Hi. I'm literally at the very start of researching the idea of teaching English abroad, which I'm potentially getting very excited about! I don't yet know where, but I would like to live in a foreign culture such as Asia or Africa. I've done a lot of backpacking in Asia already, but never settled somewhere for a while, which I think would be a totally different experience. Japan certainly jumps out as an initial suggestion, but I'm open to anything. Here's my initial questions ...
1) Am I right in saying that I would need to get a TEFL qualification for many places, but not all (such as Japan)? How does teaching somewhere that requires a TEFL differ to somewhere that doesn't?
2) If needed, how do I get a TEFL qualification and how long does it take?
3) Assuming that most places start the school year in September, am I'm too late in the year now, or maybe can I start later in the year?
4) Finally, is it always a 1 year thing, or potentially could I do a shorter period of time?
Plua any other advice on what steps I should take next would be greatly appreciated!
Thankyou so much!