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WELCOME

WHAT THIS GUIDE IS ABOUT Introduction

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Teach Abroad FAQ

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5 Steps to Getting a Teaching Job Abroad Choose the Right Location: Country Comparisons in 2017-18 How to Stand Out from the Crowd How to Nail Your Interview

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Teach Abroad Plan: How to Have the Best Year Abroad!

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The #1 Thing You Must Do if You Get a Job Offer

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This updated 2017/2018 guide comes from our years of experience in the international teacher recruitment industry, connecting new and experienced educators to schools around the world. Additionally, we study the market itself. By scanning the most popular job boards and sifting through the offers on the major recruiter websites, we know the opportunities that are out there and where to start your job search. We know which locations have schools with real job offers and have written this guide with the first-time overseas teacher in mind. We hope you enjoy reading about exotic lands abroad; but more importantly, we hope you do something with it.

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INTRODUCTION The attraction to teaching abroad may reflect a desire to experience the exotic, a chance to gain international experience after college, a way to improve a stagnating career, or aspirations to live and work in a new and challenging environment. The things you learn — both personal and professional — can shape an exhilarating, fulfilling life.

" T r a v e l w hile y ou're y o u n g and able. D o n ' t worry about t h e money , just m ak e i t w ork . E xpe r i e nce is f ar m or e v a luable than m on e y w ill ever be."

Did you know that with just a BA, you can dive into a full-time, paid job with monthly savings, have amazing travel opportunities, and learn the skills of managing a crosscultural classroom? Learning to teach well gives you an invaluable skill set that translates to many other career fields, as well.

Wherever your heart is set upon, the process of learning about teaching opportunities abroad is difficult. Furthermore, trusting the job posters on the major industry job boards, such as Dave's ESL Café, can be dubious, and recruiters force you to choose between their (limited) options. This guide will provide you with the information, advice and resources you will need to start your first adventure teaching English abroad. Armed with a thorough understanding of how the system works, and with the proper preparation and mindset, you will soon stand a good chance of heading off to your first teaching job abroad!

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Teachers -- good teachers -- are some of the most valued members of society. They are responsible for the way entire generations grow into the people they will become. A large number of bright young people teach overseas each year. They want to take on the challenges and responsibilities of teaching, while also experiencing the beauty of the unknown, the lands beyond home.


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KNOW THE BASICS: TEACH ABROAD FAQS Do I need to speak the language? What will I teach? Is a BA required? Do I need experience? Do I need TEFL certification? How long are the contracts? Is safety a concern? I don’t want to leave my friends and family for a year! Can teaching abroad boost my resume? Can I teach with family, friends, or a spouse? Can non-native English speakers teach abroad? What is the maximum age? Criminal background check Other “soft” requirements NOTE: These requirements are based on getting a legal teaching visa. You might have heard of teaching in Asia on a tourist visa or business visa, but these are (usually) technically illegal options; therefore, you could be subject to fines and deportation if anyone found out and cared enough to report you to the local immigration office. Nonetheless, we have to acknowledge many teachers use the tourist visa as a means of flexibility. Just know the risks. A visa is the government's approval to allow you into the country, and it dictates what activities you can or can't participate in. Having a tourist visa does not allow you to teach. You should make sure, your school is providing you with a legal teaching/work visa.

Do I need to speak the language?

No, you don’t. It's not necessary to speak the language of the country you're going to — but try to learn! If you'll be teaching in a major metropolis, you can get by fine with just English. If you'll be teaching in a rural area, learning the language will be more important. What will I teach?

Most of you will be teaching ESL / TEFL / TESOL / EFL / etc. (all the different acronyms you'll see just mean the same thing: teaching the English language). If you're a licensed K-12 subject teacher, you are eligible to teach at private or international schools. Is a Bachelor's Degree required?

