Have you been thinking about whether you want to teach English abroad? If you have been dying to step outside of your comfort zone and dive into a foreign country, teaching English abroad could be a fantastic choice. The perks of living in a foreign country - versus visiting it – include a deeper understanding of the culture and a chance to live like a local. Here are some reasons that might push you over the edge into saying, “Yes.”
1. Living in a Foreign Country
Most teaching contracts are for 2 years,which is a long time to get acclimatized to a new country. There’s a whole new calendar of foreign holidays and festivals to be part of. Living in a foreign country makes you drop your comfortable routine and get out of your comfort zone. Have you ever wanted to learn another language? Total immersion is the best way to do so and you’ll have an unparalleled opportunity to brush up your language skills in another country – though it’s rarely expected by employers you’ll be familiar with the local language.
Duh. You’ll get to explore the world while making a paycheck. What’s better than that? Living in a foreign country puts other exotic locales at your fingertips. Pretty much all teaching contracts have a good amount of vacation time built in, so you can not only explore the country you’re living in, but nearby countries or entire regions as well. If you’re too busy during the school year to take a trip, you can travel at length after your contract is up before you head home – or before starting the next teaching assignment with another school.
3. Personal Growth
Living in another country forces you to take risks. Many teachers report it being an exhilarating time that changed their life. You’ll learn a lot about yourself when you need to rely on the kindness of strangers to figure out the local public transportation system or how to order off a menu. Living in a foreign country can actually make you a better person. There is research that shows travelers are better problem solvers, more intelligent, and make more friends.
4. Professional Growth
International work experience is great experience to put on a resume. Employers will see that you can handle stress, adjust to new situations, and are independent. Additionally, many countries offer English teachers hefty salaries and free room and board. It’s standard in countries like China to offer roundtrip airfare for teachers that finish their contracts. Throw in some health insurance and paid vacation and teaching English in another country is a really great opportunity for someone starting their career.
5. New Friends
Make friends with the locals and you’ll have an unmatched “in” to the country you’re living in. Ask them where the best place to eat is and you might even win yourself an invitation to dinner. You’ll also have a built-in group of friends in the expat community. Expats will understand the challenges and rewards of living you’re experiencing by living in a foreign country because they are too!
6. Make a Difference
As a teacher, you’ll be able to make a difference in the lives of your students. English is the primary language for business communication, among other things. Learning English can give someone in another country a step up in the global community.
These are just a few of the reasons why teaching abroad is a great opportunity, but there are many more perks and logistics to consider when making a big move. Don’t let you fears get the best of you. Teaching English in another country could be the best experience of your life! To get started with this new phase of your life, contact a reputable recruiter like Footprints Recruiting.