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Old 2nd June 2010, 08:52 AM
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Hi, I would like to live and teach English in Asia (or anywhere outside of the states, really), but I don't have a BA/BS, so I'm wondering what my options are. I'm a 27 year old white native english speaker. I'm not looking to make a lot of money- hell if I could teach just in exchange for free frood/accomodation, that would be fine. From the research I've done so far, it seems like a lot of countries require a degree to be able to teach legally. I've seen a lot written about how it's not hard to find work illegally in places like Taiwan, and how at worse you are deported if caught, but most of these articles/posts were written before the recession hit, so I don't know if that's still the case. If anyone has any thoughts or experiences to share on the subject, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks a lot!

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I just returned from teaching in South Korea which was fabulous. I would say it would be hard to next to impossible to find a job in Asia without a degree, and no no organizations which you could do so with. So sorry. Also i would be cautious with any group that advertised teaching English without a degree, as there can be some pretty bad schools out there. As far as i know Korea has the lower standard by wanting only a BA, Taiwan usually wants a BA and a Masters. And from what i know of Japan its kind of between those two.

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Hi, I would like to live and teach English in Asia (or anywhere outside of the states, really), but I don't have a BA/BS, so I'm wondering what my options are.
I am currently in the same situation. Contrary to what Quatchi says, you CAN teach without a degree/certificate - depending on where you want to teach. Some countries (e.g. Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, Thailand etc.) require you to have a college degree in order to legally work/teach. However, you can still find jobs and work legally in countries like China, Vietnam, Russia etc. (maybe Laos, Cambodia etc.).
It is possible to find a job without a degree and/or a certificate. However, many people will advise you to obtain a certificate of some kind (TEFL/TESOL) - simply because it will benefit both, you and the school/students. It will also aid you in your job search and possibly provide you with more pay. Courses can range anywhere from $150-$1500 USD, and be anywhere from a few days to 4 weeks or longer. Some of them can be taken online, locally or abroad. There are also work-study programs available (although, I have yet to research whether or not there are any such programs available in the States that provide said certificates on a work-study basis).

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if I could teach just in exchange for free food/accommodation, that would be fine.
I am also considering the possibility of volunteering. There are many volunteer programs available that will allow you to teach (or work) in exchange for food/accommodation. Unless you apply through a government-funded/operated organization (such as the Peace Corps.), there are no academic/experience requirements at all. I use the Peace Corps. as an example, simply because 90% of their recruits have a degree in some field. However, there are, literally, hundreds of other organization (some, privately owned/operated) that are available for a wide scope of volunteer opportunities. For example: teaching English, working on a farm, providing service as a professional (e.g. I.T., conservation, medical), helping with an orphanage or an HIV/AIDS clinic etc.
In fact, there are some groups online that are set up to accommodate individuals that are interested in traveling in a foreign-exchange capacity. For example, I was just reading yesterday, via one of the aforementioned volunteer sites, of a school in rural China that is seeking native English speakers to volunteer at their school as an English teacher - food/accommodation provided. There are loads of these types of schools available. Absolutely no degree/certification/experience is required. Another post made mention of volunteering at a family-owned/operated silkworm farm in Southern China - helping out with the farm (gathering leaves for the silkworms), helping out around the house when needed and helping members of the family with their English - food/accommodation provided. Easy.

Some of these programs may vary in length from a few days to over a year (indefinitely - depending on visa restrictions etc.).

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i am interesting about this

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I have heard that there are indeed English teaching jobs that can be landed without a degree. All you need is to be able to speak English. You don't make hardly any money, but it can get you a work visa.

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In Mongolia jobs like that exist. At the same time a teacher I know with a full teaching degree just went back home, because he couldn't find any work. Since the global economic depression there are less jobs, so more than one teacher had no choice but to go home. Sometimes the jobs are temp gigs, like for a week, or 2 hours/week. I settled in my own job for now. Another thing is a lot of those jobs are not bringing people there on an airplane; you just have to be there at the right time. In Mongolia very little is advertised online or in a newspaper, so you have to hear it through the bush. I recently got a temp gig by being on a TV commercial. Somebody caught me in the hall going to that (temp) gig and invited me to another gig. She actually never hired me, but a friend of hers did, even if it was a few days in a beautiful location.

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You may teach without a degree/certificate/experience, legally, in places like Cambodia/Laos. You may do the same in China - if the school is willing and able to obtain a work visa/permit for you - otherwise, many teach on business visas (illegally). It is possible, but more difficult, to obtain legal work in Thailand - although, without a degree and even if you have a certificate, it will be difficult to obtain a work permit - but not impossible.

Illegal work can be found in most places - credentials/experience or not. However, I would advise you to obtain a TESOL/TEFL certificate (with in-class training) as your your job hunt will be easier -and- it will significantly benefit you and the students/school.

If you need more info., let me know.

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You can teach English in a School near Angeles City in the Philippines. I was approached by one of the managers and there was no requirement of BA or BS. You should know English grammar though (many native speakers don't really). The salary was really low though (I think 7500 pesos per month) but it's not full time.

If you are interested I can try to find out the contact number.

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Hi, I would like to live and teach English in Asia (or anywhere outside of the states, really), but I don't have a BA/BS, so I'm wondering what my options are. I'm a 27 year old white native english speaker. I'm not looking to make a lot of money- hell if I could teach just in exchange for free frood/accomodation, that would be fine. From the research I've done so far, it seems like a lot of countries require a degree to be able to teach legally. I've seen a lot written about how it's not hard to find work illegally in places like Taiwan, and how at worse you are deported if caught, but most of these articles/posts were written before the recession hit, so I don't know if that's still the case. If anyone has any thoughts or experiences to share on the subject, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks a lot!

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I currently live in Laos and have taught English as a volunteer here. There are many opportunities to teach English privately, but you should know English grammar as someone stated previously. As a private teacher you may be able to make some money teaching, but not much. To teach in a "school" you WILL need some kind of certificate or degree. Lao people like paperwork that looks official - and if you have a "stamp" on it....the better off you will be!

Before you decide to do this...make sure you love SE Asia, the people, the villages, the towns. This is a way different lifestyle that what you may "think" you are coming to!! It is developing, sometimes dirty, and usually difficult!

I would highly recommend you do the TESL or some other certificate program, not just for the certificate (which you really need and why wouldn't you want one?), but because when you need class materials....what will you do? And, teaching English to children is way different from teaching adults!

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actually, there are online schooling for asians to learn english. all you need is a webcam, a mic, and a computer. all the curriculum will be sent to you and you'll have koreans, chinese to teach.

but if you still want outside the country, try international society groups, not schools. and just charge accordingly.

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