Teaching English in Other Countries

If you are keeping up with the Japanese lessons I have been giving lately on my blog, it means you are serious and really want to learn to speak Japanese.  It is easier to learn to speak a language if you live in the country like I lived in Japan and now live in Korea. However, it is not impossible to learn outside the country.  I learned to speak Spanish without ever living in a Spanish speaking country, but just visiting Mexico occasionally for fun, studying Spanish in school, attending Spanish Bible classes at church, and working on a Mexican ministry at church.  You need to know, if you are interested, that in both Korea and Japan, there are jobs for native speakers of English to teach English as well in other countries.

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Sometimes they look for someone with a degree in English, and sometimes, they just look for a native speaker of English that has a degree in anything.  If you are interested in going to Korea, you can look back through my blog, and I gave a few Korean lessons for a while. I live in Korea, but I have lived and taught English in both Korea and Japan.  When I was in college, I actually knew I wanted to be an English teacher, so I majored in English, but I have learned they also hire people in these countries who didn’t major in English.  However, if you don’t have a degree in English, it helps if you take one of those online courses to get an ESL certificate to add to your degree, and some of them are so easy they only take about 3-5 weeks to finish.  The requirements change for a visa all the time, so don’t take what I said in this paragraph as a guide for a visa. Look on the website of the consulate or embassy from the country you are interested in.

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I also write about Nigeria and Romania on my blog because I have lived in both of those places also. Nigeria and Romania also both hire native speakers of English to teach English, and I have done it.  However the salary is higher in Japan and Korea than in Romania and Nigeria.  The advantage of Nigeria is that English is their national language, and even though there are other languages being spoken in the country, you would find it easier to get around initially because if they have been to school, they speak English. The salary in Nigeria is lower than in Korea and Japan, but higher than in Romania. The Nigerians speak a tribal language at home, but everyone speaks English at school, and all the classes are taught in English. The Nigerians give bigger houses to their teachers too than Korea and Japan do.  When I lived in Nigeria, we had several teachers from Canada.  They were with a Canadian government program called CUSO, Canadian University Services.  It is like the American Peace Corp.

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There are advantages to teaching in Romania too if you have thought about teaching there.  Romania has the fastest growing economy outside of the orient, but the salary they would give you is not an advantage.  When I taught there, I had to get my salary from another source.  If you can get your salary from another source, everything is cheaper in Romania, and your money will go far.  There are several American government programs you can go to Romania on.  I knew a guy in a university where I taught in America who had been to Romania with the American Peace Corp.  I also knew a woman when I was in Romania who went there with an American government grant called Fulbright.  Fulbright pays better than the Peace Corp. You can find information in America about the Fulbright grants and scholarships at your local public library or university library in America.  I also knew a graduate student who had come to Romania on a Fulbright scholarship to write her thesis in English, but connecting it to Romania.  Romania is Europe, so if you are from an English speaking country, the culture may be easier for you than in the orient or Africa. You would want to learn to speak Romanian, and if you have taken high school Spanish, it would be easier. However, until you learn to speak Romanian, you can still get around with English in Romanian because the Romanians are language people, and you will find many of them speak English.

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If you are interested in teaching English as a Second Language, there are several countries around the world who would hire you if you are a native speaker of English, have a clean criminal background check, and have a degree.  One of the major sources you could use to find a job is looking on the web for Dave’s ESL Cafe.  They have jobs listed from all over the world. You could specify the country and just look at jobs from that country, or you could look at all of them. There are jobs in other oriental countries too like Thailand and Vietnam if you have an interest in one of them.  The highest paying jobs are the jobs in the middle east. However, you would have to be pretty brave to teach there.  I have a friend who went there to teach, and he told me it isn’t a good place for a woman alone.  He said they had curfews and no TV where he was, and that made it boring in the evenings.  I have seen jobs in Mexico on Dave’s ESL Cafe, and I have thought about it, but the salary is low in Mexico and South America.  The best deals for jobs of teaching English as a Second Language are in Korea and Japan.  The salary is decent and the countries are safe.  Korea and Japan have some of the lowest crime rates in the world.

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If you don’t look at an international job board, you could also find Facebook pages where English as a Second Language teaching jobs are listed.  I am a member of one of the Facebook pages that send out teaching jobs in Korea, but they also sometimes send jobs in China or the Philippines there.  Just be careful.  Whenever you do anything online, you need to check it out as much as possible as you can before you accept the job.  However, the ones on the Facebook pages for teachers of English in Korea are pretty reliable. In Korea, they have recruiters who look for English teachers.  The best way is probably to know someone and have them recommend a school to you, but if you are just wanting an adventure in a country where you have never been, you may not know anyone there, so you would need to use one of the other sources.  Once you get a Korean recruiter, he knows lots of jobs, and he will help you find one.  Craig’s List is also another good place to find an English as a Second Language teaching job in Korea. My son found good job in Korea on Craig’s List.

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If you are a reader, I have written a book about trying to get away from the Communists in Romania.  Their revolution to throw Communism out was in 1989, and I went there a year later.  Many people told me their stories of dodging bullets, swimming a river, living in the mountains with no running water or electricity, etc. to get away from the Communists. I also witnessed many people trying to get away by living in sewers, under a bridge, going on hunger strikes, setting themselves on fire, etc.  These are real,  astounding stories about real people and real events.  The name of the book is Escaping Communism.  I am the author, Ronda Everson. It is published by Oms Publishing, a Korean publishing company.  If you have a Kindle subscription, it is on Kindle for you to read. It is also on Amazon. Just go to this web address and you can find it:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/BO7NJ2ZJGK?ref=aw_sitb_digital-text


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