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7 Top Research Tips for Teaching Internationally

Considering teaching internationally? Make sure you’ve thought about the following before you hand over your letter of resignation.

Teaching overseas is a great way to explore new cultures and traditions, while maintaining the elements of the teaching profession you know and love. You could benefit from a healthier work-life balance, less pressure, greater autonomy plus a mind-broadening adventure – but what do you need to consider before you take the leap?

Is Teaching Internationally Right for Me?

The dream is definitely seductive, especially for those without ties in the UK. In 2014-15 an estimated 100,000 teachers from the UK were working in the international sector. And, with demand for a ‘traditional’ English education among the middle classes in countries like the United Arab Emirates, as well as an increasing number of British expats making their home there, research suggests their number will only grow moving forward.

And, it has to be said that teaching internationally does have a lot going for it, including the following:

It’s not always without its downsides, however, and as with all adventures into the unknown, caution is required. The longer holidays, smaller class sizes and reduced workload can come at a price. It’s a very competitive market which can drive salaries down rather than up, teaching can be more difficult when most of the class have English as a second language, and as parents are funding their children’s education, parents quite rightly have certain expectations so can be significantly more demanding. In addition to this, teachers overseas need to respect local laws regarding co-habitation, dress code, etc., or serious consequences can occur.

International Teaching Checklist

As with all things, research and planning are key to success. So before you dig out those flip flops, check out our infographic below detailing our seven top tips to help you find that perfect international teaching position:

What to Do next

Once you’ve properly researched the opportunities that exist, wowed the interview panel and got all the paperwork in order, you’re all set for the adventure of a lifetime. Now just to sort that leaving party and get packing!






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