This is a very common question I’ve received on many occasions…
I speak English and I even have a degree in English, but I’m not from America or the U.K. Can I get a job teaching ESL in Korea?
The answer to this question is…it’s possible. Anything is possible.
The main obstacle for you will be whether or not you’re from a country designated by the country in which you would like to work.
Though there are some other subtle reasons, they wouldn’t be hard stops for you. The reason I mentioned above will be.
I comment on this in my recent vlog and go into some other reasons why you’ll find it difficult, but also, why you SHOULDN’T GIVE UP!
A follow up another Q&A topic dealing with what major is best for teaching English abroad?
What Certification is best?
The topic of certifications is a vast array of choices. There are acronyms like TESOL, TESL, TEFL, CELTA, etc. that can be difficult to navigate if you’re still unfamiliar with the whole lay of the land. In short, TESOL/TESL/TEFL are generally interchangeable. They are ESL certifications that offer 50, 100, 120 hour courses.
I receive many questions through both my YouTube channel and Red Dragon Diaries blog. I get a bit of everything, but some of the important questions regarding teaching English abroad center around college majors and TESOL certifications.
Both of these things can impact your options when looking to secure a teaching job abroad. Much of it depends on the country or even school that you’re interested in applying to.
See the accompanying Q&A dealing with what teaching certifications are best?
What Major is best?
This is the 3rd post in a 5 part series about how to make your EPIK job awesome. This tip is more straightforward but surprisingly causes new teachers a lot of grief, especially if its unexpected. You will be spending a lot of time during the hottest and coldest days of the year sitting at your desk. Here are some tips to help make your office more comfortable!
Recently I was contacted by Rich Gedney of Travel Auteurs on YouTube about a new project of his. Rich had asked if he could interview me on Blog Talk Radio about my life teaching English in Korea as an expat.
Travel Auteurs is a new project where YouTubers from around the world are interviewed about their lives relating to filmmaking for their respective channels.
As a full time teacher of English as a Second Language I come across many ways in which to encourage learners to activate their acquired language. During this summer (2013) I was teaching teenaged Italian students in Ireland, and I found that more so that my past experiences, my students were very active online. I thought of ways in which I could get them to use this interest in a lesson.
About a year ago people would ask me if I was going to stay in Korea for the rest of my life. My typical response was something like, "Unless I can figure something out to do back home, Korea is my home for now." I really didn't think about going back home and heading to graduate school. But as we all know my mind changed and I'm heading to be a student again.
Reference letters, although not difficult, can take some time. If you request a reference letter from someone you will be dependent upon their ability (or willingness) to take time out of their day to write it, print it, sign it, scan it, and email it to you. If you've asked a former boss to provide a reference letter and they truly are busy (not all bosses are created equal) then it may be very difficult for them to take time out to do it.
Today we got hit by Typhoon Sanba. Being from Florida, I'd have to say that it was more of a tropical storm than an all out typhoon. Nonetheless, the winds were pretty gnarly and I think my beloved scooter got knocked over and then picked up. One of the mirrors is broken and the plastic casing for the handlebars is cracked. Oh well - it's not exactly a gem and it was free, so no heartache.