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Teaching in Asia without a degree

 
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janetnewenham



Joined: 25 Jun 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:50 pm    Post subject: Teaching in Asia without a degree Reply with quote

Hello,
I have just done a TEFL course and finished my degree although I don't graduate until November. I would like to head away the end of August to SE Asia for a year teaching.

I have taught in South Africa for a year when I was 18, spent 2 months in Kenya and 2 summers working in language schools here in Ireland...

so does anyone know of any jobs or organisation in any SE Asian country where I could find a job without having my degree??

Cheers!
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JamesAtRealize



Joined: 09 Sep 2010
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Location: Kobe, Sanomiya, Japan

PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Part of the requirements in Japan for a work visa is to have a bachelors.

You can get around it if you can show you have sufficient experience in your field, but I haven't found anything precise on how much sufficient is.
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raelianautopsy



Joined: 05 Jan 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a friend who worked in Thailand without a bachelor's, didn't seem to be a problem. I have another friend who worked in Taiwan, and he got kicked out apparently.

In China lots of teachers do not have bachelors, and have proper work visas. Its kind of a grey area in the vagueness that is the People's Republic.

You may not get the best job, but some ESL job or another is almost guaranteed. With experience you should do alright. I have heard some provinces don't require it, but in Guangdong province next to Hong Kong (cities Shenzhen, Guangzhou), it is very common for people to work without work visas because you can get a visa from a travel agency in Hong Kong quite easily. Schools don't care and they'll hire you anyways, and although it is a hassle it works out well enough if you are willing to do like this. I have been getting visas in Hong Kong to stay in mainland China for over two years.
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raelianautopsy



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ James: Do you have any other information about 'sufficient experience' as for ESL? I know you said you haven't found anything precise, but if you've ever heard of anyone getting around this in Japan, I am quite curious to find out more about that...
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JamesAtRealize



Joined: 09 Sep 2010
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Location: Kobe, Sanomiya, Japan

PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

raelianautopsy wrote:
@ James: Do you have any other information about 'sufficient experience' as for ESL? I know you said you haven't found anything precise, but if you've ever heard of anyone getting around this in Japan, I am quite curious to find out more about that...


Well a friend of mine got in with a high-school "degree" (is it even a degree?!) and 10 years experience teaching.
I don't know if that's the min or if he could have gotten in with less.
He already had a job lined up, and there were no other blemishes on his perfect record.
I imagine it comes down to how that specific immigrations officer that you end up with feels that day honestly.
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GlennWickins



Joined: 24 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:52 am    Post subject: The story in Thailand Reply with quote

It is true that there are a lot of opportunities to teach in Thailand without a degree and I agree that you will get the lower paid jobs because a degree is a requirement of your teacher's license and therefore your VISA.

If you are looking to work here until you graduate should be no problem, you'll make enough to survive but not enough to save money. If you are looking to just survive, Thailand is the place for private lessons to keep you going.

Hope this helps. . http://glennwickins.blogspot.com
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mchickelero



Joined: 15 Jan 2013
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:26 pm    Post subject: Teaching ESL in Thailand without a degree Reply with quote

I am very interested in an ESL job in Thailand. Although I have never applied for a Degree I have completed enough credit hours(274 credit hours with a GPA of 3.9) for a Masters Degree in Education.( Although I had not applied for or recieved my Bachelors Degree the head of the Education Department at the school I studied in allowed me to take higher level courses because I was working as Director of Bilingual Education at a private Christian instution and needed the courses in order to function effectively at my job)
I would like to know if someone in my situation would be permited to fill an ESL Instructor position.
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mchickelero



Joined: 15 Jan 2013
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:30 pm    Post subject: Teaching ESL in Thailand Reply with quote

I forgot to mention in my previous post that I have spent a considerable amount of time in Thailand over the years and am comfortable with the culture and customs of the people.
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St. George



Joined: 06 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:43 pm    Post subject: EVIDENCE Reply with quote

You need to get some evidence of your studies, from the college, to prove your level of education and you should have no problems landing a positiojn.

St. G
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