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Old 09-07-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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Hello everyone,
I recently graduated from college and I am deciding what do to with my life now. I am currently applying for jobs in NYC; however, if nothing happens I am thinking about teaching English abroad. I have always told myself that teaching abroad would be an awesome experience and I know a few people who have done it. I think once I get that on my resume I will be more marketable in the career field when I look at jobs in NYC once I get back. I'd like to teach in Spain but I heard you must take a 120 hour online course and go through with getting a Visa. I chose Spain because I already speak some Spanish and I could better it there. Also, who wouldn't want to live there? Ha. My other choices are Chile, Brazil and Eastern Europe if Spain does not go through. So if anyone knows which websites are reputable I'd appreciate it. I looked at TEFLonline.com and onlineTEFL.com. Any input?
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Old 09-07-2011, 03:03 PM
 
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If you have a US passport, you will not get a job in Spain or most of the other EU countries.

Spend a few hours looking at Dave's ESL Cafe, and your questions will be answered.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:26 PM
 
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If you have a US passport, you will not get a job in Spain or most of the other EU countries.

Spend a few hours looking at Dave's ESL Cafe, and your questions will be answered.

Aww really, why??
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:26 AM
 
Location: on an island
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In two weeks, my son will leave for Spain to teach English.
He'll be there for the school year.

This is his program:
Cultural Ambassadors

I agree that you should check out Dave's Cafe, but it's interesting, all the teaching English jobs my other son got were never from there. It would not hurt to ask your former professors if they know of anything.

Btw
Both my kids majored in languages, but neither of them ever got TEFL certification, though my younger one is still considering it.
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:19 AM
 
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I meant look at Dave's for the info in the forums, as it would answer why she is unlikely to get a job in Spain.

There are a few ways around it, such as volunteer programs, that pay a stipend. Or you can take some classes at a uni there and teach some. The cultural ambassador is not what I would consider a job, as more of an experience. It pays 700 euros a month.

However, what do you have to offer students? A online cert is worthless in general, and is really only accepted in some Asian countries. If a school hires you with an online cert, chances are they would have hired you without it.

You can get hired in China if you have a Western face, breathe, and have a BA/BS. No experience necessary.

If you want to teach, get a 120 hour in-class cert. Celta, SIT, etc.

Look at Dave's, as there are 100s of people who ask the same questions you have.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:39 PM
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Dr Earth beat me to it: go to China. Read the book River Town by Peter Hessler before you go. The New Yorker's China blog is good , too.
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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There are a few ways around it, such as volunteer programs, that pay a stipend. Or you can take some classes at a uni there and teach some. The cultural ambassador is not what I would consider a job, as more of an experience. It pays 700 euros a month.
True, it's just an assistant position, and the first job that my other son had in France was about the same.
However, once you are over there, get the experience, and prove yourself, you begin networking. My older son in France now has a "real" job and 5 weeks of vacation a year. A friend he worked with at a French summer camp now heads the camp. In two years my son could, if he wanted, get his French citizenship.
All from just spending a school year teaching English to little middle school kids.
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However, what do you have to offer students? A online cert is worthless in general, and is really only accepted in some Asian countries. If a school hires you with an online cert, chances are they would have hired you without it.
True that.
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:38 PM
 
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True, it's just an assistant position, and the first job that my other son had in France was about the same.
However, once you are over there, get the experience, and prove yourself, you begin networking. My older son in France now has a "real" job and 5 weeks of vacation a year. A friend he worked with at a French summer camp now heads the camp. In two years my son could, if he wanted, get his French citizenship.
All from just spending a school year teaching English to little middle school kids.

True that.

That is pretty good, although, unlikely for most others.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:28 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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However, what do you have to offer students? A online cert is worthless in general, and is really only accepted in some Asian countries. If a school hires you with an online cert, chances are they would have hired you without it.
Hey I have a few friends who are and did teach English in South America (Where I want to go) after getting the online TEFL certificate. I think it stands for something when no one such as myself has no experience in teaching. Hopefully it refreshes my grammar which I would be teaching to many kids and it would give me the confidence instead of just going there having no absolute idea what to do...
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:23 AM
 
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That is pretty good, although, unlikely for most others.
You'd be surprised. There are quite a few people like him over there.

Motivation, fluency, and the persistence to work within the system can go a long way.

However, I agree that for a foreigner to work in the EU, you must have marketable skills, especially during these hard economic times.

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Hey I have a few friends who are and did teach English in South America (Where I want to go) after getting the online TEFL certificate. I think it stands for something when no one such as myself has no experience in teaching. Hopefully it refreshes my grammar which I would be teaching to many kids and it would give me the confidence instead of just going there having no absolute idea what to do...
Yes. Good luck!
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