first TEFL job overseas!
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Your First Job Abroad
What to ask
- How to decide
that first serious job offer is a very exciting thing!
But, after you dance around a few moments - stop and
catch your breath - and start to think about things you
must know before making a final decision.
is designed to help you know if you should take that job
- or not.
Some important questions to ask:
Don't be shy - these are important things to know before
moving yourself halfway across the world. But, don't
ask all these questions in one shot! You'll scare your
potential employer! Spread them out a bit!
What is expected of me on a daily basis?
many classes a day will I be expected to teach?
long is each class? Is each class considered "one hour"
even if it is only 45 or 50 minutes long?
Will I be expected to stay at the school even when I
don't have classes?
Will I have responsibilities other than teaching? (like
cleaning your classroom or the school, recruiting
students, evaluating students for placement, handing out
flyers for the school, etc.) Will I be paid for that
Does the job provide housing? Is it furnished? What
does "furnished" mean? How are the bills paid? How far
is it from the school? Is it easy to get to work from
there? Do I have to pay a deposit for it? How big is
it? Will I have to share it?
is my boss? To whom do I report? Who evaluates me?
What criteria is used to decide if I am successful?
much sick and vacation time do I get? Who decides when
I can use it? Can I use it all at one time? Does it
accrue monthly or can I only use it at the end of my
there a bonus or gratuity payment at the end of my
contract (this is common)? How much is it? How is it
What teaching resources does the school provide?
Teacher's manuals? Photocopy machine? (who regulates
its use?), OHP? Internet? (great for lesson plans and
finding activities), Computer? Printer? Paper?
there air conditioning and/or heating in the classrooms?
(this could be important!)
many students are in a class? How are they placed or
evaluated for placement?
do we decide if the students are progressing or
Will I have a work space available at the school? A
desk, an office?
there other foreign teachers at the school? Can I talk
to them before I make my decision?
That's just a start - but I am sure you've got the idea
Here's the directory for this section:
Accepting a Job
What questions should I ask when trying to decide
whether to accept a job?
What are “visa runs” all about?
Are contracts worth the paper they are written on?
How can I check the reputation of a potential employer?
What is “Western-style” housing?
What are split shifts?
Should I accept working them?
Should I accept weekend work?