How To Teach English Overseas

by Hannah Kuether / Jun 24, 2010 / 0 comments

Having graduated from a four-week intensive TEFL course just over a year ago, I view the world as my oyster and teaching English my ticket to see it. I plan to go to Europe this fall and have done a lot of research on my own. Matt Kepnes’ eBook, “How to Teach English Overseas” would have saved me hours of research had I read it a few months ago. There was also plenty of new, useful information that will help me in the months to come!

“How to Teach English Overseas” starts with an overview of what the possible certifications are (TEFL, CELTA, Trinity) and how to get them. He goes through some potential requirements one would need to fulfill in order to teach abroad, as well as different types of jobs around the world.

The largest section of the eBook is country specific information. While Matt did his teaching in Asia and most of his personal experience comes from that region, it is very evident that he has done his research on the rest of the world. By highlighting nearly twenty countries, he is able to provide a clear picture of what teaching English is like in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East.

There is in-depth information on visa requirements, recent trends in the demand for English teachers, cost of living compared to standard teacher salary, and helpful hints such as “In this country, you may not get paid on time” or “Getting a work visa for this country is more challenging than others in the region.”

The best part of Matt’s eBook is the list of links at the end of each country’s section. They lead you to job boards, TEFL certification organizations and employment databases. Not only does he lay out key points about the country, he provides websites to help jump start your job search no matter where you’re headed. 

This eBook reads like a fun world travel guide with a simple structure, alphabetized country information and a conversational writing style. It would be well worth the investment if you are considering teaching abroad. He clearly spent a lot of time putting this together – why spend dozens of hours researching any number of countries you might be interested in if you could become well informed about your top choices in a matter of minutes?


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Note: I was sent a review copy of How to Teach English Overseas