What kinds of TEFL
jobs are out there?
What TEFL jobs exist? What
might I look for?
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Type of TEFL Jobs
More types of jobs exist than you or I can imagine.
Almost every area of international business and
industry, when operating overseas, needs some level of
EFL instruction. Most non-English speaking countries
have large EFL industries teaching English to children
and/or adults. Universities in non-English speaking
countries around the world have EFL programs for their
students. Major international hospitals need EFL
training for their doctors, nurses, receptionists, call
International airlines often need EFL training for their
staff, as do travel agencies, hotels, tour guides, scuba
instructors, as just about everything that has to do
with the hospitality, travel, and tour industries.
Even the armies, navies, and air forces of the world
need EFL instruction, as do police forces in countries
and cities where English speaking tourists and/or
residents are common.
What this means
This is all good for the "newbies" in the TEFL world -
as it means that there may well be a teaching job out
there that is related to your previous employment and
for which you would be a "natural" - having knowledge of
the special vocabulary and needs of that type of job.
Keep your mind open
many possibilities exist that you need to be creative in
looking for them. Not all of them will be traditionally
advertised. Not all of them will be familiar to the
typical poster on the Internet's TEFL discussion
boards. All these options exist in addition to all the
traditional school-based TEFL jobs - that are, in fact,
very easy to find and land.