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Do I Realy Need a Work Visa

Do I Really Need a Work Visa to Teach English Overseas?

Getting a work visa to teach English overseas is, for many prospective teachers, a bit like going to the dentist – it’s not something we’re looking forward to with eager anticipation, but we know it’s important and has to be done. It’s also very common for a number of questions to arise when contemplating the topic of work visa ...

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Teaching EFL without a Bachelor’s Degree

Having a bachelor’s degree opens many doors in the world of TEFL, but for those without a bachelor's traveling the world to teach English as a foreign language is still very much an adventure worth pursuing! In Latin America, Oxford Seminars' Job Placement Service contacts in Brazil and Mexico prefer degree holders or current post-secondary students; however, they will ...

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Germany Offers Job Seekers a Door into Western Europe

Western Europe, home to numerous countries famous for fashion, food, wine, old-world architecture, and culture, is one of the most highly sought-after regions for EFL teachers. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most difficult places to find a school willing to sponsor a work visa. Germany offers one solution that may be music to the ears of job seekers ...

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Teaching Positions in Asia Soar as Borders Open in Popular TEFL Markets

At long last borders opened in March, 2022 to some of the biggest TEFL markets in Asia, with governments in Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam all announcing the easing of COVID-19 entry restrictions for those crossing their borders for work.  JAPAN  Easing of Long-Awaited Border Restrictions Finally Announced  In fact, the government of Japan announced on March 1st that for ...

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What You Can Buy for a Dollar in Japan

  Teachers the world over know that the dollar store is a great place to get teaching supplies. Classrooms always need pencils, paper, and props for lessons. While Japan doesn’t use the dollar, those embarking on a teaching adventure there can still get everything they need for their classroom at the hyakuen, or 100-yen store. Chains like Daiso and ...

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PyeongChang 2018: An Unforgettable Experience

During my time teaching in South Korea, I tried to make it to as many sporting events as possible. Mostly, this consisted of watching Jeonbuk Hyundai dominating the K-League or trying to comprehend what was happening while watching Kia Tigers play baseball. Over the years, there were also some bigger occasions: I managed to see Korea take on Brazil ...

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COVID and the Forecast for Teaching Abroad in 2022

It's pretty fair to say that COVID has been like a very big, very wet blanket, thrown over so many of our plans since it emerged in 2019. Many of us have had to adjust our career goals, our travel plans, and our lifestyles to accommodate this almost surreal situation. Now however, after more than two years of frenzied ...

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Two Places Retro Gamers MUST See in Japan!

There are many paths to developing a lifelong interest in Japanese culture. When I moved to Japan in 2014 to teach English, I got to know how many of my fellow ESL teachers came to be there. Some practiced Japanese martial arts like judo or karate, while others were there for the food, the trains, or anime. For me, ...

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A Positive Perspective on Teaching Online vs. In-Person

Let’s stay positive! Since the global pandemic has already given us more than enough tragic news over the past two years, I wanted to keep this blog uplifting by looking at some of the positive aspects of teaching both online and in-person classes. Aside from providing a small break from the rather pervasive negative news cycle, there’s also a more instructive reason for focusing on the bright side of whatever teaching environment you ...

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