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Enjoy the Benefits of International Teaching

May 20, 2008
Just finishing college with a teacher's certificate? Taught in American schools for X years and it hasn't turned out to be all you thought it would be? Maybe you should give international teaching a try.

Kelly Blackwell is a teacher with a winsome challenge to consider international teaching. In an audio blurb on her website, she shares three advantages to teaching at an international school. First, motivated students who make her teaching experience fun and rewarding. Second, longer holidays. She teaches just 180 or so days a year, giving her time to take in the local exotic culture firsthand. Third, lack of pressure. Schools give time to prepare and often the classrooms are not as crowded as some in the west. The salaries are adequate to provide a good living, giving her finances to travel as well. Kelly also offers a step-by-step guide to acquiring an international teaching job, along with pitfalls to avoid. It might be worth investigating.

What are the steps to getting your resume considered in an international school? One website describes the experience of a couple in obtaining an international teaching position in Tanzania. This resource suggests the best place to learn about some of the over 4000 international schools is by attending a college's recruitment fair. The experience described sounds something like an auction where prospective teachers have minutes to present themselves, a little longer to interview, and expectations to make a decision before the two days are over. If you're interested in seeking employment abroad, you should attend something like this prepared, with your personal goals and interests already decided.

Of course, a major interest in international schools would be English teachers, preferably ones who spoke clearly and who knew English grammar well. Depending on a countries' interest in teaching English, such a position could vary from self-supporting to lucrative. But when considering a position, salary should not be the only, or even the main criterion. After all, cost of living may diminish a handsome salary to mere subsistence. Do your homework before applying to any particular school. Besides ESL (English as a second language opportunities), some large companies provide employee education and this may include English, especially for companies working closely with American clients. Some foreign universities are increasingly offering summer immersion English courses to post-graduate students who are moving to an English speaking country to finish their education. This is a promising short term opportunity that may be long enough for someone to get a taste of international teaching before he or she commits to a longer period.

By taking the step to experience international teaching, you could be putting yourself in the path of adventure, reward, fulfillment, and opportunity to achieve more than you could in a secure career at home.
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