What are the Requirements to Teach English Abroad?

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If you're a native English speaker or even someone who finds it easy to speak and understand the language, then one of the easiest high paying jobs you can take is being an English teacher. You can teach online or you can teach in institutions from where you live. But, if you're the type of person who wants to really explore the world, immerse yourself in other cultures and travel, the teaching English abroad is the perfect career for you! 


If you feel like we are getting your hopes up then, you're right. There are more than 1 billion people studying English as a second language and this number is growing rapidly by the second. This is because more and more people, including adults, entrepreneurs and young professionals want to expand their global reach for business purposes. Either way, we're sure there is a job for you. All you need to do is to know the following requirements so you can teach English abroad.


TEFL Certification

We're putting this first in the list because this is as important as your aptitude for teaching. In fact, if you're not willing to take this very important course, you might as well forget about your dreams of teaching abroad. Most employers look for this because this is the proof that you are capable of teaching English as a foreign language. And although there are TEFL Certifications you can take abroad, don't forget to do your research first because there are also courses you can take you in your vicinity or online. 


Note that not all institutions require a TEFL certification if you want to apply for a job. However, we cannot deny the fact that finishing and passing this course makes your resumé look better. 


Employment Experience

Employers will prioritize hiring you as a teacher if you have past related working experiences that are related to teaching English. Usually, if you don't have any teaching experience but you worked as, let's say, a public speaker, a voice talent, a writer or any other job that requires a high literacy rate in the language, you are going to get hired. You just need to be trained about the education side of things. Again, this is where your TEFL Certification will come in handy because even without experience, you get an edge over other applicants without it. 


Aptitude in the Language

It's not all about knowing English. Teaching it means you have to know all concepts surrounding it. 

Generally, you have to be good at verbal and written English. And since there are so many English words, you need to learn how to use the right words and when. You need to be fluent. 


Your comprehension skills are a must as well. Remember that you will be dealing with students who speak a foreign language. It takes a really intelligent person to be able to get rid of that barrier and develop a good learning relationship with a student especially if they have zero knowledge in English. There is a possibility that you might even need to learn the basic language of the country you plan to migrate to. It's best to get a head start on this one if you already have a country in mind. Don't worry because there are several online resources for free than can get you started with basic grammar. Sometimes, that should be enough. 


Travel Requirements

Now, we know how difficult it is to take care of paper work. Getting a passport, filing for a Visa and all that are just such daunting tasks. Add to that the expense of all these requirements and you're going to have your hands full, wallet empty with a lot of leg work to do. But the reality is you need to have all your requirements ready to enter a country is complete so you don't encounter any problems and so that you don't get sent home because of technicalities. 


Once all of the travel requirements are done, then everything should run smoothly from there. You're just going to have to take care of living arrangements and other basic needs. 


Startup Funds

Be smart with this. Never underestimate how living expenses in another country differ from the country you are in now. Do your research thoroughly and check everything - as in EVERYTHING - from food to transportation to your living setup. Have enough money for emergencies as well because it's hard to be away from your family and to be in another country and then end up needing health care or something like that. 


Most importantly, know that requirements vary from country to country. So see what works best for you and then go from there. Best wishes!

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