English Teacher Jobs Abroad
Maximo Nivel offers lifetime job-finding support, which means that our team is at your service before, during, and after the TEFL course to make sure you enjoy a successful teaching career.
Nearly two billion people study English as a second language. The lack of qualified English language instructors is one of the biggest challenges facing educators and people across the globe. The sheer number of ESL students means there are unlimited opportunities to teach and live abroad as an ESL professional.
With our long history of training world-class ESL teachers, schools, institutes, and universities all over the world happily accept the Maximo Nivel TEFL certification. Our TEFL graduates regularly secure paid teaching positions in Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, the Middle East, and Africa.
Experience shows that TEFL participants who put the effort into preparing a strong résumé /CV, and who are active in their job search, find teaching positions within 0-30 days of completing the TEFL course. Whereas we do not guarantee jobs for our TEFL graduates, if you’re ambitious, you can have multiple job offers even before completing your TEFL certification!
In Week 2 of the TEFL course, there is a job-finding workshop where your TEFL Trainer coaches you on writing a proper résumé/CV for the international marketplace. Your trainer also walks the TEFL class through different job opportunities and what it’s like to live and work internationally. We provide lists of online resources with access to teaching jobs worldwide. Most importantly, your TEFL Trainer acts as an ongoing professional reference for teaching jobs now and in the future, and every TEFL graduate receives a letter of reference from Maximo Nivel.
Also remember, Maximo Nivel makes 3-5 job offers to our TEFL graduates every month to work as teachers in our Native English Program in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru.
Lifetime job finding assistance
Maximo Nivel offers lifetime job-finding assistance for all TEFL graduates, including:
– Professional résumé/CV preparation
– Lists of language schools in your preferred destination country(s)
– Internet sites and job boards specializing in ESL positions
– Introduction to our ESL recruitment partners
– Job offer and contract advice (mostly applicable to jobs in Asia)
– Maximo Nivel reference letter
– TEFL Trainer acts as professional reference for future ESL opportunities
Getting your first teaching job
Teaching jobs and work environments clearly vary from one country to the next and from one employer to another. Depending on where you go, opportunities exist for part-time work and full-time work; short-term agreements and long-term work contracts; traditional K-12 education and alternative adult education; classes taught inside an institute versus classes taught offsite at client facilities; opportunities with public schools and jobs with private language institutes. Look at all of your opportunities carefully and decide which ones best match your personality and career objectives.
Benefits also vary. Schools in Asia and the Middle East offer the best salaries and the most benefits, such as free or subsidized housing, language lessons, onboarding services, airfare reimbursement, annual vacation, and bonuses. Jobs in Latin America tend to be less structured and take a more independent approach to teachers. Most areas of the world pay enough to live comfortably, but usually not enough to save money or pay off debts. Health insurance is not common, but you may find this is available with employers offering long-term contracts.
Employment contracts may also be new to you, but outside of the United States it’s how most of the world functions. You should be ready for work rules that are different and which may even seem strange—this is a function of cultural differences as well as specific labor laws in each country.
Stay cheerful and flexible—schools are looking for teachers who are low maintenance and collaborative!
Increase your chances for career success and earn a higher salary:
– Get certified in Teaching Business English
– Get certified in Teaching International Exam Preparation
Know your job offer
The points below summarize the minimum information you should have for any teaching position you’re seriously considering. Be sure that you and your employer are clear on the conditions of your position—try to avoid surprises for either side.
– Name of the Academic Director or Director of Studies (DoS)—this person is your boss
– Minimum number of guaranteed teaching hours
– Daily schedule; hours you must be available to teach
– Amount and frequency of salary paid
– Opportunity for salary increases
– Dress code
– Required meetings and required in-service training
– Teaching private clients outside of school (allowed or not)
– Travel to the country (provided or not)
– Verbal agreement vs. written contract
– Conditions for breaking your work agreement
– Work visas (provided or not)
Types of teaching work abroad
There is a wide array of job titles within the ESL world—all of them begin with a TEFL Certification as the main qualification. Below are descriptions of just some of the exciting opportunities open to you as a certified ESL Teacher.