Yeah obviously, but proper jobs are scarce and whether you get one probably depends on factors beyond your control, so you have to do what you have to do.xiongmao wrote:Great YouTube, Aaron tells it how it is. It's better to find a "proper" job overseas than teach English.
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Most online information about TEFL is inaccurate.
In Asia at least, a "career" in TEFL is not possible, unless by "career" you mean nothing more than a string of different jobs with different language centers. (CELTA trainers with DELTAs are a possible exception to the above.)
As far as pay goes, the floor is essentially the ceiling. And the "floor" hasn't gone up in quite a while.
You should always remember that your job is to essentially entertain children (often badly behaved) while avoiding friction with "co-teachers" / "classroom assistants" .
Assuming you are white, young, healthy, reasonably photogenic, and have a passable accent, you will get a job. After a couple of years of working a number of different TEFL jobs, you may find that getting out of TEFL is harder than getting in.
I looked into this a couple of years ago but I was more interested in teaching over the internet. Apparently you can charge what you want for your services but when I looked into it further, there were 'teachers' from countries like the Philippines whose going rates equated to half the average wage in my own country. Needless to say I lost complete interest afterwards.
If girls are part of your priority, which I assume you are giving some consideration to if you are a heterosexual man Russia could indeed be very good. I met some Russian girls here in Thailand and they told me American's were in high demand over there (I am assuming you are one) I'm sure it would be the same for Brit's too. She told me Russian guys are basically losers without jobs, don't take care of themselves, and drink too much
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It is possible to make TEFL into a proper job, or a "career". I'll just point out though that TEFL has little value in the West. I went to a lot of job interviews lately and nobody was interested in my CELTA. But my time spent living in China - now that was something people wanted to know about!
A career in TEFL is good if you want to live in somewhere like Spain where there's big demand for English tuition and also plenty of great schools where you can build up to doing a DELTA and onwards...
I've been looking at job listings for teachers in Russia and the average seems to be between 900 and 1,500. Plus I've read that you can make 2,000 plus if you know business terminology to teach "Business English". I'm taking business classes in college to help pad my resume should I find one of these business English jobs.
I saw someone on here say that English teachers are considered low status by Russian women. This doesn't seem to be the case with the women I've talked to online. They actually seemed excited and said English teachers are needed in Russia. If a tefl teacher can get a job making between 1,000 and 1,500 he is making double or triple what the average Russian makes. So I don't see why a Russian woman would stick her nose up to that.