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A Beginner’s Guide to Renting in Japan and Korea

For new ESL teachers on their way overseas, there’s a lot to think about – contracts, language and cultural differences, how to teach effectively and, of course, living arrangements. In Japan and Korea, this last one can work a little differently than in other countries, and so it seems worthy of a closer look. When moving to Korea or ...

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Teach Abroad at Any Age

One common question that often arises for teachers over the age of 50 who are considering embarking on the journey to teach English overseas is: are there teaching positions available for mature teachers? Although the idea of teaching English abroad often conjures up images of young, recent university graduates, there are many opportunities available in the ESL world for more ...

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Do I Really Need a Work Visa to Teach English Overseas?

Getting a work visa to teach English overseas is, for many prospective teachers, a bit like going to the dentist – it’s not something we’re looking forward to with eager anticipation, but we know it’s important and has to be done. It’s also very common for a number of questions to arise when contemplating the topic of work visa ...

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Teaching EFL without a Bachelor’s Degree

Having a bachelor’s degree opens many doors in the world of TEFL, but for those without a bachelor's traveling the world to teach English as a foreign language is still very much an adventure worth pursuing! In Latin America, Oxford Seminars' Job Placement Service contacts in Brazil and Mexico prefer degree holders or current post-secondary students; however, they will ...

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Germany Offers Job Seekers a Door into Western Europe

Western Europe, home to numerous countries famous for fashion, food, wine, old-world architecture, and culture, is one of the most highly sought-after regions for EFL teachers. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most difficult places to find a school willing to sponsor a work visa. Germany offers one solution that may be music to the ears of job seekers ...

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Teaching Positions in Asia Soar as Borders Open in Popular TEFL Markets

At long last borders opened in March, 2022 to some of the biggest TEFL markets in Asia, with governments in Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam all announcing the easing of COVID-19 entry restrictions for those crossing their borders for work.  JAPAN  Easing of Long-Awaited Border Restrictions Finally Announced  In fact, the government of Japan announced on March 1st that for ...

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What You Can Buy for a Dollar in Japan

  Teachers the world over know that the dollar store is a great place to get teaching supplies. Classrooms always need pencils, paper, and props for lessons. While Japan doesn’t use the dollar, those embarking on a teaching adventure there can still get everything they need for their classroom at the hyakuen, or 100-yen store. Chains like Daiso and ...

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PyeongChang 2018: An Unforgettable Experience

During my time teaching in South Korea, I tried to make it to as many sporting events as possible. Mostly, this consisted of watching Jeonbuk Hyundai dominating the K-League or trying to comprehend what was happening while watching Kia Tigers play baseball. Over the years, there were also some bigger occasions: I managed to see Korea take on Brazil ...

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