I was really excited when I read about TEFL and the adventures and experiences my friend (who was in China) got to experience.
I researched a lot. In total it'd be 20 hours or more on just googling.
I found out a lot about immigration laws, visas, conditions, etc.
Now after reading about the job ads, I'm getting very sick of this racist and prejudict industry.
I was born in Germany with a German mother and an American dad. Since the town was a former US Air Defense base, almost everyone was either of American descent or spoke English. I knew German, too, but it was only used when I had to go to other parts of Germany (it was compulsory to learn). Even then, I preferred English. I don't have an accent, mind you.
So after checking out the ads, they said NATIVE speakers. I said, well ok, I'm sort of native. But no, I don't work like that, if I'm not a passport holder of the English speaking countries, I can't teach due to "immigration" laws. And again, due to "immigration" laws, I can't teach without bachelor degree and even having rocket science degree would be OK with teaching English! What the hell? Not to mention the only degree worth taking is healthcare since majoring in English will result in a very limited career options, so unless I plan to TEFL all my life, why should I major in English? Useless. And 4 years is a waste if you only need it to gain visa.
Not only that, the places where they don't require bachelor like Indonesia require that, of course, you hold a passport of an English speaking country because, hey, if you don't come from an English speaking country, you can't possibly teach English.
So whatever. I'm probably not gonna visit South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Indonesea or whatever to teach, but I'm probably gonna try and get the TEFL certificate. Atleast some countries in EU don't require bachelor degree.