Moving your life to another country to teach English is one of those super scary and hard, yet super rewarding decisions. The gratification may not be instant, but I can tell you that if you ride out the excitement and anxiety waves, teaching abroad can change your life forever.
Here are ten ways.
1. You won’t sweat the small stuff.
Teaching abroad means living and working in a country that isn’t your own, where you might not speak the native language or have fully acclimated to the culture. It goes from beyond the challenges of visiting a foreign country, to driving full blast into attempting to live in one. Even the most mundane tasks, like opening a bank account or buying groceries, become everyday trials. But the meeting, overcoming, and learning from those challenges will build your resilience against intimidating experiences. These experiences are important for growth, and you may morph into a person who is more patient, tolerant, and confident.