"Can I work in England?" Yes, you can!

Updated: Jul 2, 2019


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I have recently commented on a Facebook post about working in England as a non-native speaker of English. It was just a passing comment, nothing major. Within the next couple of days I had people contacting me to ask "but how?!"

I thought about myself from five years ago: "they will never employ me, no point even applying; why would they employ a Pole with not much experience when they have a whole country filled with native speakers". After all your questions I realised that I wasn't/am not the only one with those kinds of doubts and I decided to share my experience with you.

One day, about five years ago, I though "I could just apply to a summer camp in England ... just for fun ... to see if anyone even replies". I started Googling summer camps! I had no idea there are so many!!

WHERE TO START?

On TEFL.com. The best thing to do is sign up to their mailing list. This way you can get job offers coming to you each day. Now is a good time to apply because summer schools are looking for people for this coming summer so there are many places and schools to choose from.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?

I have a bachelor's in Early Education with TEFL and I also studied English Philology for 5 years (bachelor's + master's). I do NOT have a CELTA, DELTA, or any other TEFL certificate. Most job offers ask for "CELTA or equivalent" and if you studied English at uni THAT is your equivalent.

DO I NEED EXPERIENCE?

Personally, I got three job offers within two days without having official experience (only private lessons). I don't mean experience in working any job in Britain, I mean experience working at any school anywhere.

DO I NEED OTHER QUALIFICATIONS, LIKE FIRST AID?

Not where I work. There's a nurse and about ten staff members with first aid training at the camp where I work. It is possible that some camps will require you having first aid training but certainly not all of them.