Unemployed Teachers Find ESL Jobs Abroad

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Educators Overseas, one of the largest teacher recruiting organizations in North America, reports that teachers from native English speaking countries in need of a job are finding an unusual market for their talents: China, where English as a Second Language (ESL) schools, are hiring increasing numbers of native English speaking teachers.

Teaching English Abroad

"Yes I would recommend it – it is a fantastic experience” - Nic Iliffe, Educators Overseas ESL teacher

Educators Overseas international teacher recruitment today reports that teachers in need of a job are increasingly finding their answer eastward, as English schools abroad are hiring native English speakers in droves to meet the international demand by many parents to have their children learn the world’s language. Educators Overseas Director Christy Grimste notes, "We have had recent requests for hundreds of ESL teachers". In response to the insatiable demand for foreign teachers, EO reports that schools are offering a generous compensation package, including housing, flights, health insurance, and a generous salary. Indeed, with most all expenses paid, teaching abroad for a year or two is a great way to ride out the economic downturn, especially for temporary or substitute teachers. Many substitute teachers may have plenty of teaching experience but still cannot get hired into a permanent position due solely to the poor economy. Such teachers looking for substitute teaching jobs find teaching abroad especially beneficial.

The appeal of teaching abroad lies in the adventure of living in another country, experiencing a different culture, and being able to travel to nearby exotic locales. But Educators Overseas cites another perk as well: a fun and playful teaching environment at English schools run by the Disney Company, for which Educators Overseas hires teachers to fill Disney’s ESL jobs. South African Nic Iliffe, an Educators Overseas teacher currently teaching for ESL, has found not only adventure and fun, but also a career. Nic started as an ESL teacher for Disney in 2008 and three years later is a supervisor at one of the English schools. Nic loves his ESL job and tells prospective teachers to “Enjoy the adventure, it is what you make of it so do not pass up on this opportunity to experience and learn everything that you can.” Read the full interview with Nic Iliffe on Educators Overseas' website.

So who can teach English abroad? According to Shannon Bland, Applicant Liaison at Educators Overseas, “Many people don’t realize how easy it is. Native English speakers just need a Bachelor's degree and at least a year of teaching experience.” Shannon notes that a TEFL certificate to teach ESL isn’t required, but is an advantage.

Educators Overseas has been helping international teachers find jobs in schools around the world since 2007. Services are free for teachers and Educators Overseas helps the teachers through the entire process and even after the teacher starts teaching abroad. Those interested in teaching and living abroad can learn more on the company’s website - http://www.educatorsoverseas.com.

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