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This can't be right surely?

Posted: 13 Jan 2016, 01:50
by Marion K
In order to teach any subject to English people, in England, and get paid for it, I don't need a degree or any specialist qualification.

In order to teach English to non English people, for commonly nothing more than bed and board in a 'third world' country, sometimes even paying for the privilege, I need a degree and a specialist qualification. . .

Re: This can't be right surely? Degree requirement...

Posted: 13 Jan 2016, 04:06
by Joe
Unfortunately, that is often the case. But in most countries where a degree is required, it's required by the government for the issue of a work permit/visa etc rather than by the school.

In very general terms, in such countries:
- the school will be interested in whether you have at least a TEFL Certificate
- the government will be interested in whether you have a degree (often in any subject)

What countries were you thinking of?

Re: This can't be right surely?

Posted: 13 Jan 2016, 09:02
by Marion K
Not wishing to sound flippant, but to cut a long story short:
Anywhere that has traditional weaving, that is reasonably safe, and preferably doesn't get above 30C while I'm there.

I will try and precis the long story.
I have been interested in weaving for almost as long as I can remember, but as I am a practical type of person rather than arty, I realised, even as a teenager, that there was no way I could make a living from it, so I dropped it.
In the meantime I got married, moved abroad, where the pace of life was completely different, learnt another language and bits of two more, had kids, helped folks with their English, taught my own kids English as a second language, came back to this country, investigated TEFL and was told that I had to have First Certificate English . . . I also, rightly or wrongly got the impression that FCE is/was only for non native English speakers, so was not a possibility for me, so I dropped that too.
Then a few years ago, through my interest in GYO, self sufficiency, and general 'green' living, I discovered 'living history' and that started me studying the history of weaving.
ahh I have to go out now, so I'll finish off later (if anyone's interested, and maybe even if they're not! ;) )

Re: This can't be right surely?

Posted: 15 Jan 2016, 09:46
by Marion K
From studying the history of weaving, I found that very nearly every method of weaving that has ever been used, is still used somewhere in the world today, hence the desire to travel the world studying weaving. Generally this is too expensive, so although there are a couple of destinations, that I can afford to go to for a week or two, I am looking for ways of making trips trips further afield, and longer stays, affordable. Even 'general' volunteering requires degree level qualifications though, but I figured, especially with my background, I could teach English, but no, even for that I need a degree.

Places that I know have interesting weaving (and are not always scorching hot) are Peru, Bhutan, and Vietnam. I am sure there are many others, but I haven't researched them.