Beware agencies that charge to help you find a job teaching abroad – you shouldn’t need to pay
I am writing to express my disappointment with the service I have received from a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) agency called ESL Job Finder. I have paid it £320 to help me find a teaching position, but cannot get staff to respond to my requests. Every direct effort I have made to find out more about specific jobs advertised on the site has been evaded or ignored. I have asked for my money back, and am getting no response. Can you help? MK, Dublin
With lots of people considering TEFL at this time of the year, it seems a good time to warn against agencies that charge upfront to help you find a teaching job abroad. According to experienced TEFL people, the best agencies will not charge to find TEFL work, and there is no shortage of free offers and no need to pay.
We asked ESL Job Finder to explain your case, but we, too, got no response. According to the website Whois.net, ESL is based in Malaga, and the site is registered to a Henry Bender. He has not replied to our emails either.
Others, be wary of this site, and of any agency that charges to find work. Contact your card provider to explain that the promised service hasn’t materialised and ask for a chargeback.
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