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Does anyone know if TeacherGig is a serious site? (views: 6238)

Online (Online) - Mon, 31 Oct 2011
Posted by YeseniaParks

Does anyone know if is a serious site?   ....

Re: Does anyone know if TeacherGig is a serious site? (views: 4842)

Online (Southeast Asia) - Mon, 14 Jan 2013
Posted by Debra

I seriously doubt it. I have "applied" a number of times on this site, and haven't had one acknowledgement much less a response from anyone - not even a NO. Waste of time. ....

Re: Does anyone know if TeacherGig is a serious site? (views: 5671)

Online (Online) - Tue, 01 Nov 2011
Posted by TWW

It's the first time I've come across the site. It does seem to have some jobs there but also there is NO information about who they are, the faq and so on. In fact, it looks like the site is one of those standard templates someone hasn't completed filling in. As long as it doesn't cost anything then it's perhaps worth a try to see. If they suddenly turn round and say you need to complete their TEFL course to get a job o....

Re: Does anyone know if TeacherGig is a serious site? (views: 5869)

Online (Online) - Mon, 31 Oct 2011
Posted by Michael

Yesenia, Never heard of the site but the name is rather unprofessional. Regardless, I noticed that the website name was registered in March 2011 and the site ranks about 2,000,000 globally for traffic with no "teaching" or "ESL" keywords in a Google search. They seem to have a large number of job postings for such a small traffic site with no keywords. According to the records, these are their top 10 Google keyword ....

Find Work Abroad (views: 5670)

China (Asia) - Fri, 30 Sep 2011
Posted by Renata

Hi all, Wondering if anyone has accepted a contract through Find Work Abroad? I have been dealing with someone from the China office who keeps 'hand picking' jobs for me but they want me to start immediately even though I don't have all my docs ready. The say I can enter on a business visa which they will organise in 1 day. The pay seems very high in comparison to the hours I'd be required to work. They seem legit but I'm not sure. Has any....

Re: Find Work Abroad (views: 4757)

Online (Online) - Thu, 31 May 2012
Posted by Dennis Robinson

Yes I've talked to someone there and they are very eager but you have to realize it's a competitive business inChina with too few products (Foreign Teachers) and too many recruiters. As a lifetime salesperson I like their zeal and wish all my students had it for learning. If you want to teach young learners they have a pretty good situation in Shenzhen that would be cool. If you've never been there it's amazing and my favorite ....

Re: Find Work Abroad (views: 5416)

Online (Southeast Asia) - Sun, 02 Oct 2011
Posted by Renata

Thanks for that. I think I'll give them a miss unless someone else who's dealt with them can help put my mind at ease. ....

Re: Find Work Abroad (views: 5440)

China (Asia) - Sat, 01 Oct 2011
Posted by Doug

Not personally familiar with Find Work Abroad but you can ask them for their license number to make sure they are legit. Also, from personal experience I know that many Chinese recruiters and schools try to get you into the country and then sort out the visa and work stuff after you arrive. It is really up to your comfort level. If you are not comfortable, then wait until a school or company is willing to do the required paperwork before your a....

Dilko Balikesir Turkey (views: 6738)

Online (Online) - Wed, 07 Sep 2011
Posted by Omer Bilgic

I am the director of that company,Dilko English Balikesir and it is a must for me to answer Mathew Gill.I think he is dissapointed of being fired kindly and because of this he is trying to take revenge from us.I only want to say one thing,he worked for a short time because when he had lessons the students started not joining his class,they told me they don't want to have lessons with him, and couldn't manage to teach here,that is all and the othe....


Thailand (Southeast Asia) - Mon, 22 Aug 2011
Posted by matthew

I have just had a threatening letter from christian phillips saying that they have submitted my papers and i must pay them 9825 baht otherwise they will not let me enter Thailand or any other country they deal with do not send any money they are just trying to be bullies ....

Re: ARA RECRUITMENT SCAM (views: 5625)

Thailand (Southeast Asia) - Mon, 22 Aug 2011
Posted by Mike

Who is ARA? Do you have more details? How do they feel they can bar you from entering Thailand? Regardless, I would never send anyone money for a job. ....

Teaching English Overseas as a Filipino (views: 5597)

Online (Asia) - Sat, 13 Aug 2011
Posted by Marjorie

Is it possible for me to teach English overseas although I'm not a native English speaker? I'm from the Philippines and English is just my second language. My passion is really to teach English to young learners...Thanks ....

