English teaching jobs and volunteering opportunities! Scams…

Volunteer as an English teacher

There are many opportunities for those trying to get teaching experience not just as an English teacher but also  in particular fields such as Hospitality and Tourism, Arts and Sports. I am interested in ecotourism and all that comes from that such as adventured sports, boating, transports in general.I am also very interested to find out how certain countries known as the third world use their creativity to go into business and generate income in order to survive.

Would this people learn anything from me? Absolutely! May I learn from them? Gladly I would say again ABSOLUTELY!!! My point here is: if we can both learn from each other and create positive impacts in communities and environment why not forget about the pay check and go for it? At the age of 42 and after have lived in many countries and seeing a lot of changes particularly in Europe where I was born I can easily say that we have to commit to development and never for exploration. So even though a company or non-profit is willing to help you connecting into amazing lifetime opportunities think that “business” is made out of two parts: YOU and THE COMMUNITY and you should never pay for it. I’m open to discussion if you’ve a different perspective. If I get no answers I’ll point out every single one with weird offers.

Bear in mind that your contribution is valuable and you should not pay for any FEE unless you get it back at the end of the program. Even so I don’t recommend any of this. It’s ok if you pay your flight ticket, travel insurance and VISA. Everything else should be not your concern.This may happen because they want to get for granted that you’ll participate and not just wasting their precious time on their hiring process. Some other companies have many theories regarding the FEE they charge. I’ve been asked to pay nearly 2000 dollars to join a paid volunteer in Myanmar.I’d go for free if I had the chance to… Usually their are children involved so better you get serious about this, right? Did you get it? Sure you did. Costa Rica offers many chances, I’ve found also a good volunteer program in Dominican Republic (150 DL for expenses, 3 meals a day and shared accommodation).It would be an advantage if you speak Spanish.

Heart for change volunteering in Colombia

One good program that I can absolutely recommend is Heart for change in Colombia.The staff team is always very prompt to answer any question you might have and they are very serious about your commitment.It is a paid volunteer and as far as I know the salary is good enough to make your experience in Colombia comfortable in theirs lifestyle standard.My Colombian friends say “Ana es mucho denero” meaning “It’s a lot of money”. Besides they take care of your VISA. If you’re an English-native speaker you can apply.If not, you need to have proof of holding  your C1 certification or a TEFL. . I actually took the test last year and I got TEFL certified a while ago. The process goes smoothly, the staff team is very organised and so far they’ve been the best non-profit organisation I’ve worked or intend to work with! To get into all of this you just need the passion to help others! You’ll gain valuable experience which allows you to go further in your career. Do not forget that your contribution has value and Heart for change pays you.Are you an out-going or an introvert?? Both characteristics match the skills needed and teaching will help you out to take the best of it!!! Enjoy, meet people from all over the world and take full advantage of nowadays resources by keeping connected!!! If you wish to go to Colombia they are hiring to start in June.

In Turkey  there are many opening jobs positions for citizens from all nationalities and in many subjects as well. But you have to be there and available to start anytime.The demand for English teachers is high and the schools which to hire people with no knowledge of the Turkish language. I’ve been to several interviews but I didn’t like the way they run the business in English private centers.One young lady said that in order to get a job I had to say I was British… unbelievable. Or either you own a TEFL or you have a degree in Education or both. Ideally I would go to Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos but I can think of many other destinations such as Brazil and Mexico all in the TOP TOURISM RANKING.

Even thought money is a must I’m a seek learner and usually fancy poor and happy people! Don’t take me wrong as I have nothing again the rich! If you there or if you know about it, please leave your comment bellow.Your contribution may help me and many others all around the world. Oh, countries such as Costa Rica, Mexico and Dominican Republic also offer semi-volunteer programs and paid job positions and they are still hiring for January! You must be ready to start straight away. Good luck!!

Malaysia appears having some offers but if you don’t hold a master degree and experience it will take you a bit longer than normal to get an offer. The good thing about teaching English is that is a job always on high demand and you may get qualified with TEFL and you can learn with experience if you’re really willing to. Teaching is an art.Being a teacher a privilege!

TEFL destinations

It doesn’t matter where you take it. They are all good and bad….I had complains, some friends also.Instructors are certified and experienced in every single school so just take it at your most convenient destination. There are some offers that include an Internships but usually you can be send wherever they need you meaning that it might be some where in China or Vietnam in the middle of nowhere…be careful when planning the adventure because in the end is your life.And if they say that a job is guarantee is probably because you’re going where nobody else wants to go…

TEACH! TRAVEL! EXPLORE! ENJOY! But mostly connect, connect and connect…I’ve spoken to people all over the world. Ask for help and advice anytime.

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TEFL DESTINATIONS If you mention my name you get 50 dollars discount and so do I. So, please feel free to contact me and I’ll put you in the right direction by giving my adviser’s name. You know how it’s like. Great offers all the time but if they can skip your commission they will do so. Is more or less as working in the affiliate marketing. You promote and never get a quid!

 

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English natives versus non native

So far I did not see any difference regarding job opportunities. Of course I did not try hard Japan, South Korea and Middle-East. No chance there unless for Americans citizens mostly.The thing is that in some countries there are some limitations to those who are not British or American citizens. It can be difficult to get work permission however if the recruitment company value your Curriculum vitae they find a way to hire you. I got  job offers in Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Russia. If you can afford one way ticket you may start tomorrow otherwise keep trying. Eventually you get something nice and a contract before your departure. School may be the worst possible and you will land in the countryside in a shared apartment with your new mates…. In all these countries they offer you a salary and accommodation. The job demand is huge and just English speaking natives cannot handle it. In Dominican Republic and Costa Rica you can easily go to volunteer. I’ve found opportunities to teach languages online, particularly English to the Chinese market. If you think teaching kids age of 6 late in the evening go for it. I’m out…

Google ESL jobs online, apply and get a few hours of work per week. Payment is not fantastic but it might buy you a lot of food! GOOD LUCK! Go for it!

