Teach Abroad Travel Checklist
So you have made up your mind about traveling abroad to teach English. Here is a Teach Abroad Checklist before you make your journey.
1. Choose a Place
Being a TEFL certified teacher opens many doors for you. Here are the most popular places teachers choose to go to:
2. Find a TEFL Course
The next step in your Teach Abroad Checklist is to get a TEFL Certificate. Yes, you need a TEFL certificate to find a teaching job in most countries. In most cases it doesn’t matter which TEFL Certificate you have and where you got it, as long as it is 120 hours. Here is a list of the most popular and affordable TEFL Companies.
3. Find a Job (Important to Teach Abroad Checklist)
Finding an English teaching job abroad is not hard. However, finding a good job is not always easy. There are hundreds or maybe thousands of language schools, government schools and private schools looking for new teachers. Most of the time you can apply and interview over Skype. You can also receive a job offer and sign a contract before travelling abroad. Here are some of the most popular job Sites to help you cross this step off of your Teach Abroad Checklist
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4. Passport and Visa
Make sure your passport has at least 6 months left on it before you travel internationally. If your passport has less then 6 months left on it you won’t be able to travel internationally.
If you are travelling from North America or Europe your Visa situation will be good. Many countries offer Visa on arrival. However, you probably need to get an extended Visa to help your new job apply for your work permit. If you are not sure how to get a Visa you can visit Do I need a Visa?
5. Sort out your Accommodation
If your job is offering accommodation or assistance finding accommodation then take it. They usually will place you where other teachers are living, this will help you a lot at first, even if the place is not up to standards. It is very difficult to arrange and sign a contract for an apartment while you are still overseas. Would you sign a 6 months or a 1 year contract for a place without actually seeing it? only if reading reviews is enough for you. It is wise to secure temporary accommodation before going overseas and once you arrive you can scope out the area and choose a better place. You will always pay more for accommodation over the internet then showing up in person and signing a contract.
6. Get your plane Ticket
Now you’re ready to book your flight. I won’t go into details about booking your flight. This step is here to let you know that you’re are ready to go.
I know, you’re probably feeling nervous. No one said this will be easy, but it won’t be as hard as you think. The best advice is to leave something at home to come back to. Don’t feel like you have to commit a year (or however long your contract is), contracts are broken all the time in the TEFL world. Schools and agencies break contracts when they don’t need you, so if you are not enjoying your experience you can pack up and go home or move on to the next country.