Are You Ready To Become An International Teacher!?!
Are you a certified teacher in the United States or Canada with a Bachelor’s degree or higher?
Are you ready to choose a life of adventure, multiculturalism, and travel over the mundane suburban routine that you currently have?
Are you ready to choose flexibility and creativity in the classroom over the stifling constraints of data and test scores?
Are you ready to choose a better salary, benefits, and healthcare plan over your large deductibles, high taxes, and low wages?
Are you ready to make the best decision of your life???
Join us and choose to start your International Teacher’s life!
Join a global recruitment service.
There are two big ones that are popular among the International education community.
The fees range between $195 (ISS) and $225 (Search) for their services. Although this seems like a large sum of money, they are the two biggest shows in town. Both companies offer many services and are well known in the International teacher circuit. Fast forward to step 6 if you still think it isn’t worth it!
Create a profile and submit your application.
Then, upload your documents–transcripts, recommendation letters, your resume, certification(s) portfolio of work, and a philosophy of education statement. When I uploaded these documents 4 years ago on ISS’s site, it was quite user-friendly and only took a few minutes (after gathering all the required information).
Research potential schools using their databases.
ISS makes this quite easy. Their map allows users to zoom in on different regions and use various filters (i.e. region, subject, etc.) to help you find the perfect fit. You will find each school’s stats, contact information, and current job openings.
I think you should do your own research as well (Google is your best friend) to help gather information about potential schools. You can try joining FB groups (such as “International school educators”) or look at sites such as International Schools Review.
Decide where you would like to teach.
Europe? Asia? South America, like me? Figure out what type of school you would like to work in. Large? Small? Religious affiliation? Big city living? Or do you prefer the ease of “compound” life (i.e. Saudi Arabia)?
I would highly suggest being flexible and not just picking one or two countries. There are 100’s of schools to choose from that range from the Andes mountains, to the deserts of the Middle East, to huge cities in Asia. Be willing to explore some amazing corners of the world that might not be that familiar to you currently
Attend a Job fair or an iFair.
Job fairs usually run from November-March in places such as Atlanta, NY, Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago. I would suggest making contacts BEFORE you go with as many schools as possible. I was offered a job at the American Overseas School of Rome before the job fair officially begun. The early bird gets the worm!
Select the school of your dreams!
Sign on the dotted line for your initial two-year contract. Most schools have you sign a new contract for each subsequent year.
This could be a very realistic situation for you at a top-tier International School:
Earn between $60,000- $100,000, with an additional 5%-10% of your salary put into a retirement account, free housing or a large housing stipend, free (or close to free) healthcare, a relocation bonus of $5,000+, a shipping allowance of around $2,000, a free roundtrip flight home each year, and free world-class education for your children.
Bottom line is that at some school’s you can save a small fortune!
Get ready to live abroad.
Your new school will help you through acquiring a work visa (discussed in a future post), background check, and medical tests. Many schools have a wonderful “onboarding” process that will help hold your hand through this process.
Many teachers will start learning the native language before leaving home. However, almost all International schools’ classes are taught in English.
Here are some great resources you can use to learn a new language:
Enjoy the best adventure of your life!