Re: Teaching English Overseas as a Filipino (views: 8785)

Online (Asia) - Sat, 13 Aug 2011
Posted by Admin

Thank you for the question and I have posted the question and answer on the Q&A section of the site at The short answer is Yes (but with caveats) Yes, it is possible to teacher English overseas even though you are not a native English speaker. The key is ability and not national origin. Now that being said, you face an uphill challenge because: 1. Asian countries are notorious racist towards other....

Working Legally in China (views: 5969)

China (Asia) - Mon, 18 Jul 2011
Posted by Bill D.

Can anyone tell me what the requirements are to work legally in China? I have all the degrees and paperwork they could want but I can't seem to find anyone who knows what is required or willing to do anything. It makes me very uncomfortable working illegally so I thought I would do it myself and just give my employer a list of what they need. ....

Re: Working Legally in China (views: 5269)

China (Asia) - Mon, 28 Nov 2011
Posted by Ian

It varies a bit across China. Usually just a degree is enough, although I met many people over there teaching without even that. Some schools might also prefer a TEFL/TESOL cert. Here's a guide to teach English in Asia.....

Certified Spammers aka Dr.Ahmad Sun (views: 6269)

Online (Online) - Sun, 19 Jun 2011
Posted by Gwen

Dear Esl Teachers, The photo I have attached here was the spammer from malaysia that eslteachers should not entertain. I have read several posts here similar cases as what i have got recently. He is dr.ahmad sun, a certified criminal,that will offer you $5000/month salary with the help of his partner-in-crime "Immigration Lawyer Barr thomas ben" to get the $2000-up from you. ....

Dubai English Institutes (views: 7572)

Online (Middle East) - Sat, 18 Jun 2011
Posted by Admin
Dubai English Institutes

Dear Teachers: There is a recent posting on our jobs board from a Dubai English Institutes that struck me as odd ( so I wanted to ask my fellow teachers if they know anything about this organization. I want to give every 'school' the benefit of the doubt but some things about this are raising alarm bells: 1. The job offer and benefits are a little "too good". 2. Their website is a template and t....

Re: Dubai English Institutes (views: 6699)

Online (Online) - Tue, 21 Jun 2011
Posted by fethy

i applyed of job last week @ Dubai English Institutes and they told me, i got the job on monday and they went me to apply for work permit,not in the UAE MINSTERY OF Labour wib sit but in e amil address sounded very fishy becouse as u can see the e amil adrdress ends with .tk, which makes it untrasbael any way i sent e mail demanding work permiton to the above address, and i was told to pay WORK PERMIT PRO....

SCAM still on? - different name SEZ Labour (views: 5163)

Online (North America) - Tue, 01 May 2012
Posted by Yasmina

Dear Applicant, This is to certify that your application is accepted by SEZARAB LANGUAGE SCHOOL based on your working experience as stated in your CV/Resume. However, you are strongly advised to follow all the instructions as listed below to avoid cancellation of your employment with us. (1) Find enclosed PICTURES and CONTRACT AGREEMENT which MUST be signed and return through email attachment for our official use. (2) Obtain/appl....

Re: Re: Dubai English Institutes (views: 5888)

Online (Middle East) - Tue, 21 Jun 2011
Posted by Admin

Thank you for this information. I thought they were a scam and your information confirmed this. I have deleted all the postings from the site and hope others find this information. ....

Re: Dubai English Institutes (views: 6250)

Online (Middle East) - Sun, 19 Jun 2011
Posted by Bobby

I just applied and sent them my documents. I'll let you know what happens. ....

What Not To Do When Looking for an ESL Job (views: 6366)

Online (Online) - Mon, 13 Jun 2011
Posted by Admin
What Not To Do When Looking for an ESL Job

Teachers: I thought I would give some basic advice to teachers that are looking for jobs online. Though I have mentioned this (and many other sites have as well) in various places across the site, it deserves repeating: 1. NEVER send money to anyone. 2. NEVER post your personal information online. This included emails you want to keep private, complete DOB, Passport ID #, Home Address, Phone Number, Name of High School, etc. When y....

Dr. Low, Warsaw Poland - ESL Strong (views: 7467)

Online (Europe) - Thu, 02 Jun 2011
Posted by Anvar

Help PLEASE!! Has anybody heard from a Dr. Low, Warsaw Poland? He says he work for ESL Strong as a doctor. He's offering me a job. Said that for policy of the institute, could not put me in touch with other teachers? ....

Re: Dr. Low, Warsaw Poland - ESL Strong (views: 4896)

Online (North America) - Sat, 03 Dec 2011
Posted by Avril dobson

he called me tonight. His job offer was in Shanghai, China. He has no website or proof of business, weird conversation. He talked to me about swallowing mice whole and kept talking about if i could swallow that and keep it down. Wanted pictures of me opening my mouth real wide. Didnt ask anything about my teaching experience. Hes a creep, but i dont understand his scam. His email was . He said he was a doctor from chicago, but i c....

