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How I Started Teaching English With No Qualifications

  • Posted on November 10, 2020
  • By Ethan Harrington
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I had no idea that I could get work teaching English abroad without a teaching qualification. I was completely surprised at how much English teachers were getting paid when I looked into it and then I realized that I could actually begin teaching English with any standard Bachelors Degree in any major. I just finished a BA in Business but I wanted to try out new things, take a year out and to see the world.

"When I realized that I could teach English without a teaching qualification I decided to try it out and never went back. The salaries and living conditions were way better than I had anticipated and I am able to make a great living teaching English. It’s a great way to see the world."

I had no idea that this would work out so well and because almost everything was paid for, including flights and apartment, I was able to save the vast majority of my salary and to pay off all of my college debts.

If someone wants to see the world and to work at the same time I cannot recommend this enough. Although I was able to start teaching English with my standard business Bachelors Degree I am deciding to do a 120 hour TEFL course now in a few weeks and this will increase my salary even more.

I didn’t think that I would be able to begin teaching English as a foreign language with no experience or teaching qualifications but the schools were very helpful with me and showed me what to do over the first few weeks. I was teaching Kindergarten kids and then 8-12 year olds with only 12 students to the class. Not only was it easy but it was so much fun!

I really didn’t think that I would enjoy it so much and because I was only required to teach for 25 hours per week I also had lots of free time to go and explore the sites and scenes in whichever area I decided to work.

TEFL recruiters were able to provide me with so many options for work in so many different countries and locations. They helped me to identify the very best conditions and salaries even though I didn’t even have a formal teaching qualification. You would be amazed at the great offers and schools that are out there if you work with the right people.

This was definitely a great decision on my part and it turned out to be a great surprise. I would recommend to anyone to give it a go.

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  • November 15, 2020

    I also was able to start work without any teaching qualifications, I cam straight our of an engineering degree but decided to teach English for a year to try something different. I went to Dubai and really enjoyed it.

    • November 21, 2020

      I got hooked up with a great school in Japan with no teaching qualification too. They were really helpful there and I was teaching English just fine within a few weeks. Tokyo is amazing!

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