Just graduated with your Bachelor's degree and ready to travel and have new adventures? Are you a fluent English speaker? Have a passion for working with kids? Put all those both together and you can get paid to live and work in Thailand, Taiwan, and China!
Been looking for teaching jobs in Asia? You're not the only one! It's becoming more and more common, but the demand for a native English speaker remains valuable. Getting paid to teach abroad doesn't have to be an unreachable dream.
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Spend 6 months to a year living in Asia, working, traveling, and having new experiences. Really immerse yourself in the culture by living like a local with other American teachers. Find hidden gems that tourists never have time to. Meet new friends and grow. It's sure to be an experience you'll never forget!
Here's what a past teacher, Julie, said,
"This was one of the best experiences I've ever had. If your heart is in the right place it will ache when you leave, but it will be a nice sort of sad because you know you loved them that much and it was so worth it."
Even though you'll be living in paradise, your favorite part about your time abroad will be the kids you teach.
If you're familiar with International Language Programs, you're probably going, "Wait! What? I thought you were a volunteer program?" Yes, we are. The main focus of our program is providing opportunities for volunteers to teach English in other countries but we work with a few local schools who are interested in hiring too.
So I'm gonna go ahead and assume your follow up question is why would you volunteer when you can get paid? Good question. Here are the differences:
What's the difference between your paid and volunteer programs?
Volunteers are in the classroom up to 20 hours per week while paid teaching is a full time position. Volunteers have much more free time to explore their city and the culture on a daily basis, however, both programs are Monday through Friday, with weekends off.
Length of time abroad
Volunteers commit to a semester which is typically 3.5-5 months (depending on the time of year). It follows the traditional college semester schedule so it works well for college students. Paid programs are a longer commitment: Taiwan teachers have options for a six month or one year contract, Thailand paid teachers commit to one year, and China paid teachers commit six months or ten months.
Volunteers have vacations about once per month of varying lengths that equal to about two weeks throughout their semester, and remember you can use your weekends for quick trips too! We want to give you as much time as we can for you to explore and travel!
Paid teachers in Taiwan, China and Thailand have national holidays off, which gives you time to travel throughout your experience as well.
Volunteering works really well for anyone who is looking to gain experience and have adventures. ILP volunteers are not required to be students, have a degree, or even any teaching experience! Many are students, but it's not required (here's what it takes to be an ILP volunteer).
The full time paid positions do require having a degree though.
Taiwan paid teachers are required to have either an associates or bachelors degree in any emphasis and some sort of experience around children.
In Thailand, paid teachers are required to have a bachelors degree in any emphasis. They also prefer if you have experience teaching the ILP method (already having completed a volunteer semester with ILP), but it's not required to apply.
Paid positions in China require that you must be a native English speaker and either have a Bachelor's in English or Education OR a Bachelor's in any emphasis (plus a TEFL certificate or two years teaching experience).
Volunteer positions are not as competitive as paid positions. We currently send 200+ volunteers every semester (which means more opportunities) whereas we currently only send a handful of full time teachers to Asia.
Want More Info? Have Questions?
Here's more detailed information on each of the countries, what teaching is like, compensation, and more!
Still have questions? Send a quick email to our ILP representative for more information about paid programs in Taiwan, China, and Thailand to: firstname.lastname@example.org or start your application to be a paid teacher.
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