Re: Dr. Low, Warsaw Poland - ESL Strong (views: 5273)

Online (Asia) - Thu, 30 Jun 2011
Posted by rej

gosh. i just received a call from this Dr. Low. too bad he is a scammer. during the conversation, i had this creepy feeling but then again i did what he asked me to do. guess he is not in jail yet. ....

Re: Re: Dr. Low, Warsaw Poland - ESL Strong (views: 4777)

Online (Online) - Thu, 08 Mar 2012
Posted by I.I.

He called me last night. It was creapy and wierd and I could tell from the firs minute that that he's a freak. Hope he'll get a taste of his own medicine real soon. Do not send him any details about yourself, please, he's a freak! Again, so called dr low with email a scammer, a freak, jeeez! gives me the creeps just to remember his words about swallowing brrrrrrrrrrrrr He told me that ....

Re: Re: Dr. Low, Warsaw Poland - ESL Strong (views: 5189)

Online (Asia) - Tue, 05 Jul 2011
Posted by sunny

Hi, i just got the call from that Dr. Low. did he tell you his email? was it The conversation (interview) was plain WEIRD!!!! : : ....

Re: Re: Re: Dr. Low, Warsaw Poland - ESL Strong (views: 4922)

Online (Online) - Thu, 22 Sep 2011
Posted by David

He told one of my friends to snap a picture of herself with just bra and pant for medical test. ....

Re: Dr. Low, Warsaw Poland - ESL Strong (views: 2340)

Online (Online) - Thu, 09 Jun 2011
Posted by sam

Hi He's a scam. Actually a freak. He lives in canada. I've reported him to yahoo and google. And I believe someone is reporting him to the feds. he's going to go to jail.;read=52566;expand=1 sorry this happened to you... ....

Re: Dr. Low, Warsaw Poland - ESL Strong (views: 5947)

Online (Europe) - Fri, 03 Jun 2011
Posted by TEFL World Wiki

Is he asking for any money? That is usually the warning sign! ....

Re: Dr. Low, Warsaw Poland - ESL Strong (views: 5769)

Online (Europe) - Thu, 02 Jun 2011
Posted by IGT Admin

Anvar: I can find nothing online about a Dr. Low, ESL Strong or any combination of the two in Warsaw, Poland. That is not a good sign. Regardless, if a school doesn't want you to talk to other teachers to get more information on the school, I would suggest moving on. For more information about evaluating whether this is a scam see: There is also some good information on evaluating any te....

Female Teachers in Georgia (views: 6145)

Online (Online) - Wed, 01 Jun 2011
Posted by CKS

Hello all, I have been living in Western Georgia for a year and half and experiencing life here as a foreign woman. I am not in the Teach and Learn Georgia program but I was here long before the foreigners started trickling in, and I know the locals and the mentality quite well. I also know many of the participants who are in this program. I want to warn young women of the dangers that you may face. First of all, on discussion boards you will se....

Re: Female Teachers in Georgia (views: 5910)

Online (Asia) - Sat, 18 Jun 2011
Posted by Mark

CKS, this is pretty shocking stuff. I hope the organization that brought all the female teachers to the country has done something about this. It is never too late to start an educational campaign on women's right or human rights. ....

Mixing tenses (views: 5816)

Online (Europe) - Thu, 26 May 2011
Posted by Wazungu 97

Other than conditionals when can you mix eg: the past tense and future tense in the same sentence. I was to understand you shouldn't. Thanks for your help Paul ....

Re: Mixing tenses (views: 5807)

Online (Online) - Fri, 27 May 2011
Posted by Wazungu97

Doug this is the sentence that was written by an engineer that I questioned. After MO-xxxx has been performed this section tasks has been overruled with newer AMT tasks. I re-wrote the sentence to read. After MO-xxxx has been carried out, this section will be overruled with a different(newer)AMT task or tasks. The reason being that by using the words( After MO has been ) suggests that the task as not yet been carried out and therefore writte....

Re: Mixing tenses (views: 5448)

Online (Online) - Thu, 26 May 2011
Posted by Doug

Paul: I am assisting many students with grammar questions but without an example where you used mixed tenses in a sentence, I won't be able to help you. ;-) Though many will argue this point, there is nothing incorrect about using 2 tenses in a sentence as long as it makes sense. We do it all the time. For example: I am celebrating my birthday with friends because I was lonely on my birthday last year. Thanks! ....

