Teach Abroadby Barbara Bellesi
When You Teach Abroad, the World Is Your Classroom
Learning never stops for teachers, even though they are the ones in front of the classroom. Teaching is a leadership position, but educators often remark on how much they can learn from their own students, with their various abilities and interest. While there is much to be learned in a classroom environment within your own country, more and more people are taking advantage of teaching opportunities abroad in order to expand their own cultural horizons.
Wherever there are students, there are teachers
There are countless opportunities for teaching abroad, but many opt to teach their native language. Whether people wish to learn a language for their own enjoyment or they need an additional language for professional purposes, there are many classrooms throughout the world in need of educators who are native speakers. Language programs require their teachers to be certified, or else they will conduct their own training programs so that their teachers are armed with the skills to work with students of various ages and abilities.
Regardless of the subject you teach, your chances for finding employment as a teacher in a foreign country will increase significantly if you are fluent in the target language. With strong written and spoken language skills, all you need to do is find a subject in which you excel and have the passion to teach. Of course, depending on the type of school in which you are planning to teach, you may be required to have a certain college degree or certification.
Teaching Abroad Requirements
Learning about the requirements for teacher employment in a foreign country is one of the most important items to consider before you depart for your intended destination, as it might take months or even several years in order to become fully eligible to teach. However, there are other options for teaching that require advanced skills within the subject, rather than formal certification or training.
For example, if you are a professional artist, you can find work teaching in art studios or in community colleges or schools that offer non-credit courses. Likewise, if you are a good cook, you might share some of your recipes and kitchen tricks with students who are eager to learn about the cuisine of another country.
Since a teaching position requires spending more time away from home than you would if you were simply visiting a foreign country, you will have to secure a living situation. If you are teaching a language, there are many teaching programs abroad that will pay you a stipend as well as provide housing, though this is certainly not the case for every subject you might be interested in teaching. A good start, however, would be to check in with the school at which you will be teaching, as there will likely be some kind of support or advice that is given to international faculty members.
Keep in mind that if there is something that you are very passionate about teaching, there will most likely be a group of students equally as passionate to learn. Consider the world as your classroom -- where would you like to teach?