I am not a native English speaker, but I speak English fluently. Am I still eligible to teach abroad or online?

If you are a fluent English speaker and meet the relevant job requirements, we welcome you to apply for that job. English does not have to be your first language, but most of our schools will require native proficiency in the English language.

Some schools insist on candidates being citizens of countries where English is the main language, such as the USA, Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. This is because they are unable to grant work visas to English teachers who do not come from one of these countries.

If you are not from one of these countries, this is the reason you may receive a notice saying you don't meet the minimum requirements when you apply for a job.

But there are plenty of exciting teach abroad destinations that want fluent English speakers from all corners of the world. Countries like Cambodia, Mexico, Thailand, Brazil, and Turkey welcome non-native English teachers.

If you are concerned about your eligibility, we would advise you to visit the Embassy or Consulate websites of the countries you are interested in visiting to ensure you qualify for a working visa. Teach Away, unfortunately, does not have control over any visa restrictions a country may have.

 

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