Women deciding
Blog March 5, 2016 by St Giles

How to Avoid an ESL Scam

Women deciding

Before you decide on an ESL teaching position, there are a few things that you need to know. First, consider why are choosing to teach English as a Second Language overseas. Are you looking for a new experience? Are you hoping to immerse yourself in a new language and culture? Are you interested in making a lot of money?

It’s important to understand what you are looking for so that you can choose the best school and country in which to work. There are also some basic guidelines that will help you navigate your search for an ESL position safely and effectively. Here are four important guidelines to follow.

Research the Country You Wish To Teach English In

You will want to know as much as possible about the country you want to teach in. Research information such as visa requirements, standard working hours, and the average teaching salary. Look online for reviews about the school from individuals who have previously taught there. You also have every right to ask to speak with a current teacher. Current teachers will be able to relay information about working and housing conditions, as well as whether the contract remained consistent after work began.

Research Reputable Job Listing Websites

A common scam is illegitimate or ‘fake’ job postings. This is why you should Google the names of the employers, recruiters and schools thoroughly. You can often find blogs, forums and Facebook groups that will provide you with information on the school in which you wish to teach. You will find that current and former teachers are more than happy to help you navigate your job search and provide information about the schools and recruiters.

Avoid English Teaching Positions That Do Not Interview

It may not be realistic for you to arrange an interview in person at a prospective teaching facility. However, there are other options, which include interviewing by telephone and Skype. If the school you are considering refuses a phone interview prior to offering you a teaching position, you are most likely encountering a scam. This also applies to job recruiters.

Avoid Teaching Positions That Request Large Sums of Money

It is advisable to avoid sending large sums of money to the school or recruiter with whom you are working. Some programmes will have a recruiting fee. Many programmes will not. Trust your instincts, no matter how friendly your prospective recruiters or employers seem.

Remember that a legitimate institution will encourage and not mind you taking precautions or asking for questions, interviews or references. Good luck with your search!

Remember that the majority of ESL jobs are legitimate and the overall experience is incredibly positive. These guidelines will simply help you to choose an English teaching position wisely.