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How to Land a Teaching Job Abroad

Updated on February 2, 2017

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Why Not Teach Abroad

Many educators decided to 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 are 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.

Teaching abroad can be a challenging, yet wonderful experience, or it could be a nightmare depending on who you go with. It is necessary to do your research.

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 helps teachers looking to go 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 your 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.

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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

Teachers Testimonies

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 organizations you will teach for. Once you pass you will be certified to teach English as a second language.

Online Search

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 you 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 depend on the nation you will be teaching in your may need to have vaccinations to prevent you from a 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 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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    • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      It is important to do your research so that you don't get stuck in a substandard situation.

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      teach english abroad 

      7 years ago

      People don't mind teaching abroad. Lack of guidance i see in many cases. Since people do not find right place having concrete information they fail to move ahead.

    • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Lipscomb 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      BkCreative, thanks for taking time to share your testimony of your teaching experience in Seoul Korea. Hopefully, it will encourage others to step out and do the same!

    • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Lipscomb 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      RobbiRant,no worries,perhaps you will get another opportunity in the future.

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      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I had some of the best years of my life teaching in Seoul, S. Korea. The people, the food, the high standard of living, just about in a first place tie for technology with Japan, low taxes, quality healthcare, immediate inclusion in the pension system - matched with real money - not stock, and on and on. If I became pregnant in S. Korea, I would receive 3 months paid maternity leave. My own country does not do this (the US). I always had money and had the opportunity to travel since I was in the East anyway. So I went to China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.

      This was one of my best decisions ever.

      I went first as part of a teacher/exchange program and then on my own and worked for Seoul's Department of Education.

      It was fabulous! And I still keep in touch with many of my Korean colleagues.

      Great hub! Rated up!

    • BobbiRant profile image


      8 years ago from New York

      I have seen this and was called for an interview but I chickened out. It is a great idea though. Nice hub.

    • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Lipscomb 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks money glitch. Because my sister taught overseas I got to go to China. I may not have ever gone otherwise. She had a lot of connections and we had a great time. You also can take you child if they are over eight years old.

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Wow, this is great information to have. I've considered teaching aboard, but never had the guts to do it and didn't know what the process would require. Thanks for sharing your insight. :)


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