Are you someone who likes to travel? Have you always enjoyed being around individuals of other cultures? Do you want to learn a second (or third or fourth) language and you’re wondering how you can do that the quickest way? If so, there is one answer to all of these questions that you might want to strongly consider: go abroad to teach.
Not only will it expand your worldview, but it’s also a way to build your resume and make some additional income while you do it. If that sounds tempting and you’re wondering just how you can find teaching opportunities abroad, we wanted to provide you with five ways that you can do that below:
Make sure you have the proper qualifications. The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you have all that you need in order to apply for an overseas teaching position. Although there are some programs that will allow you to teach without a college degree, make sure that you have your high school diploma or degree, any relevant certifications you might have earned along with some references. It’s also extremely helpful to have a TELF certificate which signifies that you’ve gone through proper training in order to teach English as a foreign language (TELF.com).
Decide where you want to go. Once you are qualified to teach overseas, you then need to decide where you want to go. Although there are opportunities in virtually every country in the world, it might be helpful to know that Thailand that continues to be TELF’s most popular teaching destination.
Know where to look. The most challenging part of landing an international teaching position is knowing where you can go in order to apply. Some places that you might want to consider contacting include International School Services, Search Associates and TIE online. There are also websites that are specifically geared towards those looking for overseas employment including Go Overseas, Joy Jobs, Educators Overseas, Compass Teaching and Teacher Port.
Make sure that you have what you need to travel. Say that you want to teach English in China. Well, even if you do have all of the credentials needed in order to do so, it’s still important to make sure that you have the proper traveling documentation. This would include having an unexpired passport and in most cases, a work visa. Once a company is interested in hiring you, things tend to move pretty fast and so it’s a good idea to have those two things in your possession just as soon as possible.
Be open to phone and in-person interviews. Something that a lot of people are not prepared for is the fact that while sometimes you may be interviewed over the phone, oftentimes employers desire to meet you in person. This means that you may actually be asked to fly to another country in order to interview for the position (which is one more reason why it’s important that you’re sure about where you want to work beforehand so that you can interview with several schools once you arrive). If you do have to go to the country before being offered the position, treat the interview as you would at home: dress professionally, be courteous and make sure to get as much information as you’d like before signing your contract. If you follow all of these steps, you should find a teaching job that you will truly enjoy. With absolutely no regrets.