I think teaching English is the smartest way to travel the world for virtually nothing while saving lots of money in the process. People really don't seem to realize the advantage of simply being a native speaker! Free airfare. Free apartment. Good pay. Lots of vacation time to travel. I am getting paid to see the world! And when I do decide to return home one day I will have plenty of money saved up to buy a home in cash.
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Don't get me wrong, some people love it, but there are plus and minuses. I would do it only if I had a passion for teaching, not for the money or the novelty of being in a foreign place (which I suspect would wear off eventually).
I love to travel to new places as much as I can, but I wouldn't change my year of living in Japan for anything - the most rewarding experience I've had.
She's convincing me to try and apply but I hesitated before..now I want to reconsider..as I read some posts here and the article from hydro, i never thought teaching English will be more than just 'teaching'
To make it work for him, he is teaching english as well as doing distance education classes with an American University to get his masters in business, so when he leaves China he has higher education. I think that is a great way to make it work double is to combine it with another opportunity so you dont have to start from scratch upon your return.
Consider too that there are loads of things you can do to work and travel that are often overlooked. 12 months work and holiday travel in New Zealand or Australia. Location dependent freelance work over the web. Cruise ship employment. Go somewhere and find work on craigslist or something like that.
As for TEFL - I got a TEFL certificate from an intensive course, but it wasn't essential for getting a job, but it did help with confidence and ideas. There are plenty of jobs outside of the JET program too, unless you have a particular desire to work in High Schools - I found the language schools far more appealing personally.
A knowledge of Japanese is helpful of course - in you day to day life rather than in teaching, since that should be in English. I would imagine though that if you worked in a High School you may need a bit more Japanese than you would working in a language school.
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