The thought of teaching English overseas never really occurred to me until around two years ago. Actually teaching per se did not interest me, but teaching outside of the United States did. I thought it was great to teach something you know very well- English, get paid and learn about a foreign country at the same time. In 2010 I was 60 years old, unemployed and broke. I began to focus my job interests outside of the United States.
A friend of mine told me she planned to teach English in Japan soon. I was both excited and envious of her.I was an English major in college and I always had a love of reading, writing and speaking, why not put that to good use after all these years I said.
I began reading about T.E.S.O.L teaching. T.E.S.O.L stands for - teachers of English to speakers of another language. I did online research.
I took a 100 hour T.E.S.O.L course online. It took me around 5 weeks to complete.I did extremely well, received an A in the course and a letter of recommendation along with my certificate.
Next, I updated my resume and posted it online.There is a website specifically for jobs available in Asia and throughout the world- I focused on that to get results.
I was amazed- a few days after I posted my resume I started to receive job offers from China.
I did research on the Chinese schools who were interested in me.I decided on one middle school in particular in South China near Hong Kong.
They sent me a letter of invitation and a contract to sign- I accepted gladly.
Next, I received my work visa at the Chinese consulate and made my airline reservations- I was all set.
On October 19, 2011, I packed my bags and flew from New York to China, my second career had begun. It was one of the best decisions I had ever made.
My advice to those who are undecided about where to teach in the world is consider teaching in Asia.
South Korea and Japan hire a lot of teachers every term but my choice was China.
With an area the size of the United States and a population of 1.3 billion, the number of teaching jobs in China is incredible and growing every year.
For all of you who are starting your teaching career abroad- enjoy and good luck. Bon voyage!