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TEFL Job Contracts: The Inside Scoop – Part Two

Decided how long you would like to teach for? Now it’s time to decide who/where you teach!

Private language schools
These are one of the most popular teaching choices for the TEFL newbie. There are endless jobs advertised all over the world for work in private language schools.

Fancy teaching in Thailand, Vietnam, Poland or China? We offer a variety of paid TEFL Internships which last between four and five and a half months – if you’re looking for a short-term contract this is the deal for you! This is a great option for inexperienced TEFLers as a reputable job, accommodation, wages and friends (!) are all organised for you. Plus, you’ll receive constant support whilst in country to help guide you through any difficulties you might encounter.

Say hello to the China Interns!

University teaching positions offer some of the best wages for experienced teachers. You will need to have lots of experience though – opportunities for University positions are often in the UAE.

Business English
Calling all language enthusiasts! Get involved in the fastest growing TEFL market! Jobs for teaching Business English are plentiful so make sure to snap up Business English vacancies to profit from the excellent paid wages and NO you don’t need to be a Business expert. Where do you find these jobs? Huge market in Europe and Asia.

Volunteer Teacher
Volunteering positions are a great way to get teaching experience. Positions for these jobs are normally located in Africa and South America.

Private Tuition
Private tuition is a great option as it allows you to work on your own terms either to supplement your existing salary (or fund that last-minute weekend break) or as a way of establishing yourself as a TEFL teacher.

Local adverts can help start building your customer base, but a permanent teaching job is often the best place to look for private students, and is infinitely more secure.

Summer Camps
Teaching English in summer camps is a great option if you want to use your TEFL knowledge for a brief period of time. These are available all over the world and often involve more hands-on methods of teaching through ways such as song, dance and theatre etc.

Aaaand Finally! A few things to bear in mind:

Read the contract very carefully and don’t be afraid to ask if anything is not clear. There is no such thing as a standard TEFL contract but here are some things that should be included:

•    Working days and working hours (including contact teaching hours)
•    Probationary / trial period?
•    Start and end dates of the contract
•    Salary and overtime (including when it is paid)
•    Medical insurance (if relevant)
•    Perks? Is accommodation included/discounted? Are flights reimbursed?

Now that you are all clued up on your TEFL contracts, what are you waiting for?  It’s time to choose where you want to go!

Missed Part One? Read it here.

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