Do you love to teach? If you have a command of the English language and can teach others how to speak it properly, you can find a teaching position across the ocean. Teaching English in foreign countries puts your teaching skills to the test and offers some sightseeing in the process.
Depending on where you choose to plant yourself, the requirements are not the same. Each country has its own way of doing things and all are not open to United States citizens working on their soil. Still, with English being an international language of business and commerce, companies want their executives to speak the language.
Before hopping on a plane, ask yourself if this is something you want to do. Everyone is not comfortable landing in a new place without a job. For some countries, this is the best way to find a teaching position. English schools have a mix of structured programs in the cities and a more laid-back approach in the outlying areas. Teachers may be worried by the fact that they don't speak any foreign languages.
It is easier to get a passport than it is to get a work visa in many European countries. Still the red tape can be waded through with proper planning. If you are still gung-ho and ready for the challenge after reading thus far, keep reading to find out what you still need to do to get started.
Applying online is the easiest way to get the ball rolling. JobMonkey has listings for current positions in Europe and Asia for those who want to teach English abroad. Read each entry carefully and follow what it says. You will have more success if you are open to working anywhere.
It is important to have more than one option for employment in case something doesn't pan out. While not all countries require credentials like a teaching certificate; a good rule of thumb is to have as many credentials as possible. You may want to take classes for a teaching certificate.
It is not required that you speak the native language, but you will be living in this country and it will be easier to function on a daily basis if you have some knowledge of it. Your students will benefit from even a few snippets of native speaking on your part in the classroom. What you lack in language can be made up in enthusiasm and a fearless spirit. All of your students won't be children. Some may be business executives. Bone up on your business skills for a better chance of finding teaching positions in this arena.
Certain countries require face-to-face interviews. This information will be in the job description. Others require that you be sponsored by a business to get a work visa in the country. Talk about a catch-22. If your mind is set on that particular country, you will have to arrive with no definite job.
Still, preparation is the key. Have money saved up to live until you find a teaching position. Work on learning the language and advertising in popular spots once you arrive. Put your best foot forward in the interview. Take advantage of every opportunity. People with parents that were born in a foreign country can use that to get a work visa without being sponsored. Family ties could inspire a company to give you a chance.
Countries like Hungary and Poland offer new frontiers for teaching English. Teachers, who aren't comfortable going overseas without a job, may want to apply with the State Department or an agency that places teachers overseas. The State Department can get you work in an embassy overseas. This could be a way to get a foot in the door for teaching. Above all, don't give up.
Want a new experience? Try teaching English overseas . English is considered a foreign language in many parts of the world and you would be providing a much needed service and learning about new cultures at the same time. While teaching English in Japan is more popular, others find that China, Thailand or other Asian countries are just as rewarding! Lisa Jenkins is a free-lance writer for JobMonkey and provides helpful information for ESL teachers including ESL lesson plans .