Re: TEFL courses for living overseas?
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Originally Posted by wanderingeye
You're not the first non-European to see teaching English as a way to get into Europe although, in my opinion, that's a little unfair on your prospective students. You do actually need to want to teach them. They (and the school) will spot it very fast if you're just going through the motions. You'll definitely need to show that your grasp of written English is at a higher standard than that shown in your post - no offence intended but we don't expect to have to make capitalisation, punctuation and spelling corrections to native speakers' posts.
So - the work. I wouldn't say that all the ads are scams but it's certainly true that there are some bogus ads out there. Getting your TEFL with a recognised, accredited training company will help. Most people who do the TEFL/CELTA qualification have no background in education.
Of course, you also have the problem of needing a visa to enter Europe so you would need to be accepted for work with a company which is recognised by the immigration authorities of whichever country you try to get to. There are programs in some European countries where a certain number of Americans are taken on to teach primary school children for a year. Your university might have details.
Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.