How to Get Started with Teaching English Abroad?
Teaching English abroad has always been popular for people who are seeking new exciting while meaningful experiences.
You might have heard from a friend who just came back from overseas how amazing the experience was, and wondering if you could do the same.
Well, that’s exactly what you’re going to learn in this guide.
A Step-By-Step Guide To Teaching Abroad
The art of teaching English in a foreign country can be quite a hard thing to grasp at first.
Some research and preparations need to be done, such as requirements (degrees, experiences, qualifications etc), which can be different for different countries; and you also want to have a clear and actionable agenda planning, so that you are not feeling too rushed, or less prepared.
And then move on to this guide:
Step 1: Deciding on countries
Make ensure that you carry out all your checks before making the big decision of moving.
The place will be your home for at least one year, and for some people, many years! So it’s extremely important that you’ve done your research in this part.
This includes the lifestyle of the country, their culture, languages, range of salaries they offer, the average cost of living, whether you are qualified for a legal visa, etc.
Of course, it’s not easy to get everything you want in just one country, but at least you can choose the one that’s the closest to your ideal.
Step 2: Get certified for teaching English abroad
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is probably the most popular English teaching certificate for those who want to teach abroad.
Most of the time, TEFL certification will take you around 100-hours of coursework and around 20-hours of live teaching practice. It’s going to take some time to build up that body of work. However, if done with a close-to-full-time approach, it’s much faster than you think!
The TEFL certification will make you a better tutor, too. You will learn essential skills for teaching, for lesson planning and for engaging with students. They can often be completed in a matter of weeks, too, which makes them incredibly popular for those in a rush.
We’ve prepared a very detailed guide here for those of you looking to obtain a TEFL certificate.
Step 3: Find a teaching job in your desired country
You might find that there are so many options out there, but you need to understand your needs further in order to move forward.
Having those answers in your head will drastically increase your efficiency in finding a suitable position, and avoid unnecessary search and wasted communications.
Step 4: Obtain the required visa
Remember that satisfying your chosen nation’s visa law is essential.
Once securing a position, you need to get started with your visa application, which involves paperwork, getting authenticated from authority entities, and some back and forth communications with your employers.
It’ll be a bit of a hassle but eventually, it’s all worth it looking back because of all the amazing experiences and people you’ve met overseas!
Take The Plunge!
The world is far too beautiful not to explore it.
When wanderlust overcomes your senses, it might be the encouragement you need to leave the safety of home and explore the unknown.
Sometimes, it’s only a matter of taking the plunge and just do it!