You should read this http://middlekingdomlife.com/guide/qualifications-teaching-english.htm
I'm off to China in two weeks for my first TEFL job. I saw the vacancy advertised at Dave's EFL Cafe. I applied directly to the school, which has an excellent website http://www.tefl-bond.com/eng/home.php
. I have had prompt and efficient replies to all of my email, and now I'm just waiting for my visa. I sent off copies of all of my paperwork, passport, degree certificate, resume and tefl certificate to prove I had the necessary requirements. Just don't ever
send originals, or even respond to ads asking for originals. You need to produce the originals when you get there to get your Z visa (working visa), but you can go over initially on a tourist visa and the shcool should be happy to organize your working viza once your there.
Is it too good to be true? Not really. When you consider there are 1.3 billion Chinese, and a lot of them want to learn English, it's not that surpring there is a huge demand for native English speaking teachers. So much so that some schools are happy to put you through a TEFL course on arrival. The BA requirement is more about meeting visa requirements than being able to teach. A degree in geography would no more qualify you to teach English than a plumbing qualification, but you have to have a degree to qualify for a Z visa.
Good luck with the applications, and I'll update you in three weeks as to how my first week in China has gone.
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