How do I know I will be sent to a reputable employer?
Our goal is to match you with reputable schools and institutions that we and/or our partners have screened to ensure that you will be treated professionally as a qualified teacher.
What if I don't have any teaching experience?
If you have past teaching experience, great. If you don’t, an active imagination and a willingness to be creative is by far the most important characteristic of a successful teacher. Most of our teachers have no teaching experience before teaching abroad. They majored in Biology, Art, English, Accounting, Pre-law, Philosophy and probably anything else you can think of! The traits they all share are an open mind, an active imagination and a willingness to learn new things.
Furthermore, some schools and institutes we deal with provide orientation before you start, and you will also be provided with all the teaching materials you need. Many schools will require you to come in early to prepare your lesson plans. Use this time productively and you shouldn’t have a problem.
Before you get nervous, it is important to keep in mind that there are thousands of people just like you in Asia right now who went through the same thing and are now excellent teachers! Being creative and having an active imagination
What is expected from me as a teacher?
Teachers in Asia are respected a lot, dressed neatly, and possess a certain level of enthusiasm and patience. Teaching expectations will vary with the type of school, curriculum, and previous exposure to native English speakers. You will need to come with new ideas, make language points more effective, and activities more objective specific in terms of the students learning or using the target language. Good teaching requires careful planning of every lesson, the marking of homework, and obviously the presentation and delivery of lessons within the classroom.
Is there a dress code?
While institutes seldom have uniforms, most have a dress code. First impressions and professional stature are extremely important; therefore, no jeans, shorts, or other very casual dress. Men should wear nice dress pants and a tie or a suit; women should wear dresses, skirts, dress pants and blouses or suits. Also, men should be clean-shaven and have short hair. In other words, maintain a professional and tidy appearance. As a guide, use your common sense and understanding of Asian culture – when in Rome....
What is the class size and length of time of the class?
Class sizes vary widely depending upon the setting, and the length of time will also vary but usually 35 - 60 minutes depending on the position.
Do I remain at the school the whole day, or can I only go to school at the times that I am expected to teach?
You may have to be at the school for the whole day. Start and end times will vary depending on the contract.
Do the schools provide curriculums and programs?
Yes. When you arrive, the school will orient you to their program, textbooks, and supplementary materials. Also if you have some of your own, please bring them if you would like to share.
Am I provided with housing?
It depends on the position – some may be provided free, or you may be given a stipend. If given a stipend, the school will help you find accommodation.
What will my apartment be like (if provided)?
Housing will vary between single and shared apartments depending on the contract. Some single apartments are studio and will seem much smaller than what you are used to by your home country’s standards. All will be furnished with the basic necessities – bed, furniture, TV, washing machine, fridge, table and chairs. As for payment of utilities, this varies depending on the contract.
What holidays do I get?
Basically, you'll have the national public holidays, and the vacation period would depend on the conditions set out in your contract.
What happens to me if I leave before the contract is finished?
Some schools offer bonuses if you complete the contract. This could be in the form of cash or a ticket home. If you leave early, you lose this and you may also have difficulty in finding another job – word gets around and you’d probably be blacklisted.
What kinds of opportunities and knowledge will I gain through my English teaching experiences in Asia?
You will have the chance to learn and study a new culture, taste exotic cuisine, observe traditional ceremonies, and maybe even learn a new language. Most of all, you will learn how to live harmoniously with people who have different ways of thinking and living. When it is over, you will have become more aware of the world around you, more understanding, tolerant, and adventuresome. The living experience in a foreign country is good for resumes. Many employers recognize the value of international work experiences and the maturity it engenders.
What if I have problems with my co-workers?
Working with people who come from different backgrounds and have different opinions and perspectives than you or what you are used to can result in some problems. However, try to solve this in private and non-confrontationally. If problems persist, contact us directly, and we will do our best to help you out.