A great way to get some experience in a new country as well as make a little money at the same time is to teach abroad. You would be surprised at the opportunities that are available to educated and willing teachers. In fact, there are so many opportunities to spend time teaching abroad that some recruiting agencies are having a hard time keeping positions filled – but this can work to your advantage.
Another option for teaching abroad is to work through a charitable organization – like Peace Corps or other similar organizations. These groups will require that you sign a contract to work a certain amount of time, but they can provide housing and a stipend which will allow you to live modestly, but knowing that you’re providing a service that’s greatly valued.
Before you head off to a teaching position, you will want to familiarize yourself with the native language, if you can. This will come in handy when you are trying to explain things to the children as well as to their parents. Try to find an intensive language study course that will allow you to learn both the traditional language style as well as any slang that might be used more regularly. This is something that you should do about a year in advance so that you’re ready for the challenges when you arrive.
Another thing that you will want to consider is what kind of education the teaching position will require. In some cases, you will need to have an actual teaching certificate, while in others; they simply want to know that you have experience in teaching in general. Make sure that you understand what is expected of you so that when you arrive you are greeted with open arms, instead of concern as to whether or not you are qualified to teach.
Teaching abroad can solve the simple question of ‘What am I going to do for money?’ or it can be something that you do in your free time when you’ve moved abroad. In any case, you are providing a valuable service to those in need of someone to guide them.
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