Teaching English Abroad
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Advice for those who wish to teach English Abroad:
It is important to realize that there are several paths that you may take if you wish to teach English abroad. There are many programs which require the participant to pay a fee in exchange for certification and a placement, which may then be paid. In addition, there are also government or privately sponsored programs which do not require training, and offer positions that are paid, or provide a small stipend, and may include housing and airfare reimbursement. No matter the program, it is important to do careful research and communicate with the organization about your expectations and exactly what they will provide, prior to your departure.
Teaching English Abroad
The best place for solid advice on teaching abroad, both for those who are certified and wish to teach at the K-12 level, and for those who want to teach English as a Foreigh Language. From one of the top experts in the country on working abroad, at the Univ. of Michigan International Center.
Best Bets for Teaching Abroad
Tons of links, to other comprehensive teaching abroad Web sites, and to exchange and placement programs.
A great collection of resources for work, study and travel abroad.
TESOL - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Excellent resource - advice; lists of teacher training and certificate programs; job listings.
Teaching English In China
Information about teaching in China provided by the US Department of State, Bureau of Consulate affairs.
Teaching English In Korea
Information for Americans about teaching in Korea provided by the US embassy in Seoul.
Government Sponsored Programs (or Private Organizations that do not charge a fee):
The American Scandinavian Foundation
An organization designed to increase educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Nordic Countries, which gives young Americans an opportunity as a teaching assistant in Finland teaching English as a foreign language in Finnish kindergartens, schools, colleges, private and public institutions. It also gives young Americans a chance to get an insight into Finland'sculture and its people. Offers paid positions, no specific training required.
Czech Ministry of Education
Provides placement services for teachers of English in primary and secondary schools in small towns throughout the country, usually not in Prague. Teaching materials, accomodations and salary will be provided.
EPIK - English Program in Korea
EPIK is an English Teaching program that is affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Education and has been in existence since 1995. No experience necessary, comprehensive benefits provided. One year minimum committment required.
French Ministry of Education Teaching Assistantship Program
Every year, the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services at the French Embassy offer between 1,000 and 1,500 teaching assistant positions in French primary and secondary schools in all regions of France. French proficiency - minimum 3 semesters of French - is required. This is a 6-9 month program, with a stipend provided.
JET - Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme aims to promote grass roots internationalisation at the local level by inviting young overseas graduates to assist in international exchange and foreign language education in local governments, boards of education and elementary, junior and senior high schools throughout Japan. This is a paid program which has a minimum contract period of 1 year. Airfare reimbursement is also provided.
English Opens Doors Program - Chilean Ministry of Education
This is a relatively new program designed by the Chilean Ministry of Education to bring in English speaking volunteers to public schools in rural or isolated parts of the country. Volunteers are provided with housing in the form of a host family, as well as a small monthly stipend. Depending on the location to which you apply, there may be some costs involved (around $1000). Programs are 6 or 8 months; there is also a summer program and a part-time volunteer program for students studying abroad in Santiago.
Chatteris Educational Foundation - Hong Kong
The Chatteris Educational Foundation is a registered non-profit charitable organisation in Hong Kong. Its primary goals are to help students improve their English, to aid young people’s development, and to promote cultural exchange and global awareness. The foundation runs a program which invites recent college graduates to teach English in Hong Kong. No formal training or experience is necessary. Teachers are paid a salary, but airfare and housing are not provided.
Embassy of Spain North American Language and Culture Assistant Program
The Education Office of the Embassy of Spain is pleased to announce that the Spanish Ministry of Education will be sponsoring a North American Language and Culture Assistant Program for elementary and secondary schools in Spain. This program enables US and Canadian citizens to train as English Language Assistants in Spain for the school year 2009-2010. The assistants will be in close connection with experienced Spanish teachers and are meant to collaborate mostly in teaching English oral skills.
Applications for the grants offered should be completed and submitted online by April 15, 2009. Should candidates have any questions regarding this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs with fees:
TEFL Worldwide Prague
TEFL Worldwide offers a challenging and rewarding 4-week internationally recognized TEFL certificate course, which qualifies students to teach English abroad, in the enchanting city of Prague.
Information on work permits for France, Ireland, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Australia, as well as a "Teach in China" program.
Instructors receive training, certification and guaranteed jobs all within a support system designed to help make sure that everything that should go right - training, working conditions, living accommodations, security, services, social life - does go right.
Teach English Abroad with English First
Do you have what it takes to be a teacher with EF English First, part of the world's largest language school? If you have a sense of adventure, a passion for teaching English, a desire to see more of the world and a yearning for real experience of other cultures, then this could be for you. Programs in China, Indonesia or Russia.
ESL Teacher Recruiter
Hiring for over 90 private elementary schools throughout South Korea, all well established and reputable. Find a job virtually anywhere in the country with great benefits.