Answers to the Biggest Questions
about Teaching English Abroad
Researching "Teach English Abroad" programs? Here are answers to the 4
most common TEFL questions when it comes to teaching English overseas.
If you're thinking about teaching English abroad, you probably have plenty of questions.
After all, it's not like you're familiar with hopping onto a plane, heading to the other side
of the world, and teaching complete strangers how to speak English!
In order to make things a little less intimidating, we've got answers to your biggest
1. "How long will I be gone for?"
Each teaching English abroad job comes with its own specific contract, but typically,
you can count on committing to 6-12 months in your new country. So, you'll need to be
prepared to pick up and move for an extended period of time.
The good news is, if you totally fall in love with teaching English abroad, you'll likely be
able to do it for as long as you want. Even though your particular job may end, there is
usually a never-ending stream of job openings. So, when your first job ends, if you want
to keep the experience going, you can move onto another one!
In fact, if you work with a good TEFL certification program, you'll have access to all
kinds of job resources after you graduate -- that you can use for the rest of your life. That
way, if you want to teach English overseas as a career, you can do it!
2. "Where will I live?"
There is -- literally -- a world of opportunities! Because so many people in China and
Japan want to learn English for business purposes, there is a big demand for English
teachers throughout Asia. There are also a number of opportunities in South America.
Just remember -- you may not end up in a big city. In fact, many of the teaching
opportunities are in suburbs and smaller areas. You may not be in the middle of all the
hustle and bustle, but by being "off the beaten path" you can actually learn a lot more
about the country itself!
3. "Is it hard to get certified?"
As long as you're willing to take a 150-hour course, it's very easy! Contrary to popular
belief, you don't need any prior teaching experience in order to teach English
overseas. In fact, you don't even need a college degree! For many people, this
certification process is much more attractive and far less expensive than spending years
in a college or university in order to get a teaching job at home.
4. "Besides the experience itself, what other perks are there?"
You will see the benefits of teaching English abroad long after you return to stateside
life. Simply by putting it on a resume, you're showing potential employers that you have
what it takes to head out on your own, into an unfamiliar situation, and thrive. That will
automatically put you ahead of the pack!