Job Seekers are Teaching English Abroad

This may sound unorthodox, but would you ever teach English abroad? In this economy, job seekers are trying just about anything.

BridgeTEFL, a teacher certification company, has noticed an increase in inquires about certification for teaching English abroad. Most of the inquiries are from recent college graduates, but others are from workers who have been laid off.

“As jobs in the U.S. become scarcer, we’ve predictably seen increases in the numbers of recent graduates who go abroad to teach English, but we’ve also seen a surge in applications from individuals in their 30s, 40s and 50s,” said Katy Owens, a job placement advisor at BridgeTEFL. “These individuals come with experience in everything from engineering and law to early childhood education and so are great assets to English schools abroad. The current economic circumstances also give them the chance to live abroad, an opportunity that many wish they had taken advantage of before beginning their careers.”

South Korea is one of the hot spots for teaching English as a foreign language. BridgeTEFL states that their program enrollment has more than doubled in the past year. Teachers in this area can get paid-for housing, airfare reimbursement, along with a competitive salary.

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