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    Pre-Travel Tips and Tricks for Teaching Abroad

    Pre-Travel Tips and Tricks for Teaching Abroad

    Pre-Travel Tips and Tricks for Teaching Abroad
    Admin - Jan 23 2016

    So you’ve decided to take the chance and head overseas. But before you hop in the plane for the great beyond you need to take some important steps in preparation for teaching English abroad.

    1. Research, research and more research is the essential preparation tip you can make before you begin your overseas teaching position. If you’ve already made up your mind that you want to teach English overseas you first need to take necessary courses such as Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) classes.
    2. Schools in other countries may require you to hold the proper TEFL certification before you can apply for position. Look for reputable certification programs that will get you an interview in the country of your choice. Remember that there are differences between American and other forms of English, such as British English. Some schools might be particular about what form of English their students will learn, so look into the different variations of English and what you need to learn. Research the common learning and teaching styles of the country you are going to. Prepare to adapt to the school system in your destination country and adapt your lesson plan to the different methods and styles.
    3. You might also want to consider getting some experience before you leave for an overseas job by volunteering to teach English as a second language to people of a different ethnic group. This will familiarize you with the fundamentals of teaching English to learners who are not conversant with it.
    4. Once you have the necessary knowledge and experience, it’s time for you to think about your destination. Study and try to learn everything you can about the country you are going to be staying in for the foreseeable future. Research the culture, the politics and religion of the country to make the transition easier. You don’t want to insult the people you’re going to be living with by your ignorance of their culture and country, do you? Find out the local climate and pack the necessary clothing.
    5. You might also want to get some lessons in the local language, so you will understand your students and cut down on the language barrier. Take some time to plan what you want to bring to the classroom like a few educational games or books for your students.
    6. Another important thing to consider is your finances. How much money will you be making and will this be enough to cover your expenses in your destination country? Will your employer be providing housing for you or will you have to pay for your own accommodation. Don’t forget to discuss how you will get paid. Budget your weekly or monthly allowance that will include food and rent or transportation money. It’s also important to inform your bank that you are going overseas and find out how you can access your money in your destination country.
    7. Finally make sure that your passport and your work visa are in order. These documents take time to process and can vary depending on your destination country and departure date. So take the time to sort this out before you leave.

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