Re: Re: Mixing tenses (views: 4990)

Online (North America) - Mon, 19 Nov 2012
Posted by Grover

Or take it one step further: "I celebrated my BD in October because I'll be in Africa in February." We understand from the context that this person's BD is probably in Feb. Tense is just there to describe temporal relationships. Of course those relationships can span any kind of time frame.....


Online (Southeast Asia) - Sun, 22 May 2011
Posted by Overthere1

ILBC cheats its teachers and retains 25% of their salary. They break contracts with impunity. The turnover of foreign teachers is almost 100%. Some last two days, some a week and some a few months. The HR dude is immoral, anti-foreign and a bullying cheat. Teachers who resign are told they are "fired" and lose either salary or return air tickets. The classrooms are total dumps, the curriculum material utter garbage and the students spoilt and wil....


Online (Southeast Asia) - Mon, 25 Mar 2013
Posted by john forbes

I left ILBC in Mandalay this year after just 3 months. So did my fiancee and 3 other people. They lie to get you there, the contract is worthless and can be changed whenever they feel like it. The one and only contact for foreigners is a racist who does everything in his power to make your stay uncomfortable. The contract they give you states that you are entitled to a 500usd housing allowance - in reality it is shared accommo....


Online (Asia) - Thu, 05 Apr 2012
Posted by Canuck

I can verify first hand that that ILBC is an appalling place that has no right to call itself an education establishment. Retaining a percentage of any teacher's salary is unethical and illegal. Only in Myanmar can these goons get away with it, where there are dodgy teachers who can't get hired by a decent school! There are NO proper teaching materials, classrooms are substandard and disgusting and the owner is all about making as much....


Thailand (Southeast Asia) - Wed, 09 May 2012
Posted by Alasdair MacMillan

What an insult! I am a qualified English teacher with a bona fide degree and a DELTA, I have taught in 4 British Council centres in SE Asia and now I am teaching Secondary One English at ILBC in Yangon. The kids are great and I supplement the curriculum with a lot of my own ideas and adapt the curriculum where necessary. The Myanmar staff are also very pleasant people to work with and there's always a smile to greet you in the morning. ....

Re: Re: reply SCAM AT ILBC YANGON - SERIOUS WARNING (views: 4760)

Online (Africa) - Wed, 16 May 2012
Posted by AliG

As some have pointed out, ILBC is terrific for 'teachers' who have difficulty finding employment elsewhere. Retaining any part of anyone's hard-earned and legal salary is illegal! ILBC model themselves on a military dictatorship. If anyone is genuinely concerned about teaching kids who do not belong to the Myanmar Elite - go volunteer in a monastery school - don't pretend that teaching the privileged and affluent is doing a ser....

ILBC Yangon (views: 5772)

Online (Asia) - Thu, 17 May 2012
Posted by Alasdair MacMillan

Oh come on!....Have you even been to Myanmar? The very wealthy and affuent Myanmar mostly send their kids abroad for their schooling or to ISY....the middle class send ther children to ILBC and a number of other private schools in Yangon. And another thing---I have met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi twice--once at her home and once when she came to observe two teachers at Brtish Council Yangon in 2003. I was honoured to have a noble laureate in my class....

Re: ILBC Yangon (views: 4995)

Online (Online) - Sun, 26 May 2013
Posted by Kevin McGivern

I had a great experience at ILBC. My contract was honored and I was treated with respect. I have read lots of negatives lately about working there and I am not here to doubt anothers experience but do read the previous post from someone who has been there a long time. I saw teachers grumble, complain and leave within a couple of months. From what I observed it was culture shock that did them in. I did see a teacher get let go due to a poor....

Re: ILBC Yangon (views: 5236)

Online (Asia) - Mon, 20 Aug 2012
Posted by WillyWonka

Er - are you the Alistair who just got fired from this wonderful school ILBC for taking a fake sick leave? Still think this dump is wonderful with it ever changing cast of deadbeats who come in early and go home even earlier Yeah like you, I have lived in Yangon for several years and dumps like ILBC give Burma a bad rap and cheat the students.....


Online (Southeast Asia) - Tue, 20 Mar 2012
Posted by Teachurrrr

Hello. Teachurrrr here. I can't speak aboutwhat happened the year before since I was not here, yet my experience at ILBC has been very positive.I have worked at ILBC from May 26th 2011 until the present. I plan to sign on for another year as do most of the current teachers I believe. About ILBC, it is an IGCSE School, not a language academy, providing an English curriculum education for students from primary through secondary. I tea....


Online (Middle East) - Wed, 16 May 2012
Posted by JAMES RICH

Having had a the worst experience of my teaching career at ILBC, I agree with other posters about it being a 'scam.' After all, what genuinely professional education entity would attempt to retain a percentage of a teacher's salary - this is a human rights violation - and tells you all you need to know about this hell hole. Teachurrr.... you must be one of the management cronies to waste so much time defending this dump when everyo....


