OK, OK, no one wants to say it’s about the money! But let’s be honest, it really should be all about the money, considering the incredible savings potential most International Teaching jobs offer. With benefit packages providing accommodation, health insurance, as well as flights to and from your home country, there is ample opportunity to save large portions of your salary while at the same time living comfortably. Really, what are you waiting for?!
2. TRAVEL & HOLIDAYS
After money, the next best reason to move into International Teaching has got to be travel and holidays. Admittedly holidays are a good enough reason to be a teacher full-stop! But in International Teaching there are amazing holiday destinations a stones-throw away, giving you easy access to the world. Being able to visit so many different countries whilst still earning a living makes travelling not only cheap but really convenient.
All teaching experience is beneficial to your teaching career, but experience in an International School shows employers your ability to change and adapt to new cultures. This will not only stand you well in your International career but also if you decide to return home in the future.
4. CAREER PROSPECTS
The opportunities to move up the career ladder are plentiful when teaching abroad. The regular staff turnover in schools means that there are often managerial positions waiting to be filled. Add to this the Professional Development training most schools offer and you're CV won't know what hit it!
5. EXPLORE A NEW CULTURE & MAKE NEW FRIENDS
The old cliche ‘travel broadens your horizons’ has some truth to it. Living in a completely new culture can open your mind to a whole new way of thinking. It can also give you the chance to meet many like minded people from all over the world. Living and working in a country is completely different to taking a holiday; you will better understand the people, the culture, and maybe even yourself!
6. ESCAPE YOUR LIFE AT HOME
When working in your home country there are often extra external pressures that you have to deal with. The old adage ‘out of sight, out of mind’ has a ring of truth to it! While teaching abroad can’t make all your problems disappear, it can afford a temporary break and offer some perspective, at the very least!
7. EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
Most International Schools provide free tuition for children. Considering the exorbitant costs of education in top-tier schools in the west, it should really be an easy decision. Some International Schools boast the best teachers and curriculum in the world. Being able to secure your child a free place in a world class school is as good a reason as any to take the plunge.
8. LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
We all know that the best way to master a language is to use it. Living in a new country can allow you to completely immerse yourself in the local language. With many International Schools also offering free language lessons, the chances of improving your language skills are definitely in your favour.
9. MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Teachers have the ability to make a difference in the lives of the children they teach. With many International Schools in 2nd and 3rd world countries, the effect that teachers can have in shaping the lives of their students can be profound.
You can handpick the weather! By choosing which country you want to work in, you can ensure you have sunshine all year round!