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Thinking about Teaching Internationally?

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Many educators consider the possibility of teaching abroad, but at times it can feel like a daunting endeavor.  New teachers are excited by the opportunity to travel internationally and gain classroom experience.  If, you are considering this option investigate the following:

Attend an international teaching fair: There a few specific events related to this topic across the globe.  In particular, The University of Northern Iowa's annual fair which will be held on January 30 - February 1, 2015 is a great one-stop-shop for locating positions.  Preparation for the event should begin in November, since the candidates must build a file with their job search materials and contact schools. For more details: //www.uni.edu/placement/overseas/osfair.html

Talk with alumni or other connections to collect the details:  Ask faculty and other campus resources in inquire about alumnae from your school teaching in other countries.  Many of these alums will be open to having a conversation about recommended strategies and schools.  Their insight can help you distinguish between accredited international schools and "academies" or "English institutes" to find the best fit for you.  Many schools will use American, Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO), or International Baccalaureate (IB) standards too.  It is also a good idea to get a better understanding of the contract you are signing, which is typically two-years and most include benefits such as airfare cost, housing, medical insurance and professional development.

Utilize international school recruitment organizations:  The search process can be overwhelming especially if you don't already have international experience.  It's helpful to speak with some experts, such as Search Associates.  These individual consultants are located throughout the world and many have also taught abroad themselves.  This group also sponsors fairs as well.

It could be the perfect fit for you, but make sure to think it through.  Don't be concerned if you don't know the language, since instruction is delivered in the English language.  Remember most hires will secure an opportunity by March to allow for travel arrangements and medical examination/vaccinations. So don't wait to start preparing for your future!


Ashley Reichenbach

Assistant Director, Twardowki Career Development Center

West Chester University of Pennsylvania 

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