Teaching English Abroad: Short- and Long-term Jobs

Is it possible to find jobs teaching English
for only a few months?

For a few years? For the rest of my life?


Short-Term EFL Teaching Jobs

In many countries there are considerable costs for schools, 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 for short-term employment.

In the last few years though more and more short-term positions are becoming available. Some even include airfare. Head over to TEFL 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. TEFL Temp has a page on volunteer programs as well.

One Year – or a Life Time Teaching English Abroad

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 write 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. But, know that the older you get, you may need to use more direct tactics, such as showing up on the scene and interviewing personally rather than applying from abroad.

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 and ask about the countries in which you are interested.

Typically, the people who ask get positive responses from older people already teaching there or who have taught there before.

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 all set.

TED’s Tips™ #1: Short-term or long-term, it’s up to you. Go get it!

TED’s Tips™ #2: Older teachers, let’s say 50s and up, might need to show up on the scene to interview to avoid blatant age discrimination. Interviewing in person gives you the opportunity to demonstrate that you are energetic and positive and it will not be unusual to be offered a job on the spot.

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Author: Ted

Semi-retired EFL teacher/teacher-trainer working and living abroad since 1989 in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.