You've made the decision to pack up everything and go abroad to teach, but what next?
There are many things to keep in mind. But if you don't know how to teach English abroad, keep these steps in mind.
Let's assume you are so new at this that you have no prior education, training, or idea of how to go about this. We're about to get really basic.
While not necessary, most agencies that hire English teachers want degrees. They prefer degrees in education and English especially so keep that in mind. If you haven't gotten this far then plan on spending at least a few more years getting that degree.
It isn't required but you'll have a much easier time getting hired. Getting a degree in education is great in general since if you return home you'll have something to fall back on.
The other requirement is a certification in TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA. They are about as important on your resúme as the degree, maybe more. There are in-class and online sessions you can join for varying prices.
There are so many countries that need and want English teachers. China, Japan, Dubai, and Costa Rica, attract thousands of English teachers. But keep some other countries in mind as a backup since those countries have a lot of competition for jobs.
Also keep in mind that while you are teaching in another country, you are expected to abide by their laws and culture. Don't pick a country you know you won't have a good time in because of culture clash.
Countries that aren't as well off are always looking for dedicated and passionate teachers. The pay isn't as good, but most amenities are cheaper and you get to feel like you're really making a change. You'll also gain a new appreciation for your home country and all of the nice things you've been taking for granted, like electricity.
You will need a visa or passport. This can be a lengthy and expensive process, so get it done relatively early. It is not recommended to do it so far ahead of time that it lapses.
Most passports last for 10 years if you get it after you turn 16, 5 years if you were under 16. So you have quite some time after you receive one.
Since most countries only allow you to stay for 90 days on a visa or passport, you'd do best to find an employer that will handle your work visa so you can stay for the course of your contract.
Now that you can travel and have the proper certifications you need to find a job. There are job boards online such as our own that have postings and information like contract length and salary.
There are plenty of jobs out there, so don't jump at the first one you see. You're going to be there for at least 6 months, so make sure you'll enjoy it.
Our blog has dozens of great articles to help you understand how to teach English abroad and ideas on where to go. Good luck with your future in teaching English abroad!