For a paid teaching job, yes. You must have a Bachelor's degree or higher. For volunteer teaching programs, a degree is often not required. If you don't have a BA and want to teach, read "Where can I teach abroad without a degree?" 5


Do I need to have experience? Will I get training?

Most countries do not require years of experience for teaching English abroad; they will expect you to have at least a 120-Hour TEFL Certificate. An online certificate will be just fine if you want to go to Africa or South America. Salaries are very low there, so schools don't ask as much. If, however, they want to see an actual teaching practicum with EFL students, unless you can prove that to them, they will not consider you. You have to ask yourself the question of whether you want a high or a low salary. Your answer will guide you to the TEFL program you have to select, either onsite or online. If you are a licensed K-12 or university teacher who wants to teach in your subject area, you will likely need to prove 2+ years of teaching experience to get hired at a private or international school.

Do I need TEFL certification to teach abroad?

Yes, to teach English abroad. Schools usually only give jobs to teachers who put in the effort to obtain TEFL Certification (Teach English as a Foreign Language). A 120-hour TEFL certificate is a standard requirement by many governments to issue a work visa. The Middle East and Asia (with a few exceptions) require an in-class TEFL certification with teaching practice. In-class courses are more expensive; however, they prepare you the best. If you can settle for a school in the very countryside of South Korea or China (as an example), the school may still be able to provide you with a work visa because the administrators know somebody in the government. Most teachers would like to work in the larger cities. Here it is extremely competitive, and schools have options. So you have to go by the rules. To teach a K-12 or university subject, you'll need a teaching certification in that subject area. However, our experience in recruiting has taught us that you can have an MA/ MS/ PhD in that subject area to substitute for certification. Schools view content mastery as the main requirement, though you obviously have to demonstrate a great aptitude for teaching if you don't have proper certification (create a video on your profile to accomplish this). They expect you to complete a 120-hour onsite TEFL course in lieu of traditional teacher training. 6

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However, China is special (and China deserves special attention because it is by far the biggest market for teachers). In China's Tier 1 cities, they have a 2-year "experience" requirement for English teachers (they say you need two years of post-college "work experience," which doesn't have to be teaching). Yes, they categorize them by "tiers," but Tier 2 and 3 cities are still huge cities with high living standards. In reality, and this is backed up by our recruitment experiences with Chinese EFL schools, most schools (that aren't in the heavily desired Tier-1 teaching markets of Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong) can get you a visa, even if you have no experience. Schools can waive this because of their relationship with their local government officials.


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How long are the contracts?

When teaching English, most contracts are twelve months. You can find some three- or six- month contracts here and there. See the Country Comparisons Chart on Page 13 for the length of contracts in those places. If you're a licensed K-12 or university subject teacher at a private or international school, most contracts are 12-24 months in Asia and 24 months in the Middle East. Can I save a lot of money?

Yes. Teaching abroad is great for this! Asia and the Middle East are the primary places where you will be able to earn enough to save a lot. See the Country Comparison Chart on Page 13 in the brochure for how much you can expect to save in the most popular teach-abroad destinations (calculated by average teacher salary minus the cost of living, including leisure spending such as travel). If you're looking to save money or pay off a debt, you can find teaching jobs in Asia or the Middle East for which you can save $10,000 or more (not just make, but save) in twelve months.

Is safety a concern?

If you're teaching in a popular teaching destination, chances are you will be in an environment that is friendly to Westerners. Nonetheless, be a smart traveler. Read Travel Safety Tips of the state department or the consulates. I don't want to leave my family and friends for a year

We guess this isn't a question, but it's a common fear people have. Do you know how quickly your year abroad will pass? Faster than you realize. When you're busy absorbing a new culture, making new friends and teaching, a year will go by quickly, believe me. And guess what? Your family and friends will still be there when you get back, hanging on to every story! In addition, modern technology (blogs, messaging apps, social media, and Skype) allows you to stay in touch easily and make your friends and family jealous of your awesome adventures! 7


Can teaching abroad

boost my resume?

