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Travel and teach English worldwide. This is a growing market. There are so many opportunities out there in the big wide world.

Imagine living abroad for 3 months, 6 months or even years. Getting paid to travel. Experiencing travel like you have never experienced before. Making a new life skipping from country to country. The experiences are enriching in every way possible and totally invaluable.

The people you meet are amazing, sometimes a little weird. Some of the countryside you see is breathtaking. The food can be exotic. It is what you make of it. However be prepared it is addictive!

I would encourage anyone who is interested to look into it further. You do not need to be a teacher and you do not need to have a degree. If you have a good command for English grammar, writing and speaking seriously consider this as an option.

Don't be the person saying I wish I had of seen the world. This is a great way to do it. Deciding whether you should have a career change before you retire well this could be your country change! Or would you rather age before your used by date and sit at home and tell the stories of the hip replacements, the grandchildren, the great grandchildren. The option is yours to choose.

There are many courses in Australia that you can do. They vary in terms of time, cost and quality. You just need to work out what will suit you. I did my training via Australasian Training Academy. They offer:
1. Advanced TESOL Course
This course is 120 hours which includes 5 day in class Foundation Course + 1 elective.
This will give you your international teaching license
2. Professional TESOL Course
This course is 240 hours which includes 5 days in class Foundation Course + 3 electives.
Both of these course are really for the person who desires to travel and teach conversation English internationally.
3. Professional TESOL Diploma Course
This course is 600 hours which includes 5 day in class Foundation Course + 9 electives.
This course is for people who love language teaching, and wish to make a longer-term career from teaching English and TESOL administration.

Finding employment is easy especially in China. I had my license in my hot little hands and went on the internet to start applying for positions. I applied for 15 positions and within 4 days I had the hard choice of deciding which of the 14 contracts I had received would I accept!

There are so many organizations with courses in major cities. The electives are done online. They are 60 hours each. However if you are committed it will not take you 60 hours/ elective. Do your research.

It is easy to get a position in Asia. Not all countries require a degree. Some do. But where ever you do your TESOL training they will tell you this. So if you don't have a degree don't apply for those countries. It really will not limit your choices.

You don't need to go via an agency, you can negotiate directly with the college. When you get a contract send it to where you did your training. They will be able to tell you if it is legitimate or not. When you have some experience up your sleeve you can negotiate for more $$$.

My contract is for 10 months. I have 20 teaching hours from Monday to Friday every week. I get paid a monthly salary. So even if I don't do the 20 hours I still get paid, however if I do extra I get paid overtime. At the completion of my contract I receive a completion bonus. The school provides me with a furnished, air conditioned apartment with kitchen and private bathroom. They also pay for the utilities. I paid for my airfare up front however after 3 months they reimburse 50% and the other 50% at the completion of my contract. I also receive 4 weeks paid vacation. I paid for my entry visa and the school paid for my working visa. It's a good deal really!

I have been here now for 3 months but I wish I had of done it earlier. There was no point being stuck in a rut. Life is short!

Posted by Bettinamc 06:22 Archived in China Tagged educational

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