Teaching overseas is a unique opportunity for educators to explore the world and gain insight on new academic techniques, all the while continuing to carry out their passion of schooling and guidance. From experienced professors to recent graduates, a level of experience is not required for those seeking a change of pace. Some teachers use this opportunity to continue their own education and personal growth, while others may utilize this experience to pad their resume for graduate school or a desired teaching job back home. Even others make a career out of teaching abroad, dedicating their lives to the education of students overseas.
The first step to teaching abroad is selecting a destination. It is important to conduct research on each country you are interested in to determine it's safety, climate, and culture. At this point, you may either apply for entrance into a teaching program or for a teaching job. Teaching programs are popular choices among recent graduates because they typically involve a twelve month curriculum with monthly payments, housing, and help with travel costs. These programs are usually designed for the instructor to teach English, thereby not requiring the learning of a new language. Applying for a teaching job is another option for educators, and these teaching jobs may vary to a greater degree based on your education and language skills. An important resource for finding both teaching programs and jobs is GoAbroad.com.
Teaching in London as a primary school teacher is an example of an overseas teaching position in which learning the native language would not be issue. Whatever grade level you are qualified to teach in America, you may do so in primary school in England. Therefore, if you are qualified to teach as an elementary school teacher, you may teach primary school (ages 5-11) in London. As there is a shortage of teachers in Britain, overseas primary school teacher play an important role. The U.K. offers teaching positions anywhere from day-to-day to a full year contract. Teaching in London as a primary school teacher may be facilitated by recruitment agencies. TimePlan.com and TechAway.com are such agencies that may be helpful in finding a position in a London primary school.
The next step after receiving a job offer would be to complete the necessary paperwork to travel to the desired country. This may require you to visit the embassy for this country before leaving the U.S. You will need to acquire both a U.S. passport as well as a VISA to work abroad. Some countries may even require you to receive immunizations before you may leave. You must ensure you complete all requirements mandated by both your destination country and the U.S. before you board the flight to your new teaching job.
Teaching abroad is a life-changing experience and the list of benefits and rewards are endless. There are even some instructors that make a career out of teaching abroad, dedicating their lives to the education of students overseas. Good luck in your journey!