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Discuss culture, living, traveling, relocating, dating or anything related to the Asian countries - China, The Philippines, Thailand, etc.
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I have a degree, but it's in Business Administration. I don't have TEFL or CELTA certs or anything like that. No teaching experience.
I also read in several places that preference is given to blond hair, blue eye caucasians. I am a native English speaker and from the United States, but I am not sure if I look white enough as I am of Italian ancestry, have brown eyes and dark brown hair. Will this make it harder for me?
Do they verify qualifications in China? I don't want to get a fake TEFL only to get caught in a background check then deported.
China is one of the few countries that never checks your qualifications because they honestly don't care. As long as your white, native english speaker and you have a degree(real or fake), your hired. They don't require a criminal background check either. Its by far the easiest country to get a job teaching english.
About 40% of the foreign english teachers in Korea and Taiwan teach with fake degrees. If they catch you doing this in most countries they will deport you, China is one of the few exceptions.
As long as you have a bachelor's degree (in any major), and you look like a white person, you'll be fine. I was teaching part-time in China for nearly 3 years, and I also had a full-time job related to English. All I had was a bachelor's degree (in a completely unrelated major), and I had no TEFL certificate nor any prior teaching experience before arriving to China. The highest I ever made per hour teaching English was 140 RMB, and lowest I ever made was 90 RMB. The only reason I made as low as 90 RMB was because I was fresh off the boat, and I was naive about how much I should be paid. I had heard that some English teachers even made as high as 200 RMB per hour.
I don't think the whole dark brown hair and brown eyes thing is a big deal either. I have brown hair and green eyes, and I never had any problems whatsoever. As long as you look like a white person, and you're from America, there'll be no problems. If you aren't white, but you are from a native English-speaking country, you can still find work, but you'll often be considered a last resort/back-up, and you probably won't make as much money as a white person. Yes, I know that's ridiculous, but it's true, and the same goes for many other Asian countries.
Americans also tend to be the most preferred nationality for English teachers in China.
I always thought of Canadian as "Extra White"
The degree is the main thing you need in China.
It's also useful to have a good speaking voice - if you have a thick Glaswegian accent for example then you might struggle.
It's worth getting a CELTA or something if you want a really well paid gig. Although private tuition is lucrative (if you can find the contacts).
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thats the biggest load of crap ive heard. yes, you can submit fake degrees, but once you start teaching, and do a bad job at it, they will know youre a fraud, and youll get fired. thats if you get a visa in the first place. even if you defraud the school that you teach at, you still have to apply for a visa with the government, and there they will ask you to prove your credentials. taco just sounds like a shill. you can tell from his extremism. just because he got his visa thanks to his cia front companies, doesnt mean everyone can do the same.