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"I am just wondering.....all the job postings say TEFL certification or equivalent...for the posted job qualifications....what is "equivalent" to the TEFL certification??? What course work do I need to do to make sure that I will qualify for one of these teaching positions without paying lot of money for these specific certifications?"
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CAN I WORK IN SOUTH AMERICA?
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I am a 53 year old female who is considering taking a TEFL course to become certified to teach English as a means of supporting myself in a Spanish speaking country for the coming winter. I do not have an undergraduate degree, however, have over 20 years business management experience in which I frequently was responsible for training personnel who reported to me. Can you tell me, honestly, if I were to become certified as a TEFL instructor WITHOUT an undergraduate degree, would I have the ability to work in Central America, or would their labor laws prevent hiring me for wages?

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It has to be said that, in the absence of an internationally recognised standard for the teaching of EFL/ESL, many countries opt for the one standard they know and understand, i.e. an undergraduate degree as the base qualification for foreign national English language teachers. In terms of specific countries, you should contact their local consulate offices (and view the TPN job postings) in order to find out their particular requirements. However, it may be that you are selling yourself short here. It sounds like you have a wealth of professional and life experience and skills which many a business organisation would welcome. If you couple these with a TEFL/TESL qualification and target specific companies and organisations you may well find a niche post, not strictly identified as an English teaching post, which could offer better remuneration and recognition for ALL your professional worth.




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