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TESOL job opportunities in the USA are gradually increasing with the majority of jobs being in the English as a Second Language market (ESL). English language programs can be found in most colleges and universities, as well as in various charitable and governmental organisations. You will also find plenty of private English language schools, especially in California and other southern states.
American immigration and work regulations are general quite strict so most TEFL jobs require you to be an American citizen, possess a green card or some other type of work permit.
The majority of jobs will require you to have a university degree and teaching experience, while many jobs will only come with part time hours. Generally speaking, English teaching jobs are paid by the hour and the wages are not normally high compared to other western countries. If you have a good knowledge of Spanish you will often find more options when looking for teaching work.
The best place to start your job search is online as many teaching jobs in the USA are advertised on the main TEFL related websites. It is important that you thoroughly research your immigration options before you go to the USA so you know which jobs you are allowed to apply for.
Before you accept any job offer you need to ask questions regarding your salary or hourly pay rates, details of likely class sizes and any other benefits that come with the position. You should also find out what help the employer will offer regarding work permits and visas. Finally, you should ensure that you get all the important details confirmed in a written contract.
Due to a combination of strict working regulations for TESOL teachers and a continued increase in student numbers, there are many vacant positions right across the country. As a consequence, you will find a large number of volunteer programs have emerged in an attempt to fill this need for trained English teachers. Working on a volunteer basis has far fewer restrictions regarding immigration and official permission to work in the US so these jobs are much easier to secure for foreign teachers. Working as a volunteer will give you valuable teaching experience that will help you when looking for paid work in the future. It will also provide a great deal of satisfaction knowing that you are helping people in a very personal way.
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