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So, you want to teach English abroad? Trust me, as an English as a second language teacher, or ESL teacher, in China of more than 5 years I know that it's not a decision to be taken lightly. After all, there's so much to consider, right? There's leaving your family and friends behind, adapting to a new culture, job and financial security, safety in your destined city, and overall, starting a new life and being on your own in a foreign land.
So, you’re considering teaching English abroad. You’ve thought about moving to popular regions in South Asia like South Korea, Thailand and Japan, but you’re not sure about which is the best place for you. And low and behold, you’ve skipped over one of the most exciting major players in the region: What about becoming an ESL teacher in China?
I know—hiring English teachers is a damn hard thing to do. Sure, you’ve arranged deals with agents, placed tons of job ads across numerous ESL websites, and even offered your current employees generous stipends if they could refer a friend to teach at your company. But in the end, nothing seems to work—well, at least not in the time frame that you’d like for it to. Just how can you get those prospective ESL teachers drooling over your job?
15 Things That Have Kept Me Sane While Teaching English Abroad in China
Teaching English abroad in China has been an adventure of a lifetime. I’ve taught hundreds of young and passionate ESL learners, experienced new cultures, met people from all walks of life, and explored numerous regions around the world that I had once only known from television and movies.
[READ] My Interview With a Chinese English Language Teacher
I had the opportunity to interview Jill, a Chinese woman—also my colleague--teaching English to young children in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China. During our conversation we covered a number of hot topics such as studying English, teaching English, and what it's like to get married in China. Scroll down for a complete transcript!
10 Things Every ESL Teacher Should Do Before Moving to Teach English Abroad
You're all set. You're ready to pack your bags and begin a new adventure teaching English abroad, but maybe, just maybe, there are a few things you've forgotten to take care of.
The 12 Most Common Visa Documents Needed to Teach English Abroad
So, you've decided to teach English abroad, you’ve found an ESL employer, and now it’s time to acquire a visa. Processes differ from country to country; however, most will require the same basic documents in order to grant you permission to work as an ESL teacher.
6 Ways to Identify Common ESL Job Scams and 8 Ways to Counter Them
It’s a sad fact, but yes, scammers have even infiltrated the world of teaching English abroad, often posing as ESL employers and using the internet—emails, messengers, chat services—to prey on unsuspecting prospective ESL teachers to swindle money from.