TEFL as a Non-Native

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5 Countries to Teach English Abroad as a Non Native Speaker

So you may not be from the USA, the UK, Australia, or any other of the countries deemed as home to “Native English Speakers,” but you still want to teach abroad. The good news? You absolutely can teach English abroad as a non-native speaker. The slightly-bummer news? Your job options will be slightly more limited (particularly in East Asia and the Persian Gulf countries), and you might have to take some extra steps in the application process to prove your qualifications.

Lorena at a desk with her students in Argentina

Meet Lorena – TEFL teacher in Argentina

Lorena currently teaches Language and Literature in secondary school, Business English in a hotel management and tourism school, and Aviation English in a civil and commercial aviation degree course—not to mention she has private students that go from ages of four to 64! If you already think that Lorena is a TEFL superstar, just wait …

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8 Companies Hiring Non-Native English Speakers to Teach English Online

Non-native English speakers make great teachers abroad. You’ve studied the language yourself—which we all know is way more than memorizing verb structures and grammar patterns. You’ve experienced the up’s and down’s and whirl-arounds of learning a language from scratch, and let’s be honest… those highs and lows can take a toll on your mental game. But you persevered, worked really, really hard, did an immersion program in a Native English speaking country.

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Native English Speaking Countries as Defined by TEFL

You might speak English daily—sometimes even more often than your native language. You use it to get around, in business, when hanging out with friends, while watching Netflix. But despite your amazing grasp of the language, if your citizenship isn’t from a small subset of world countries, then the TEFL job market will define you …

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Legalizing Documents – Teaching English Abroad

Visa regulations are never static. As the world continues to grapple with political or terror attacks and refugees and immigration woes, it’s not uncommon to find national securities across nations tightening their grips. But, what does this all mean for TEFL teachers abroad? One—it kind of sucks and can be a big source of stress. …

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A New Life in Asia – Interview with Erick García Plasencia

A native of Mexico, Erick García Plasencia has an unusual background for an ESL teacher abroad. A combination of an inspiring father and video games lead him to not only English fluency, but fluency in six languages! Read about his journey to Japan and home again—find the courage to start your own career as an …

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Meet Sara – Living Her Best Life As A Teacher in Brazil

Sara Fredrich is a Brazilian born English speaker and teacher. As a young teen, she began learning English at a nearby private school in her hometown. A few decades later and now she’s back at that school, sharing her knowledge of English with all of the eager students there. Learn more about Sara and the …

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