There are thousands upon thousands of opportunities to teach english as a second language (ESL) all over the world. You can search for positions on your own or go through an program provider. There are many things to consider when going on your own. Although program providers cost a fee, it might be worth it, but do your research to make sure they are legit!
Why do you want to teach abroad?
- Are you ready to accept the challenge?
- Are you going for the right reasons? (Not just to travel)
- DO go if...
- You enjoy teaching!
- You want to enhance your teaching skills
- You've been curious about entering the teaching profession
What country do you want to be in?
- Have you been to the host country?
- Do you want to learn a particular language?
- Do you want/need to save money?
- What type of climate do you prefer?
- Big city or small town?
- Is the country politically and economically stable?
Oxford Seminars is a great site for researching countries.
Are you going to go with a placement program?
- Evaluate what is and what is not included in the program fee. Consider these things:
- Health Care
- Living Expenses
- In-country Support
- Evaluate the legitimacy of the program:
- How long have they existed?
- How many opportunities do they offer?
- Can they connect you with someone who previously completed the program?
Other things to consider:
- How long is the position?
- How many hours per week?
Applying for ESL positions is very similar to applying for jobs in the United states. You will need:
- Resume or CV (Different countries have different formats for resumes, so do your research!)
- Cover Letter
- Interview Skills
- Possibly Letters of Recommendation
General Search Sites
Dave's ESL Cafe
ESL Job Find
Reach to Teach
English Job Maze
Good Programs by Country
Japan: JET Programme
Korea: EPIK, TALK and Adventure Teaching
France: French Culture
Hong Kong:Chatteris Education Foundation
South Africa: Teach South Africa