Can I set up my
first TEFL job before I go? Or should I wait until
I get there?
like to set up my jobs before I move to a country. Only
once in my career have I gone to a country, done
interviews, and selected the job I wanted - before
actually moving there.
While moving first and lining up a job once there, has
its appeal - I, personally, am not that confident in new
countries or new situations.
you know the country you'd like to move to well - and
have the financial ability - it probably would work best
for you to go there first. If you don't know the
country and language well, it probably is better to line
up your job from your home country.
do some people advocate going there first?
the scene you can meet teachers that work at the school
you are considering, see if the housing is decent, meet
your employer, and see if things are as stated.
Accepting a job from overseas makes these things
Also, many employers prefer to hire people on the
scene. They don't really know for sure if an overseas
hire is going to show up or not. If you are already
there, obviously the odds are much better that you will
be there for your classes on Monday morning.
Many countries require that you apply for your work visa
from outside that country. Tourist visas (what you get
when you arrive) are often (maybe usually) not
convertible to work visas. So, even if you do line up a
job - you will still need to leave the country and go to
a neighboring country to get the correct visa. This is
an additional expense that you will need to consider.
Travel, hotel, and visa expenses can add up.
Some countries greatly prefer to hire locally. Thailand
is one. Why would an employer consider hiring someone
from overseas - when so many people apply locally? Some
countries, like Korea and China, are quite used to
people applying from overseas and it presents no