Test subject A- a follow up TEFL: Finding Legitimate Companies.

No one want to apply for a job half way across the globe, only to be short changed and have no one to turn to.

So, I’ve spent the better part of the evening looking into different companies which claim to offer jobs all over the world.

Of course sometime you can tell from just looking at the site. However, that is not always the case, from there you need to do more searching.

As is common with most companies now a days, they have twitter and facebook account, and becoming more common, having a LinkedIn page. I consider these to be good places to check. The more likes or followers they may be more trust worthy. Of course if you click on the link and the page doesn’t exist then you get away from that site.

Another good thing to look into is partnership information. If the site has the icons and names of other companies that are backing them, go look them up and see how credible they are. Some times this can be really easy, other times you are might have to search for online Australian newspapers to get information about AustChem. Even after you have seen a photo of the Australian PM at a lunch set up by the AustChem, can’t be too careful.

It’s not just sites with jobs offers to worry about. How can you work out the trustworthiness of a site that is offering TEFL courses? In this area I didn’t really do much searching. I found i-to-i from a graduate job website, so I took it as okay and I ended up doing my course with them.

I did go looking at other courses when I decided I did want to go through the process of getting TEFL qualified. Some of them again I judged on the look of the website, while others it was based on how much they were offering the online courses for. If a 120 hour course is normally around the top end of £200s and they are offering it at £60 something not right there.

Always look into a company as far as you can before applying. With doing a TEFL course you can gauge if it’s too good to be true. Whereas with the jobs the more common benefits always seem a bit too good to be true when you first go in. To me if someone offering you free accommodation, to pay for your flights there and back AND offer to pay for one round trip home, something’s always going to feel off. However, these are some common features, so it can be hard to gauge at times.

Anyone else have any tips for doing research let me know! J

Ellie aka Test Subject A.

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2 thoughts on “Test subject A- a follow up TEFL: Finding Legitimate Companies.

  1. Thanks for your comment. I think the reason Subject A chose TEFL not TESOL was that it is widely available in the UK and is far cheaper. most students just don’t have the money for TESOL. however would love to learn more about the alternative if you have any suggestions. Best wishes Rachael

  2. Firstly, you should do a CELTA or Trinity Cert. TESOL – 120 hour courses with practical teaching components. They normally cost about $1,500.

    In most countries, this as well as a University level degree, is the minimum level of training/education required to work. Without this, in most countries you will end up working illegally, which is ALWAYS a bad idea.

    Most CELTA / Cert. TESOL schools also have recruitment centers which can help you find reputable jobs. Otherwise, if you name a country, I can probably help you out, seeing as in the TEFL trade you quickly meet people who have worked just about everywhere. I have worked in China, Vietnam, Australia and England and know decent schools in all of these places.

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