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Desperately Seeking Advice: a prospective teacher

Unread postby Miss Margo » 19 Aug 2013, 13:45

Good day all. I am an African female with a university degree honours degree and have recently obtained TEFL certification. For months I have been desperately searching for a job, but I find that most jobs available for TEFL instructors are biased (understandably) towards 'native' English speakers. I believe my certification, job experience, and references speak for themselves, but this has still not helped me to find a job. It is tremendously hard not to get discouraged, however I also tell myself that surely TEFL courses would not be open to non-native English speakers if TEFL knew that we would have no job prospects?! I would be most grateful if anyone could give me any advice as to a particular country to apply to, or any recruiting agencies to make contact with. Any other helpful comments or information would also be highly appreciated. Thank you. Kind regards
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Re: Desperately Seeking Advice: a prospective teacher

Unread postby Josef » 19 Aug 2013, 18:53

Hi Margo. Can you give a bit more info about yourself? Like where you live and what countries you've tried. I certainly wouldn't give up. I personally have met African teachers in France and Thailand, and I'm sure other countries are equally welcoming.
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Re: Desperately Seeking Advice: a prospective teacher

Unread postby Miss Margo » 19 Aug 2013, 19:14

Hi Matter. I am Congolese though I live in Nigeria and I have applied to mostly Asian countries including China, South Korea, Japan and Vietnam. I have looked at European countries and find that most of them only want EU citizens. Even a lot of the Asian countries only want teachers from the US, UK, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia or Canada so it is very discouraging. I have now sent close to 90 applications to different countries and have yet to hear back from anyone.
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