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Getting a Teacher Job Abroad

Jun 26, 2008
Obtaining a teaching position abroad is not as difficult as it used to be due to the increased demand for teachers. However, this is not always the best solution for everyone. Depending on the teaching program you are with, there will be some challenges you must face.

Before I got my secondary teaching job, I was able to go to Russia and teach English. I was actually quite lucky because I wasn't required to have a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate. Why didn't I need them? Because my particular program was a volunteer program.

However, if you are trying to find teacher jobs abroad that are more stable, you may consider certifying. Not only is there a huge demand in other nations for ESL teaching, but in most cases, as you take courses for certification you will easily find job placements.

Depending on the teaching position you want to get you will probably need a bachelors degree and certification in TEFL/ESL. With the right certifications you can go pretty much anywhere.

There are a few things that you will want to consider before hopping on the plane. First of all, do you speak the language of the country that you will be living in? If not, you should do your best to become sufficient enough to get around. You will also want to study up on the culture.

Your food menu will most likely be very different from what you are used to eating at home. Not to mention, the people will probably act very differently as the customs differ. Do not be surprised if you experience a bit of culture shock as you try to get used to your new surroundings.

You may want to ease the culture shock with bringing some items from home that help you feel more comfortable.

What is so great about teaching jobs abroad is that you can see the world. You can experience different countries and cultures and get paid at the same time.

If you don't have your certification yet but are dying to go now, why not go with a volunteer program like the Peace Corps to test the waters? Also, your local college or university may also have a similar program.
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