Online (Online) - Mon, 14 Jan 2013
Posted by Military Chronies

Thanx for all the info. No wonder they have to call their employees in to write nice things on forums like these. They can't even get a credit card. Now I wonder if they needed an account with s a visa card in my name to facilitate laundering activities. I am reporting this to my bank and the FBI. They are the worst racist pigs I have ever worked for. My advice to teachers would be to run as far away from these crooks as they can. Money WILL be s....


Online (Southeast Asia) - Sat, 16 Mar 2013
Posted by John Sanders

Having just left Mandalay ILBC, I will tell you that Teacher --- is the HR Director for ILBC and he is a despicable dishonest person dillusional about his own integrity. He was entirely deceptive withholding crucial information prior to arrival. His promises were temporary after a couple months he stopped responding to emails or taking calls and stated he washed his hands of all foreign teachers because they complained too much. The lac....

dr. ahmad sun scam (views: 6336)

Online (Southeast Asia) - Wed, 18 May 2011
Posted by danilo dagohoy

All ESL Teachers beware of this also agent barr thomas ben ( who pretends to be his immigration lawyer working at Malaysian Travel Agency. ....

Re: dr. ahmad sun scam (views: 5460)

Online (Online) - Wed, 08 Jun 2011
Posted by sherrie

were you scammed by these people? they emailed me and sounded really legit and then thomas started to ask me money. thats when i knew something was up. ....

Re: Re: dr. ahmad sun scam (views: 6248)

Online (Online) - Mon, 20 Jun 2011
Posted by Ivy

Hi, I also received their scams..I'd been in touch with this "drsun" for several times until the "barrthomasben" which i suspected as the acting "dr.sun" too asked a money $2000 to me, and then i just didn't reply, just last friday, so i'm actually thinking how will i play with these 2 certified criminals in the net! or should I just forget them...anyway i'm really thinking of my scambaits against them! ....

Teach my family scam (views: 5759)

Online (Online) - Mon, 16 May 2011
Posted by Justin Hampshire
Teach my family scam

Offer was too good to be true. Raise a red flag if someone asks you teach their family as they are independent. A great offer was made, but it wasn't until they asked me to send $3000 to verify finances via Western Union as a Visa requirement that I figured it out. I am sure he has changed his name, but beware Dr. Ahmad Sun, ....

Re: Teach my family scam (views: 6023)

Online (Southeast Asia) - Mon, 16 May 2011
Posted by Admin

Justin: Thanks for the information. "Teach my family..." is one of the oldest online forms of ESL scams. Looking at your attachment, you are correct that it is "too good to be true" at $5,000 USD per month. Regarding send money, the old caveat I repeat over and over is NEVER send money to ANYONE for any reason unless you know them personally, especially via Western Union. I would also caution to NEVER send ID's or personal information (i.e ....

Negaive form of correct (views: 5607)

Online (Europe) - Wed, 11 May 2011
Posted by Wazungu97

Help. All of my life I was to understand that the negative form or correct is incorrect. i am trying to find written proof of this but can't find any site that can answer this question.can anybody help me? Many thanks Paul ....

Re: Negative form of correct (views: 6193)

Online (Online) - Wed, 11 May 2011
Posted by Admin

Paul: Not sure if you mean Negative form for grammar or the cultural ramifications of negative and affirmative responses. In relation to culture, check out this article: In relation to negative form in grammar, I found this: When there is more than one auxiliary verb, we make negative forms by putting not after the first auxiliary verb. Th....

Total Learning Academy Job in Myanmar (views: 7332)

Online (Southeast Asia) - Sat, 07 May 2011
Posted by Admin
Total Learning Academy Job in Myanmar

I am enlisting the help of visitors for a job posting that has struck me as "odd" and a possible scam. It is for Total Learning Academy in Yangon but the email is You can see the position here: What strikes me as odd is 1. It claims that the school website ( is under constructions but that doesn't seem to be the case. 2. The website www.brainworksschool....

Re: Total Learning Academy Job in Myanmar (views: 5863)

Online (Southeast Asia) - Fri, 03 Jun 2011
Posted by TLA

Just a note that our new website is now up and functioning, although we will be refining the rest of the month. You can see it at Thanks for your patience! ....

Re: Re: Total Learning Academy Job in Myanmar (views: 5167)

Online (Southeast Asia) - Sat, 18 Jun 2011
Posted by IGT Admin

Thanks for the update. The site looks great! ....

