Sunday, 29 January 2012

Hot Topic: Teaching English Illegally

You've probably heard it before, that working on a tourist visa isn't that bad. The chances of getting caught are pretty slim and if you do get caught, you're likely to just get a slap on the wrist.

There are some places, like the EU, that have much stricter restrictions about teaching illegally and overstaying your visa. Getting fined, imprisioned, and banned from the EU are all possible.

In other places, like Latin America, teaching illegally is common. Border hopping or paying a fine for overstaying your visa is all that needs to be done. 

Some people blame the schools for the need to teach illegally. In some places, like Peru, language institutes hire teachers with just a tourist visa and tell them to border hop. They don't want to go through the hassle of getting a visa, flights, or housing for their teachers. Others teach illegally because they're only looking for a way to pay for their travels.

What do you think?
Is teaching illegally on a tourist visa ok?  Should schools be pushed to get visas for their teachers?

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