While the idea of having an international teaching job can be inspiring and exciting the reality is there is a lot of work involved too. Yes you will have fun, see new places and meet new people, and have a chance to have an impact on the education of children in a different country. But there are some things you need to know about if this is really something you are seriously interested in pursuing.
Looking for an International Teaching Job
There are a number of places you can consider that are popular amongst international teachers, Central America, South America, North Africa, Asia Pacific and The Gulf for example. Be sure to take advantage of one or more educational recruitment companies who hire for schools around the world. They can all be found online with a quick search. Just choose which ones you want to register with and make sure you are clear about the kind of position you want to work in. The staffs at such places have a great deal of experience matching the right teachers to the right international teaching positions and will be able to do the same for you.
If you choose to look yourself for a job make sure you research the establishment, what its goals and commitments are, what accreditations it has and if there are any reviews from other teachers.
In these jobs, you will be paid to travel accordingly and can help enlightening students. Find somewhere that is professional and what kind of conduct of behavior they have with the hiring and treatment of foreign teaching staff.
Also be sure you understand exactly what the job entails, what responsibilities will you be expected to take on as well as teaching, for example will you have to take on an after school club? Lead a curriculum subject? Your focus needs to be on the students’ educational, emotional and physical well being. You need to be sure you can handle disciplining a class in a foreign country.
Most international teaching jobs will expect you to be well groomed, dressed appropriately, speaking appropriately and eager to teach. You will need to have a degree in teaching with ideally a minimum of two years teaching already under your belt. You also need a valid passport. In some cases as well as getting a teaching position with a good salary you will be offered accommodation, health insurance, airfare, holiday pay and so on.
A contract will be made by the management for you to negotiate and agree upon. Usually a service agreement is for a two year period but should you want to change that, it is something you could discuss with them. The management would take care of all the necessary paperwork including the work permit. Interviews are carries out over the phone and via video conferencing like Skype. If you are chosen you would then need to send any requested paperwork like qualifications, references, photos via scanning, emails or courier.
Benefits and salary
There are many different types of international teaching jobs to be found depending on what you are looking for. You could join the public system in a different country, teach English in a private school, teach at an international school for expat children, work in a university teaching English to local students and so on. Out of all the options though the better paid position is usually to work in an international school.
Globally there are estimated to be over 4000 international schools so there are often job openings that come up and need to be filled. However salary is not the only thing that makes international schools stand out as an option. Other benefits these schools can offer include:
- Housing provided for you often in a housing complex or an apartment, or an allowance that covers your rent paid to you monthly on top of your salary amount. Sometimes you might even find housing that costs less than your allowance leaving you with a surplus you can keep.
- An end of contract bonus which basically means to keep you there for the entire duration of your contract they will pay you a bonus when you reach the end of it. This financial incentive can be negotiated but usually ranges between 10% to 15% of your salary.
- Your flights going to the school’s destination and going home when the contract is done are paid for. Since some flights can cost in the thousands depending on where the school is, this can be a big saving.