The idea of teaching abroad is tempting. For people with both a passion for education and travel, combining the two through an ESL job abroad seems like the ideal solution. But below is an argument for why American teachers may be best utilized in our own country more than anywhere else:
1. If you’re passionate about working with children in poverty, there’s no need to travel outside of the States.
A new report by the Southern Education Foundation found that the majority of American public school students — 51% — qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Overall, one in five US children live in poverty. In 2012, this ranked the United States second to last out of 35 economically developed countries in child poverty rate. Only Romania had a higher child poverty rate than the US.