Is international teaching right for you?
Answer the following six questions to find out
Are you a fully qualified teacher?
The schools we work with look for enthusiastic and fully qualified teachers. It is essential you have a degree or postgraduate certificate in teaching. You must also be English-speaking, with teachers trained in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA and Canada having the best chance of securing a job. We're afraid that we rarely have TEFL or TESL vacancies.
If you are a fluent English speaker who wishes to teach abroad, but do not have a PGCE, BEd or equivalent, we recommend EF English First.
Can you adapt well to new situations?
Teaching in an international school is diving into a new culture, both in and out of the classroom. Adapted versions of the National Curriculum are used throughout many international schools, while others use respected international curricula like the International Baccalaureate or the International Primary Curriculum. You must be willing to adapt your style to suit the country that you are in and be ready to face new challenges. Although intimidating, many teachers thrive on this opportunity to develop their professional and personal development.
Will you do your research?
Doing your research before a move is the best way to make sure it's right for you. Read about the culture of the country, look at blogs by expatriates already living there, and research the school you'll be applying for. Speak with your TIC consultant - we may be able to connect you with teachers already at the school.
Are you sociable?
Moving to a new country by yourself can be hard. Making friends can help you settle in to your new home quickly. Socialising with other school staff or joining a local activity club can make all the difference.
Are you internationally-minded?
Can you adapt to a new culture and embrace new traditions and experiences? Are you prepared to immerse yourself in different beliefs and religions? If so then this could be for you. Those who really get involved and embrace the local culture always have the best experiences!
Are you truly ready to change your life?
Teaching overseas is a life changing experience. Many teachers remain working overseas for many years, living in a wide selection of countries for their whole career. Once people get a taste of the quality of life and teaching experience, many get hooked! Teaching overseas is a rare opportunity to develop your career while travelling the world. It's no surprise that nearly 400,000 teachers are already doing it!
If the answer to all six questions above is "yes" then you're ready to take the next step in your teaching career.