This is a question that many new ESL teachers ask themselves and it is a very reasonable question because moving to a different country without speaking the local language creates a lot of anxiety. Learning a foreign language is an important part of the wonderful teaching English abroad experience, but it is not necessary to find a job or teach English effectively.
Congratulations! You passed the interview with EPIK! Now, passing the interview does not mean that you got the job. Your documents have to get to South Korea before the application deadline before EPIK sends you the contract. The deadline may be a few months ahead, but do not fall asleep! There are many applicants and jobs are filled on a first come, first serve basis. You have to send all the required documents to your EPIK recruiter as soon as possible in order to avoid being placed on the waiting list. In general, positions get filled three weeks before the deadline and those on the waiting list may travel to South Korea a few months later than expected, if they get to travel at all.
JOB POST BY EPIK:
Are you interested in teaching abroad and gaining valuable teaching experience? Are you eager to work abroad in a safe and rewarding work environment with competitive benefits? EPIK (The English Program in Korea), a division of the Korean Ministry of Education is currently inviting qualified candidates to apply for our Spring 2015 teaching positions. EPIK provides all applicants with support 100% of the way, making it easy for teachers to make the transition to working and living abroad.
Teach English in Hong Kong! Private and public school jobs available. Coventry House International and Ontesol are now offering free recruitment services to all our TESOL certified teachers who meet the following requirements:
This language program is so unique that we had to write an article about it! SpeakWrite English is a company in France that offers business English lessons on commuter trains to Paris. The company hires experienced teachers to offer English lessons to small groups of business professionals 4 to 5 times per week.
Undecided about your next TEFL / TESOL destination? Take a look at the Happy Planet Index (HPI), an alternative economic index to GDP, which measures countries’ overall well-being, including health and happiness.
At the top of the list is Costa Rica, a country that enjoys both a free market economy and responsible government. Many of our TESOL certificate graduates go to Costa Rica because there are many job opportunities, it’s close to home for US and Canadian teachers, and teachers can spend their weekends visiting paradisaical beaches, waterfalls, and rain forests. Furthermore, the people are very friendly and the food is amazing!
Vietnam ranks in second position, mainly due to the low ecological footprint, which is 1.39 hectares per capita. Being one of the East Asian Tigers, Vietnam’s low ecological footprint shows the great level of efficiency and productivity that the country has achieved. As in Costa Rica, Vietnam enjoys beautiful natural places and the people are very nice. This wonderful country is also one of the top TESOL destinations chosen by our graduates!
Other countries from the list of top TESOL destinations are Argentina, which ranks number 17 in the HPI, Chile (19-HPI), and Thailand (20-HPI). Countries like Japan (45-HPI) and Germany (46-HPI) have large and professionally run TESOL industries. Respectively, ESL teachers enjoy the highest standard of living in all of East Asia and Europe, but it is interesting to see that these rich countries rank lower in the Happy Planet Index than many other developing countries.
Learn more about the Happy Planet Index! Watch this video or search Happy Planet Index on Wikipedia. The HPI is a great topic for a class discussion and there are plenty of authentic materials that qualified TESOL teachers can use in their ESL classroom!
Thailand is a very popular TESOL destination for young university graduates looking for a gap-year adventure. The weather is warm, the people are friendly, and the country is home to some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. A vacation in Thailand is very expensive and teaching English in Thailand is the best way to experience this wonderful country. As for TESOL jobs, there are many things you should consider before signing a contract in Thailand:
Many TEFL institutes and recruiters engage in unethical practices that cost teachers hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Here are the most common TEFL job scams in the industry: