|The famous fortress of my first city I lived in teaching abroad, Suwon-si Korea.|
There are TONS of programs out there you just need to use common sense when you are looking at them and find the best one for you. I have different standards when I look for jobs now, but now I have years of different levels of experience, certificates, and a Masters. When I was just starting off I would look at jobs and think:
1. Is it legal? I always avoided anything that appears to be under the table. First, because I hate breaking the law (yes yes I am a goodie goodie) and second because I planned on spending most of my life living abroad; the last thing I needed was to be blacklisted from visiting some country because of visa violations. It is also safer if you have a legal job with a legal visa.
2. Is it verifiable? Google those people! Use your blind date stalking skills for good. Google e-mail addresses, names, the company, etc.. Check out their LinkedIn profiles. Check blogs for past employees. Ask to speak to past/current employees.
3. Is it survivable? A lot of the programs I am going to mention don't pay tons of money, but they do give you enough based on what you are doing. If you are working 80 hours a week with a homestay and may still struggle to make ends meet, I wouldn't recommend it.
So, what kind of programs are out there and appropriate for someone without a lot of experience?
|Some of my best times in Korea were spent in the rural Korea.|
|Suwon, where I taught, is the capital of Gyeonggi-Do|
EDITED TO ADD As of March 2012 a 100 hour TOEFL course was a new basic requirement.
You can also work at hagwons (private academies) but since these are not government backed jobs you REALLY need to do your research.
|A bunch of fellow English teachers at the El Escorial|
BEDA is a program for the Catholic schools in Madrid. It does NOT require a Bachelors (but you need to be in at least you second year of college). Technically you are not a teacher (you are an assistant). You work 16-24 hours a week and your pay varies based on the hours you work. You must be a native English speaker, older than 20 and competent in Spanish. You can read more here
Catholicism isn't your thing? OK, then just work for the government. People from the United States or Canada can apply to become an Auxiliare de conversación. You could end up teaching anywhere in Spain in schools ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade. You get at least 700 Euros a month (depending on the hours this could increase) and you pay nothing to apply. It is designed for Junior and Senior College students (so no Bachelors needed) or recent graduates.
|Crazy wild Carnivalle party in Dunkirk France!|
These are all programs that help new teachers get the experience they need to decide if teaching is really what they want, or to become desirable to hire.
Am I missing any? What programs do you find great for budding EFL teachers who want to get their feet wet?