Want to travel to China, Korea, Japan, or Thailand and get paid to do it? Native English speakers are in great demand in Asia and if you have a college degree and English is your first language, you have all the skills you need to land a job. Keep in mind the seriousness though of what you’re considering doing. You are considering moving to another country, where they will speak a language that you probably don’t know and have very different customs from the West. But if you think you can handle that, then it can be an immensely rewarding experience.
The first thing to do is to browse the job posting on Dave’s ESL Cafe (www.eslcafe.com). It is the most complete list of ESL jobs on the internet. You’ll find jobs all over the world, but most are located in Asia and the Middle East. Look for postings from the schools themselves. Avoid recruiters. There is no need to pay someone to find a job for you. Be sure to check the requirements for each posting. These can vary a great deal from country to country. Generally you will notice that Japan and Korea pay the most (but the cost of living is higher), China (except Hong Kong) and Thailand pay less, and that housing and airfare are included (provided you finish your contract, usually one year).
In general the best places in Asia to work are 1. Universities or colleges 2. Public elementary or high schools. 3. Private schools 4. Language institutes. This is not a strict order, but your schedule, pay, and job security decrease as you go down the list.
If you find a job you’re interested in, send an email with your resume, being sure to mention which posting your responding to. You should get a response fairly quickly. Depending on the school, there may or may not be an interview (usually over the phone). If you are offered are job, think about it very carefully. This is not a commitment to take lightly. Verify you pay, accommodations, if they provide insurance, travel expenses, and teaching hours. Remember that teaching hours are different from normal working hours. Forty teaching hours would be impossible to do. You have to prepare lessons, grade homework,, etc. too. It can seem odd to negotiate all this over the internet and phone. Check the reputation of the school on the internet to be sure it is a well-established school.
Finally, you will need to get a visa. Your school should provide this for you, but sometime they will not. Be very careful of any school that asks you to work on a tourist visa, as this is illegal in most countries. Be sure to check online with the country that you will be working in.