If you are at a point in your life when you want some adventure and you really want to travel but you can’t give up working then a work and travel job is a good option. Now, if you are a teacher and you want to do this in a new and exciting place then there is a good chance you will be able to do so especially if you have been teaching language arts.
All you need to do is make a firm decision that this is the way you really want to go and look at these pointers on how you can effectively search for teach and travel jobs that will be right for you.
- Make a firm decision. This means first of all that your mind should be fully made up. Most overseas teaching jobs will require you t stay for a year or even more so ask yourself if you can really commit to this.
This is also the time to make a good and honest appraisal of your qualifications. If you are a teacher with experience in teaching English then all is well and good.
- Prepare all your credentials and make your resume. Get your transcript of records ready, your passport, your birth certificate and other documents you will need if you really go. This is also a good time for you to make a list of all the seminars, workshops, courses and conferences you have participated in. Your list should include the date, the place and the theme of the activity. Try to have an idea of how you can get a clearance from your current workplace and recommendations in the event that these are required.
Even if you teach in a non-English speaking country (here are all the English speaking countries), chances are you would need a bachelor’s degree and proof that you have taken at least one or two ESL courses. If you don’t have the ESL courses now, you can try to do them online. It will be good for you and your future students.
- Get in touch with volunteer organizations and find out what positions they have for teaching abroad. Many of these volunteer organizations not only field teachers well, they also provide a stipend for living expenses so you won’t have to deplete whatever savings you are setting aside for travel.
Find referrals from organizations, groups and people you know. Although these referrals may not be directly in the business of fielding people abroad, they may know people who do. These sources are actually the best because there is a way for you to find out how viable
- Look for online references and sources for teach and travel jobs. Now, remember that the internet is a font of information but you should check and double check the contacts you get. the If an address is given, verify if it really exists.
From these resources get a feel of what positions are easy to come by and what the usual requirements are. Again, you will find that one of the most common credentials that foreign schools require (or at least consider highly desirable) is certification for teaching TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
- Judiciously begin to join organizations of people teaching abroad. Look for groups that provide professional development and maintain links to foreign institutions that have available teach and travel jobs.
- Go ahead and start applying for job openings that send people to places you want to see. It wouldn’t hurt to study the land, the culture and the economy of the places you hope to live in.
Obtaining the perfect position may take you some time or it may take you no time at all. Whichever the case may be, just be ready – professionally, emotionally and physically as well. After all, you want to have the energy you need to do all that exploring and sightseeing in the exciting places where you will be teaching.