Benefits Of Teaching Abroad
Even if you’re working full-time, you will only be working for so long each week, and your time off can be spent as a tourist! Teaching abroad is an excellent way of funding your travel in some of the most exciting countries in the world, and it will make “seeing the sights” that much easier on your time off. You can experience an entirely new culture from what you would experience in the UK, with new customs, foods, celebrations, and more, making life that much more exciting.
Working in another country, especially teaching, means you are making a massive difference to the lives of the people there – more than could be said for most people crunching spreadsheets in an office cubicle. Education standards around the world aren’t as high as in the UK, so you’re teaching could give students a chance they would never have had. A satisfying career is something you can look forward to by working abroad, and years later, you may look back on the experience itself as more valuable than the paycheck.
And of course, last but not least (and probably first, for some of us), chances are that the weather will be better abroad than back in the UK! Imagine phoning your friends from a tropical country in February, where your only weather complaint is that you didn’t bring enough sunscreen.
What You Need To Know Before Teaching Abroad
The idea of packing your bags and moving to a foreign country to teach might be a bit daunting, but we have plenty of information and advice for you to help you manage.
The FCO has a massive range of resources online to help you move abroad, including information about working in another country and how UK taxes, pensions, voting and benefits affect you while you are out of the country. For the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel
Remember, you will need to have a passport that is in date and a visa to travel to most countries in the world, with many countries requiring specialist visas for teachers. You can apply to renew or get a passport with the Government and check our visa advice about what visa you’ll need to get depending on where you are travelling. Make sure to look into this long before you intend to travel, as they can take a long time to process, sometimes longer than three months.
Teaching English Abroad
Working abroad will naturally be different from working in the UK; so check our guides to some of the more common TEFL destinations and see what life is like there for TEFL teachers in general. We’ve had thousands of students that have gone on to get jobs abroad, and some of them have written about their time abroad which could shed some light on what it is like working in the country where you want to work. Read some of the stories today! Remember the culture might be completely different, so some things you would consider normal and acceptable here may not be considered so abroad. Dress code is notably different in different parts of the world, so check before you go what is expected of you.
If you are doing any voluntary or paid teaching work while away from the UK, it is essential to be adequately protected against life’s unwelcome and unexpected events.
All travellers need comprehensive Travel Insurance for the duration of their travels overseas. You have exposure pre-departure, for cancellation, in transit, in the overseas country, for repatriation and if you wish to travel, including returning back to the UK, etc. Without proper protection, the potential costs for repatriation can be incredibly costly. We are partnered with the UK’s only extended stay travel insurance specialists – Click here for more detail.
Healthcare is essential to consider before going to another country, especially for an extended length of time. Make sure to get any vaccinations required for the country you are visiting and to examine what the healthcare situation is in the country you are going to.
Useful link – NHS – Fit For Travel
If you’re still interested in finding out more about what it’s like working abroad, check out video testimonials from former students. If you’re unsure over whether it is for you, see the benefits of working abroad and how it could change your life!