Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Which locations have the best paying jobs ?
Typically, schools in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and the U.A.E. pay the most and usually offer very high salaries, tax free. However, it should also be noted that the qualification requirements in these locations are very high. Most schools in Europe will pay English teachers enough to live comfortably, but not always enough to save money. Again, it mainly depends on the location
Question: Do I get to choose my desired teaching location ?
Yes. However, please keep in mind that it is advidable to have more than just one country preference. Because we have an extensive network of associated schools, we pride ourselves on having teaching positions available all year round. However, there may not always be positions available in every location at all times of the year. We do not accept or publish any sort of online teaching jobs
Question: How long will it take to get a teaching job?
There is no general answer to that question - It can take anywhere from a few days to several month, depending on the time of your application and your country preference. It also depends on following factors: The deadline for incoming applications which is set by schools - Your educational background, qualifications, and experience - The total amount of teaching positions you apply for
Question: How long is a typical teaching commitment?
Most schools will want you to commit a minimum of 6 months or even 12 months with the option of staying longer and to renew your teaching contract with them. Employers like to avoid turnover so in many cases, the longer you stay, the better pay and more benefits you will receive. You can expect a salary increase of approximately 10-20 percent after about a year in the same school. However, the contract duration varies from school to school
Question: Do I need a degree to teach abroad?
Not necessarily. But despite what you might have heard, it is recommended to have some sort of college degree- Even though it is not a requirement. The majority of schools around the world prefer that you have a college degree. In many european countries it is even a requirement in order to receive a work visa. However, in many places, teachers without degrees qualify to teach. We recommend to have at least a TEFL/TESOL certificate
Question: Can I teach short term / summer programs?
Yes. We have summer programs and short term teaching positions available that are ideal for teachers and students who want to have an amazing cultural experience abroad during their summer break or while taking a few months off to travel. A lot of schools offer short term teaching contracts for 3-months which seems to be just about the right amount of time to "get to know each other" better for both teachers and schools
Question: How does the typical hiring process look like?
The first step is to apply online and if a school is interested, you will either interview by skype or directly at the school if you already happen to be nearby. Some schools also require the Teacher to fill out some sort of questionnaire which is part of their application and hiring process. A high number of schools will invite you for Skype interviews in these modern days to get to know you a little better before offering you a teaching job
Question: Will I be able to finance myself abroad?
This depends greatly on your life-style and of course the location in which you are teaching. Generally, you should be able to live comfortably on your salary, and maybe even save some money, especially if the organization subsidizes housing. If you are able to obtain a teaching position in countries such as Saudi Arabia or the U.A.E. you should be able to save at least 50 percent of your salary, with some Teachers being able to save even more money
Question: What are the best places to teach abroad?
While the U.A.E. and Spain still remain in our top 10 list of the best places to teach abroad, we also noticed several new locations popping up. Especially countries in South America have become more and more popular due to the relatively easy process to obtain work permits for foreigners and the general improvement in "life quality" that is often described by ESL professionals who have taught there in the past
How can I apply for TEFL jobs on the PUBLIC ESL JOB BOARD?
It's very simple to apply for teaching positions on our public ESL job board. You can search through teaching positions, job descriptions, and also view employer contact details. It's completely free to use the public ESL job board and employers/schools can post and modify their available openings at anytime. Click Here to register for a free teacher account. Please Note: You cannot use your free username and password to apply for teaching jobs that are posted on our Premium ESL Job Board
How can I apply for TEFL jobs on the PREMIUM ESL JOB BOARD?
For a one-time payment, you can buy our Premium package for ESL teachers. There are no subscriptions and no memberships. There is a long list of benefits other than just gaining access to our Premium job board. Start applying for the highest paid teaching jobs at leading schools and secure a teaching position in your preferred location. You also receive our teaching abroad guide and permanent access to our comprehensive directory with contact details and website addresses from 1000's of schools
What makes the Premium ESL job board different to other job boards?
Simple question, simple answer: Because we do not accept every job posting from just every school. On our Premium ESL job board, you'll only find handpicked jobs from handpicked schools. Teach Abroad gives you the security of knowing that you will be applying for jobs in schools that offer high standards, a competitive salary, and a nice work environment. Statistically, 95% of all TEFL jobs that you find on the web are not even worth a second look for a number of reasons. On our Premium job board, we focus on the remaining 5%
Question: Do I have to sign a contract with the school?
A contract makes sure there are no surprises later on so it would be to your benefit to have one- Every teaching contract includes the number of guaranteed hours, amount and frequency of pay, length of service, hours the teachers must be available to teach, whether teachers can teach classes outside of the school, and conditions under which the contract can be broken
Question: I'm a non-native Speaker, can I still teach?
Yes of course - Some schools require you to hold a passport from either the US, Canada, Australia, NZ, SA, or the U.K. - And while most countries prefer native speakers of the English language, there are still many opportunities to teach abroad as long as you are fluent in English. If you focus job search on countries in latin america and asia you are good to go as long as you are fluent
Question: How about getting a work visa / work permit?
The work visa or work permit process varies from country to country and must be discussed directly with employers. While it is easier in Asian and Latin American countries to obtain a work permit, the harder it can be in some European countries with some schools only accepting teachers from the EU. First of all you will need a valid work contract in order to apply for a work permit
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