So you’ve decided to go teach overseas, you’ve read up on different countries, and maybe you’ve even taken a TESL course.
Foreign TESL jobs can open the door to travel and adventure, but no matter how lovely the country may be, it’s the job that will make or break your experience. And arranging a job from halfway around the globe makes it tough to tell whether it’s quality or not.
Some teachers walk unknowingly into poorly-run schools and have to spend months struggling with few resources, crowded classrooms, and dodgy pay schedules. Others make the mistake of assuming workplace practices are similar to those in their home countries, and are then hit with cultural barriers when issues like overtime and sick days come up.
Below are five tips to help you ensure that the job you’re about to take is credible and (hopefully) hassle-free.