Teach English abroad in Japan, Spain, or Argentina?

Teach English abroad in Japan, Spain, or Argentina? Topic: English work
July 16, 2019 / By Gladwin
Question: Hi guys, I recently graduated with my bachelors business degree here in California, and am deciding to teach english abroad. I have been looking at Japan, Spain, and Argentina---which in your opinion would be the best place to go all around? I want a balance of work/play, as the place has to be fun!!! Everyone says spain of course, but I like Japan too...not sure!
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Dore Dore | 2 days ago
First off, you do not need to know the "local Language" to teach abroad. In fact, most schools prefer that you teach only in English. What you will need is a TEFL certificate. The min requirements for most places are a BA & a TEFL certificate. I did a 4 week course in Prague (TEFL Worldwide Prague) back in 2006 and have been teaching abroad ever since. Japan will be the easiest place for you to find work. They are always looking for teachers, and english is very important in that culture. The pay is great and you will have a good choice of places to work. Spain is really hard to find legal work. They tend to hire ONLY EU citizens, although some people find under the table jobs. Anyway, good luck! My advice is get your TEFL certificate and then apply to jobs in Japan. :)
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Dore Originally Answered: Should I go teach english in Japan?
I taught at Nova for three years and don't have anything negative to say about them. In my opinion, they treat their teachers well. You have a fixed schedule that you work each week (and you can swap shifts with other teachers if you want), and there is the option of teaching either 34, 37, 39 or 40 lessons per week - this is usually negotiated before you arrive in Japan, but you can change it later if you want to. Lessons are 40minutes each, with 10 or 15 minutes between lessons. You will have to teach both kids and adults (some people don't like teaching kids, but there are schools that only have a couple of kids, if you don't like kids then you can request to work in one of these schools). You don't need to do much lesson planning - there are textbooks, and you just have to choose what lesson you think the students should learn. Adult classes have up to 4 students, kids have up to 8. There's no need to take work home with you, and you have heaps of time outside of work to do other stuff. I did heaps of sightseeing around Japan and was also able to save heaps of money. It is difficult to start with because you don't know anyone, don't speak the language, are away from your family/friends. It gets easier though. Learn some basic Japanese! The interview process was relatively easy. I submitted an online application, was then called in for an interview. The interview consisted of three stages - first, they gave a brief introduction to Nova and we were allowed to ask questions (this was done in a group), second was an individual interview where they asked the standard interview questions (why do you want the job, what will you bring to the company...), as well as some "quick-response" questions where they say something and you have to answer as quickly as possible with one word. Third was a written grammar test (really easy - if you're a native English speaker you'll have no problems!). These three stages were conducted on the same day, and it probably only lasted for about an hour.

Brendan Brendan
Consider your knowledge of the local atmosphere. If you go to Japan or Spain, be prepared to spend a little more money as their currency is worth more than the US dollar. If you go to Argentina, you'll be a little luckier in saving a bit of money. There's also a language barrier. Which language of the three do you speak the best? Which area offers the best program for your teachings? Where are you most comfortable in? Will you be in a rural or urban area and which one are you most comfortable in? Maybe you should answer those questions first and then compare which one gives you the best opportunity. Good luck and have fun :)
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Affton Affton
well you will probably have to know some of the local language, and japanese might be hard to learn, i would pick spain its so close to many otehr countries and u can always visit japan if u really want to go there, argentina is cool but its on this side of the world with cali do u really want to stay on this side?? i say SPAIN all the way.
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Sue Sue
I never taught in Spain but did teach recently in China for three years. I even ran teacher training courses to teach teachers. Online tefl etc is useless. You need to know you can do it.
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Rachel Rachel
Here's a page from PayScale.com that might be helpful as you do your research and compare countries: http://www.payscale.com/research/JP/Job=English_for_Speakers_of_Other_Languages_(ESOL)_Teacher/Salary/by_Years_Experience It shows the median starting salary for teaching English in Japan as well as median salaries after five and 10 years of experience. Good luck!
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Rachel Originally Answered: Study abroad program in Japan or Korea for engineering?
Hi~ I think I can be of some help! First things first~ I really don't know much about Japan so just take reference. Being a Korean and currently an engineer myself, I'll pass on what I know. 1. Engineering related studies in Korea - Most of the "Major" colleges in Korea use Korean. But some do use English. Since you can already read Korean (By the way great job...Korean is a little tough!) I guess you'll have no trouble with languages. I took IGCSE courses and any other internationally recognized program will help while enrolling in college. However, if you're hoping to one day return to the States or Europe for job opportunities, I highly recommend studying in the States or Europe. After all your college background does matter. Korea and Japanese colleges are well known through out the world in fields of engineering and medicine so rest assured you'll get the very best of your studies. 2. Living in Korea or Japan. - You'll have no trouble getting along in both countries. Korean and Japanese culture is based upon confucianism in many ways so you need to adopt to their ways. (It's nothing serious and non-religious so don't worry about it). As you said, visit both countries, enroll in international student exchange program if you could and choose where you suit best. 3. Cost of Living. (For an average Korean college student) - You're gonna spend much more living in Japan as their cost of living is higher compared to Korea. Take note of the following (Monthly expenses); 1. Rent : $300 2. Transportation : You really don't need a car! Public transportation in either country is truly world best the way I see it! You're gonna need $200 3. Food! : $300+ 4. Pocket money : $300+ One tip, their guest houses specific to college students. Use them as they're cheaper compared to living by yourself. 4. Job opportunities. - It all depends on you're relationship with the people, language fluency and academic excellence really. Plus most of the major firms are all international nowadays. You've got a hugh advantage with your language skills already. (Samsung, SK, GS, Hyundai and so on~ all have chemical related companies) This is pretty much it! Hope everything works out well for you.

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