A Practical Guide to Teaching English Abroad

Frank and Friendly Advice written by a Retired Teacher-Trainer, Experienced EFL Teacher
& Former Peace Corps Volunteer Living & Working Abroad since 1989

What is the rejection rate for TEFL Jobs?

What are my chances?

I have seen so many different kinds of people, with so many different kinds of (or lack of) training and education - working in different countries, that I think it would be difficult to NOT find a job.

Finding what you want

Depending on what you have to offer, you may, or may not be able to find exactly the situation you want.  Personally, I would like to work two days a week, two hours each day, and save a couple thousand dollars a month.  But, it's not going to happen.

Realistic Expectations

You'll need to balance your potential value to an employer with your specific skills.  Particularly when you are first starting out.   Do seek the kind of job you want - in the country you want.  But do also be realistic about wages, working conditions and benefits.

Don't believe everything you hear

There are a lot of people on the Internet who will tell you how nothing is required except chatting with a few students and you can salt away a small fortune.  Well, maybe twenty years ago.  As exciting as these stories are, they are not good stories on which to base your first overseas job.
Nor your second or even fifth job!

Middle of the Road

Seek a middle of the road path in looking for your first job and you will find what you are looking for.  It's out there.  Just be realistic.  Once you get some experience under your belt, you'll be much more able to accurately evaluate your employment options.   That is the real issue here.


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