Yes, it can. I really enjoyed a post on Travel Pulse addressing a college student's concern about teaching abroad as looking like a blank space on his resume. Teaching abroad can look good on a resume if you invest in yourself and the job position. For example, I now have the confidence to stand in front of people twice my age (most of them with PhDs) and lecture about business principles in English-speaking countries. That same confidence relates to all other forms of public speaking. Can I teach abroad with friends, family, or spouse?

Yes, you can. Teaching couples and friends often ask about this possibility. Look at our blog post for the respective information. It covers some basics you need to understand about housing, jobs, and education for children if you want to teach with another person. Are there nationality requirements?

Does this mean non-native English speakers can't get jobs teaching English abroad? No, it doesn't. It's more challenging. Indians, Filipinos, Europeans, etc., who speak excellent English, should request the advice article. Follow our advice to make schools view you as a teaching professional that would improve their educational atmosphere.

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In the teach-abroad industry, native English speakers are defined as having passports from one of these countries: •US •Canada •UK •Ireland •South Africa •Australia •New Zealand

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To teach English in Asia or the Middle East (the biggest markets for teachers), most countries require you to have a passport from a "native English-speaking country" (US, CAN, UK, IRE, AUS, NZ, or SA) for at least 15 years. The requirements for Europe and Latin America are more relaxed, though the markets are much smaller (i.e., fewer jobs). To teach a K-12 subject at an international school (if you're a licensed teacher), the citizenship requirement is relaxed.


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Can teaching abroad

boost my resume?

Yes and no. I know there are many of you 60+, retired teachers out there who would love to teach abroad! There is no definite answer here. The governments of the popular teach abroad destinations around the world don't all have strict rules in place. Even if they do, the province-level governments of the schools that are requesting visas for teachers might be more lenient in granting visas to older-than-allowed teachers. They might be if they recognize that it's difficult to attract teachers. There are conflicting reports from everywhere (especially China) about the age requirements to teach English abroad (or K-12): The maximum is 55, no wait it's 65, no wait it's any age as long as the school can convince the immigration officials on your behalf. To be honest, these reports are all correct! My advice for candidates older than 55 is as follows: 1. Ask schools if your age will be an issue when you apply. 2. Add a video to your profile (read more about this later in the book), which makes you more than just "an applicant." Show them that you are a vibrant, professional teacher that can add great value to their school community.

For more information, check out our blog at

www.becomeenglishteachers.com

Do I need a Criminal Background Check (CBC)?

You won’t have to worry about this until you’re officially hired, and you have to collect documents to apply for a visa to legally teach in the country to which you will be going. When applying to teach around the world, almost every government will require a CBC from a state-level police department (i.e., New York State Police). This is easy to obtain; just call your state- or province-level police department and ask how to get a background check. You probably can just request it online. Korea is the exception! You must have a clean, national-level, criminal background check. This requires getting a fingerprint card done and sending it to your country's national-level police department (i.e., the FBI in the US, Scotland Yard in the UK, RCMP in Canada, etc.) with a completed application form and a small fee. Ordering a CBC can take anywhere from 4-12 weeks, unfortunately. So get started right away. Waiting will adversely affect your ability to get hired. Your background check cannot be older than six months at the time of your visa application. 9


Other "soft requirements" that schools prefer

The requirements to teach abroad can be flexible, as you read before. Here are some other things that schools look for in candidates: 1. Candidates who show a passion for teaching. Many first-time teachers are intimidated by teaching, but it is extremely rewarding and a lot of fun. 2. For college tutoring academies: Graduates of good universities (top 30 universities such as Oxford and Yale, but places like NYU and Pomona as well). Brand names of good schools are significant factors in hiring at test-prep academies that market their classes to parents who hope to one day send their kids to a school in the U.S.

