I have not yet taught abroad. I went to Spain as a student last year, and the post about teaching abroad was an announcement that I will be teaching abroad next year in China. The program I am going with is CIEE because, based on my research, I find them to be a reputable, trustworthy company. If you are planning on teaching abroad, I encourage you to check out their website (just google CIEE Teach Abroad). They go to a bunch of cool places all over the world.
I also encourage you do to research of your own to find a company that you feel comfortable with.
Here are some things that I have found that make me distrust teach abroad websites:
1. When the application process is too brief (e.g. Does not ask for essays, does not ask in depth questions about your education, does not require any kind of recommendation etc)
2. Does not require a University diploma, or have an age limit (i.e. does not require you to be over eighteen)
3. When everything is free. There should always be at least some sort of processing fee and fee for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification.
Also, I don’t trust sites when they say that you do not have to pay for your flight. There are programs with schools that will reimburse you for plane ticket if you complete your contract, but they won’t pay for your ticket before you get there,
4. Asks for personal information such as your social security number and your passport number and has no application fee. These sights are just trying to get all of your information so that they can steal your identity, it’s a trap.
5. If the website does not look official. Everything should be written in the same font (and same font size except for headings and such which can be slightly larger), there should not be too much text on one page (by this I mean there should not be 10 pages of text on one, endless scroll page), there should be links to each new piece of information..what I am getting at is that the websites should be generally well organized and look like they were made by professionals.
6. The teaching jobs should not pay extraordinary salaries, or promise bonuses for every little thing.
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.