The romance of traveling abroad is exciting. It stimulates the senses. Those lucky few who teach English abroad can make both work and travel to exotic destinations across the globe. Many schools believe that the only qualified person to teach English is a native speaker. They actively recruit teachers from the United States, Canada, England, and other English speaking nations to teach in their schools. The demand for English teachers to work and teach overseas has grown exponentially over the years. There are thousands of new job opportunities posted every month in almost every country in the world.
There are many reasons to teach English abroad. For the adventurous ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, working abroad offers the perfect opportunity to be immersed in new and exciting cultures. Having the willingness to teach overseas provides the first-hand experience upon which international careers are made.
ESL teachers may prefer to settle in one country and develop a deep understanding of the culture. Some teachers even become windows into the foreign culture and through their research articles, share with the larger TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) community the teaching practices and techniques being used abroad.
The first step is to decide where you want to go. South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand are just a few of the possibilities for those who wish to teach in Asia. Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico are possibilities for those who want to teach English to Spanish speakers. These are only a few of the options available. By checking out the ESL and Higher Education websites, you will be able to begin your job search by researching serious teaching offers in virtually every corner of the globe.
Most countries require visas and have other contractual requirements with which the ESL teacher must comply. Teachers who wish to teach in the European Union (EU) must have EU passports for most ESL jobs. (Those candidates seeking experience in the United States should know that state and local governments highly regulate ESL jobs. This is typically not the case overseas.)
A careful ESL job candidate will ask questions both about the country and the institution itself. In researching the prospective job offer, the first thing you will want to know is in which country and city are the institution is located.