Career Development

Teach Abroad

Looking for a unique job that would take you to faraway places and give you the opportunity to help others? Then teaching abroad might be for you. There are many countries around the world that hire fresh graduates to teach English to students. You need not be fluent in another language.

Here are some FAQs about teaching abroad (adapted from www.teachabroad.com):

- Am I qualified to teach abroad?
If you have a passion to teach and are open to new cultures, teaching abroad may be for you. There are teaching positions in many disciplines and languages around the world and if you are flexible you will surely find one that suits your interests and qualifications. The majority of teaching positions available are for native English speakers willing to teach English as a foreign language.

- Do I need a degree? Is teaching experience required?
The qualifications required by employers vary widely depending upon the demand and availability of teachers and work visa requirements in your country of interest.

In many countries, a bachelor's degree is required to be able to work legally. The majority of full time teaching positions require a bachelors' degree, though not necessarily in education. Some English teaching schools do not require a college degree as long as you are a native speaker.

In most cases, English teach abroad programs do not require teaching experience but your chances of getting hired will be greater if you have it.

- Do I need to speak the local language?
You don't need to speak the local language. Many schools prefer that you do not speak the local language and most students do not expect you to speak the local language.

Many schools offer language classes and social activities to help their teachers familiarize with the local culture. Having a little background in the local language will give you an edge. Diction, grammatical and pronunciation problems are obstacles to foreign language learning. A bit of knowledge of the local language and culture will also help you determine what topics of discussion will be of interest to your students for a good English conversation starter in the classroom.


Teach Abroad Resources:

- WorldTeach - This organization offers summer, semester, and year-long trips for students and recent graduates. From American Samoa to Namibia to Ecuador and more, WorldTeach offers many opportunities to teach English in developing countries. Many of the year-long programs are fully funded by each individual country.

- Teach Abroad - From information about training to program links, Teach Abroad offers a wide variety of resources to assist those interested in teaching abroad, whether for a month or a few years.

- Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) - The Council on International Education Exchange offers both paid and volunteer teaching programs in Chile, China, South Korea, Spain, and Thailand. This organization has been focused on education across the world since 1947, and have become a great resource for information on teaching abroad.

- Dave's ESL Cafe - Featuring a constantly updated "Jobs Board," Dave Sperling's English as a Second Language (or ESL) Cafe includes many resources for students and others wishing to find a method of teaching english abroad. There is a place to post a resume, photo galleries of teacher's pictures, and much more.

- The JET Programme - The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program was developed 21 years ago to encourage exchange of knowledge and skills between Japan and other countries. Participants are involved in their Japanese communities as teaching assistants.

- The International Educator - A subscription service that allows access to job ads, resume assistance, and more. Limited free resources are also available.

- U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools - The mission of the Office of Overseas Schools is to promote quality educational opportunities at the elementary and secondary level for dependents of American citizens carrying out our programs and interests of the U.S. Government abroad.

- U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools - DoDEA's mission is to plan, direct, coordinate, and manage the education programs for eligible dependents of U.S. military personnel and civilian personnel of the DoD. Teachers are needed in all different parts of the world.

- TESOL Organization - TESOL stands for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. It is a global education association focused on helping potential and current teachers to start and strengthen their careers.

- Fulbright Teacher Exchange - Through this program, U.S. teachers have the opportunity to take a 6-week, semester, or year-long position with a counterpart in another country, teaching the same subject(s) at the same level. Fulbright program staff in the U.S. and abroad match candidates in the spring of each year, which is followed by an approval process before the program takes place.

- U.S. Peace Corps - One facet of the U.S. Peace Corps program is educational outreach and development around the world. Teachers help to integrate new methodologies and ideas into existing or new education systems to encourage knowledge and change.

- University of Northern Iowa Overseas Recruiting Fair - Held each year during the month of February. Application deadline is mid-January.

- Queen's University Teachers' Overseas Recruiting Fair - A recruiting fair held at Queen's College in Kingston, Ontario, Canada during the month of January each year.

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