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3. A bright personality! Honestly, this is really the biggest asset that schools are looking for. The certifications are nice; however, they want people with great personalities. Spending the 20 minutes to create an excellent profile video will go a long way toward getting hired by a school that wants to find great personalities

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CHAPTER 3

5 STEPS TO GETTING A JOB TEACHING ABROAD

1. Start the process early.

Review organizations and jobs for teaching overseas and begin contacting schools and recruiters three to six months in advance of when you want to start teaching.

2. If you are interested in teaching

abroad in one or two countries only, write directly to schools located in these regions and apply to their jobs. Make sure your profile has a complete resume, two recommendations, a professional photo, and an introduction video.

3. When applying to jobs, indicate when you will be available for a Skype interview.

Request "Ten Tips for a Successful Skype Interview" from us.

4. Select the organization that seems

most suited to your needs, taking into consideration not just the salary or city, but your goals for your time abroad. Consider if you value free time, vacation days, language study, weather, small classes, etc.

5. Select the organization that seems

most suited to your needs, taking into consideration not just the salary or city, but your goals for your time abroad. Consider if you value free time, vacation days, language study, weather, small classes, etc.

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CHOOSE THE RIGHT LOCATION: COUNTRY COMPARISONS 2017-18 OPPORTUNITIES FOR PAID TEACHING: WHAT’S OUT THERE

If you want to teach and save money

You can see that the largest demand and salaries are in Asia and the Middle East. This does not mean that you cannot find a paying English teaching job in another country (for example, Latin America or Europe); it just means, there is an established market for English teachers in the countries highlighted above. Schools there are willing to pay to recruit teachers (like you) from overseas. If you want to teach in a specific country not highlighted on the map

You can find jobs in other countries not highlighted above. It will be more difficult unless you have feet on the ground there or connections via iTTi, or you participate in a volunteer program. Schools in these countries are not likely to spend money recruiting native English-speaking teachers from overseas; rather, they look for teachers in their local city. Examples: France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, etc. So as a foreigner, you should walk into their place to apply for a job.

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MAP OF DEMAND FOR TEACHER RECRUITMENT


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POPULAR LOCATION COMPARISONS

*We have calculated the monthly savings potential based on cost of living, which includes spending on leisure and travel.

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ASIA

In short, Asia is the region for first-time teachers abroad who want to save some money, and for career-subject teachers with or without families. China is the market leader. There is a huge demand for young, energetic Englishlanguage teachers (ESL/TEFL/TESL) in Asia. The Big 3 in the East are the largest markets: China is by far the biggest market for teaching jobs in the entire world, due to its economic and population growth. Korea and Japan continue to be major markets for EFL teachers; however, these are well-known teacher job markets by now and are, therefore, saturated with teachers. Getting an EFL job in South Korea or Japan is no longer as easy as it used to be! Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries are continuing a slow climb into becoming major destinations for teachers, though jobs in these tropical locations have little savings potential. But the beach sure is nice....

EUROPE

In short, the European job market for hiring English teachers from abroad is small due to the ease with which they can find their own native-level English-speaking teachers. Although many have the dream of teaching English and traveling throughout Europe, it has a small job market for English teachers compared to Asia and the Middle East. There are seasonal recruiting openings in Spain, Poland, and Russia. The market for English teachers in Europe is small because they can easily find nativelevel English-speaking teachers in their own cities, or from nearby England. It doesn't mean there is not any demand. In fact, there is, but it means the salaries will be comparably lower than those in other regions, and the jobs will be fewer and farther in between.

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Learn more! Browse Asian City Guides and Asian Country Guides on iTTi.


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MIDDLE EAST

In short, the Mid East is a high-paying region for teachers with experience. The United Arab Emirate’s ADEC (Abu Dhabi Education Council) is a major employer in the region.

The Middle East is often viewed as the place for teachers with some experience under their belt, and it is the place where teachers can make and save the most money. Many teachers start at postings in Asia because of the huge demand there and move on to higher salaried positions in Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE, etc. This higher salary is a reflection of their desire to attract more Western educators to the Middle East. Learn more! Browse Middle East City Guides and MidEast Country Guides on iTTi.

