Teaching English abroad has become an increasingly common rite of passage for young North Americans. Many twenty-somethings see this experience as an excellent way to do a little traveling without breaking the bank.
If this is not reason enough to look into ESL work, here are eight hidden advantages to teaching English overseas.
- The practice is painless.
A TESL certificate can be achieved through a 100-hour class, and many schools provide evening/weekend sessions or online classes. The prices start at about $500 USD, and lots of schools have solutions to help with the job search.
If you have a little extra money and want to begin your travels immediately, bigger ESL schools provide four week TESL training in exotic places around Europe, Southeast Asia, or Central and South America.
- You can be a student in your own classroom.
No matter age, the pupils you teach will be eager to find a foreigner have an interest in their own culture. Most will happily offer tips about local foods to eat, places to see, and things to try.
Young students can teach you a whole lot about a pop culture or local slang, and easy conversations will provide you insight into their family lives and habits. For only one example, check out Matador member Teresita’s site, I Heart Our International Pop Culture Icons.
- A year is a long time…
…to experience an entire calendar’s worth of festivals, holidays, cultural events, and seasonal meals. You’ll get far more insight than one trip. Additionally, worldwide holidays like Chinese New Year or Christmas are somewhat different in each country. You will get to experience a special version of a comfortable holiday.
- It is a crash course in cultural sensitivity.
Many expats reach the “Their society makes ZERO sense to me!” Phase sooner or later. It’s a standard step in your adjustment to a different culture. Getting past this period of culture shock means opening your mind to new and unknown things. Whether the traffic laws are driving you mad, or new acquaintances ask questions which seem invasive for you, be patient.
You will come to appreciate the ways in which this international culture works. Most often, you will note habits that strike you as far more practical than those in your native country.
- You’ll find an immediate network of neighborhood acquaintances.
Whether you are teaching in a language center or public college, you will be among colleagues who speak English. No matter their level of experience, they will probably be eager to practice their English conversation skills with you. Not only will you have new friends, but your colleagues can help you navigate the area and its own habits better than any guidebook.
- You will be tapping into a superb grapevine.
A lot of great ESL jobs and general travel tips are gathered by word of mouth. By meeting other ESL teachers, you can get information about new destinations or tasks from those who’ve been there, lived that.
Whether you wonder which South American country has the fewest work visa hassles, or you are curious about how moist Vietnam’s rainy season really is, other teacher-travelers can help.
- Traveling is simple with an excellent home base.
If you are located in Thailand, you may see Cambodia or Laos for under $50 USD. If you are teaching in a European country and you are near an airport, a weekend in Prague or Berlin is a cheap RyanAir flight away. When you’re set up in a foreign country, the travel to other exotic locales becomes much, much easier.
- It is a resume-booster, even if you don’t need to teach long-term.
You may worry that this job will seem like a blip in your resume. Even if your teaching experience consisted of sing-alongs and barnyard animal flashcards, do not underestimate the skills you developed along the way. Communication across ethnic barriers, using leadership skills to run courses, and picking up a new language (even just conversationally) are amazing assets.
Do you want to work in China and start your new journey? Teach the English language in China and get paid at least $600 per week for 15hrs teaching per week with FREE private accommodation. Bachelor’s degree in any majors, IF you had no teaching experience, we will provide free 120 hours TESOL online training with China Institute and Teaching English Training in China, China Government Sponsored Program and many more benefits. Explore and start your new career in China. Submit your application today!
For more information, please China-Australia Mind Education Group website at http://mindeducation.com.au/teaching-in-china-en.html.
To submit your application or if you have any questions, you may contact us through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill up this form http://mindeducation.com.au/teachingform.html.