Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 31, 2012
As the summer winds down and the first day of school approaches, thousands of new college graduates, the majority of whom have no background in education, are heading back to class. Rather than attending medical, law or business schools, they will be teaching English abroad in classrooms around the globe.
According to “Back to School: New College Grads Find Jobs Teaching English Abroad“ published by the International TEFL Academy, new college graduates facing the worst job market in decades are discovering that global demand for English language instruction is creating thousands of opportunities for them to get good paying jobs and international work experience by teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) abroad.
“We estimate that more than 250,000 native and fluent English speakers will be teaching English abroad, and tens of thousands of them will be new college graduates” said Bruce Jones, President of the International TEFL Academy, a world leader in TEFL certification that trains and provides job placement assistance to approximately 1,200 new English teachers a year. According to Jones, more than 50% of those teaching English abroad are recent college graduates.
“Teaching English abroad represents great job opportunities for recent college graduates and the opportunity of a lifetime to travel the world,” Jones said in the article.
According to the article, new college graduates will teach English abroad in up to 100 countries around the world. More than 100,000 English teachers are employed each year in Asia alone, primarily in China, Japan, and Korea, but nearly as many will also be hired throughout Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
“The silver lining of the recession and my difficulties in finding good jobs is that I discovered the opportunity to teach English abroad,” said Behlen Casillas of Milwaukee, WI, a recent graduate who earned her certification from the International TEFL Academy this summer and departed to teach English in South Korea at the end of August.
According to the article, Casillas will be one of more than 20,000 foreigners teaching English in South Korea this year, most of whom are recent college graduates. Like most other Americans teaching English in Korea, she expects to earn the equivalent of $2,000 a month and receive free housing and airfare.
Most Americans who teach English abroad have no prior background in teaching and education, but in the article Jones states that taking an accredited TEFL certification course provides training and the qualification that thousands of schools and language institutes around the world require for hiring first-time English teachers, especially those who have just graduated from college.
Salaries for English Teachers Abroad Varies Around the World
The article states that new college graduates teaching English in Europe or teaching English in Latin America will typically earn enough salary based on the local cost to enjoy a comfortable standard of living, but will probably not save substantial sums.
Meanwhile, in countries like Taiwan, Vietnam, and Japan, a recent college graduate can realistically expect to save from $5,000 - $8,000 over the course of a year teaching English. In South Korea, first-time English teachers can often save $10,000 after expenses in a year, making it an ideal destination for those looking to make student loan payments or to save money for other pursuits like travel. Many recent college graduates who teach English in Asia, particularly in South Korea and China, will also receive free housing, paid vacation and possibly free housing as well.
International TEFL Academy (ITA) is a world leader in training and certifying English speakers to teach English abroad. Based in Chicago, IL, ITA trains more than 1,200 English teachers annually and offers internationally accredited TEFL-TESOL certification courses online and in 25 locations around the world. All students and graduates receive lifetime job search guidance and graduates are currently employed as English teachers in over 50 nations in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
For more information, please visit: http://www.internationalteflacademy.com