What if I don't have
or TEFL Training?
Can I still find a
Yes, you can. Without a degree your options will be
more limited but are still quite varied. Having a TEFL
certificate can often overcome not having a degree, but
Some parts of China and countries in Latin America are
quite open to people without degrees. Indonesia doesn't
require a degree. Even Japan is a possibility for people
with Working Holiday Visas (common for Aussies and
Kiwis). Thailand, in theory, requires degrees. But
many schools will hire you without one, though getting a
legal work permit is very difficult without a degree.
Ask on the discussion boards for the most current
information. Things change from time to time.
Don't some people buy "fake" degrees?
Yes, they do. But many countries are growing wise to
this problem and are starting verification programs.
Maybe they will never check, maybe they will. I suspect
you would prefer to not have to worry about the midnight
knock on the door of the immigration police and being
carted off to jail and eventually being fined and
deported. By the way - don't think you can "stonewall"
immigration fines prior to deportation. They often
really don't mind just leaving you in jail for months
while your family scrapes up the money to get you out.
can't recommend buying a degree. I do recommend going
to a country where you don't need one (or just doing
part-time/short-term work as mentioned above), seeing if
you enjoy the occupation, and then going to work on a
recognized distance or
college degree. Once done, you
will have more many more options.
What about TEFL Certificates?
Some countries and some schools want you to have some
sort of TEFL training. A good discussion of the issues
involved is located at
How to Choose a TEFL School. Can you get by without
one? Yes, but you will probably do a much better job -
and feel much better about the job you do - with one.
If you find yourself with a good job
making decent money - without a degree. Use some
of that money and your spare time to study online and
get yourself a reputable degree. You'll find your
options expand greatly.