You have finally decided to make a change in your life and teach English abroad. Well, good for you, you brave soul. It’s going to be an exciting journey, probably THE adventure of your life 🙂
Now that we’ve settled that, you’re awesome! Let’s take a peek into your options. After one search on the internet, you discover it’s not easy to find out everything about how to teach English abroad. It takes patience, time and perseverance to find the best teaching or volunteering programs abroad.
That’s right: you can also volunteer as an English teacher all around the world. If you’d like to try yourself out as a teacher/mentor for a short period, then you should look for free volunteering programs abroad (don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on that too!).
Let’s find out how you can teach English abroad, where to find jobs, volunteering opportunities, and what you will need to teach English abroad.
1. How to find an English teaching job abroad?
Once you’ve decided where in the world you’d like to teach English, you can start searching for the perfect teaching job!
Sounds easy, right?
Truth is, there are a billion opportunities online you can choose from, and you may get scared after your first Google search.
How do you make sure you find the right job for you?
After you decide in which countries you’d like to teach English, think about your other preferences too. Here are some tips that will help you narrow down your searches:
- Where would you like to teach? Private school, institution, public school?
- What is the age group you’d like to work with? Teenagers, kids, adults? Think about these too before you hop on a plane to teach English in a foreign country!
- Do you need a college degree? Do you need a TEFL certificate?
- Do you need a Visa? It’s kind of important to know this before.
Some websites where you can find English teaching programs and jobs, and help you get started, are:
2. Volunteering vs. full time teaching abroad
If you only want to try yourself out as an English teacher, you could always opt for a short-term teaching job or a volunteering program.
Volunteering opportunities are usually shorter than full time teaching jobs. The requirements to teach English as a volunteer abroad are not as strict as in a teaching job. Some volunteering opportunities are free, others have a participation fee, or only cover a part of your expenses. Free volunteering opportunities are rare, but if you keep reading, we might have some tips for you! 🙂
The best volunteering programs will make an impact not only on you, but on the locals you’ll meet too. Volunteering is a way to feel appreciated, useful and an important member of the community.
Before applying to a volunteering opportunity abroad, make sure to do a little research about the place you are going to.
Ask yourself these questions: Are you able to make an impact? Are you willing to give something back to the community? Are you ready to make a commitment and fulfill all your tasks as a volunteer? Can you give more than your time? Remember, volunteering is more than a “job”, it’s a way to improve people, or a place, and make an impact. If you nodded while reading this, then we have good news: you’re ready to apply for the best volunteering opportunities around the world!
3. How to find volunteering opportunities abroad?
It really depends on what you are looking for: short-term or long-term, volunteering in Europe, Africa, the Americas or Asia, working with kids or adults, paid or a free volunteering program – your choices are endless.
Keep in mind that most of the volunteering programs are NOT free: you usually will pay for your travel, food and accomodation, and you might be asked even for an application or program fee!
Are you looking for a free volunteering opportunity in Europe? Look no further: we’ve got you covered! If you are ready to try yourself out as an English mentor and volunteer in Europe FOR FREE (food & accomodation covered by Angloville), here’s a cool opportunity for you: if you are a native English speaker, you can join more than 1500 volunteers at Angloville and teach English in Central Europe.
As a native English speaker, you stay in one of our venues in Europe from 1 to 8 weeks and help European students improve their English through a series of conversations and fun-packed activities. You will not be a formal English teacher. This volunteering opportunity is about being a mentor and a conversation partner. Apply to become a volunteer HERE!
To find the best volunteering programs abroad, you might want to narrow down your choices (just like you would search for teaching jobs). After you’ve outlined your preferences, start the search!
Where to find volunteering opportunities abroad? Look at these useful sites that will help you:
4. Do you need a college degree to teach English abroad?
It depends on the country and the institution: some countries require a college degree to teach English, for others a TEFL certificate is enough.
Be sure to read the requirements for teaching English, some schools and institutions have their own set of rules. If something is not clear, ask. Ask the institution and check the Visa requirements for that country. This way you won’t have any nasty surprises when you arrive in a foreign country.
But don’t get scared, there are plenty of opportunities that only require a TEFL certificate!
5. Do you need TEFL certification to teach English abroad?
The TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) certification is a program that helps English speakers to teach English world-wide. The TEFL courses can vary from online to classroom, cheap to expensive, short and long courses.
To teach English abroad you will most likely need TEFL certification: employers look for at least 120 hours of tuition. This can vary from country to country, as well as from employer to employer.
It is possible for you to find English teaching jobs abroad without a TEFL certificate, but we strongly suggest you get one. It will be easier to search for jobs and you will have more teaching opportunities in different countries.
However, if you decide not to opt for a certificate, you do still have the chance to teach English in a foreign country as a volunteer.
Want to read more about volunteering and teaching English abroad? Check these pages:
- Best volunteer abroad programs- stay in Europe for free
- 5 teaching tips
- What I learnt from volunteering with Angloville