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Where can I teach in Asia without university degree?

 
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gtd



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:50 pm    Post subject: Where can I teach in Asia without university degree? Reply with quote

Hi everyone, bear with me as i'm new to this site... I'm planning on teaching in Asia early next year and i'm trying to find out where i can and can't go. I have my TEFL certificate however i don't have a degree from university. My first choice would be South Korea as i've heard such great things but i've been told many times i have no chance without university. I'm a 25 year old Canadian male and I'm really open to going anywhere. Does anyone know where i might be able to go? i've heard China might be my best chance.
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Old Surrender



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In China you will work for sketchy bosses at unlicensed schools or sent to the hinterlands. Not very ideal.
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gtd



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old Surrender wrote:
In China you will work for sketchy bosses at unlicensed schools or sent to the hinterlands. Not very ideal.


any ideas?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try Laos or Cambodia.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure what your educational background is, but for those with an associates degree, current college students and recent graduates they may be eligible to participate in the Talk program for Korea.

http://www.gone2korea.com/public-school-korea/talk.html
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gtd



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks. i don't have any other education besides highschool and my TESOL certificate. I was told i should have no problems finding a job, as long as i'm not picky as to where i go. I'm starting to fear this might not be the case
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gtd



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've been looking around and noticed that i might have a chance to work in Japan with a Working Holiday Visa, which does not require a degree. Any thoughts?
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Glenski



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I answered your identical post in the Japan forum. Short answer: yes. Read it for more information.
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Zero



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fake it till you make it.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Where can I teach in Asia without university degree? Reply with quote

gtd wrote:
Hi everyone, bear with me as i'm new to this site... I'm planning on teaching in Asia early next year and i'm trying to find out where i can and can't go. I have my TEFL certificate however i don't have a degree from university. My first choice would be South Korea as i've heard such great things but i've been told many times i have no chance without university. I'm a 25 year old Canadian male and I'm really open to going anywhere. Does anyone know where i might be able to go? i've heard China might be my best chance.


Most places in Asia require a degree for legal work as an ESL teacher.

The days of grabbing a quick TESOL cert after high school and backpacking your way from country to country have for the most part gone the way of the dodo bird.

Exceptions are Japan (experience counts and there are other legal options), Indonesia (may be possible with just a TESOL cert. but that door will quickly close), Cambodia or Laos.

Other than that, your options for legal work with just high school and a TESOL cert rapidly approach "0".

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gtd



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks everyone
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gtd



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so i'm assuming that china would be a no as well, correct?
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gtd wrote:
so i'm assuming that china would be a no as well, correct?

Check the China board, I'm pretty sure there are a couple peopel there without degrees. It depends
where you are
guanxi your boss has
life experience
etc.
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tttompatz



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gtd wrote:
so i'm assuming that china would be a no as well, correct?


Proper work with all the correct paperwork = no.

Work (usually at some language mill) with a (business) visa and residence permit = maybe (albeit not 100% legal it is often done).

It all depends ... see naturegirl's post above.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gtd wrote:
thanks everyone


You can teach in most of Latin America legally without a degree. A TEFL would be needed, and a CELTA would be best since you dont have a degree.
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