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Teach in a private language school in Bari, Puglia.

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Teaching English to young learners in Jakarta, Bogor, or Tangerang.

How To Become A Private English Teacher In Your Dream Country Abroad

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A Brief Summary of my 2 year journey teaching English

From feeling totally lost with my career direction as a new graduate to where I am now, here’s what got me into teaching English and how.

How Teaching English Abroad Can Get You Unstuck in Life!

Too many people don’t properly try a life away from home overseas because they are worried or scared of all the things that could go wrong. While I am not here to say these things don’t happen from time to time, I am here to explain how it has never been easier and more accessible (let’s say post pandemic).

Teaching English abroad is the ultimate way to get you unstuck in life (no matter your age), especially if you are feeling lost in the day-to-day routine or don’t know what to do after graduating. 

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear.”

George Addair

...But I don’t see myself as the typical ‘teacher’ type!

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I have met many different kinds of English teachers; from super introverted to the loudest in the room, so don’t assume it takes a certain kind of person for this job, as (school-depending) everyone can have a different teaching style to suit their personality. 

Different kinds of teaching methods include:

Create lessons based on curriculum provided by school (similar to UK school teachers).

Use textbooks and materials provided by company, with the flexibility to adapt to your own teaching style.

Use company textbook exactly as taught in training with precise structure to follow (no prep time needed).

Conversation lessons.

Lessons created specifically to suit the students goals and interests.

Different kinds of classroom set ups include:

Typical kids classroom in a government school (approx 20 students) with bilingual assistant.

Small groups of kids or adults in an after school private English company (2-8 students).

1-to-1 lessons with all ages.

Outdoor camp environment with games and activities.

...But I don’t have any relevant qualifications or experience!

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Absolutely no problem! As a native English speaker, you are already in huge demand abroad! Even non-native speakers, if you can prove your fluency and mastery of English you too can teach abroad. 

Having a degree (of any kind) from university opens more doors for you. Furthermore if you can spend a little of your free time to complete a basic TEFL course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), you will be on the best footing to get started in even more countries. Check out the different TEFL courses at The TEFL Academy.

As for experience, as long as you are enthusiastic about the job and show common sense, likability, and maturity in your interview you are sure to be hired.

...But I won’t earn as much as I can back home!

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Depending on location, experience and of course how much your UK job pays you, you might end up making more! Anything from £400-£4000 per month is possible for your first year teaching. As living costs vary so greatly around the world, the salary reflects this. For example, South America and Eastern Europe have a much lower cost of living than UAE and Asia. 

Here’s a few zero-experience  jobs I found on a quick search (March 2021) in some awesome locations:

🌍 Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Umm Al Quwain

💷 £3,400/month + flight tickets and relocation costs for teacher, spouse and up to 3 dependents.

📜 Degree and TEFL certificate required.

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🌏 Various cities

💷 £1600/month + flight ticket + accommodation + bonuses

📜 Native speaker, degree and TEFL certificate required

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💷 £1600/month + bonuses

📜 Native speaker, degree and TEFL certificate required

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🌏 Tokyo

💷 £1800/month + travel costs + accommodation

📜 University degree required

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🌏 Various locations

💷 £680/month + accommodation

📜 Native speaker required, degree, and TEFL certificate required 

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🌏 Seoul

💷 £1300/month + airfares + bonuses + accommodation

📜 Degree & TEFL certificate required

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🌍 Various locations

💷 £600/month + freedom to take private lessons for additional income

📜 University degree required

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🌍 Various locations

💷 £600+/month

📜 TEFL certificate required

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🌎 Valle del Cauca

💷 £350/month + bonuses

📜 Native speaker and degree required

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...But I can’t speak any foreign languages and don’t like travelling alone!

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Travelling alone: It may come as a surprise to a lot of people but I don’t like travelling on my own either and would never choose to take a solo holiday. I believe experiences are much better when shared, and upon moving into a new place I have never had to do a day trip alone as the other teachers and colleagues are always interested in going places together. 

It’s also easy to get involved in the local expat community who are always organising meetups, activities, and events via Facebook.

Having said that, depending on how much free time you have you may not get as much time to socialise as you’d like. Try to figure this out before accepting a job with awkward working hours  – something I didn’t do for Japan! (Japan post coming soon).

Speaking foreign languages: This is literally the smallest problem of all, as a typical ESL job requires you to ONLY speak English in lessons. This is so the class is an ‘immersive’ English experience for the students. In fact, most places even see it as a bad thing if you can speak the native language as they know you’ll use it in lessons!

You’ll be surprised by how far you can get on hand gestures and essential phrases like ‘please’, ‘thank you’, ‘hello’, and ‘I don’t understand’ – Trust me on this one!

Moreover, most good companies will provide free lessons for learning the basics which is a nice hobby that allows you to embrace the culture more.

... But I’ll miss home too much, and not sure if I’ll last a year!

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This can really be the ultimate worry for all you over-thinkers out there. To avoid having second thoughts you can make a safer decision by:

Choosing somewhere you visited before so you already know what to expect and are generally more prepared for the new lifestyle as you won’t experience culture shock or anything like that.

Getting a shorter contract as there are plenty of jobs offering 6 month contracts and even shorter, especially in and around Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan etc.

Doing a Summer job! These are actually some of the funnest kinds of ESL jobs out there which will hardly feel like work at all. In Europe, every country hosts countless English summer camps for kids to be immersed in the language and hence need plenty of native speakers to work there. So definitely look out for this if you can’t commit to a serious full time job.

Recommended Angloville is a great company that offers programs in so many countries across Europe and really has the potential to make your Summer amazing! (I volunteered there last Summer – post coming soon!) 

Sometimes in life, you gotta stop overthinking things and take ACTION! One of my favourite quotes that I try to live by as much as possible is;

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!"

So there it is, hope that answers your main questions for now. Any other worries or concerns? I will be writing a ton of posts on this subject over the coming months, so be sure to subscribe or comment and I will definitely get back to you.

Still wondering, "What if?"

Read my post specifically about the decision-making process of moving abroad. Weigh up all the pros and cons and complete the journal exercise if you’re the kind of person who likes lists and needs to see things written down.

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Hi! I'm Robyn, a Scottish girl who has been embracing and enjoying life abroad since 2014 through work, study and volunteering opportunities!