Re: Total Learning Academy Job in Myanmar (views: 6205)

Online (Online) - Mon, 09 May 2011
Posted by Total Learning Academy

Apologies, I tried to reply to this comment just a moment ago but I believe I accidentally included the wrong text, which happened to be information about our application process and timetable. Problems with the cutting and pasting... :) Thank you for the message, and as TLA's acting HR Manager, I want to assure you that our updated website will be up either by the end of this current week or the start of the next one. Our Tech Department is cu....

Re: Re: Total Learning Academy Job in Myanmar (views: 5247)

Online (Southeast Asia) - Mon, 09 May 2011
Posted by Admin

Thank you for responding and clearing this up. Apologies for any confusion but, unfortunately, the industry is experiencing a fair share of scams so I try to be careful when reviewing. ....

Sude English Training Center ( (views: 6781)

China (Asia) - Fri, 22 Apr 2011
Posted by Admin

Many have contacted me regarding job offers from this Sude English language school at One visitor actually posted a question in the Q&A at but when another user responded about that application process, I thought it was worrisome. 1. Their online presence: They have no online history via the search engines (not one mention anywhere except to ask who they are) which is odd ....

Re: Sude English Training Center ( (views: 5727)

Online (Online) - Sun, 08 May 2011
Posted by bri

Also, check THIS out: Shadyy..... ....

Re: Re: Sude English Training Center ( (views: 5736)

Online (Online) - Tue, 10 May 2011
Posted by eslteacher

I really wish I had found this thread before I fell for this. I really thought this was a legitimate school. Wow I am so embarrassed and upset! ....

Footprints (views: 6641)

Online (Online) - Wed, 20 Apr 2011
Posted by Ms Gotcha 79

Ok. So a friend of mine has been offered a job overseas and spent most of his time dealing directly with the people in the country he has decided to go to rather than with footprints (who put in the initial contact with the country). I'm interested because I am "looking" to go to Georgia. He told me he received a waiver and release of liability agreement that he was quite happy to sign. Is this standard practice? If so, isn't it a bit negligib....

Re: Footprints (views: 6281)

Online (Europe) - Wed, 20 Apr 2011
Posted by Admin

I would not worry overly much because Footprints Recruiting is a very established recruiting company with a good reputation, similar to Teach Away. They are professional and thorough. Regarding going around a recruiter, I believe some of the places (such as the Republic of Georgia Education Ministry) sign agreement with recruiters because they don't want to be involved (or don't have the expertise/staff to recruit directly). Regarding the wa....

Re: Re: Footprints (views: 5577)

Online (Online) - Wed, 01 Jun 2011
Posted by CKS

But if you are a woman teaching in Georgia; beware- there are many dangers. I will start a new thread discussing life in Georgia as a single woman. And for anyone wanting to do this program; remember this- you are stuck in whatever village they throw you in; you have no choice. And if you are a man- you will have a different experience than a woman. Footprints might be reputable, but this program in Georgia is relatively new and very flawed. East....

Cambridge DELTA Course Recommended Reading List (views: 7245)

Online (Online) - Fri, 15 Apr 2011

Cambridge DELTA Course Recommended Reading List Grammar Batstone, R. Grammar Bygate, M., Tonkyn, A. & Grammar and the Language Teacher Carter, R., Hughes, R., McCarthy, M. Exploring Grammar in Context Leech, G. Meaning and the English Verb Leech, G., Ivanic, R. & Cruickshank, B. An A to Z of English Grammar and Usage Lewis, M The English Verb Parrott, M. Grammar for English Language Teachers Swan, M. Practical English Usage Swan, M. & W....


Online (Europe) - Mon, 11 Apr 2011
Posted by Lionel Lebron


Elaborate Scam or Dream Job? (views: 6742)

Online (Online) - Sun, 03 Apr 2011
Posted by Admin

Asking for user input/help in investigating. As admin, I usually try to screen jobs as best as possible using two simple criteria. Firstly, does the offer sound "too good to be true". If yes, then secondly I check the email address to see if it is from a legitimate source. This job has left me confused so asking for help: It offers almost 5,000 GBPs a month which sets off alarm bells for scam but....

Re: Elaborate Scam or Dream Job? (views: 5848)

Online (Europe) - Sun, 17 Apr 2011
Posted by Admin

Victoria: Thanks for the heads up and help. Yes, it is definitely a scam. Dead give aways: A UK Government agency have an email with .kt ( No interview...just send your passport? Naturally, the biggest scam indicator was the salary offered on the original posting. I just can't believe that scammers are actually using top tier domain names to do their scamming! Usually those domain names are outside of the s....

