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|ash_freeman 8 posts||
I visited China a few years ago where I was offerd a job to teach which I shouldn't of turned down (n)
but now I have decided I would like to teach English there.
I do not have a TEFL yet or any degree.
Would I be abe to go to China a posably teach English in a school there?
As I have been speaking to some schools arround China they have said this is fine
and that I will do my TEFL whilst I am teaching in China.
I am just confused on what i can and cant do and the process of how it works.
If any1 can give me a heads up, it would be great, thanks!
|mahalath 125 posts||
This is a little late sorry! Basically with China, you would want to be working on a Z visa to be working legally. You can't get this in country, so unless a job is offering you this before you go out you will be teaching illegally, which can mean if you are caught that you may well be deported and prevented from coming back to China. Your contracts will also be worthless, as if you're not allowed to work there, the school can do whatever they like. It also leaves room for some nasty revenge if you fall out with someone, by turning you in to immigration.
If you want a Z visa, you are likely to need at least one of the above. Without a degree you are eliminating areas like Beijing, but in less popular cities, you may well be able to find a job that will sponsor your visa if you make a good enough impression. You basically need to be going for a job with no competition from people with a degree. I think the way it works is that they're supposed to hire people with degrees, but if they can't find one, then they can open up the post to people without degrees.
|tomlillie 1 post||
Hey, I had the same problem and the guy in my school said having no degree is fine but I would need to have a TEFL as it is the minimum requirement to teach in china. You can volunteer in a country like Nepal in a monestery with no TEFL which would get you experience that could set you apart from other people with no degree.
|Wolflock 5 posts||
You would need a TEFL. I am teaching here at the moment with TEFL and without a degree and have had no problems yet. The School will have to deal with a lot of red tape though.