I just completed a 120 hour online TEFL course with LoveTEFL. From January to July, I'm going to be travelling around Eastern Europe and SEA, though I'm not sure yet which countries/cities/areas I'll be visiting.
While I'm travelling, how easy or difficult will it be for me to potentially find TEFL jobs along the way? If I'm in a country/city and stumble upon a job, I'd be happy to stay there for a while assuming I like the place. How likely is it for that to happen?
I understand that doing so wouldn't be possible in Western Europe (and that I'd need a CELTA), but is Eastern Europe more relaxed? I'm an intelligent guy with a BA and the TEFL certificate. I also have lots of experience working with children and a fair amount of teaching experience.
Also, TEFL general I guess.
I can't really advise on job hunting, but you seem to be in a good place to find work with those qualifications and experience (although some assessed classroom experience as part of your TEFL certificate would be better)
If you're from outside the EU it will be much more difficult to get work spontaneously as you'll need to deal with visas etc. and employers would more than likely prefer candidates where that isn't necessary.
Done a bit of research myself, here's what it's like:
Western Europe: Doable as a Brit, much harder as a non-EU citizen. But especially if you have a bit of experience, you can often find a job. Try looking around once you're on the ground in your country of choice.
Eastern Europe: I think you just need a bachelor's and TEFL cert.
Asia: Oftentimes you can do without the TEFL cert, sometimes without the bachelor's, even. The richer the country, the higher the standards, although the JET program doesn't require TEFL certs.
SE Asia should be easy to find a job.
Africa: I don't think there's enough demand/wealth to pay you for more than volunteer work in most places.
Latin America: Literally only need a high school diploma in a lot of places.
I'm from the UK so I'm pretty luck in that regard. I'm glad you think I'm in a good position!
Thanks so much, this is very helpful. Do you have experience yourself in actually picking up jobs spontaneously, or is your advice mainly from research you've done online?
Also, what's the JET program?
I've been looking online but can't seem to find much information about finding jobs spontaneously while on the ground. I don't want to apply for jobs in advance online; I want to find them while I'm in visiting various countries.
So, for example, when I visit Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania, I'm probably going to spend 2 weeks in each country - but if I can find a job then I'd be happy to stay in one of those countries for a few months or so. I'm making 2016 a year of spontaneity and seeing what happens...! I'm hoping that what will happen is I will find a TEFL job.
It's a decent living wage and save outside of Bangkok. You want push close to the $1500 a month there. You aren't living like a rock star or getting rich, though. But live well and go out from time to time.
I mean it's a better wage if you want to "live like a Thai" but if you are a Westerner, no one wants to do that long term. At least not with the responsibility of being a school teacher
South Korea is one of the best places — if not the best — to teach English. Jobs are abundant, the pay is high ($3,000–5,000 USD per month), and you get awesome benefits, like a contract completion bonus, healthcare, free housing, and airfare reimbursement
Thailand attracts lots of young and new teachers with its cheap cost of living, warm beautiful weather, tropical beaches, mouth-watering food, and party atmosphere. Most of the language school teachers are ex-travelers looking to save for future travels…or travelers who thought they were doing that but ended up never leaving. The pay in Thailand isn’t that high ($1,000–2,000 USD per month), unless you teach in Bangkok or at an international school. However, teaching in Thailand isn’t about making lots of money — it’s about everything else: the ease of getting a job, the food, the fun-loving atmosphere, the weather, and everything in between. It’s one of the best destinations for young, new teachers, especially in a larger city, since you’ll fit right in.
Taiwan , check it out
japan & china are more difficult to get in
You can't make that money in South Korea unless you are a US certified teacher, and I don't mean a TEFL certificate.
You will cap out at 2,700 dollars in Korea with a BA and a TEFL certificate, and it will be hard to find that. They will pay for your plane ticket and apartment though. Expect a beginning salary of 2,100-2,300 dollars.
China is supposed to be pretty easy but it will have less pay. Japan is pretty difficult with shit pay.
Possibly China, but you'd have to get the job in 30 days. Now that I think of it, that's doable, just hit the ground running and look everywhere.
BTW, if you're starting without certification, consider taking a basic position for one semester. That experience works really well in your favor for securing one of the nice gigs, like Taiwan/SK