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Where Can I Teach? Teach Abroad

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Teaching abroad can be a transformative experience for educators. From student teaching abroad to getting a job at an international school, there are more opportunities than ever to become a teacher in a foreign country. Below is a comprehensive resource on the ins and outs of teaching abroad designed to help you get a clearer picture of the market for educators internationally.

Why Teach Abroad?
For everybody who travels, going to another country is an amazing opportunity. You get to experience other cultures, explore exciting places and escape from the normalcy of everyday life. But for teachers, teaching in another country is an educational experience in and of itself. It gives them the chance to learn more about education, to see how students in other countries learn, to explore different methods and gain teaching experience most educators don’t have. Something people often assume about those who go abroad before starting their “real jobs” is that they’re wasting their time, that they’re evading responsibility by going off on some silly adventure. That’s simply not true.

Teachers in other countries are earning a living educating students while they explore. But they’re still teaching. They’re still making a difference. A lot of teachers even fall so in love with their new country that they decide to stay there permanently.

How Do I Teach Abroad?
The first step is deciding where you want to teach. Which country has always fascinated you? What have you always wanted to see? These answers are as personal to you as your reason for teaching, but it’s important to know exactly where you want to go, otherwise, you could potentially have an unhappy experience. Research the culture of the country, the climate, the political atmosphere. No matter how exotic a place may look, the most important thing is that it’s safe. The U.S. Department of State has some great advice about health issues, safety issues, and even current travel warnings for certain countries. 

There are two general routes open to you:
1. Apply to a teaching program.
Teaching programs are ideally suited for recent graduates looking for experience before becoming teachers. Most programs are for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and countries are actively seeking native English speakers who are young, talented, mobile and eager to teach. While every program is different, most run for one year and offer a monthly salary, some benefits, housing accommodations, travel assistance and vacation time.

2. Apply directly to teaching jobs that are not through a program.
When doing this, you need to pay closer attention to the requirements of that country. Most jobs are by contract (usually a year), salaried and many still provide the amenities that teaching programs offer, such as housing, airfare, vacation and benefits.

What Can I Teach Abroad?
The subjects taught in schools in other countries are as varied as in the United States, and what you teach will depend on your job. You may apply to international teaching jobs based on your subject of interest or you may be asked by your employer to teach a certain subject. The subjects in high demand vary by country, but one thing is almost universally true: English is always in high demand.

English is often called the “global language,” and it is one of the most valuable and influential languages in the world. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is the most common area teachers abroad go into. Native speakers of English are the most sought after for TESOL programs, though your country of origin may play a factor in your desirability.

Where Can I Teach Abroad?
You can have a successful teaching experience virtually anywhere. A lot of what will factor into your decision is the country’s demand for teachers, the opportunities they make available and the benefits they offer. Asian countries are usually the most popular among American teachers because they pay the most. 
Teaching in China
Teaching in Japan
Teaching in South Korea
Teaching in Germany
Teaching in The United Arab Emirates

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