LATIN AMERICA

In short, similar to that in Europe, the job market for hiring English teachers in Central and South America is small compared to those in Asia and the Middle East.

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HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD ON THE iTTi NETWORK Getting started

First thing is to sign up at our job portal. Recruiters and HR Managers look for teachers there, and you can apply to teaching jobs posted by reputable organizations and schools around the world.

Complete your Recruiting Details, Resume and Upload your Profile Photo A professional photo is especially important for Asia. Make sure to fill out all the Recruiting Details on your profile. They are important because it’s here where employers will learn more about you. Set up your Resume for the same reasons. Highlight your intentions, your skills, and the reasons why you would be a good candidate for the job. Check out the article from iTTi at www.becomeenglishteachers.com about how to write a teacher resume.

In our experience, people with intro videos got interviews almost twice as much as those who didn't take the time to supplement their application with a video. They let their personalities and attitudes about education come out in the videos, which really made hiring managers interested because it added a human touch. Especially if you don't have any experience, or are a non-native speaker, you should really create an introduction video. Cross-cultural recruitment is a tricky business, and schools are always concerned about one thing: Does this teacher have a good personality? If you can help them see your personality, you will have bridged a culture gap and gone to the top of that employer's applicant list! How to Record a Video

Use software on your computer to record yourself answering the below questions and then upload it to YouTube. Popular software includes Photo Booth for Mac OS X and Camera for Windows 8+. 1. What's your name and where are you from? 2. What's your educational background? 3. Why do you consider teaching Engish?

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Introduction Video — Must Do!


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HOW TO NAIL YOUR INTERVIEW FOR TEACHING ABROAD 10 Tips to Master Your Video Skype Interview for Teaching Abroad

Things to prepare

How to dress

• A clean room with reliable Internet.

• A clean dress shirt (think conservative).

• A simple greeting in their native language (it's OK to have fun!).

• Less makeup is better than more makeup.

• A headset with microphone (better audio).

• Take out ALL facial piercings (girls, smaller is better for earrings).

• Bright lights should be in front of you (just like photos, you want the light hitting your face, not the camera). • Think about finding a nice background, rather than a blank wall (if possible).

• Look as clean cut as possible (if you have facial hair or long hair, consider a serious trim, cut or pull it back).

• Turn off your cell phone, tell people not to disturb you.

Three Application Tips from 20 Principals and Recruiters

Abroad

When I was a recruiter, I used to travel a lot to talk to staff managers at the schools we worked with. I sat down with dozens of principals and hiring managers in Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul at all types of schools (private, public, kindergarten, test prep, language academies, etc.). I asked them what they care about most when hiring teachers. These job tips come directly from the people who make the hiring decisions! You will find these tips by visiting our blog at www.becomeenglishteachers.corn.

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THE #1 THING YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU GET A JOB OFFER It doesn’t matter if you’re using International TEFL Training Intitute or some other way to find your teaching job abroad. The one thing you absolutely must do, when offered a job, is…

…speak to a current teacher at the school! Schools won’t allow this until after they make you a job offer. But when they do, speaking to one of their current teachers (at the branch you’ll be working at, if it’s a chain school) should be your first request. And make sure you speak to someone who is culturally similar to you (i.e., American speaking to American). It’s the best way of making sure you’re hearing the full story of the workplace and location. When you do, ask these questions to get a comprehensive view of the situation:

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1. How were the salary and benefits? 2. How is the neighborhood / location? What’s the transportation like? 3. How are the teacher accommodations? 4. How is the teaching experience at the school? 5. Does the school support you when you need help? 6. Overall, has the experience been worth it?

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CONCLUSION

HOW TO HAVE THE BEST YEAR EVER!

We hope this guide has given you the confidence you need to use iTTi to secure a teaching job in an ideal location.

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