Recently, I have been reading so many blogs about people teaching English abroad. It has been one of the most helpful resources out there. People writing their personal stories, putting it on the web for anyone to read, is an awesome way to share stories! It’s what made me want to start a blog. I honestly don’t like talking about myself, but if this helps anyone, then to me, it’s worth it.
Soo… to continue. We just received our certifications through Oxford Seminars. It is a great company to go through. The cost is about average compared to other courses. The certification is completed by taking 3 weeks of class. The classes were Saturday and Sundays, totaling 60 hours. Then there is an online grammar component. This was the difficult part for me. I have the teaching background, but I am terrible at grammar. However, I passed. If I could do it, so can you!
Oxford Seminars then offers graduate placement services. They will set you up with a recruiter to help search for schools with openings. James and I were pretty set on South Korea. It offers the best pay, paid flight, and paid housing.
After a few weeks of no offers or interviews I felt discouraged. It seemed the demand for English teachers is so high, yet we hadn’t heard anything. Thankfully James loves reddit and it is an awesome website with real people and real advice. Many people wanting to teach in Korea went through RBIKorea. We completed the easy application and within days we were contacted by one of their recruiters.
Oxford Seminars was great to get certified through, but being honest their “graduate placement services” kinda sucked. We had a number of people emailing us about the job search, it was never consistent, and I felt they were really pushing us to apply for jobs in China.
RBIKorea has been awesome! If you are wanting a teaching job in Korea, apply with them! We have had the same person helping us with the application, the interview, the contract, and the final paper work.
If you have any questions about getting certified or applying to jobs to teach English, please leave a comment below!