In most cases you need an university degree and TEFL but if you you’re fluent and have teaching experience and willing to commute to China, Thailand, or elsewhere everything you need is to apply. Have a go, try it and you might be surprised with the amount of recruiting agencies and school principal that will reply. In the last two decades I’ve met many people doing this job and for several reasons.

Better safe than sorry!

Teaching can be a lot of fun…nevertheless (my advice) be aware of scams. In Asia most of the recruiters don’t have website and business email so Google all details provided by your employer. Stress out your employer with all questions about the position.Most of them will get bored and give up your application but keep in mind that is better safe than sorry. forget about you! This better happens before you get lost in the middle of nowhere. Call and email the embassy and consulates. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going. Do not send your document details all over. Something else. In Asia signing a contract doesn’t mean that you get work. It means that you’re in the data base and nothing else. Regarding accommodation provided by the employer ask for pictures and you may changed your mind and if you’re new on travelling get a friend willing to share the amazing adventure with you. Be safe.Travel the world, explore and be happy but take good care of yourself and your family. I’ve found great opportunities in safe environments and surrounded of great people.If you wish e-mail me. I’ll be glad to help.GOOD LUCK!!!

Have a look on  my favorite website:

https://www.esl101.com/

http://www.asiateachingjobs.com/

https://www.gooverseas.com/teaching-jobs-abroad (skip any program that charge you for a FEE but subscribe so you can get easy access to VISA requirements!)

By the way, according to dictionary.com EASILY is defined as “If we can easily see way to cut costs in the Department of Education we should not be blind to opportunities at the Pentagon”. It’s not easy to get a job but is possible if you’re willing to move away and start over. And value yourself.

At the time of updating this post I’m in Asia and I do will speak out loudly about everything I’ve seen, heard and experienced with no regrets. I’ll be looking forward to get your comments, opinions but mainly I want to get to know you’re own experience. This is a free blog. I’m just sharing and helping out. If you’re young check the VISA requirements for opportunities in Australia, Japan, Canada, Switzerland and England. There are plenty. And I’ll keep you posted about what I’ve learned so far about SUMMER CAMPS.

See you soon!

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Isabel Cristina Restrepo says:

    hello I would like to learn more about volunteering in Colombia. thanks

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    1. Hello, Cristina! Thanks for reaching out! I’d advice you to follow the link “Heart for chance” in the blog! If you have questions you may ask me or contact them directly. Please, e-mail me if you need! Do not hesitate.Gladly I will help you.Have a great week.

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  2. Maria says:

    I recently completed my bachelors in business administration degree and was looking into teaching abroad opportunities. I found most programs to be costly or for some I did not qualify. now i’m thinking perhaps I should stay and work in my home country a while before I go off travelling, although I would love to travel like this sometime in the future.
    Are there any age restrictions for these programs?…I hope not :/

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    1. Hello Maria! There are as many opportunities as well as restrictions. May you please let me know which is your nationality and where are you based at the moment or if you prefer may you please tell me where do you wish to go? From this point I can help you or give you advice.

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      1. Maria says:

        I’m from Pakistan. Yea, some advise would be great, thanks!

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      2. Ok, Maria! This is where we start. In order to teach English you need a BA. You do have one. Great! 2nd step for most of the countries you need a TEFL. It costa money but it is a good investment. In some countries you can get experience without it. So, let’s see other important point….in which countries can you get a tourist VISA or business VISA being a citizen from Pakistan?! You need to do this research. You’re young and with adventure spirit you will find many opportunities. Something else: are you willing to work as a volunteer in order to again TEFL or experience?! China, Thailand, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Colombia!!!! As much older than you I advice you to check Australia, Japan (very hard but possible), Canada. Also as an European citizen from Portugal, an European addict I’d love to say that you have chances but I’d be very optimistic…..Switzerland, try England!!!! There are Summer camps. So, Maria! South America for volunteers mainly in Peru and Costa Rica. Colombia has the program I’ve mentioned in the blog.It’s a good one and they pay. Asia….. see the VISA requirements and try to go to a “decent country”! Don’t waste your time. Graduated in business should be more than GOOD to great opportunities. Think a bit about what I just shared with you and let me know what you think. I WISH YOU much sucess!!!!!

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      3. Maria says:

        Thanks so much for your detailed reply. It’s difficult for people of my country to get visas for European countries. I googled if TEFL courses are available in my country and the ones i’ve found don’t start until July. Can i do this TEFL course online. If you know of a reliable source where i can take TEFL online please let me know. I looked at the “heart for change Colombia” program and it seems really great. do you think i have a chance of getting accepted in that without a TEFL? Perhaps i could take an english language test like IELTS. Could that work?
        I really appreciate you taking the time to write to me!

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      4. Hi! Unless you show a C1 certificate in English you cannot. But e-mail them. Maybe they have news that I’m not aware at this moment. South America just for volunteer. I have a good link about VISA requirements and all details for those looking for jobs abroad as an English teacher. As I took TEFL throughout the American Organization in Chicago I can save you months of research. Regarding TEFL online just have a look on group on. It should cost you 50 DL. I’m travelling tomorrow again so I can e-mail you the link after that. Ok? Europe is amazing but there are no jobs….

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