Teaching English Abroad

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Has anyone here taught English as a foreign language abroad?

I'm just trying to explore different options for after I graduate... I've got a little while, but I'm feeling like I really need to expand my horizons past what my major (International Affairs) usually offers. I really want to travel and see the world for a little while after I graduate, and this just seems like a nice opportunity.

I'd love to hear stories/experiences if any curlies have them! Also, what kind of certification did you get? It seems like most places in the US offer TESOL/TESL/TEFL, whereas CELTA appears to be more common in Europe, if I'm understanding things correctly. Is there an advantage one way or the other? I know that some countries don't require certification at all if you have a Bachelor's degree, but that sounds absolutely terrifying to me.

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And it will steal your innocence
But it will not steal your substance
But you are not alone in this"

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You forget kayb?
I don't remember if it's Tuchie, but there is at least one other poster who has mentioned it.
I have a few friends in Shanghai who do it.
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Wait, is THAT why kayb was in Japan? (Er, Japan right?)

Omg. Suddenly it's all so clear!
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"And death is at your doorstep
And it will steal your innocence
But it will not steal your substance
But you are not alone in this"

“My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne.” - Tina Fey
My friend is doing it right now.

She loves it. I don't know anything else LOL.
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That was in fact was I was doing in JPN.

There are quite a few programmes I know of that don't require EFL certification.

JET requires a uni degree in any area, but it can get super competitive depending on where in the US you are applying from. EG NYC/DC/Seattle too can be a bit harder.

There is INTERAC which is also in JPN.

However, there is a French programme which I don't know all the details about but I have a few friends who have been on that so I can get more info in you need it.

Another one is in Korea, EPIK, I think.

None of these require EFL/ESL training.

All the programmes I have listed have great reviews. Especially JET.

Living abroad is great, I would go back to Japan again but I would ask to be in a bigger city. Most of my friends who have been on the French programme were placed in the countryside, and they all loved it.
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I ain't thirsty. There's plenty of fish in the sea, but I don't want all of them, can I have some standards? Or do we just have to settle, for someone's who meh and will do.
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Thanks kayb! I'll definitely be looking into these programs.

By the way, off topic, but... I meant to let you know that I ended up applying for an internship I found on idealist! I hadn't heard about that site until you sent me those links!
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"And death is at your doorstep
And it will steal your innocence
But it will not steal your substance
But you are not alone in this"

“My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne.” - Tina Fey
YAY!!!! All the best, SCG, and you are most welcome.

If you need any more info/questions on any of the programmes (or JET) lemme know.
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I ain't thirsty. There's plenty of fish in the sea, but I don't want all of them, can I have some standards? Or do we just have to settle, for someone's who meh and will do.
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A colleague's son is teaching in Korea- he loves it.
I know that Chile is working very hard to create a nation of bilingual people, so there are many opportunities to teach English there.

I also have an acquaintance who is currently teaching in Colombia. She attended a job fair, had a choice of countries, and the company placed her with a school and pay for her apartment. I could find out more info, if you'd like.

Also, when I was travelling throughout Central America (especially Guatemala), there was an abundance of opportunities to teach English.
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My cousin did that in Italy. I can try to find out some more info from her if you would be interested.
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
I know that Chile is working very hard to create a nation of bilingual people,
Originally Posted by Rubber Biscuit
Not to totally derail this, but why aren't we in the US doing this?

For you folks who know something about these TESOL programs, is there such a thing here in the US? Also, if you teach English abroad, are you just teaching school aged kids, or are you also teaching adults?
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It can be adults or kids.
Curlyarca, being bilingual with English as the second language is all that matters! We don't care about all those other peasant languages.
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^It's so ridiculous. The rest of the world is leaving us behind.

I should clarify: why don't we have T[Some other language]SOL programs here. I know we have ESOL stuff here. (Not trying to be purposefully confusing.)

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

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Yeah, I got what you meant. I seem to remember that either Mandarin or Japanese was a language some countries are trying to teach. Not the US of course.
How much does it cost participants abroad in ESOL courses, anyone know?

Too bad there's no low cost sort of option like this for kids and adults here. I'd totally do it. Certifications are great, but if they make it cost more to learn a language, I'd be willing to risk learning from a non-certified teacher.

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

4a, mbl, low porosity, normal thickness, fine hair.
Yeah, I know what you mean, curlyarca.

FWIW, my Arabic teacher isn't "certified" in any way, and she's a better teacher than some of my college professors...

I also wish the US put more of an emphasis on multilingualism.
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"And death is at your doorstep
And it will steal your innocence
But it will not steal your substance
But you are not alone in this"

“My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne.” - Tina Fey
In my city, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, German, and Spanish are taught in public elementary schools. There are only so many spots in each program and they are chosen by lottery. My kids are in the Japanese immersion program, one does really well, and the other struggles. I'm not sure about the other programs, but the Japanese program goes all the way through high school. In elementary they spend half their day learning in Japanese, but middle and high school it goes down to one or two classes a day.

And most of our schools have ESL teachers, too. There's a very diverse population here. I think another way to help adults would be to volunteer at a literacy program. My husband had looked into it and a lot of the students were immigrants.
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My friend's son taught English in Japan through Interac.
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If you are okay with a 2-year commitment and not having too much say on location, I recommend the Peace Corps. They have TEFL volunteer assignments in a number of countries. What's nice is that there are no fees or costs for volunteers, and Peace Corps takes care of travel arrangements, visas, training, etc.
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Oh, I forgot about the PC. I think that would be a good fit for SCG.
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