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Get Ripped Off to teach in North Korea

You may have seen the ad in today’s press: North Korea has decided it needs to exploit some naive TEFL teachers to work in the country and teach tour guides how to speak to the hordes of visitors the country is expecting sometime in the future.

For this they approached Juche Travel Services (JTS) in the UK who are promoting the idea for them. However, despite insisting…

329 Ways to avoid getting Ripped Off in China

There have been a lot of problems with teachers getting ripped off in China by unscrupulous agents and illegal agents.

In fact, one reliable estimate from the CFTU (more on them later) is that only around 20% of agents in China are authorized and legal – the other 2,000 or so agents are illegal and unauthorized!

And these illegal agents are making a LOT of money…

Accreditation & TEFL Courses

There is currently NO independent, international board of accreditation or assessment for TEFL certificate providers.

This means that each institute, school, or organization recognizes their own certificate and accreditation comes from good practice, professional standards and reputation.

There are a number of organizations which have been set up nationally. And there are a number of organizations which have been set up by schools as supposedly independent accreditation…

Beware of TEFL Scams

As in all industries there are, unfortunately, TEFL scams, too which prey on English teachers wanting to go abroad and teach.

Whilst there are marvelously run English language schools, scrupulous recruitment agents‏‎ and genuine TEFL course providers, there are also, unfortunately, ones to avoid.

Most teachers won’t come across TEFL‏‎ scams through their entire career, but just in case you are thinking that something doesn’t sound quite right…