How to teach English abroad

Teaching English abroad is a great option if you want to see more of the world while doing meaningful work. You get to experience life in a new country the way only locals can. Working as an educator, you directly impact the lives of your students while gaining valuable work experience and a salary to fund your new adventures. In the following sections, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to Teach English Abroad and take advantage of this unique opportunity.

1. Research your options

Investigate different companies and countries. Look for a reputable employer, particularly one with many years of experience in the country you want to work in. Some employers, like EF, will even cover your plane fare so it’s important to consider this when you’re figuring out where you want to work.

2. Check the Requirements

These will vary by country, but they’ll include your nationality, degree level & type, and teaching certifications.

3. Apply

It’s as easy as submitting your application! Remember to include a copy of your most recent resumé/CV. Pro tip – make your application stand out by completing any optional “description” sections.

4. Interview

To help you successfully pass this stage, we’ve put together this TEFL interview guide. And remember that this a great opportunity for you to ask us questions you might have about the job.

5. TEFL Certification

You’ll probably need a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification to start teaching abroad. You might find that your employer will sponsor you for a TEFL. Learn more about EF’s TEFL sponsorship.

6. Work Permit & Visa Documentation

This will vary by country, but at minimum you’ll need a passport with at least 18 month’s validity. EF and some other employers provide extensive support during this part of the application process, so be sure to check with your recruiter.

7. Going Abroad & Packing

Once you’ve received your work visa, it’s time to book your flights and pack your bags. Almost everyone has questions about what to pack. We’ve put together some useful tips on packing here, but the main things to remember are your documents, seasonally appropriate clothes, and a good supply of any prescription medications you take.

8. Onboarding

This varies by employer. At EF, we don’t expect you to start teaching right away. Our Onboarding Program covers everything from apartment hunting to teacher training. The program lasts about two months, giving you an opportunity to ease into the classroom and your new life abroad.

The world is waiting for you

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