No job, no skills, no roots, no spouse? Are you still wandering around the planet, not ready to return home, but not sure where to go next, or how to pay for the plane ticket? These are incredibly liberating circumstances to find yourself in, so don’t neglect one of your greatest assets: your native language.
Speaking of English, your native language is your passport to a professional and well-paid career teaching in some of the most exotic places. You don’t even need to know the language of the country you’re going to, and often you don’t need any teaching qualifications. But just because you’re a native speaker doesn’t mean you’ll be an effective English teacher. Before devoting a year of your life to teaching, you must know what it entails.
Qualifications: Usually, you will need to hold a university degree. Formal certifications in teaching aren’t always necessary, but if you’re officially certified, it’s easier to get a visa and find a job, especially a better paying job. There are a wide variety of teaching certificates to choose from, with most certificates taking between four and six weeks of full-time study.
The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is the most widely recognized and is considered the minimum qualification required. The course is audited by Cambridge in the UK.
In New Zealand there are many providers and course fees can vary, but at AIS St Helens in Auckland it currently costs $2,900. No prior teaching experience or training is required for admission to CELTA, but you must have a college degree or diploma. For more information visit www.ais.ac.nz.
Work: A full-time job at a language school usually involves a five-day, eight-hour work week. In a work week, a teacher should expect up to 35 contact hours. Schools usually provide lesson plans and props for activities, but you don’t get paid for prep time — anything outside of your teaching hours.
Students can range in age from infants to business people. In most cases, you will need to teach in the traditional way: managing the lesson, guiding and encouraging interaction, setting exercises and, in some cases, disciplining your class. The position of teacher is often accompanied by a certain social and professional prestige. In some countries in Asia and South America, you might experience a suddenly elevated social position.
Salary: Salaries vary by country and your seniority. Volunteers can expect free food and accommodation, while more experienced teachers can expect a salary of up to $75,000 per year (as advertised on Middle East teacher recruitment websites). East).
According to www.teachenglishworldwide.com, markets in Asia and the Middle East save you the most, “up to US$1,000 per month while living well”.
Site: There are jobs in Portugal, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary or any of the other countries of the former Eastern bloc, as well as in India, Asia, East Timor and Indonesia , South America and Africa.
The experience: Think about what you want from the experience – want to learn Spanish? Go to South America. Want to study Buddhism? Go to Tibet. There’s a plethora of choices for the globetrotting English teacher with the internet your best job-hunting resource.