

    1. Hi Tobias
      I don’t see this as being a problem at all. As long as you are fluent you should be fine. I have taught before with other teachers who had English as their second language. Sometimes those who have learned English as a second language understand the grammar and conventions more!!

  15. Hi Caz,

    This is really informative post. I just have one question, Do they accept people which is not a native English speaker but has a good command in the English language and possess all the other necessary requirements?

  16. Caught up with your amazing blog from Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger. Like it very much. Keep up the good work and if you need anything, please let me know how I may be of service to you =)

  17. I taught English is China for 6 months and absolutely loved being able to travel while making money, learning the language, and connections with the people around me. Here are some of my experiences teaching in China:
    http://www.humanitariantraveltips.com/mad-scientists/
    I taught high school and some college classes and absolutely loved it! There are also a lot of helpful ESL Websites when you’re looking to plan lessons.

  18. Great post Caz. I have spent time teaching in Uganda, Poland, South Korea, and Turkey. If I was to pass on one piece of information to first time teachers, I would recommend teaching in South Korea for money, ease, and job availability. After a year, I feel that I am done with the country, but it offered me everything that a first timer could hope for.

  19. I echo the sentiment about work outside the classroom. The preparation for a class is not usually considered when many consider a life of teaching. Still, once you begin to cover a foundation of subjections and come to repeat those lessons again your begin to fly.

    Teaching is indeed though a great way to travel and meet people. For me, as with another commenter for years ago, I prefer adults. When you enter a class of motivated students your job becomes 50% easier!

  20. Thank for this post, Caz. I am not a native speaker of Eng, but I have a degree with Eng as major, I have 3,5 years experience in teaching Eng in my country.
    How many real chances do you think I have?

    Moreover I suppose that TEFL is more often asked to be done in campus, and not online. i am struggling to get it, but I think it would be impossible to do in on campus. How much does the online course matter?

    1. I am not sure how much the online courses are. You can still do them online, I just think in person is always good for the practice. But, if you can volunteer somewhere in your local area while doing it for experience it is just as good. If you are fluent in English then you will be fine with getting a job.

  21. Hi Caz,
    Thank you so much for your article. I have been thinking about teaching my way around the world and last night my friends told me it would be impossible. But after reading your article I’m feeling a lot better about my decision. I have had a GAP year in England as a teachers assistant, a TAFE course in volunteer tutoring in literacy, an exchange in Santiago Chile, and this year I will be completing my Bachelor of International Studies. My mum is also a high school teacher and I have helped her with marking, lesson plans, and help in the class room. My question is should I do the post grad in teaching English as a foreign language which my university offers, or a diploma in teaching and then the TEFL course at the same time? I’m hoping to work with refugees when I come back to Australia, teaching English to them, then working towards working for the ministry of immigration. Also do you know anything about working for NGO’s and teaching English overseas as well? Thank you so much

    1. Hi Kelsie!
      I’m glad you are not going to listen to your friends.. this time. You can definitely teach around the world. To choose what course to do you really need to think about your long term goals as well. Will the post grad or diploma help with your ultimate goal for working with the ministry? If so then it might be a good idea to do the course. If you do these courses your options for teaching around the world will increase as will the strength of your application for any jobs as you will be higher qualified. You have to decide if you want to take the time to do the extra study as well. And if you are interested in teaching that is another check in favour of doing it. I would hesitate in recommending anyone spending time, money and energy on a course they are not really enthusiastic about.
      I don’t know much about working for NGO’s unfortunately.

  22. Hello, Caz! I have to say that I admire your attitude and your mentality! Your energy flows through my computer’s screen, it’s really amazing!

    I am a greek native who’s been speaking English since the age of 4. My mother is an English teacher and I have myself obtained certificates of proficiency in English (Cambridge FCE, Michigan EFCE) and in French (DALF C2 issued by the CIEP) which have allowed me to work as an english and french teacher in the private sector here in Greece. I also have a bachelor’s degree in European and International studies from a greek university. I have a 5 year experience in teaching english, french and piano to children and adults in private courses and in language institutes.
    At the moment, I am planning to move to Switzerland to live with my boyfriend, but our long term goal is to travel around the world, him working as an Environmental Enginner and me as a language-music teacher.
    What do you think are my chances of reaching this goal? I will definitely try to do the
    TEFL courses, but will that be enough, since I do not have a university degree of teaching?

    1. Hi Viviana!
      Thank you for your enthusiasm and positive words. I think you should be fine with the TEFL courses. You have experience as well which will help. Just be sure to get statement of services and references. Enjoy the journey!

