Sunday, April 19, 2009

Live Abroad without Delay

Often I am asked, "How can I live abroad as quickly as possible?" The best way to get started quickly is, if you are a native or near native English speaker is to teach English. It doesnt have to be a permanent career but its a great way to get your foot in the door to living abroad.

Teaching English abroad is an excellent way to travel and experience new cultures, while earning a living and helping to improve the education and futures of others. There are a wide variety of options all over the world when teaching English abroad. In no time at all you could be living in a place, and living a life that most people only dream about. All you need to be able to teach English abroad is fluency, or near fluency, in the English language and a TESOL (or TEFL) certificate.

****In order to find an ESL position in specifically Europe and the rest of the Mediterranean, a TESOL/TEFL certificate is required without much exception.****

What is a TEFL/TESOL Certificate?

TESOL (also known as TEFL) is the acronym for Teaching English to Speakers
of Other Languages and taking a certificate course is your passport to a world of travel and adventure teaching English abroad. There is a tremendous demand for certified teachers worldwide with job options in just about every country around the globe.

The Language House provides an International TESOL Teacher Training TESOL
Program. Course options include the following:

4 week intensive, classroom based TESOL certificate courses. Center
attendance required.

Combined TESOL certificate course with language lessons

Certificate in teaching business English

Our training centers are located in France, Italy, Morocco and coming soon

Courses are available every month, all year round.

Who can take a TESOL course?

TESOL courses are open to all native or fluent English speakers. There is no requirement to have any previous teaching experience or qualifications. There is no strict age limit and each application for one of our TESOL courses is given full consideration. We welcome all applications regardless of sex, age, race or nationality.

Why choose The Language House?

-The Language House Teacher Training is your gateway to creating a new
life in the Mediterranean.
-We are the only program that focuses soley on one region allowing our
clients to be provided with a wide range of expertise.
-All of our courses are internationally recognized and accredited.
-Outstanding value and course quality
-Lifetime assistance with finding teaching jobs worldwide.
-Additional specialized TESOL courses.
-Teaching advice and support throughout your teaching career.
-Included in the course fee is our signature "Job Coaching" service which is composed of interviewing techniques, employer contact sheets, Resume and CV help and advice for setting up in a new country.

We are dedicated to supporting and planning your new life abroad by providing Life
Abroad Coaching and Language Lessons

I want to take a TESOL Course, what’s the next step?

Read through our website and then complete our on-line application form (without any obligation). If you have additional questions or concerns please contact us at

We assist our graduates in finding work during and upon completion of the course.

Get started now and visit our website at

Friday, April 10, 2009

Where do I Start?

"I know I want to live abroad but where do I start?" I am often asked this question. There are three main points to start out with.

1. Choose your target location carefully. First you need to decide in what region, or, even better, what country you'd like to live. Its too difficult to try for many different countries. You'll spread yourself out too thin. Each region and country has its own language, culture and ways of doing things. Therefore if you cast your net too wide, it will take much longer to reach your goal of living abroad.

Conversely, if you narrow your desired location down to one city or even one small town you are then limiting yourself to a place that may or may not end up being the right location for you.

My advice would be to choose one or two countries that you belive would be right for you.

2. Do your homework. Research, research and research some more. Thanks to the web, there are so many resourses available for you to make a decision. Factors to consider are, but not limited to:

Work Ethic
Employment Possibilities
The native language
The cultural demands
Housing options
Cost of Living
Religious climate
Typical Lifestyle

3. For most people, the two things that you'll need to secure as soon as possible are a job and a place to live. If its important that you have work quickly, you should spend a lot of time researching the job market in your target country or countries. If you can find a job first, securing, at least, temporary housing won't be overly difficult.

While its possible to find the same work that you do in your home country abroad, it may take you longer if you don't speak the local language or are not familar with the process of job seeking in the target country. For that reason, I often suggest to native English speakers that initially they start out teaching English. It doesn't have to be forever but there are some advantages. Its not necessary to speak the native language. The minimum requirements are usually English speaking ability and a TESOL/TEFL Certificate.
Your CV/resume can usually be submitted in English. You can earn a wage comprable to that of the average worker in the given location. It gives you time to learn some of the language, to network, to meet the locals as well as other foriegners, to find out the best places to live and in general get a feel for how things work in your desired country. Once you have some of these things under your belt, you then have the tools to find the job you really want.