Ever considered a life teaching English abroad? Lured by the promises of comparatively high pay, low costs of living, and a life of easy travel, many people find that life abroad is….exactly that. Finding a job is the most difficult part of the journey, but in most areas, a simple university degree or TEFL is more than enough to qualify for a job.
Teaching English abroad offers immense flexibility. The average contract is for only one year and not only is it normal, but its almost expected that you leave after a year. Few jobs offer the range of options that teaching does. After one year of teaching, a teacher can leave travel, and still have an extremely competitive salary or choose to return to the same company.
The lifestyle abroad is another attractive aspect of teaching. In Taiwan, the minimum wage is NT$ 100 an hour while the average initial salary for a teacher is NT$ 600 an hour- 6 times the minimum! In the United States, this would be like a worker receiving $45.30 an hour. For those just out of college or contemplating time off from the corporate world, this offers an affordable way to see the world on a budget.
One thing a teaching job does require is a bachelors degree and in some countries, they require a TEFL or a degree in education. Asia offers by far the most lucrative deals, but jobs can be found all over the world. The most important thing is to make sure that your company takes care of your visa processing as it can be difficult to complete in another language. It is also important to check on the details of the contract as some companies require open houses or parents meetings to be conducted unpaid.
Before leaving, conduct your research online and when possible, apply. Most companies prefer to apply in country to ensure that the teacher they hire online will actually be there, but a few companies such as Hess Educational Corporation actually conduct the majority of their hiring online. Make sure to bring along multiple copies of your diploma(s), a police/background check, and enough money for a return ticket if things do not go as planned. Health checks can often be done in Asian countries for cheaper than they can be in Westernized nations.
The biggest obstacle to a job abroad is fear or lack of perseverance. If you are willing to take a risk, apply for a job, and keep trying, you will get a position as a teacher and make your dream of teaching abroad a reality. Teaching abroad opens up a world of travel opportunities and an escape from the rat race.