  23. I am from the US and my girlfriend wants to move here from Ireland to teach. She is qualified and has two years of teaching experience in England. She has also worked over a year in South Korea at a hagwon. Is she able to work in the United States? You mentioned only two states would allow you to teach there? What ones were they? Thank you so much. Great post.

    1. Hey Ben,
      I really can’t say as everyone’s situation is different in regards to visa requirements. I could only teach in Colorodo or North Carolina, but that was only because I was 3 year trained, and all other states require 4 years. I don’t know what class of visas are available to English people. It’s best she talk to someone from the embassy to find out her options. It could be a little challenging given the economic situation as usually in order to get a job in the States you need to prove that there is no American fit for the position. Unemployment is too high to usually be able to prove that. But, there are always doors open somewhere. Check out http://www.vifprogram.com/index.php That is the company who sponsored my J1 visa. I know 3 years ago, they weren’t taking on British teachers, but it could have changed by now.
      Good luck!

  24. Hi Caz. I have been offered a contract to work in Turkey at a English language school. Flights , accommodation and work visa all included. I have had a Skype meeting and I’m about to have another one so we can arrange everything? Can you think of any important questions I may want to ask?
    Thanks
    Kayleigh

  25. Maestra Garcia

    How is the experience if traveling with spouse and 2 small children ages 6 and 9? Is it possible?

  26. Hello Caz,

    I’m French and I have been a certified English teacher (+ a Master in English litterature) in France for 6 years now (I also taught French in the USA for one year). In 2 years from now, I’d like to take some years off to teach English worldwide while travelling the world; I am a passionate and solo traveller and my project is serious; however, I’m wondering whether the fact of being a non-native English speaker will be a huge obstacle for me to get hired by companies or school overseas. I’m looking foward to get your opinion on this, thank you and keep on the travelling life !! Dorothée

  27. Thank you for this information and taking the time to write this post! I appreciate it very much! It’s very thorough and in-depth, and I love your blog’s writing style.

    I am currently getting my Bachelor’s of Education degree in Health and Fitness with a Biology Minor. I have three more years at school in Washington State, USA, but I dream of traveling to Ireland, someday, and this may be a ticket to living somewhere for a longer time than a typical ten-day vacation.

    Hopefully, I’m on the right track!

    Thanks, again!
    -Erin

    I realize that this is an older post, but I’m hooked!

    1. Get a Working Holiday Authorization Visa, one qualifies for it up to 12 months after graduating from college and all you need is proof of funds to support yourself until you find work and the visa is for one year. I went after I finished my Bachelors and it was the best experience I ever had!

  28. Hi Caz! Your article was amazing and so informative! I did have a question however, how were you able to get the extra perks for when you went to teach ( free flights, accommodation, interest free relocation loans, sign on bonuses, subsidised health care, cheap insurance and assistance with relocating). I am hoping to teach in Ireland or the UK once I finish my masters program in two years.

      1. Hi caz and everyone
        I’m a teacher from Ireland wanting to teach in the states – San Francisco area. I’ve tried vif but they only recruit in North Carolina. Can anyone help or suggest other websites. Many thanks Nicola

  29. I loved your article! Thanks for all the useful information! I will be graduate in December with my teacher certification and I was hoping to teach abroad, especially Ireland. Do you have any other tips for me? Or know of ant companies that can help me? Im getting a 7-12 English teaching degree, I hope thats good for a job overseas.

  30. Great article, very informative. Needed your opinion on whether an online TEFL course suffices the education qualification requirement of the schools hiring international candidates? Or do u suggest a classroom course?

  31. Hi! I am curious as to what visa you obtained to teach in Ireland? I want to move there to be with my boyfriend, but and having problems finding a visa. I recently finished my Masters in Elementary Elementary so I would like to teach. I already lived in Ireland for a year on a Working Holiday Authorization, so I cannot get that again. Do you have any advice, or possible visas I should look into? Thank you!! And thank you for sharing your experiences!

  32. Hi,

    I am a postgraduate in physics from India.
    I dont have a B.Ed or other teaching license.
    I would like to work abroad as teacher .I would like to get a teaching license online . Can you please help me with the possible teaching license courses.
    thank u

  33. Hi Caz, how did you get your visa to work in Ireland? Is it common for TEFL certified teachers to get visas to work there?

    1. Being Australian we could apply for a work visa. You’d have to research to see whether you can or not. The conditions and requirements may have changed so I can’t advise you on that. I didn’t have a job before I got the visa so I don’t think it’s determined by the work you do. But again, I can’t say for sure. It was quite some years ago when I worked there and things change often.

      1. Yeah as an American I would need to find a job first to sponsor me for the work permit. But I don’t know if they typically do that for this job. Thanks for your response and info:)

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