Re: Elaborate Scam or Dream Job? (views: 6291)

Online (Online) - Sun, 17 Apr 2011
Posted by victoria

I have contacted the job and their reply supplies no email address with only a mobile contact information and email, and their address redirects to school of accounting. We appreciate to notify you that your application has pass our screening process and your employment has been approved with MIDDLE LEARNERS located at 173 Uxbridge Road,London W7 3TH England. However,your Contract will last for 1 year starting from your first workday and it is s....

TESOL qualification needed? (views: 5859)

Online (Asia) - Thu, 17 Feb 2011
Posted by Karen

Hi, my name is Karen. I am planning to teach overseas and would like to know whether it is essential to have a TESOL qualification. I have been teaching for 20 years in Australia. My degree is a BA (Education) Would it be necessary to do this course? Regards, Karen ....

Re: TESOL qualification needed? (views: 6060)

Online (Asia) - Thu, 17 Feb 2011
Posted by Admin

Hello Karen: Most countries make it part of their work permit/employment status that you must have a TEFL/TESOL to be able to teach in their country. That being said, most countries wave this requirement if your degree is in education and/or you have a valid teacher license from your native country. Thanks! Admin ....

Do you have something to say? Need a forum to express yourself? (views: 6400)

Online (Online) - Sat, 12 Feb 2011
Posted by Admin
Do you have something to say?  Need a forum to express yourself?

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CELTA- Is my commute too long for the work load? (views: 6001)

Online (Online) - Tue, 25 Jan 2011
Posted by Ro Laren

I was recently accepted into a CELTA course, but I would have to drive to it each day. Considering the traffic on most days it will probably take 1 1/2 hrs to get to the area of the class and then 30 minutes to park my car in the parking garage and walk to class. It will take about the same amount of time to walk get home. Perhaps on some days I will be really lucky and if there are no accidents on the road I could get take 10 or 15 minutes of....

Re: CELTA- Is my commute too long for the work load? (views: 5825)

Thailand (Southeast Asia) - Sat, 29 Jan 2011
Posted by Michael

I have taken a CELTA class before in Thailand and I found it very helpful when starting out my career. Also, it was intensive so be ready. Regarding the commute. What can you do? Though I started my career in Korea, I took my CELTA in Thailand because of the lower cost of living. Regardless, I would have to commute but sometimes there is no choice. Maybe search out a CELTA course abroad that is locate in an inexpensive country like Thailand....

ESL job scams (views: 5012)

Online (Online) - Wed, 24 Nov 2010
Posted by Maggie

I wonder if other ESL teachers have had 'too good to be true' job offers sent to their email box? I refer particularly to one Aberdeen job. I was sucked in. Only when I saw a similar worded ad on another ESL site did the penny drop. The trouble is they then have your address, qualifications, etc. I wondered why I never heard again from similar type 'jobs.' Does anyone know what the border agency has to do with this? ....

Re: ESL job scams (views: 4931)

Online (Online) - Thu, 25 Nov 2010
Posted by Admin

Maggie: Unfortunately, ESL job scams (and all types of job scams) are multiplying like flies across the internet. Regardless, they always take certain formats:1. "Tutor my kids...": They are recently transferred to a new country or working with a multi-national and are looking for someone to be a nanny/tutor for their kids. They collect all the information and then ask for money to book the ticket (refundable) or some such excuse to get money.2. ....

Re: ESL job scams (views: 5994)

Online (Online) - Tue, 30 Nov 2010
Posted by ICAL Pete

I think the golden rule is, never send money to anyone to get a job. Not to an agent for finding you work, not to a school to process your papers, just don't send a penny.If there are expenses and the school is genuine then they will pay them up front and they will be deducted from your first month's wages and you'll know about this in advance.....

Teaching in Europe (views: 4749)

Online (Europe) - Wed, 17 Nov 2010
Posted by Wayne

I'm hoping there are so true veterans out there who really know the lay of land concerning teaching English overseas, particularly in Europe. I'm a not-yet-certified ESL/ English teacher in the U.S. who wants badly to teach in Europe. What are my chances these days. As I understand it, it's become really tough for an American to teach in Europe since the advent of the European Union and Euro. Is this true?Wayne....

Re: Teaching in Europe (views: 4872)

Online (Europe) - Fri, 19 Nov 2010
Posted by Admin

Wayne, you are correct that it is not easy for Americans to work in Europe but I would not say it is impossible. A great resource for Teaching in Europe information is Transitions Abroad. Check out:

Re: Teaching in Europe (views: 4826)

Online (Europe) - Fri, 19 Nov 2010
Posted by Wayne

Looks like an excellent site. Thanks so much for the suggestion. - Wayne....

