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Avoid job scams when searching for a job teaching English abroad

Jun 2, 2017Advice, Teach English in Bogota

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Throughout the world, there are a large number of individuals teaching English abroad, from native English speakers to high level English speaker teachers from non English speaking countries. South America is no different, there are a large number of foreigners working throughout the continent in jobs especially teaching English abroad in Colombia.

Many potential teachers fall into scams where they end up paying a large amount of money or working illegally, with the risk of getting caught or ending up thousands of dollars out of pocket. Here is a guide on what to avoid when searching for a job teaching English abroad or in Colombia

Don’t pay a company money :

Teaching English abroad or in Colombia is a real job, you wouldn’t pay to be employed by any other employer so why pay to teach English. There are many companies on the internet who charge deposits for individuals to apply and be placed in a school or institution. This is not necessary, these companies charge a premium to organise jobs, visas and sometimes flights, this is not needed or required to gain a job teaching English abroad or in Colombia. These companies often don’t give teachers the choice of destination to work in and often pay very low monthly wages. Avoid where possible paying for ‘the experience’ or falling into the trap where companies take teachers for granted. There are a large number of reputable companies who do not charge fees for working, or even pay teachers to relocate. 

Avoid TEFL scams:

TEFL qualifications are also another area where organisations like to scam teachers out of their hard earned money, there are a large number of TEFL companies offering super cheap $50 -$150 qualifications. These qualifications often have little or no teaching hours, are online, or don’t have affiliation to an awarding body. These qualifications aren’t worth the paper they are written on and many overseas employers will not hire individuals teaching English abroad or in Colombia with these qualifications. 

When searching for a TEFL, make sure to find out the course methodology, number of teaching hours and practical experience. The typical TEFL course will be around 120-150 hours long, with between 30 and 50 hours practical teaching. TEFL courses should also cost between $250-$1,000, as this is a proper teaching qualification, you wouldn’t pay $50 for a university course.

When searching for a TEFL institution, find out the companies accreditation and a simple Google search will bring up results to determine the authenticity of the accreditation boards. Many Universities or teaching institutions offer TEFL course and you can be sure these are correctly accredited. After all, you don’t want to arrive at your new job teaching English abroad or in Colombia and discover you aren’t qualified to work anywhere.

Offers to good to be true:

There are large number of teaching jobs advertised all over the Internet, many offering different things, in other countries offering an ‘experience’ or ‘once in a lifetime experience’, these companies maybe advertising fake jobs, you complete an application form and they sell your details to other companies who will fill your inbox or post with advertisements. Never give your personal information to a company without researching the company fully first, a Google search will clear up any worries you may have about a company. A non professional e-mail address or webpage should also be a warning sign. Professional companies will have professional websites, job descriptions and email addresses. When searching for a job teaching English abroad or in Colombia, all these factors are important to consider. 

Ask current employees questions:

No one knows a company or school better than those who have had experience working there or those who are currently employed teaching English abroad or in Colombia. Search for employees past and present on Facebook, information forums or Google and ask they questions you want to find out. These teachers will be able to give you an honest view of the company and past employees will be able to tell you if they had any problem. 

At the interview:

Once you have found a company and have been in contact with them, they may ask you to conduct a Skype interview or an in person interview. This is normal, any company who employees you without an interview flags a warning. When teaching English abroad or in Colombia, you want to feel comfortable in your working environment and with your colleagues. If you feel uncomfortable within the companies offices or with the interviewer, you don’t have to accept the job. If you have a Skype interview and they are contacting you via video from dodgy looking place, this presents a warning. 

Written by: Anny Wooldridge

https://annysadventures.com/

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SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROJECTS! GET IN TOUCH TODAY!

PRACTICAL AND EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROJECTS! GET IN TOUCH TODAY!

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