Want to teach ESL Abroad? Getting everything prepared can be a frustrating and tiresome process, but once it’s done, it is well worth the effort. I have tried to simplify the process for you by linking the necessary sites below that you will need to make your journey a smooth one. To start, let’s have a look at some of the requirements.
To teach ESL abroad, you must be a native English speaker from South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the UK, or the USA.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO TEACH ESL ABROAD
- A passport with at least one year of validity.
- Passport photos(check the size required for the country you plan to reside in)
- A bachelor’s degree in any subject. If you have a degree in education or teaching you will get paid a higher salary than others who don’t.
- A police clearance – This is also called a criminal record check. Do this three months in advance.
- A notarized copy of the police clearance.
- An apostille or legalization of the Police clearance.
- A Notarized copy of your bachelor’s degree.
- An apostille or legalization of the notarized bachelor’s degree.
- A TESOL Certificate – 120 hours or more with classroom practice.
- A notarized copy of the TESOL certificate.
- An embassy attestation of the following: Your notarized TESOL, your apostilled or legalized police clearance, and your degree certificate. This should be done at the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to reside in.
- Two reference letters from your university/college, or you will need teaching reference letters from a previous employer/s showing that you worked for them for a period of two years.
- An introduction video of yourself. Dress formally, smile, and show off your personality. Speak a bit about your teaching experience and educational background. The main purpose of this is to hear what you sound like and to get a feel for who you are.
- Create a demo lesson. Film yourself teaching a class. If you don’t have actual students, you can use your friends or family members. Just pretend that you are teaching real students.
Here are a few companies that can assist you in getting the required documents processed as soon as possible.
All of the companies below can assist you with the complete legalization process. This includes obtaining the CRC.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
NBC This is where you can obtain your background check.
Accurate Biometrics You can also obtain your background check from this site.
National Apostille This is where you can have your documents legalized.
THE UNITED KINGDOM
Hague Apostille This place will legalize your documents in two days! Online orders can be placed. This is one of the most convenient services available for the expedited processing of documents.
ACRO This is where you can apply for your police clearance. Their standard service will have your documents processed in 12 days. The premium service will have it processed in four.
Apostille Their services include the apostille and legalization of documents.
Garda handles the processing of police clearance certificates.
AFP offers a criminal record check service.
AFP Check They also process police clearances.
Apostille legalizes documents.
Verifications Canada legalizes documents.
Worldwide Forensic Services They offer the complete legalization process as a service.
Worldwide Forensic Services CRC This is the link to their police clearance service.
BM Law This company offers notary and apostille services.
Veritas Check The company processes police clearances.
CV Check They offer police clearance services.
Gov legalizes documents.
Dave’s ESL Cafe’ This is probably the most popular international ESL job site.
LinkedIn is always a great platform for anyone looking for a career change. You can find ESL positions here.
Tealit This is a go-to platform for teachers wanting to work in Taiwan.
ESL ROK This is a job site for teachers wishing to work in South Korea.
EPIK is a teacher placement program for persons wishing to work at South Korean public schools.
EChinacities is an ESL job site for teachers wanting to work in China.
When you first enquire about finances, you may be told to bring way less money than is actually required. This is how a lot of teachers get trapped in uncomfortable situations. It is advisable that you bring slightly more than you think is needed to avoid this. Schools often pay you a month and a half after you start, so you will need money to get by during that period. I don’t suggest borrowing from the school as they might want to hold onto important documents of yours in exchange. With that said, it is possible to get by on the bare minimum depending on your lifestyle, frugalness, and ability to rough it out. However, we advise against this. Below are our budget recommendations for a comfortable living situation.
Prices are set in USD.
Rent(most Asian countries): $600 per month for single housing. On average you will need two months’ rent and one month’s deposit.
Food(Asian): $50 to $100 per week.
Western food prices are generally the same as what you will find back home, or they can be slightly more expensive due to import costs, so It is advisable to eat locally.
Visa fees: $200 – $300
Medical check fees in Asia: Around $100(depending on the country).
Public transport: $50 to $100 per month(depending on the country).
One-way flight: On average this is about $500-1000(depending on when you are flying and where you are flying from).
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