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6 Ways to Work Internationally

Adam Starr

January 04, 2010


Teaching Abroad


You know all of that English you’ve been speaking your entire life? It is actually a highly valuable asset in the global job market. People all over the planet are working hard to master your native tongue. This means that you can find an array of teaching positions in a wide variety of countries from Asia, to Europe, to Latin America.

There are many private and government programs that recruit English teachers to come and live in their country for a year or two. Examples include:

French Cultural Services: This French Ministry of Education program places 1,500 Americans into English assistant posts in French schools anywhere from large cities to small villages. You are required to have some knowledge of French and to work 12 hours of conversation classes per week in exchange for a monthly salary. These positions are available from Oct 1- April/June. You should be between the ages of 20 and 34-years-old.

For more information visit the Official Website.

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistanship: Institute of International Education places recent graduates in schools in Germany, Hungary, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Luxembourg, Belgium, and France. The program is highly competitive. Please visit the Offical Website for more information.

The JET Program (Japanese Exchange Teaching) is a program administered by the Japanese Ministry of Education that is the world’s largest English teaching program. The position for ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) does not require any previous Japanese experience. For people who do speak Japanese, there are positions for Coordinators of International Relations and for Sports Exchange Advisors. The JET program draws teachers from a variety of countries including: the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Sweden. Applicants should be under 40-years-old and hold a bachelors degree.

The JET program is highly competitive. Many applicants that don’t gain admission to this program seek alternative employment at private English companies like: Nova, Peppy Kids, Aeon

A great general resource for global teaching opportunities in Korea, China, Thailand, Latin America etc, can be found at Dave’s ESL Café

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