Teaching Abroad

We here all the time that teachers are leaving the profession in droves. They can’t handle the classroom management needed nowadays, or the constant changes in regulations, the hoops that they have to jump through. Many are leaving to find a new life abroad where regulations are not as tight and students seem to want to learn a lot more. Here is a look at some of the options for those looking to teach abroad

International Schools

There are thousands of International Schools now all around the world, but they vary considerably in their quality. The better ones have a lot of money behind them and are affiliated by an international organization such as CIS (The Council of International Schools). They will teach a curriculum similar to a country like the UK, US or Australia and offer exams from these countries. An increasing number also offer the International Baccalaureate (IB).These schools require at least some experience working in local schools in the UK, US or Australia and the required qualifications to teach the subjects. I would recommend any qualified teacher with experience of working in the US, UK or Australia who want to live and work abroad to teach in International Schools.

When choosing an International School, make sure they have a wide range of subjects including Drama, Art and Music. If you don't teach one of these subjects but you teach in a school that doesn't offer them, it could be you making up the timetable trying to teach extra topics to fill the time. Make sure you are given the time to do the job if you have a position of responsibility. Make sure it's clear from the outset what you are expected to teach and contingency plans should things not go according to plan. 

TEFL at Local Schools

There are a number of countries that want Native English speakers and teachers to teach English as a Foreign Language in local state schools or private schools. This is also a great opportunity for teachers that are looking to live and work aboard looking to start a new life. The problem here is that salaries are often at the local rate and so if you have financial commitments back home it won’t be enough for you on a permanent basis. You also have to be careful about the local regulations which are often lax compared to western state education regulations. I have heard of teachers becoming very frustrated and demotivated through what they perceive as essential systems and procedures that are just not in place. There is of course the culture difference. Unlike in an International School you will be working predominantly with local teachers and so you must adhere to their culture or you will find it very difficult to get along with your colleagues. At International schools by contrast the majority of teachers are likely to be expats and so you will be with a similar group of people you are in your own country.

Teach Online

There are a growing number of companies now that are looking for native English speakers to teach students online through their software. A lot of the students are in places like China and they are looking for extra classes in the evening. In theory, you can work from anywhere in the world if you have a good and stable internet connection, you just need to be available in the evenings and weekends China time. This is another good opportunity but can be intense and many have quit early on having taken on too many hours before actually realizing how difficult it can be.

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