We are looking for experienced instructors to teach English in schools around the world.
Contact our OE Recruiting professional for current opportunities abroad.
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Philip McAlary OverseasEmployment.ca ®
Hello and Welcome to our recruiting page
Welcome to OverseasEmployment.ca recruitment services. We are pleased that you are interested in the exciting and rewarding world of ESL, either as a teacher looking for a position overseas, or as a school looking to certified English teachers. Our agency draws from a wealth of knowledge and experience in the overseas job market. We not only know how to find our teachers the job, but we can also help them get the job. Our OE online self study certification program or our OE ESL Masters Course, has helped many potential teachers find and hone their teaching skills. One of OverseasEmployment.ca‘s strongest attributes is that we take the time to really consider a school’s criteria, thoroughly interview our candidates, and find the best possible match.
At OverseasEmployment.ca we offer a Teacher Placement Service that is predicated on open, honest, direct and supportive communication. We are not interested in rushing through a teacher’s application, rather we take the time to really get to know both the school’s and teacher’s specifications, so we can make the best possible match and ensure a rewarding cultural experience for everyone involved. At OverseasEmployment.ca we value quality over quantity.
Teaching ESL overseas
Teaching ESL overseas can be one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences of your life. We welcome you to peruse our site. Investigate our ESL Teacher Training, and check out The History, Pictures & Tips Page to read articles and hear about the experiences of other teachers who have taken the plunge and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. If you’ve never taught ESL overseas before, we encourage you to do your research, and find out if it’s the right job for you. Please take a moment to fill out our OE online recruiting application form here or feel free to contact us directly at info@OverseasEmployment.ca or call us directly at 1-604-733-0234, with any questions you may have. We look forward to working with you!
WHY CHOOSE OverseasEmployment.ca?
OE draws on over 25 years of overseas ESL teaching experience and are committed to sending teachers who are representatives of our ESL Teaching philosophy. OE is dedicated to helping non-native-born English students to communicate in our native tongue.
Our business philosophy is founded upon open, honest, direct and supportive communication. We strive to get to know both our teachers and respected clients, so we can make the best possible match. We pride ourselves on offering continual support throughout your employment processing and ensure all your questions are answered. Once placed, we like to keep in touch with our teachers and clients even after the initial probationary period to ensure all parties are having a positive experience. In the unlikely event of a disagreement, OverseasEmployment.ca can act as an intermediary between the two parties. Many of our teachers prefer our service for this added measure of security we provide. At OverseasEmployment.ca we are committed to ensuring that both our teachers and clients have a mutually-beneficial, rewarding and enjoyable employment experience.
PERSONAL QUALITIES REQUIRED
Overseas lifestyles and habits are vastly different from those in North America. For that reason, it takes a specific type of personality to thrive in the ESL environment. Successful teachers possess a genuine respect for, and interest in, other cultures. They enjoy meeting new people, love to travel, and really take to new experiences and challenges. Schools are looking for a casual, yet professional appearance. Promptness and references from both employers and friends are essential. Teachers must speak English as their first language (a second language is NOT required). One exception to this, is experienced teachers who have clear, well spoken English, with no foreign accent.
There are many ESL certification courses. They are generally priced from $799.00 to $5000.00 and can run a duration of a few days to six months. Contact us to become ESL-certified. We can help match you with a course that is suitable to your needs.
You must be at least 18 years of age. With some schools, you must be 21 years of age. You must be a native born English speaker with clear well spoken English and possess a valid passport.
We will do our best to match you with a school according to your qualifications, age and experience. Most contracts are for one year. Classroom instructions vary depending upon the country, the school, the agreement and/or the pay. You are welcome to contact us to help you change schools or countries after you finish your first contract or to stay for an extended term.
As competition grows, the governments of various foreign countries are making it increasingly difficult for foreigners to get work visas. Some countries have passed laws requiring a minimum of a Bachelors Degree before considering a candidate for a visa. However, if a young native English-speaking person decides to travel to Asia, he or she will likely be approached frequently for teaching or tutoring work. Accepting these jobs is illegal, for both the foreigner and the schools hiring. If you’re caught, you risk being deported and fined.
When I first started researching the teach/travel business, Japan was the hot place to go. The pay was amazing. Some schools were offering $8,000.00 US per month. Costs were high, but you were still able to save about $5,000.00 a month and live comfortably. That has changed. These high wages are rarely available and the prerequisites at all levels have become stricter.
As a recruiter, I am continually asked questions regarding the ESL or TESOL training certificates. Many schools overseas are not actually concerned if a person has this training. Firstly, they are interested in a university degree. Any other certifications or education is a plus and can make a teacher more marketable. In China, for example, if you are a native English speaker many schools want to know that you are qualified to teach ESL. A certification, whether it is OE ESL Certification, CELTA, TESOL, TEFL, TOFL, TESL or any other of the many different ESL teacher-training courses available is acceptable. The Chinese are only interested in knowing that you are capable of teaching their people effectively. Over 30 years ago, I took an ESL Certification course and found it to be very beneficial. It helped me a great deal with different levels of English instruction and age groups. The course gave me the knowledge confidence and resources to make my classes more interesting. I highly recommend all potential ESL teachers to take an ESL-type training for basic information. I have also designed an online self-study certification program and an in-class Masters Certification course, which both come with an ESL teacher’s guidebook, to ensure my clients that the candidates I send are qualified.
In my research of various ESL training schools in my area, I found that they charging the students for their courses and upon completion are taking only the top qualified graduates and recruiting them as well. These institutions collect a recruiting fee from the foreign schools. When training facilities’ advertisements say, “Jobs Guaranteed”, it is not realistic as foreign schools have the final right of acceptance or refusal for all hiring. There are always exceptions to all rules. Sponsorship from a multinational chain can bypass most regulations.
If you enjoy people, cultures, learning and traveling, teaching ESL is a great way to immerse yourself into a new adventure. The pay varies and so does the lifestyle, but you will have an interesting time. The benefits definitely out-weigh the disadvantages, no matter what you may have heard. We get what we put into an experience. We are all different and so are the results. For those with only a little formal education, there are opportunities too. The starting pay may be less, but the experience will be great. A little research is needed to find schools with different requirements. Volunteering as an ESL teacher in a developing nation is also possible. If you are up for a challenge, it’s a free education. Good Luck.
How does the recruiting process work?
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