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One of the best ways to fully understand a subject is to teach it, and one of the best ways to understand a culture is to be submersed in it. Teach abroad
programs enable people to do both and to learn, grow, and develop as students, teachers, and global citizens.
People who teach abroad are gifted the opportunity to live in another country while intimately interacting with its populace. Unlike a vacation abroad,
teaching abroad enables one to interact with people on a regular basis and to see what everyday life looks like in another part of the world. Additionally,
people who teach abroad have the great privilege of contributing to the lives of others through meaningful education. And, much of the experience people
gain while teaching abroad, contributes excellent experience to their resumes.
Teach abroad programs ultimately serve as a cultural exchange: you, as a teacher, contribute your knowledge, skillsets, and perspectives to people in
another part of the world. They, in exchange, contribute to you their own knowledge, experiences, and perspectives. In this way, teach abroad programs
provide a win-win for teachers and students.
Also, many teach abroad programs offer stipends to teachers. This means that you, as a teacher, are essentially paid to explore, experience, and enjoy
another culture. Yes, you will be working, and yes, you will likely be working hard, but your work will be in service of a wonderful experience that will
expand your global community and transform your perspective of the world.
The majority of people who teach abroad teach English as a foreign or second language (TEFL and TESL respectively). TEFL programs typically involve teaching English to
people in their country of origin, and TESL programs
typically involve teaching English to natives, immigrants, and other people for whom English is their second, third, or even fourth language. Numerous
companies offer opportunities throughout the world for trained and untrained teachers to teach English. While some companies require teachers to have
previous teaching experience or TEFL or TESL certification, others hire untrained teachers and offer training and certification as part of the program.
Some companies don’t require certification at all.
For people who do not want to teach English abroad, other opportunities exist. Subjects such as history, chemistry, engineering, medicine, and numerous
others are in demand in countries throughout the world.
Teaching abroad programs are as diverse as the people who apply for them. No matter your skillset, belief system, experience, or commitments, there is
likely a perfect program for you.
Teaching abroad is likely right for you if:
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