Teaching abroad is an adventure, and if you are looking for travel or a change of pace, teaching abroad may be your ticket to fun. English teachers are in high demand across the globe, and with hardly any effort at all, you could be winging your way across the ocean to a once in a lifetime experience. English teaching jobs abroad are exciting, and the perks attractive.
The first thing you need to think about is the certification. English teaching jobs abroad require a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TEFL) certificate, and most overseas schools require at least 100 hours of training as a minimum. Online and in-class courses are available, and costs vary from a few hundred dollars for an online course to thousands for in-class training. Your preference for certification should include practical teaching experience, placement programs, departure planning and in country support.
The country you choose affects your goals. Salaries are better in Asia and the Middle-East, and placement is guaranteed. The European and Central American markets are competitive, and Central American salaries are almost half of what is offered in the Middle-East and Asia. Asian markets offer rent paid and furnished apartments, free health insurance, and many of the Asian opportunities include paid transportation. If you are looking to save money, Asia is the best choice.
Class times can vary significantly between public and private schools abroad. When choosing a school, consider the time of the working hours, and the number of hours per day and week. Class size, and student pressure to perform are also vital points to consider. Asian students, especially those in private schools are asked for higher performance than students in many other countries, so you want to consider your commitment threshold per student.
Prepare a list of questions about vacation, sick leave and hours when selecting your final destination. Get a firm salary quote, and study up on the country of your choice. Common laws and driving regulations are different from country to country. Match the country up with your goals, and cash in on your ticket to adventure.