Is it possible to find a job teaching
only a few months?
For a few years? For the
rest of my life?
Short- and Long-Term TEFL
Short-Term EFL Teaching Jobs
many countries there are considerable costs, in terms of
money as well as in time and headaches, to get their EFL
teachers legal residence visas and work permits.
Therefore, you will find a smaller pool of TEFL
employers who wish to employ you.
In the last few years
though - more and more short-term positions are becoming
available. Some even include airfare. Head
Temp to scout short-term jobs. If you have
trouble finding short-term work (less than one year) in
countries where you would like to be located, consider
volunteer work - in those same countries.
Temp has a page on volunteer programs as well.
One Year - or a Life Time in TEFL
One-year TEFL jobs are very easy to find and if you wish
to spend the rest of your life teaching EFL around the
world - you will find it quite easy to do so. One
caveat is that age discrimination is much more open in
most of the world - but as I wrote this page, at 58
years of age, with white hair and a wrinkled face - I
would not have trouble finding good jobs in several
countries. I started in EFL at the age of forty - and
had no problem at that time either.
What about Older EFL Teachers?
Many EFL teachers start teaching English at an older
age. I did. In Korea a few years ago I saw many teachers in
their 40s, 50s and even a few in their 60s. The same is
true in Thailand, Taiwan, and China. If you are
concerned, go on the discussion boards
ELT World and ask about the countries in which you
Typically, the people who ask get positive responses
from older people already teaching there - or who have
taught there before. I recommend these two forums
specifically as they are populated by many very
experienced "TEFLers" and you'll get better advice than
at some of the more popular forums where you are likely
to get advice from a newbie in country for only two
months . . .
Younger EFL Teachers?
Even more demand for them! Though, you may sometimes
find yourself stereotypically slotted for teaching
younger students. They will think that you have the
energy that kids require - and schools often worry that
younger teachers will not command respect from their
adult students. As the great majority of students
at languages in most countries are children - you are