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Teaching English

Many students teach English abroad either in language institutes, businesses, or on a private tutorial basis. In some locations the pay is quite high, especially Spain and Japan. In many cases, you do not need a work permit but that means you are not an "official" employee which affects your visa status. The Career Development Center has a number of useful resources for locating teaching jobs abroad.

The following sites might be of interest:

  • CIEE Teaching Programs: CIEE currently offers programs for teaching abroad in Chile, China, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships: The U.S. government offers Fulbright Teaching Assistantships in 38 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. For more information see Web site or contact Paul Fogleman, 201 N. Indiana Ave., International Programs Building, Bloomington, IN 47405, pfoglema [at] indiana [dot] edu, (812) 855-3948.
  • Dave's ESL Cafe: The ESL Cafe offers teaching resources and tips, job opportunities, chat rooms and bulletin boards for teachers of English as a second language (ESL).
  • JET Programme: English language teaching placements in Japan.
  • Spanish Ministry of Education Program: Grants for Northamerican language and cultural assistants in K-12 school placements in Spain.
  • French Ministry of Education Program: English language assistant placements in K-12 school placements in France.

While many people teach abroad with no formal preparation, training and certification in teaching English as a second language can improve your skills and marketability.

Study abroad is like spring training for this century. It helps you develop the fundamentals, the teamwork, and the determination to succeed."

-Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State