FREE How to Teach English Abroad eBook

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The second edition of How to Teach English Overseas has just been released and for a limited time you can get it free over at CLICK HERE.

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This helpful ebook tells you everything you need to know to get yourself overseas and on the job teaching English.  It walks you through the process with a week-by-week description of what to do and exactly when to do it.  Even without a passport, you can follow the directions and be working overseas in ten weeks (we even tell you how to get a passport).  If you already have a valid passport, you can easily move that schedule forward.

The ebook starts with twenty questions to ask yourself before deciding to head overseas? Are you really cut out for it? Can you handle it? Try the twenty questions to discover if you are ready to master your future. The introduction also covers what makes people successful overseas and tells you specifically what employers are hoping to find in a teacher. Do you have what they are looking for? Find out!

Chapter One (Week One)  tells you a bit about what it possible. It also gives you links for applying for a passport, just in case you don’t have one. It also tells you what other documents are important to have in hand before you start your job search.

Week Two helps you discover the best places for you to go and the best timing for going there. Hint: If you have degree, the world is your oyster. If you don’t, there are still lots of places where you are welcome to get your start.

Week Three helps you organize your job search, discover what types of jobs might be available, breaks down what should and shouldn’t be on your resume/CV (international resumes/CVs are different) and tells you how to make yourself an attractive candidate for employers. They’ll want to offer you that job – right now!

Week Four gets your job search going and has you contacting employers. It helps you know what to say in a telephone interview and even recommends the countries that most people think are the most “newbie friendly” in the world. Exotic places you WILL want to go!

Week Five helps you decide which job offers you should accept and tells you how to research your potential employer, so you can avoid scams and scamsters.

Week Six gets you organizing yourself for your move once you have accepted that job offer and signed a contract. Everything from paying taxes in your home country to checking on health insurance for your new country is covered.

Week Seven has you applying for your visa, giving 30 days notice at your job (are you ready?!) and even making a budget for the transition overseas.

Week Eight helps you organize your finances online so you can still use your accounts even while abroad. And it’s time to get your plane tickets!

Week Nine has you finalize your passport and visa and do some planning to cover all the possible angles while abroad.

Week Ten helps you know what to put in that suitcase, saying goodbye to friends and family and getting on that airplane.

That’s it!  Not!

The ebook also includes advice for your first two weeks abroad.  How to settle in to your new job and culture and some helpful suggestions for adapting to, surviving and even thriving in your new culture and country.

Ted’s Tips™ #1:    In the words of a teacher who used this book to get himself overseas:
Thank you for your e-book “How to Teach English Abroad” I followed your week by week instructions and methods and the whole experience of finding and obtaining a teaching position in Zhengzhou [China] was completed very smoothly. I know that I could have probably muddled through on my own but your advice was so clear and concise, that I just couldn’t go wrong.
–  M G Birch

Ted’s Tips™ #2:  Keep your eyes open, we’ll be releasing second editions of quite a few helpful ebooks over the next few weeks and months.

Getting Started in TEFL: Transition from Dream to Reality

Free TEFL eBooks
Ten Week Plan to a New Life and a New Job Overseas

A reader recently asked:

I was just wondering how to get started with the TEFL program and if there is an organization or something that I have to talk to, to help get me a job, or if I have to find them on my own. If you do it on your own, where do you look for the jobs?

Transitioning from the dream of living and working abroad and experiencing the real world out here can be a bit of an overwhelming task the first time you consider it.

But, thousands of others have gone there before you and it is an easily done thing if you do a bit of research and locate the resources you need to help you.

This is not something simply explained as you can well guess.  A fair bit is involved, but I am happy to say that I have written an ebook on the topic (see the graphic above).  It is available for FREE at TEFL Boot Camp here: How to Teach English Abroad or – if you prefer you can pay US$9.95 over at TEFL eBooks —  up to you!

Getting the ebook free at TEFL Boot Camp means that you also get a free ebook called The Effective EFL Job Search – about how to find your first job: overcoming common pitfalls, using an international style resume and even how to work with recruiters.  YOU are the hot commodity!  Know it, use it!

Along with the first two ebooks you get an ebook I wrote called Seven Secrets of Success Abroad.  I wrote it to help people understand how to succeed in a foreign culture.  Our Western culture is NOT the culture you are likely to work in and using the skills that worked for you in the UK, Australia or the USA might just be your downfall when working in a developing country in Asia, Latin America or Africa.   Learn how to navigate foreign cultures and succeed!  It is not difficult and can be a lot of fun.

Imagine your success and know that it is possible and you CAN do it!

TED’s Tips™ #1: Go on over and get the free ebooks to help you plan your new life abroad.  Go here: Free TEFL eBooks and pick up your free ebooks.

