Which ESL role is for me?


Teaching English abroad: teacher, volunteer or intern?


What’s the difference? What’s best for me?

When considering teaching English abroad, there are very different routes to think about. An internship, a volunteer position and applying and becoming an ESL teacher are different roles and offer very different positive and sometimes negative experiences. The most important thought to consider is, ‘What is my reason for doing this?’. The answer to this should help you decide which role is for you. Here is some information and pros and cons for each role.


Generally this is a much shorter contract (a number of weeks/months) and is often set up through a charity or a representive company in your home country. It can sometimes be part of a package in which you pay an inclusive fee up front and your teaching experience is part of an itinerary arranged and organized to suit…

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