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General » English speaking Au Pairs
Here are some links for grads who have an interest in combining child care with Teaching English. There are many opportunities to work part-time or full-time for room and board and a small weekly stipend as an Au pair. These can be long term or short-term so could be suitable to a variety of travelling plans.

We've had grads move from working as an Au Pair to working in institutions teaching English and this may be a great way to find work in some of the harder to get to places of Europe!

Savannah Durkee
Global TESOL College
Head Office
General » Amsterdam
Hi David,

congratulations on completing your TESOL certification courses!

In most of Europe there is a big possibility of finding work in a summer camp for some of those summer months, or doing intensive Business English courses.

Unfortunatley Holland isn't know for its numerous English teaching opportunities. Because of their public education system any jobs you would be considered for would most likely be for teaching immigrants coming in to the country, just like here in any city in North America.

Consider other European countries - Eastern and Western. Maybe you could work for 2 months in a camp in France and visit Amsterdam after once your contract is complete. Or contact ESL schools directly in Amsterdam and see if they run summer courses. Many times jobs just aren't advertised and you have to find them yourself!

Check out this page for English School Listings in the Netherlands:,10,0.html

Good Luck with your seach, and be sure to keep us updated!

Lindsay MacNeil
Director of Graduate Assistance
Global TESOL College

> HI,
> I just recently graduated with a Tesol degree, and am now looking at all the possibilities I have. I a 20 years old and currently in university. I am looking at jobs for this summer, and wondering if anyone can give me advice about finding a job in Amsterdam, from mid april til september...
> I really appreciate any advice you have
> Kind Regards,
> David
General » 10 Tips for Interview Sucess
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General » Resume Pet Peeves from Head Teacher!
Just in time for applying for schools in the southern hemisphere (in countries like Thailand) 5 Resume Pet Peeves from one of our own, a Global TESOL College Grad, who is always looking for great teachers!

Remember, when a job is advertised there are usually hundreds of responses - don't let yours go to the bottom of the pile by making some of the below mistakes!


►Not capitalizing the word ENGLISH (how can you teach it if you can't spell it?)

►The inability to use spellcheck (otherwise known as laziness)

►Not following directions (if asked not to send attachments, don't send attachments!)

►Lack of detail (years, months) on employment history (2003-2004 could be two years or two months)

►Unprofessional or too-comfortable language ("hey, how r u doin, got any jobs?")

Jenni Dunseith
Mathus Language Academy
Suratthani, Thailand
General » Anybody could share experience in Japan, Taiwan, Korea or Philippines?
> I have just graduated in TESOL and just started my specialization courses. Anybody knows where the BIG MONEY can be found? And what specialization courses make that BIG MONEY? Let me know. Thanks!
> Denes


Some thoughts on where you can go if making some money is tops right now! Countries like Korea, Japan and China tend to pay quite well and offer some of the best contracts. Also, if you've never considered the United Arab Emirates, the pay and contracts in this region tend to be very good. For some of these places you will need a univesity degree, along with your TESOL.

As far as specializations go, I think that Teaching Business can be a very good one. The income from teaching these classes can be a little higher sometimes than teaching in a school, but often people will combine teaching in a school with business classes the same day as well. This is because many of the contracts ask for less of your time than we are used to here in North America (40+) hours a week :( So, that's something you can consider. The more specialized you get, often the more lucrative (although possibly fewer options) the jobs can be. I hope this helps you out!

Global TESOL College
Head Office
General » Looking for a start in South America
> Hi, Anyone know of a good contact in South America. I am wanting to secure a job there but have not had much luck in the area yet.
> any help would be appriciated,
> Thanks

Hi there,

I just put a posting up today for an institution in Chile. Check it out and see if it's right for you!
Global TESOL College
Head Office
General » Spain
> Is anyone thinking of going to Spain or has already been there?
> If you have let me know or please share some helpful tips.
> Thank you

Buenos dias! As promised, I thought I would share my recent experience of being in Spain. I guess firstly I'll say what an amazing place it is to be. I recommend it to people as a travel and cultural experience firstly. Work will come, but as you may be familiar with already, many European countries require their teachers to have an EU passport (meaning if you have a dual citizenship with an EU country, it's much easier to obtain work in an EU country). However, being in a country can increase your chances of finding work, and you may find that a school in Spain may be willing to petition to the government on your behalf to obtain working papers for you. I was in Spain in the high hiring season of October. This is the time that you will find schools more willing to hire North Americans because they need teachers to fill the demand (arrive in August/September to get settled). This is the legal way to find work. Working under the table is another option (though not legal of course) for people who have their hearts set on working in Spain. If you go prepared to cover living expenses while looking for work, you can network with other North Americans (and there are many especially Americans who are studying in some of Spain's largest cities), put up posters advertising that you are TESOL certified ( I saw many and judging from the phone numbers taken from the posters, this was a feasible way to go about getting Spanish students), and you can hit the pavement and possibly have a school pay you under the table. I leave the decision in ones hands to decide if this is what they want to do...I do know that many people do obtain work through these avenues and that quite honestly, it can be the easiest way for us norteamericanos to find work. If this is what you plan to do, visit and try for work while you're there, I suggest the larger cities of Madrid and Barcelona. These are cosmopolitan cities with lots of opportunities. I spent most of my time in the south (goal-->warmth!!) and found that the demand for English wasn't quite as high.

There are many links and articles on the Internet regarding teaching English in Spain. I found the most realistic one to be from Transitions they discuss how one can possibly get working papers and the reality of the large number of people making a go of it on their own.

It may seem daunting, but I can't express how worth it it is. If you know that Spain is where you want to be, then you just have to go for it. I loved the country; the people, the way of life, the language, their obvious love of family and friends and conversation, the architecture, the tapas and cheap drinks all made it so that I cannot wait to return!!

Savannah-GTC Head Office
General » Spain
> Is anyone thinking of going to Spain or has already been there?
> If you have let me know or please share some helpful tips.
> Thank you

Hi there, not sure if my first posting went through. My name is Savannah and I work for the head office of Global TESOL College. I just returned from a few months in Spain last month and LOVED it and would be happy to write a little bit about my experience. I am heading out of the office but will update this in the next few days! Happy planning!
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General » Any Suggestions?

Hopefully somone can pop in with the names of some of the larger language schools in Vietnam.

In the mean time, you might want to check out a Canadian volunteer teaching organization that needs English teachers in rural Vietnam. I know you are looking for a paid position, but this is a great opportunity to get some experience, learn basic Vietnamese, and become better aquainted with the culture!

Check out:
Bureau for Canadian Volunteers Abroad

Contact: David McAmmond,,

Bureau for Canadian Volunteers Abroad is a not-for-profit organization which is committed to helping people in developing countries with the English language, technology, education and job opportunities.

We are a group of professional and business people who come from different backgrounds and disciplines, but have the same passion and desire to share our skills, knowledge, and other resources with people in the world to meet their various needs. Meanwhile, volunteering will in turn helps our group learn, respect and value the cultural traditions of people from different countries.

Exchange: Language teaching for room and board, also Vietnamese lessons.

Good Luck,

Lindsay MacNeil
Director of Graduate Assistance
Global TESOL College

> Hey - I'm a female hoping to go teach in Vietnam. I'm trying to decide which city to go to. Ho Chi
> Minh or Hanoi. Any suggestions?
> Also, for those of you who have gone to Vietnam to teach already - is there anything I should do in Canada before going? (the whole work visa/criminal record check part - what should be done here and what can be done once in Vietnam?)
> Thanks for your help!
> Cheers!