by Sara Dorsey, Greenheart Travel Teach Abroad Team Member

As you might already know,  the government has recently changed in Georgia and the new political power which took the lead demonstrates drastically different political vision. These political shifts have affected the policies of the Ministry of  Education and Science of Georgia in many ways.

Specifically, there have been lot of changes regarding the teach program as well. Unlike in past years, TLG has recently received  strict instruction to reduce the cost of the program proportionally while reducing the number of volunteers currently employed. This has resulted in an alottment of only 160 volunteer teachers until June 2013, all of whom are already in Georgia and will be renewing their contracts.

Due to fact that TLG has already filled the vacant 160 places with existing candidates, Greenheart Travel is not able to consider any recruitment until July/August 2013. At this time, we have extremely limited information on the situation, but we will be sure to share updates as we receive them later this year in terms of how many spots are vacant and how TLG will be recruiting.

We hope you will continue your pursuit of international exchange, and if you’d like to pursue an alternative teaching opportunity – please let me know.

Below are the details of each of our other programs, which I’ve broken down for you as simply as possible. If you want more of the juicy stuff, like pictures or to hear more about the programs’ benefits, housing, orientations, and their amazingness – please email me or check out our blog and flickr pages. The Teach Team at Greenheart Travel (Lauren Bauer and I) have lived in or visited all of the countries listed below, so we can personally vouch for how great they are (we wouldn’t offer them unless they were!) and give recommendations if you are unsure where you might like to go.

NEW AND IMPROVED Teach in Thailand Program

  • thailandSpring/Summer Program: Orientation: May 2, 2013
  • Contract Dates: May 12 – to Late September
  • Application Deadline: March 15
  • Requirements: BA/BS, Ages 22-55, Citizen of the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand
  • Contract requirement is only one semester (~4.5 months) (you can always extend!)
  • ~$1,000-$1,125 USD per month per month at a minimum
  • Program costs: $799 (Flight to Thailand not included)
  • Optional Thailand TEFL Course: Add on a 3-week TEFL certification course in Bangkok before you start teaching! (Only $800 more)

Teach in Korea (EPIK Program)

Still our oldest and most popular program, the next start date in Korea is in August 2013. The application will become available in March 2013.

  • koreaRequirements: Citizen of US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa, Bachelor’s degree, 20-55 years of age
    • All of the above requirements + ONE of the following:
      • TEFL certification of at least 100 hours with at least 20 in class or “practicum” hours (our course meets the EPIK requirement)
      • Master’s Degree in any discipline
      • Bachelor’s Degree in English, TEFL, English Language/Literature, Linguistics, or Education
      • 1 year of full time teaching experience
  • Salary of 1.8 – 2.5 million KRW per month (about $1,600 to $2,200 USD, tax-deferred), depending on location, experience and qualifications.
  • Flights to and from South Korea are reimbursed in your first and last month’s paycheck
  • Free furnished studio apartment
  • 10 day orientation upon arrival
  • January is the perfect time to start gathering your documents for the Fall start date

Teach in Vietnam

  • vietnamStart dates: mid-February, June 1, and September 1
  • Requirements: BA/BS, TEFL Certification, Age 20-60
  • Live in the beautiful city of Hanoi
  • Salary of $300-$700 USD per month (dependent on qualification level and length of stay)
  • Room and board is included in the program fee (Stay at a “teacher’s house” and eat meals provided by the in house cook!)
  • Read more FAQs about Vietnam’s teach program
  • Program costs. Flights are not included in the program costs. Extra bonuses (such as flight reimbursement) are provided for applicants that complete a 6 or 12 month program
    • 2 months $1,100
    • 4 months $1,300
    • 6 months $1,50
    • 12 months $1,900

Teach in Myanmar – coming soon!

myanmarStay tuned for more information regarding a Teach Program in this developing and unique SE Asian country. President Barack Obama was the first US president to visit Myanmar last month. Read about his visit and learn more about the country here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/09/world/asia/obama-to-visit-myanmar.html

Please let me know if you’d like to be put on the list for more information about this program when it is launched later this year. Email me at sdorsey@greenhearttravel.org.

Teach in Chile – coming soon!

chileAlso, let me know if you’d like to be put on the list for the application and information about the program in Chile which will be launched VERY SOON.

We realize that you might have many questions.  We would like to express our full readiness to discuss any questions or concerns and hope we can help you find the program that is right for you! Don’t hesitate to contact me at sdorsey@greenhearttravel.org to get updates on these programs!