Are you interested in living and working overseas? Do you dream of making your international adventure a more permanent lifestyle? Then teaching English abroad might be for you. If you’re like most people, the thought of immersing yourself in a foreign culture and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) sounds appealing, but you don’t know where to begin.
First, you’ll need to decide where you want to go. LanguageCorps offers teach abroad programs in 23 different locations throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America, so the possibilities are pretty much endless. Asia is the most lucrative region for English teachers, which is something to think about if finances are a concern, but every destination offers its own unique upsides. From the rich art and history of Italy to the temples of Macchu Picchu in Peru, you really can’t go wrong. Ultimately, you’ll want to ask yourself, “where would I be most excited to live for an extended period of time?”
Next, you’ll need a TESOL (also known as TEFL) certificate. All LanguageCorps programs begin with a four-week, on-site TESOL training and certification course, and we take pride in having some of the most prepared teachers around! All of our courses include 140 hours of in-classroom training, with an additional supervised practice teaching component, ensuring that you will leave the course feeling ready to teach English to a class full of non-native speakers.
Lastly, you’ll need to find work, and job search assistance is a big part of all of our programs. LanguageCorps staff will help you get your teaching CV in order, put you in touch with local hiring schools to set up interviews, and make sure you are prepared every step of the way. Some programs include a guaranteed job placement, and our teachers have had very good luck finding jobs in all locations.
But don’t take our word for it! We recently heard from a LanguageCorps participant named RiRi about how much she loves teaching in Vietnam. See her comments below.
“I can’t emphasize how much I love it here in Vietnam with LanguageCorps. A fellow participant, Holly, went out of her way to give me a glowing recommendation to the recruiters at one of the schools I was hired at. Many fellow participants also continuously encouraged me to keep pushing my application at the school, and that’s how I got hired there. Both (hiring schools) love LanguageCorps participants because we are the most prepared on every level. Can you believe that we actually “beat out” other candidates who have extensive teaching experiences? I just signed a contract to teach for $18 an hour, about 25 hours a week.”
With more and more people like RiRi having the adventure of a lifetime teaching abroad every year, it couldn’t be a better time to stop procrastinating and start pursuing your dream of living and working overseas!
For more information, see www.languagecorps.com