Keep in mind that when you are teaching overseas, there are seldom set
rules that apply in every given situation. Rules vary from country to
country, and each school is different. As a result, so will each
situation vary from one job to another, and the following questions
and answers may or may not apply to you.
• How much
money will I make in American dollars?
This depends entirely on where you are living. Rich countries can pay
you more than poor countries and countries with a lot of tourists
don't pay as much as countries off the beaten track. What you are
looking for, though, is a country that pays well when compared to the
cost of living. Germany, for example, pays several thousand dollars a
month, but the cost of living also happens to be several thousand
dollars a month. And don't forget that in most cases you are not
exempt from local income tax. Jobs range between $200 dollars and
$4000 dollars a month. Most countries, however, pay their English
teachers enough to live well. Most countries in Asia, the Middle East
and Eastern Europe provide excellent saving opportunities. Be warned,
however, some cities like Paris and Rio cost more money a month to
live in than it does to work in.
• Will I be
paid in Canadian dollars or in the local currency?
Almost without exception, you will always be paid in local currency.
The sums quoted to you in the job descriptions are usually a rough
estimate. Remember to send your money home over the year rather than
save it up as one lump shipment, as this will cost you if the exchange
rate is not in your favour. Also, some countries put a limit (for
example, one month's salary) on how much you can legally send home.
Sending the money home in 12 installments will also protect you if the
currency exchange takes a sudden nosedive.
• How often
and in what way will I be paid?
Most schools pay their teachers once a month, usually on a given day.
Schools will either pay you with an envelope of cash on payday,
directly deposit it into your account, or issue you a cheque.
Regardless of by what method, your school should also help you with
setting up a bank account and teach you how to use a bank machine.
• How many
holidays will I be able to have?
Most countries have one national holiday off a month, which your
school will observe. Your contract should also state one to five weeks
off, depending on the country. Both you and the school should agree on
when this time can be taken off, but remember, if it is not in the
contract and you do not ask for it to be put in the contract before
you sign it, you will not be getting any time off at all.
• Is airfare
Again, sometimes. If it is in the job description that it is included,
it is included. South Korea and China always include airfare. Other
countries will pay for return airfare only after the contract is
completed. Do some checking around for the cheapest airfares.
• Where will
you send me?
We don't send you anywhere. You apply for the jobs just like the
regular application process through your resume and introduction
letter. No one should find a job for you, nor should you trust anyone
to know what is best for you. This is an adventure, but it is also a
year of your life. If that is not worth a week or so of research, I
don't know what is.
• How will I
know if it's a good job?
By doing your research. We go through every question that you should
be asking your future employer, as well as teachers who are already
working for your school. If the teachers working there are happy, then
chances are you will be happy as well.
• What if I
have to go home suddenly due to an emergency?
You must have a multiple reentry visa on your passport. You can get
this through your country's immigration office. You can't get this at
the airport, so get it as soon as you arrive. If you do have to
return, make sure your director knows when to expect you back. Most
contracts have a clause permitting you to go home in case of
• What if I
hate my job?
Hopefully, you will have done your research and this question will
never come up. If it does, however, and you want to quit, make sure
you are familiar with what your contract states about quitting. Most
countries require that you give X number of days notice before you can
start working elsewhere. Others are more prohibitive than that. South
Korea, for example, requires that you leave the country for the
duration of your valid work visa if you quit, getting fired means you
can work the next day for another school.
• How do I
send money home?
Banks and post offices will wire money home for a fee. We discuss
other methods in the class.
• How do I do
We really don't suggest that you do. But we do show you some ways not
to get caught. Remember, however, that your full-paying job always
• What if I
You will be deported and fined. Please don't get caught.
• What do I
do if I get caught doing anything illegal?
Depends on what you are caught doing. Minor offenses will get you
deported and fined. Major offenses depend on where you are. In some
countries you will be tried as a citizen and sent to local jails. In
other countries, you will be executed. All the Canadian Consulate in
your country can do is give you a list of lawyers that speak English
in your country. Don't do drugs. We cover in our manual several other
things to be wary of.
• How long
does an average work visa last?
Normally one year. Each country has different visa-granting rules and
regulations, and these rules and regulations change regularly. We
encourage you to contact the consulate or embassy of the country in
question prior to departure for exact details. Be sure to find the
contact information of your home countries (Canada, America, etc.)
embassy in the country where you are going.
• When my
contract ends, how do I find a new English teaching job in another
E-mail or call the Global TESOL College once you graduate from our
program. You automatically become part of the Global TESOL family
Alumni-for a lifetime of job assistance and we would love to help you
with any TESOL certification, study or work related issues.
If you have a question that has not been answered below, or if you
would like to speak to one of our Global TESOL advisors concerning
upcoming course dates, registration, or any other matter, feel free to
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