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?
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.
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.
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.
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.