Ok, so my friend and I have completed our 140 hour TEFL course with i to i are are hoping to travel to somewhere in Europe to teach English. Despite the fact that I'm still very scared about going away (will I be a good teacher? is my main concern-what if I get there and become speechless in front of loads of kids or adults?! or am basically just crap at it) I think that I still need to at least try to get a job. But the problem is, I've been emailing and applying for jobs in Spain, Italy and France and I can't seem to get anywhere because a lot of times I don't get any responses or, when I do I'm told that the advertisement was an old one. Also, on more than one occasion I've been advised that it is probably better to travel out to the country I intend to teach in and hand out CVs there but is this really such a good idea? I would love some advice in what is the best way to go about this, especially if my friend and I would like to teach in the same school as each other, or at least near each other? Also, does anyone know what dates the term times of Spain, Italy and France begin please? Sorry if I've asked a lot of questions and bored anyone to tears but I really do appreciate it if someone can help us! Thank you :)
Hey thanks so much for your comments, and sorry for the late reply I've been having loads of difficulty adding my comment to Chalkboard (let's hope this works), sometimes it’s just so hard to know what to do! I’m definitely thinking of heading abroad Briona and Alix, I hope my friend and I get placed at least near each other, but thanks so much for letting me know about the term time dates, I couldn’t find that information anywhere!
And Urick, you're advice is invaluable! It's fantastic to hear about the legalities of teaching in Italy, and as for volunteering at a Church, I hadn't thought of it, thank you.
And thank you Bianca, I'll keep in touch :)
Mahalath, I’m from Northern Ireland and definitely thinking of heading abroad, as I said though it’s just so hard to know! Good luck in getting placement in Italy yourself.
And Peter, I do have a degree. Thank you so much for taking the time to write all of that, I really do appreciate it because I’m very nervous about teaching so it’s nice to hear about someone else’s experiences and you’ve helped to alleviate my worries a little, so thanks again! I think I just prefer to have the security of being closer to home in my first teaching job!
Again, thanks everyone for getting in contact and for your advice, Catherine