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It definitely will help - you've shown an ability to integrate and function in another culture, and an ability (I'm making an assumption here) to learn some of a foreign language.Additionally, that is a decent amount of teaching experience, specifically in TEFL.That being said, how far you get in the process and whether you make it to invite is really (in my opinion) somewhat of a timing thing. While in my uneducated opinion you are more than qualified, getting the invite all depends on what the rest of the applicant pool looks like - both in terms of number of applicants for the positions you apply for and in terms of the level of experience and education they may have. Of course, nobody will know that except the placement officers, and that not until after the closing date.One good thing about this new process, is that it is VERY easy to reapply. In a sense, reapplying here is more like just putting your name back in the hat; its very quick, and many of your submissions from the previous time can be reused once past the initial application.It never hurts to apply, so I definitely would encourage you to submit an application and see what happens (assuming there are positions currently open you are interested in). The postings for country openings and departures are cyclical, so if you don't see anything you like, its just a matter of waiting a few months until new openings are posted.
Hi! I'm also teaching in China now! In Shanghai though. I leave for Africa in June. My placement officer loved that I had experience living and teaching abroad and the TEFL was a plus. You definitely qualify but as other have mentioned sometimes highly qualified people get turned down and it isn't always obvious as to why. But I don't think you need to worry about that. As long as you interview well I think you have a good shot. You can always improve your odds by selecting anywhere/anything as a placement option.
If you don't mind my asking, are you teaching at a private language school, a public school, or a uni?
Quote from: DasGeneral on February 25, 2015, 06:36:21 AMIf you don't mind my asking, are you teaching at a private language school, a public school, or a uni?None of the above! I home school primary school kids in preparation for international school. It's been an interesting experience. I taught for a year at a Korean private language school though.