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When I taught English in Toledo Spain it was my first TEFL teaching job after my TEFL course. I’d gone over to Spain with some friends from England and Italy and we all got a flat to share with a pool which was walking distance to my new ESL academy. We paid 550 Euros for a 3 bed apt.
My work days were Monday to Fridays 09:30-14:00 then 16:30 to 21:00. I didn’t teach during all those times slots but had to be at the academy if anyone wanted a lesson last minute. I only taught one to one lessons to people over 16. All my lessons were conversation and grammar which was fun. At the weekends I went out to party with all my friends from home and work; the Spanish are a social lot so I had a lot of fun times in Toledo.
My salary was €1000,00 after tax which by Spanish law I got paid 14 times a year I was also on a 12 month contract extendable. Hannah, London UK
Teaching in South Korea is fun and interesting all my classrooms are really modern and the kids don’t use books, but we use tabs and ipads our lessons are very interactive. We have WhatsApp groups with each class for home work etc.
My TEFL contract is for 1 year I’m paid 2,500,000 won per month I get a free flat and a free return flight back to the UK per year plus 1 months’ salary as a bonus at the end of the year. I also get four weeks holiday paid, but I have to take my holiday when the school says. I work Christmas and Easter weeks. South Korea is really interesting and while I’ve been here I’ve been learning Korean it’s quite easy to learn. I have many Korean friends and we all go out after work together to do karaoke. Our boss takes us all out once a month to a restaurant which is nice of them this is the norm over here in South Korea your boss seems to take care of you like a family.
I have been here for a few years now and only changed schools once. There are many things to do here in Seoul you will never be bored. James, Manchester.
After finishing my TEFL course in England I started my new TEFL job in Rome. I contacted the ESL academy by email then I called the director of studies to see if they had received it, they had and I was invited for a Skype interview later that week. Because I was new to TEFL they offered me a three month contract, then if I passed probation they would extend my contract another six months until the end of the school year which was June.
I was lucky to find an apartment on one of the underground line stops which was good because most of my lessons were not in the academy but around Rome. I taught business English in companies from shops, banks and even in a hotel basement to all the chamber maids and waiters.
Rome can be quite expensive in the tourist areas of the city, but once I got to know a few of the locals they showed me where to go to eat and drink for normal prices. I paid €300 for a room in a three bed roomed apartment with sharing with other professionals; I found this through my work. My salary base rate for 26 hours per week was €1100.00 then if I did overtime which was quite often I got paid €15ph. You can live off this but you can’t really save anything, like I said before Rome can be quite expensive. Diana, Leeds UK.
How did I get my job in Spain? Well I just went around to all my local ESL academies in my town and handed in my CV in English and Spanish with my phone number and photo attached. I got calls back within days. I started with a part time job teaching split shifts mornings and evenings for the first year, then I got offered a full time contract and only worked in the evenings Monday to Friday and two mornings a week one was a Saturday 10:00 to 13:00. I lived just a bus ride away so it was easy to get to work some TEFL teachers said they had to get the bus then a train! My pay is paid every last day of the month €900,00 net. I get holiday paid 2 weeks at Christmas and 1 week at Easter.
My contract is only 10 months so I work for my school in summer doing summer camp for July then I don’t work in August and 2 weeks in September the school doesn’t start back up until then, but I manage to save throughout the year for those 6 weeks with no income. This seems to be the norm for most TEFL teachers in Spain and other countries in the Mediterranean. I am based in a small town in Andalucía. I love the climate and the food is great! I also get free health insurance through work which is excellent, but not during the time I don’t work so make sure you have some private care too just in case. Sally, USA.
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We lived outside of Istanbul about a forty five minute bus ride to Taksim the city center. My partner and I were hired from the UK then flown out to this private bilingual school. We had been teaching English as TEFL teachers for about five years, but this was the first time teaching English in a bilingual school. All the children’s lessons were taught in English then in Turkish. We taught all the subjects and I started up an after school photography club which was written into part of my contract. We both got a 1 year contract a free flat and free lunch at the school Monday to Fridays. We also had a lot of holidays because the school closed during Ramadan so we took a long holiday to the coast. Turkey is very too cheap to live in everything is cheap the food clothes travel drink. As a woman I never felt scared, women dress like westerners and it’s quite a cosmopolitan city Istanbul.
There is lots of historical buildings to visit and the beaches are amazing. Our manager took us out a few times to see the sights and took us out for dinner at least once a month which was nice. Our salaries were 3,300 Turkish Lira per month each, we worked from 8:30-16:00 Monday to Fridays. Hannah and James, Canadian.
Here is my TEFL story. I found my TEFL job in the north of Spain in Barcelona from an advert on a website. I dad a Skype interview which I have had many of before for other jobs. I got my job in July and started in the third week of September. My contract is 21 hours paid €1150 pm / Christmas pay for 2.5 weeks and Easter holiday paid for my contract is until mid June. I teach university students in groups of 10 from lower to advance levels at my academy.
And in the mornings it’s very early for me at 08:00-:09:00 I teach one to one business English at a company Monday to Fridays. I travel to this company which takes about 30 minutes each way and I don’t get paid extra for going there so that’s annoying! But the guy’s nice and I like the lessons there. I work until 9:45pm four days a week teaching kids from 3 years to 16 years and the university group classes. I get the weekends free so I usually go out with my flat and work mates. I have a nice life style and get out and about with my TEFL job. I’m glad I did my TEFL it really helped me in my first year. Jodie, Australia.
I loved teaching English in Thailand I was on my GAP year and thought why not go and stay in Thailand for a year. It was the best thing I could of done at the time. I set off to Thailand after my TEFL course in London. I found a job within a few weeks teaching at an academy in Phuket an Island off the main land in the south. I was staying with friends at the time. My day started at 07:00 with catching the local bus to my English Academy in Phuket town. Then when I got to the school me and all the other TEFL teachers got into Tuck Tuks, to go to our local government schools for the day.
We all started at the schools at 08:30 for our 45 minute lessons until 13:00 then we had 1 hour lunch break after which we all did two more lessons after that, then we were all took back to the academy by Tuck Tucs and we stayed there until 17:00 which was when we were allowed to go home. All our lessons were planned for us by the director of studies. But I would say that working in the government schools where all the children are really poor the schools has no air-com and there are about 30 children in each class so be prepared for that.
I worked Tuesdays to Sundays. My weekend classes were in the academy so I got air-com classrooms two days a week and the class sizes were a maximum of 8 children! I got paid 25,000 baht a month and my social life was really fun there and we all went out after work. Grace, UK.
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