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Free TEFL eBooks – How to Teach English Overseas

And Secrets to Success Abroad

TEFL Boot Camp is offering a free download of their new publication Seven Secrets of Success Abroad – and along with it comes a bi-weekly installment and revision of their eBook called How to Teach English OverseasCLICK HERE to get the free ebooks.

Great reviews for the Secrets of Success eBook – in spite of the hokey name – and the How to Teach English eBook is being updated and rewritten and sent out in installments as it is ready.




Please let me know what you think of the ebooks.

I confess both eBooks are written by yours truly – hoping to inspire others to head overseas and live life BIG out in the real world. I would value your feedback!

How and Where to Start Teaching English Abroad

What to Consider when First Seeking a Job Teaching English Overseas

Once you have made a final decision to look for an English teaching job and head overseas, it’s time to make a decision about where you would like to work and how much you would like to earn/save.

You’ll have to balance the two according to your qualifications, area of the world in which you wish to work, the general availability of jobs in that area and what your financial goals might me.

Here are some additional things to consider along the way.


You’ll also have to decide if getting some training is important for you – or not. If you do decide to get some training (good for you!), I would encourage you to get that training overseas, ideally in the country in which you intend to teach.

There are several reasons for this. First, it’ll give you a chance to live overseas and know better if you will like it (very different from vacationing or traveling overseas). It will usually also give you a chance to meet people who are already doing what you want to do and a chance to network for good jobs.

Another consideration is the opportunity to do your teaching practice with students similar to those you will teach on the job. Once you have a lot of experience this will not be so important, but as a TEFL Newbie – it will help you get up to speed much more quickly.

I’ve taught EFL in four different countries and students in each have their own unique pronunciation and grammar problems. Even experienced teachers take some time solving the new problems they are confronted with when they change countries.

One last super advantage, if you intend to teach in a country where it is common to have to interview in person, is that you will obtain in training a good idea of what students want, need, like and don’t like. Again, different countries and cultures can be very different.

Relevant English games built into your lesson are an absolute must in Thailand – but a bad idea in Saudi Arabia. It is best to know this BEFORE you interview or do a demonstration lesson.

In some countries a “demonstration” lesson is commonly requested as part of the interview process. If you have done your training in that country you will be far far ahead of the newbie who arrives with no idea of the common problems they will be faced with in the classroom.

Finally, TEFL training overseas is generally cheaper than taking it in developed Western countries and can be much cheaper by the time you add in the cost of food and board during training.

I believe though that the biggest benefits are networking and just getting a feel for life in another country.

Recruiters, or not?

One major decision that you must also make is if you want to use a recruiter or not. There are many people who are absolutely adamant that you should never use a recruiter. Some have had bad experiences with them, others believe you will find much better circumstances negotiating a deal on your own. Both ways are fine to me – I’ve done both.

I used a recruiter to find my first job. There were some problems, but the recruiter took care of all of them for me. It was very useful as I was not yet confident and really didn’t know much about the business – I was a true newbie – and the recruiter took some of the pressure off me.

Know that there are some recruiters out there, who just want to place you as quickly as possible and get their fee from the school. They won’t care if you are a good “fit” or not.

Try to communicate with the teachers at a school before deciding to go there, whether you use a recruiter or not. Are there problems there? What are they? Are they critical or minor? Are the teachers happy or not? Why or why not?

Other Issues

Take a look at the other pages on the blog and you will, over time, see many issues to consider and we will try to get to most of them early in the blog to help you know what to look for.

Some issues to consider right away though, before you tie down a job:

The types/ages of students you might be interested in teaching? Do you want to teach corporate executives, resort staff, kindergarten/preschool or even nursery students?

Should you set up your job before you go or not? This can depend a bit on the specific country and a lot on your personal self-confidence. Some countries will require you to be on the scene to be considered for a job, some tend to hire almost exclusively from overseas.

All these questions and many more are important and all will be addressed on this blog.

TED’s Tips™ #1: For your first country you might want to try countries that are well known as being “Newbie Friendly”. The Middle East and Europe are known as being difficult places to get started (argumentative and opinionated students).

China and Korea are probably two of the easiest places to get started. Both have cultures of respect for teachers, typically hire from abroad and pay for airfare and accommodation.

Thailand is a popular place for many new teachers, but is not one of the easiest places to work. The culture, food, friendly people and nice beaches tend to swing the balance to make it a popular destination. But you’ll have to be on the scene to land a job and pay for your own housing and plane tickets.

TED’s Tips™ #2: Sort out and stabilize your finances BEFORE you go. Know what your financial situation will be in your new setting. Not much could be worse than showing up and finding out you can’t meet those student loan payments and it’s back to Walmart for you . . .