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Celine



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2004 7:20 pm    Post subject: French National wanting to teach English in Asia... Reply with quote

Hi everybody

Maybe someone can help... I'm French, but have been living in the UK for 13 years. I have an MA from a UK university, and am starting a Celta course in London in May. I want to go teaching in Asia from September on (preferably Japan or the South-East: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, etc).
There seems to be a problem though: the majority of ads I read specify they want US-UK-Canada-N.Zealand-Australia nationals Sad . Now, I am completely fluent (after 13 years here I should be!), my accent isn't strong (I did some volunteer-teaching last year in Vietnam, and no-one in my group could tell I was French - though to be honest I do have a little foreign accent).
Is the whole nationality thing an actual Visa requirement for most schools, or would they still consider someone French?

Thanks for any advice!

Celine
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khmerhit



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2004 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try Cambodia-- pas de probleme.
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Celine



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2004 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kmerhit

Thanks for the advice. It is so frustrating to read all these ads that say 'north American only'...
Had a look around to find sites re. Cambodia: Besides Khmer 440, any other you'd recommend? What's the score with Laos? Is there anything out there from your experience?

Celine
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guru



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2004 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

try indonesia.
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khmerhit



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2004 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Celine from London said
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Thanks for the advice. It is so frustrating to read all these ads that say 'north American only'...
Had a look around to find sites re. Cambodia: Besides Khmer 440, any other you'd recommend? What's the score with Laos? Is there anything out there from your experience?



you might find gordon sharpless helpful-- www.talesofasia.com

also www.mekongesl.com or www.eslmekong.com

As for Laos, Ive read on Dave's that there is work there. Sounds a boring place to me, but each to his own. Very pretty, with gentle people, and a rather weird govt.

Indonesia would be an amazing country to work in--but where? Its huge.

my two cents
kh

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khmerhit



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2004 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Celine from London said
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Thanks for the advice. It is so frustrating to read all these ads that say 'north American only'...
Had a look around to find sites re. Cambodia: Besides Khmer 440, any other you'd recommend? What's the score with Laos? Is there anything out there from your experience?



you might find gordon sharpless helpful-- www.talesofasia.com

also www.mekongesl.com or www.eslmekong.com

As for Laos, Ive read on Dave's that there is work there. Sounds a boring place to me, but each to his own. Very pretty, with gentle people, and a rather weird govt.

Indonesia would be an amazing country to work in--but where? Its huge.

my two cents
kh

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cheekygal



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know how it works in other countries, but in China if you just appear at the company which is currently looking for a teacher to fill the position - there is 99% chance of getting the job (I know of such cases in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen - all the people I know are not native English speakers).
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