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Don’t get me wrong - over the past 10 years I’ve placed hundreds of South African teachers in rewarding jobs around the world. I like South African candidates - compared to North American or British teachers you are less entitled, you work hard and you have staying power.

Think that because you are a native English speaker you have a ticket to teach anywhere in the world? Think again.

Most good and reputable educational academies, particularly international schools, are looking for more than just a native English speaking adult to teach their students.

There are two truths I’ve discovered about the teaching profession: you can leave the profession but it will never leave you, and it’s exhausting work. However, these truths are not necessarily self-evident. First, while you may be able to leave teaching (physically), as cheesy as it may sound, the work gets into your heart and soul.

One of the most common questions teachers and those who aspire to teach abroad ask, or more likely debate ad infinitum on obscure internet forums, is whether it is better to apply directly to schools or to use the services of a recruiting company to obtain gainful employment teaching abroad.

Recently several unsuspecting https://www.esl101.com/ members lost a significant amount of money to scammers posing as employers in the United Arab Emirates.

Teaching English is the perfect way to travel, learn about other cultures, and to serve other people. However, the age-old dilemma for all future English teachers is: do you pay for an expensive CELTA certification or go for a usually-less-expensive TESL or TEFL course? The answer really depends on your specific situation.

There is just something about being pulled out of your comfort zone by unplanned or unexpected events. Sometimes we find ourselves in such a rut that we do not allow ourselves to be surprised by life.

I often hear other expats saying that these type of holidays are always the most difficult when you find yourself all alone in a foreign country. Not only are you alone but you also do not understand the local language and the way they celebrate holidays is vastly different to what you are used to back home.

(1) The bus stop in the village where two of my travel schools are, is right in front of the little cigarette store where we buy our bus tickets. Today it started snowing and I joined the ajumma’s and ajeossi’s huddling against the wind and the cold in front of the store.

I teach at four different schools; two elementary and two middle schools. The English levels are pretty low being in the rural areas and not having had many NET's to date. Also, I have one day per week with my kids because they have a Korean English teacher on the days that I am not there.


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