E-Book Review: Nomadic Matt’s “How to Teach English Overseas”

For the past few months, I’ve been busy helping Matt Kepnes of Nomadic Matt put together an epic, 102 page e-book on How to Teach English Overseas

Before I got my gig as a tech writer, I spent some time talking with a recruiter about the possibility of teaching English in South Korea. I was pretty stoked about it, and was told I’d be bit of a western novelty with my red hair, pale skin and blue eyes. Imagine, a world where gingers are embraced. It was exciting, but I had so many questions and it was difficult to find a lot of unbiased opinions.

Also, almost all my research pointed me to South Korea, and teaching in other countries didn’t really seem possible. I didn’t even realize the UAE had amazing teaching opportunities.

So somebody finally realized the need to gather all info in one place, for people like me who start Googling “teach English in Japan” and somehow end up drunk and watching episodes of Golden Girls on YouTube.

The great thing about Matt’s book is that it doesn’t just explain one certain way to go about teaching overseas. He covers TEFL certification, TESOL, and CELTA. Then there’s also chapters devoted to teacher requirements, different teaching jobs, and (probably the most important) benefits and salaries.

My favourite part of the book, however, is the crapload of information about teaching in different countries. It’s damned near impossible to find all this stuff rounded up in one location. There’s nobody trying to sell you a job, it’s all honest, raw information. Matt’s no novice either, he’s taught in both Taiwan and Thailand, so he knows what he’s talking about.

Plus I edited it, so you know it’s good.

If you need more info, to check it out for yourself. Or click the banner to purchase, and I’ll be able to afford one more beer at TBEX. Just sayin’.

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(Feature image by Rex Pe.)

  • June 21 2010

    I have always wanted to teach overseas! I may have to check this out next payday…

    • June 23 2010

      Me too, still considering Japan. :)

  • June 21 2010

    Good review . . . will be sure to read it.

    Plenty of teaching opportunities here


  • June 22 2010

    Bit of a biased review Candice ;-) I think the book will serve it’s customers well though, especially if you want to teach overseas but don’t have a set country in place. The problem with any job market is it’s always changing so, it’s usually good to check the current rules, salary, taxes, flight costs and benefits for wherever you’re interested in going as it can become dated information quickly.

    • June 23 2010

      Of course it’s biased, I edited it! Hahaha. You’re right about that though, it will definitely need to be something updated frequently.

    • July 04 2010

      Rob! Don’t worry- this book will be updated twice a year, unless there is a sudden change I hear about in visa rules or the job market!

  • June 23 2010

    That sounds like a rad eBook. I didn’t know you helped with it–good stuff! I’m not sure that I will teach overseas, but I have a few friends who have done it/are doing it, and I find it very intriguing. BTW, can’t wait to meet you at TBEX!

    • June 23 2010

      I’m still considering it, honestly. Such a good way to see the world. And I totally over looked the fact you’re gonna be at TBEX too, woot! Less than 2 days! See ya there!

  • June 23 2010

    This is a great resource and I wish there had been something like it when I was right out of college and looking for teaching jobs overseas. My approach was always to visit a country first and see if I liked it first and then somehow found out about jobs perusing the local papers or meeting other expats.

    • June 23 2010

      Definitely! It’s nice to have some objective material rather than the info found on companies’ websites. I love how easy it is to research these things these days.

  • June 23 2010

    How cool! When I first taught overseas I spent months trawling the Internet for answers to all my questions. This is going to save a lot of people a lot of time. Mad kudos for this project Candice!

    • July 02 2010

      Thanks, Anne! I agree, great to have everything in one place. Really got me interested in the JET program, especially.

  • June 26 2010

    I haven’t read this book, but I have read Matts other ebook about how to make money with your travel blog and it was excellent. I am sure that for anyone interested in teaching English overseas, this would be a great reference.

    • July 02 2010

      Thanks! I enjoyed it, great resource to have for sure.

  • July 19 2014
    Julia Smith

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