Hi everybody! I've got a question that I'm sure many of you could help me with.
I plan on going to law school after I graduate (I'm a senior now) and so I'm applying to law schools and taking the LSAT and what not. I will be graduating in the spring. My plan is to get accepted somewhere, defer a year, and travel to some foreign country somewhere and teach english. I've spoken with a couple people who said they did something similar, so I know its possible.
My question is, how do I go about finding english teaching jobs once I get over there? Are there certain countries where there are more plentiful opportunities for an american (IE they pay better)? Are there companies in america that will help support me by finding me a job there? Are some of these companies better/more trustworthy than others? I'd like to have a solid job plan ironed out because I've heard too many stories of people being sent over to other countries only to find out that their job is something like teaching on a donation basis or for less than a living wage.
My goal is to get some life experience in a place completely foreign to me, without completely destroying my finances. Help me TL!
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buickskylark Canada. October 25 2011 03:33. Posts 664
It would help if you knew someone from the countries you want to teach in. When I was in Vietnam the requirements for teaching weren't that great, as long as you spoke great english and bonus if you're White, jobs are relatively easy to find. Just don't expect to be getting rich of the gig. Think of it more as a paid vacation with side perks if you catch my drift.
I had volunteers teach English at my school in Peru. They said they got paid around $600. Which, for Peru, is 1.5 times minimum wage; so not too bad, especially considering that the acquisitive power of the dollar is almost 3 times as much. However, this was a private school, so circumstances might be different.
If you're doing it for the experience, I think you're fine, but if you're trying to save up for college, I think a European country would be your best choice. Not sure about the companies, though.
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[uci] Fizik United States. October 25 2011 06:16. Posts 260
I am thinking of doing the same thing, but in Korea.
If you google "Teach English in Korea" there are multiple head-hunter sites that are looking for native english speakers to go abroad and teach elementary/middle school kids english. It is actually a pretty good gig paying anywhere from 1.5k-2k+ a month, housing provided (or stipend provided). They are usually year long contracts that give you a 1month salary bonus at the end of contract. They also pay for your flight there (some may or may not pay for your flight back).
I am applying to these programs, hopefully beable to make some money, enjoy Korea and its e-Sports scene!
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GregerOlsson Sweden. October 25 2011 22:56. Posts 9
I meet a lot of teachers in Vietnam and as buickskylark the requirements are not that high and no teacher education was required. Keep in mind that in many "developed" you need special premission to teach and they only hire people with education i know this to be true for Hong Kong and i would image its true for Korea.
Go for some developing Asian country and I'm sure you will have a good time.