Once we decided where it was that he wanted to go , we had to decide what we were going to do for work. Since I can only speak for what I have experienced, I would say the easiest way to do this is to teach English. There are other avenues , though. For instance, there is the tourism industry: Hotels, hostels, travel agencies, city tours, pub crawls, restaurants in the tourist areas. Don’t be discouraged, keep looking.
The best idea(for people without a lot of expenses) is to pursue a teaching certificate. A teaching certificate, mainly the TEFL certificate. A TEFL certificate isn’t as prestigious as something like a masters in teaching or a CELTA certificate, it will suffice to get you teaching work abroad. The school I studied at advertised a large number of jobs not only in The Czech Republic, but also France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Asian countries….more on that later. The total cost for my TEFL course was about $1400 US dollars, (fees will vary depending on where you study) .. Nothing to scoff at, but certainly affordable. The course lasted 4 weeks and was 5 days a week from 10-6. Now I know that sounds demanding, but much of the time is either spent teaching, or is time off for lesson prep. Days you don’t have a lesson scheduled, you can go back to your flat early.
ADVANTAGES OF TEACHING TEFL:
The abundance of jobs for English teaching is one of them. Schools are looking for native speakers to teach their classes because it gives a sense of authenticity that a non-native cannot recreate. Not only that, but the knowledge of social situations, slang, national history, idioms, and phrasal verbs is something that a native speaker is much better at than a non native.
The work is also rather leisurely. Teaching can be long and stressing some days, but isn’t like you are breaking a sweat toiling in the coal mines of West Virginia. The classes are genuinely fun most of the time as the students, especially younger ones, are SO interested in American culture. They often want to talk about movies, music, TV, culture, politics…rather than studying English.
Transience: If you are like me, and enjoy moving from place to place, TEFL is a great way to keep moving. Searching for a different job , and finally finding a company to take you in, then just bolting for another country won’t sit so well with people or the government. Contracts are often longer, too. With TEFL, you usually just sign a one year contract( usually means nothing anyway), and can move from school to school every 6 months to a year. You can even move from country to country if you so desire.
Work can be unsteady, especially in summer months. Holidays, cancellations by the student or the company, and many other factors can lead to your schedule being unsteady.
The pay isn’t spectacular. If this is what you desire then try to find employment elsewhere
Where to study TEFL?
I studied at TEFL worldwide, Prague. http://www.teflworldwideprague.com/ Here is their link. TEFL was great. The instructors, Dan and Kenny, were awesome. The staff was helpful as well.
Another one that was recommended to me, and I have heard good things about is The Language House http://www.thelanguagehouse.net/.
Here is a great TEFL review site that has student reviews of tons of TEFL places around the world. http://www.teflcoursereview.com/
SOME ADVICE!!!! Be sure that you have enough money to survive for AT LEAST 2 MONTHS AFTER PAYING EXPENSES. I mean, be sure you have enough to pay for your course + accommodation . Check what realistic rent prices will be, and remember that many companies that find flats for you charge first month and deposit + a realtor fee.
For Prague, the course was around $1400, and realistic rent prices were abbout $350 per month AT LEAST unless you share a flat with roomates, and then it can be lower, perhaps around $300. Also, you can get a job quickly but not paid quickly, as many places pay ONCE PER MONTH. YES, ONCE PER MONTH. I know it is Earth-shattering for Americans, but you don’t get a check every week. I started teaching in May…I didn’t get paid for may until the end of June….. so you need to have enough not to starve. Keep in mind VISA fees as well, as they can be high. I suggest no less than $3,500 total ON TOP of your course fee. And I think that should be the minimum unless you think you can live off of the maggots that will be growing in the trash can that you will be sleeping in. it may seem like a lot but it certainly doable with ease if you just save money, and have a supportive family.
Upon graduation with your certificate , it is important to not be picky. Apply to as many jobs as are offered by the school. of course you don’t want to take a job that pays nothing, so consult with your school about pay scales!
More about where to choose, and why I chose the Czech Republic next time.