I have been and always will be a question-asker. Sometimes you simply need to know stuff. This interview series will feature random travelers I meet that may or may not blog or write about their travels. They work or travel to unique places. I want to know why and what they recommend in order to follow their path.
My goal is to bring you different ways to travel the world. Showing you how you can afford to visit exotic and alluring places is important. Not all readers understand traveling can be about more than vacations. Not all readers have buttloads of cash or time to fly to Europe or Australia for only a week. The Adventure List is here to help. Follow my interview series or guest posts to find out how other people can afford their lifestyle of travel as well as how I afford to travel to places such as Alaska and Roatan.
Today I bring you Corinne and her husband. Both are licensed teachers who work in foreign countries.
Let’s Chat Teaching.
What do you teach?
I am primarily an elementary school teacher, but I’ve taught all grades, been a librarian and a technology teacher. I’ve also taught English to some Japanese children. Being a teacher really opens up the whole world to you, especially as a native English speaker.
Are you a licensed teacher in your own country?
Yes, I am and this definitely helps to get international jobs. Many international schools want you to have some experience, usually two years in your home country. They know that moving to a new country brings its own set of challenges, so they are looking for people who have figured out their job.
In what countries have you taught?
I’ve taught in five countries, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and I’m currently teaching in Germany. Every job is completely different from all the others, not better or worse, just different.
How would someone go about finding a teaching position such as yours?
The Internet is your friend. There are many services to do just that, help you find a teaching job. One very popular one is International Schools Services, but it certainly is not the only one. You do have to pay a fee for these services, but it is well worth it.
Do the schools typically provide housing or any other perks?
Most schools offer a pretty competitive salary, your plane tickets to and from the country, and either housing on campus or a housing allowance. Some schools offer more, lots more, and it’s up to you to determine what it is you are looking for. It is out there, I’m sure.
If no housing, do they assist you in finding a place to live?
This has never been an issue.
Is there an area you’d recommend for a person starting out in this profession?
You can teach as a regular classroom teacher in almost every country, so it is a fantastic way to see the world. Even if you have never traveled before and you are going someplace that is as far from your culture as you can imagine, the school campus will be very western so it buffers the culture shock.
As a teaching duo, how difficult is it for couples to find teaching jobs together?
It is actually easier to find jobs as a teaching couple than as a single person, or a married person with no teaching credential. This is due to the fact that single people typically don’t want to stay single. They may not last long there. If it’s a married couple and one doesn’t teach, they usually would like to find a job or they get bored and of course, the teacher won’t stay long. So teaching couples are definitely highly sought after.
Thanks, Corinne, for this helpful insight on working as an international licensed teacher!