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.
(Feature image by Rex Pe.)