I am planning to teach english abroad next year, but where will it be?

DreadedSoundsofLate (@DreadedJonnyT) 8 years, 4 months ago

I’m considering teaching English abroad, hopefully somewhere in East Asia, possibly Thailand, although I’m open to suggestions.
A discerning factor in my decision is my appearance and the countries compliance with an alternative professional appearance.
I have long luscious dreadlocks, I’m growing a beard in attempt to dread the front of it, and my ears are stretched to 7/8ths of an inch. However, I clean up very nicely when I dress professionally.
Any country recommendations that you know of that are more accepting to my alternative professional appearance?

July 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm
Elkra (473) (@elkra) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@DreadedJonnyT, how are you going somewhere to teach english, by some organization?

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who (557) (@season) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

I’ve been told South Korea

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DreadedSoundsofLate (50) (@DreadedJonnyT) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@elkra, Most countries have their own program for having Americans teach English in their school system. The country must be determined before the organization.

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Elkra (473) (@elkra) 8 years, 4 months ago ago
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DreadedSoundsofLate (50) (@DreadedJonnyT) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@season
Thank you, I’ll look into it. :)

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Emma (193) (@emmaclaire) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

I’m planning on doing this in a year and a half. I just finished my TEFL/TESL/TESOL certification yesterday actually. I can’t say much about the dreads and gauges, but from your profile picture it looks like you’re white and blonde and most countries really like that since you look like the stereotypical western English speaker. My best suggestion would just be to apply to places and see if they say anything about it. I don’t think they would reject you on the basis of hair but they may ask you to cut it so you might have to decide what is more important to you. I think “cleaning up nice” is much more important in Western countries than anywhere else though so they might not care.

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Emma (193) (@emmaclaire) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

Oh and just a word of advice you get paid the most in South Korea, Japan, China, and the middle east. South Korea is the easiest place to find a job out of those. Check out this site for job postings if you haven’t already come across it.

http://eslcafe.com/

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Megan (32) (@fearlessldr) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

I’m currently teaching English in Colombia and it’s AMAZING. I love my life here. Also I’m extremely blonde and wear chaco sandals and I stand out a ton. But, considering how open and friendly everyone here is, it’s so easy to meet new people and make friends.

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EFW (57) (@EarthFireWater) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@DreadedJonnyT, but most Americans can’t speak English. What exams have you had to endure?

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DreadedSoundsofLate (50) (@DreadedJonnyT) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@earthfirewater
I’m graduating in May with a degree in Popular Music Industry from a liberal arts school. This means that I’ve had to take college level English Comp 1 and 2.
I am hoping to get my TEFL/TESL/TESOL certification soon.

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O’Reilly (804) (@oreilly) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

I hear good things about Taiwan in terms of compensation.

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