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May 24, 2008

Living on a Budget - Free travel opportunities

Hello Readers,

For many ESL teachers, the opportunity to travel is one of the driving factors in making the decision to become an ESL teacher. However, for those of us on low salaries, the only traveling that sometimes takes place is that which happens before and after a teaching contract.

For those of you who crave more frequent travel, there are a few ways to get it ...

... for free!

1. Become an IELTS examiner. In some countries, where there are more IELTS examinees than examiners, you are flown to different cities for a weekend and are put up in hotels for free. Yes, you have to put in some hours, but you get paid for that. If you're friends with other IELTS examiners, you basically get a weekend away - with all (or most) expenses paid.

Requirements for this position vary from country to country, but generally speaking, you need:
* An undergraduate degree or equivalent
* A TEFL/TESOL qualification OR completion of EFL/ESOL related studies OR a degree in Education
* A minimum of three years full-time relevant teaching experience

2. Become a CELTA trainer. There are full-time trainers in some schools who don't tend to travel much for work. However, freelancers who are able to pick up and go to another country for a month or two at a time really have the best deal. Not only do they tend to have their flights and room and board paid for, but they get a decent salary on top of that, as well. In addition, working in a country for a month or more means that there is time to see the sites and get acquainted with the culture.

Requirements for this position:
* The Cambridge ESOL DELTA or equivalent ELT qualification at Diploma level
* Substantial, recent and varied ELT experience
* Professional involvement in ELT

For more information about the IELTS, go to: http://www.ielts.org/

For more information about the CELTA, go to: http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/exams-info/faqs/celta-centres.html

Are you or have you ever been an IELTS examiner or a CELTA trainer? If so, feel free to share your experiences here.

Until next time ...

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at May 24, 2008 11:41 AM

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