Yaki Escuela Infantil - Madrid (views: 5188)

Online (Europe) - Tue, 16 Nov 2010
Posted by Matthew Gill

I've been offered a job at this school, but find it curious since I'm an American and the visa procedure seems to take longer than I've got before the job starts. Does anyone know about this school, or if it is possible to process a work visa for Spain in a month?....

Re: Yaki Escuela Infantil - Madrid (views: 5208)

Online (Europe) - Fri, 19 Nov 2010
Posted by Matthew Gill

It's a total scam, confirmed. I posted on another forum (Dave's ESL café) and a fellow teacher emailed her correspondence that included a demand for a money order for money for a flight for a "travel agency" associated with the "school" in order to have her supposed visa processed. See

Re: Yaki Escuela Infantil - Madrid (views: 4992)

Online (Europe) - Wed, 17 Nov 2010
Posted by Admin

Remember to research the position and the school. I did a quick Google search for "Yaki Escuela Infantil" but found no website or information. Only numerous job postings. Maybe ask to speak to current teachers employed there.....

Dilko Balikesir (Balıkesir) Turkey (views: 5939)

Online (Middle East) - Tue, 16 Nov 2010
Posted by Matthew Gill

A colleague and I have been disappointed working here and have left five weeks into our jobs here. Be sure to get a contract before you go, and be aware that the owner, while complying with it, might say uninformed and/or untrue things to make it seem better than it is. Get anything you deem important in writing. The pay is low, the city dull and polluted, the flat a 25-min. walk from school, and the owner stingy and incompetent at running a seri....

Re: Dilko Balikesir (Balıkesir) Turkey (views: 4894)

Online (Online) - Wed, 07 Sep 2011
Posted by Omer Bilgic

I am the director of that company and it is a must for me to answer Mathew Gill.I think he is dissapointed of being fired kindly and because of this he is trying to take revenge from us.I only want to say one thing,he worked for a short time because when he had lessons the students started not joining his class,they told me they don't want to have lessons with him,he was not enough and couldn't manage to teach here,that is all and the other teach....

Possible Thailand recruitment fraud (views: 5470)

Thailand (Southeast Asia) - Mon, 01 Nov 2010
Posted by Randolph Duke

Hello all,I would like to alert you about the Asia Recruitment Agency. They claim that they have several Thailand teaching positions.My main concern with them is that they want a large deposit when teachers accept jobs. They say that they need this money to protect themselves. However, I am not going to send any money.Has anyone done any business with them?Thank you.....

Re: Possible Thailand recruitment fraud (views: 6046)

Thailand (Southeast Asia) - Fri, 17 Dec 2010
Posted by Sophia

Thanks a million Randolph for the warning. I was almost convinced, especially since ARA has a website and their ads were linked to the TEFL website. I could find no company reg number on the ARA website.If this company really does not exist legally, isnt it possible to warn more people?....

Re: Possible Thailand recruitment fraud (views: 5412)

Online (Online) - Tue, 14 Dec 2010
Posted by David

We also believe this is a scam. We applied for two jobs in Thailand, had some email contact with Christian Philips and everything seemed alright. When we almost transfered the money, we decided to google ARA and found this message. We got a bit suspicious and emailed Christian with some difficult questions like:-Could you please tell us the name, address, email and telephone number of the school we will be working for? We would like to contact th....

Re: Recruitment fraud-Asia Recruitment Agency Thai (views: 5087)

Online (Online) - Sun, 21 Nov 2010
Posted by Admin

I have now had confirmation that this is definitely a fraud. Following are the details sent to me by one of our visitors/users about Asia Recruitment Agency (ARA):The person advertising calls himself Christian Philips. This so called agency is a scam and asks prospective teachers to deposit 20,000THB returnable deposit for visa etc. The scam is very good and very convincing and contact is maintained even after you have sent them the money. Howeve....

Re: Possible Thailand recruitment fraud (views: 5191)

Thailand (Southeast Asia) - Mon, 01 Nov 2010
Posted by ICAL Pete

A very basic rule is that Agents get paid by the schools to provide teachers. You should NEVER send an agent a single penny to help find you work. There are plenty more jobs and agents out there so look elsewhere.....

Re: ARA Recruitment Agency in Thailand (views: 6076)

Online (Online) - Sun, 14 Nov 2010
Posted by Admin

While I agree with Randolph and Pete that teachers should never send money for the promise of employment because schools generally pay all fees to a recruitment company, I would have to say the word "scam" or "fraud" may be too strong at this point until someone comes forward to say they have been cheated/scammed/defrauded. If a recruitment agency asks for a refundable deposit up-front from a teacher, this is not a scam or fraud per is ju....