Teach Abroad - Make a Difference
Why Not Teach Abroad
Many educators decided teach Abroad every year. It is a great experience, as well as a shining star on their teaching resume. Are you a teacher that has been laid off because of budget cuts? Are your unemployed and have a college degree? Teaching overseas may be a great opportunity for you and your family, to gain wonderful life experience and get paid for it.
Your room and board is taken care of and you may even get health benefits. It also is a wonderful was to broaden your teaching experience, add to your resume, travel to other countries and learn about other cultures. My sister taught at an international school in Beijing, China for 10 years and it was an experience she never forgot.
Teaching abroad, can be a challenging, yet wonderful experience, or it could be a nightmare depending of who you go with. It is necessary to do your research.
Teach in China
Her Experience with Teaching Abroad
Finding an International School
There are thousands of nations looking for teachers. You can get overwhelmed when choosing a reputation international teaching agency, that help those looking to teach abroad. Word of mouth is a great way to find a school you think you will be happy at.
Talk to missionaries or teachers at your church. You would be surprised how many folks in you church may know someone who has taught abroad. They can give you first hand experience on what it is like to teach abroad and what to expect and what you need to prepare.
International Job Fairs
Attending an international teaching job fair is a great way to get started. This will give you a good idea of what they are offering and they can meet you and get a sense of who you are and what you have to offer. Brush off and update your resume and put any teaching experience your have, even teaching Sunday school or tutoring.
Working with a Recruiter
Once you meet a recruiter, keep in touch and let them know about your desires to teach in another country and the great skills that you bring to the teaching position. The recruiter has the power to accept you into the international teaching program or reject you. So, always put your best foot forward.
Interviewing for a Teaching Job
Have you Considered Teaching Overseas?
Being Certified to Teach Overseas
You will need at least a Bachcelor's Degree to teach overseas. It is not necessary to be a licensed teacher; but your salary increases in relation to your academic achievements. You may also get opportunities to teach other subjects other than English.
You will need to get your teaching English as a second language certification; TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or TESOL TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). You can get an online teaching certificate in person and online or through the organization you will teach for. Once you pass you will be certified to teach English as a second language.
Another way to determine the reputation of a school overseas, is to go online to check out reviews on international school. When looking for teaching English overseas jobs, look for websites that provide, impartial, first hand testimonials. Several agencies are rated for salaries, housing, benefits and how well they prepare you for the experience.
Preparation to Teach Abroad
When you are accepted, you will be briefed on the cultural sensitivities, and how to act and present yourself in that country and the monetary system. You also will be told where your would live, and the benefits you have such as medical, dental, how much your salary will be and whether or not your meals will be paid for.
You will need a current passport and depending on the nation you will be teaching in your may need to have vaccinations to prevent you from disease in that country, you have not been exposed to.
Choosing a Country
Teaching overseas, no matter how excited you are about it, can be difficult. What country can you see yourself teaching or that you are excited about. Remember you will have to be able to accept and adapt to the country your will be living for at least a year.
All teachers will go through culture shock and become homesick, being so far away from home. Choose a country you are passionate about and believe you will have the greatest success in.
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