Teaching English abroad is something I've wanted to do for many years. I have a few questions, however, and am hopeful that somebody might offer his or her insight.
First off, I do not possess TEFL, TOEFL, or TESL, but much of my post secondary education was spent on English, writing, and grammar. In light of my formal education, should I pursue one of the previously mentioned certifications?
Next, I speak Spanish fairly well, but have heard that in teaching English abroad, speaking the native language is almost a detriment. While I can certainly understand the "baptism by fire" approach and its advantages, I do not know if I should delete being bilingual from my resume.
Finally, while I would never expect, nor even hope, to prosper financially from teaching English abroad, I would like to know if the income is generally enough to cover one's essential bills.
I hope to hear from you soon!