TEFL Newbie Featured as a TRIP Base Top Blog

TEFL Newbie Highly Commended at TRIP BASE

Trip Base has an excellent page featuring blogs about Teaching English Abroad. We are happy that TEFL Newbie as been featured as a best blog. We try our best. We try to keep it balanced and real and people seem to recognize that.

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On the topic of TEFL type blogs, be aware of and pay attention to the perspective of the writer. And, just as you choose foods you like, select blogs that fit your frame of mind. I am a super believer that you can literally create what you want and I know that from my own personal experience. So, be sure you read the blogs of people who have been successful overseas.

Don’t read the blogs of whiners, conspiracy theorists, expose artists, etc. I am not suggesting that you ignore potential problems, but I do believe that if you are seriously looking for scams and traps and tricks, you WILL find them. If you let your nature be positive and try to keep your orientation in that direction, you can and will succeed overseas.

TED’s Tips™ #1: Cruise the internet a bit and see what is out there for you. Take a big portion of it with a grain of salt.

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Cover Letters for Seeking Employment in TEFL

How to Write your Cover Letter when Seeking a Job Teaching English Abroad


People ask from time to time about the “secrets” of writing a good cover letter when seeking a job teaching English overseas.

Well, I don’t think there are any secrets, but there is some good common sense and we will try to cover some of that today.

First and most important: Keep in mind WHY you are writing this cover letter. And know why you are writing it! Why are you? Just because you are supposed to? Because someone told you that you should?

Keep to business when writing such a letter, keep it brief and make sure you do these four things:

1. Indicate your interest in a specific position.
Some employers may have many positions open. They may not know for which position you are applying. Help them know. Be as specific as possible.

2. Inform your potential employer that you are qualified for the position.
Keep it brief. Don’t put your whole CV/resume in the letter, but let them know that when they are deleting emails or trying to pare the pile of applications to a manageable size, that yours should be be saved and looked at in depth. Let them know as early in the letter as possible.

Do this in the second paragraph after you a specify the position you are applying for and keep your summary to a maximum of two or three short paragraphs.  Cover only the qualifications and experience that relate to the position for which you are applying.

3. Ask for an interview/consideration for the position. That is the whole purpose of this contact, correct? Close the body of your letter with your request.

4. Give your contact information either in the header or following your signature line. What good is contacting someone and forgetting to tell them how to contact you? Even if you made contact via email and they can easily just click on “reply” – still give them your contact information.

Keep to Business

Don’t lose the essence of those four points by adding information that can obscure the important point or even that could rule you out of the position. If you have specific requirements about a position in terms location, wages or other issues. leave them for later. You’ll have more leverage once the employer has decided they are interested in you.

Realize that international positions will often require information that is important to them, but sometimes even illegal to ask for in your home country. To obtain legal working papers as a teacher of English in some countries, you must come from a country that they deem to be English speaking. So tell them where you are from, don’t make them guess.  This issue might need to be addressed in #2 above.

At this stage of the process potential employers don’t YET need to know that you are a vegetarian, want to arrive with your “partner” in tow, have a cat that must come with you or that you have medical concerns that you want to be sure can be managed in that country/location. All those issues can come up later, either in an interview or after an offer has been made and you are negotiating the terms of your employment.

TED’s Tips™ #1: Keep to business, keep your letter as brief as possible while still making sure that you have included all the critical information as mentioned on this page.

TED’s Tips™ #2: Don’t badmouth any previous employer.  For some employers this is a fast strong sign of a bad attitude.  They just don’t need to know that you and your last employer didn’t get along.  At least, not yet!

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TEFL Newbie Awarded Top Teach Abroad Blog

Happy News from GoOverseas.com – We do our best and enjoy the occasional special recognition we get from others in the industry!

Hi Ted,

I’m Andrew Dunkle and I currently serve as the senior editor of GoOverseas.com. We are contacting you with regard to your blog, which the editorial staff at GO! Overseas has selected as one of the top blogs related to teaching abroad.

As recognition of your outstanding writing skills we are delighted to include your blog in a select list of websites covering the ESL industry.

We select only the most exceptional blogs that meet our exacting standards and we hope you feel a sense of pride that you have been recognized for your efforts. You may view this list on our website here:

Go Overseas: Top Teach Abroad Blogs

Thank you for all the high quality content you have contributed to the global online community. We look forward to continuing to read your stories. If you have questions about GO! Overseas please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Warm regards,
Andrew Dunkle

Do I Need a Degree to Teach English Overseas?

Is a Degree Needed to Land a Good Job Teaching English?

No, you don’t always need a degree to land a good job.

There are excellent job markets in much of Latin America. In Southeast Asia, both Cambodia and Indonesia are good markets for people without degrees.

Without a degree you’ll not be saving large amounts of money, but you can still land a good job and live well on the local economy. You can expect the very best jobs to go to people with degrees and lots of experience, but lots of opportunity still exists and there just aren’t enough teachers to meet the demand.

Focus your Job Search

If you don’t have the advantage of a degree, try to use your work history to your advantage instead. If you have work experience in a hotel or restaurant for example, seek out those kinds of settings. Large resorts overseas often hire teachers of English to help their staff deal with their guests. If you have experience in the industry, exploit it. You are needed!

The same thing applies if you have a good work history in business. Look for jobs teaching Business English where you will have an advantage. Large corporations often hire teachers and many language schools devote a good part of their business to servicing international corporations. They are looking for YOU.

For both these specialties consider getting ESP Certifications. Or at least study teaching material related to those industries, so you will have lots of good ideas when you interview and you will create an advantage over your competitors.

Great Resources: ESP Certification in Resort and Hotel English and
ESP Certification in Business English

Check these eBooks as well: Hotel and Resort English and Business English Lessons

TED’s Tips™ #1: If you don’t have a degree, grab every advantage you can. There are good jobs out there, make sure you are in the hunt!

The BEST EFL Teaching Jobs in China: Government Colleges, Universities and Secondary Schools offer the most reliable and worry-free jobs in China. Click on the Link if you would like to Teach English in China