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Expat graduate teaching English abroad: what to keep in mind

There are masses of courses available to people of all ages
to teach English as a foreign language abroad. It’s popular for a reason,
especially for graduates. It gives you the chance to live and experience a
foreign culture whilst also earning and saving money, which is especially
alluring to a graduate. Moreover, there is a great demand for native English
speakers to teach the language in public schools to universities.

Although it may be fairly easy to find a job teaching
English in a country you are interested in, it’s not always easy to get settled
and make the move. Often the salary isn’t a massive amount but it is enough to
allow you to pay for a modest flat, buy your groceries as well as have enough
to explore to culture around you. There are a number of additional things to
keep in mind:

  • When you sign up to teach, you are signing up for at least
    one year. The majority of positions will require a pledge to stay for the
    duration of the school year. With the likelihood of staying abroad for a year
    or so, expatriate health insurance is a must, especially when considering that
    the countries demanding foreign English teachers are commonly located in the
    east. It is important to do the research here. For expats moving abroad to
    work; their employers will usually provide health insurance to cover them.
    However, in the case of foreign teachers, this liberty is sometimes not
    bestowed. If it is, it may be limited to, for example, accidental injury
    insurance only. Therefore, expat medical insurance is a must, especially if
    your stay in the country is dependent on your work. 

  • You are not exactly on vacation. The primary reason for
    being in the country is to teach. Respect that and respect the country you are
    moving to. Enjoy yourself when you are off duty but when you are in the
    classroom, there is no excuse for a lack of professionalism. 
  • Homesickness is unavoidable but it is important to remember
    it will pass. A number of people will relocate for their jobs and so you are
    not alone. Many will end up far away from their family and friends and living
    abroad can be extremely tough. Homesickness will often kick in when you are
    down about something, or ill. If you are feeling sad, get out there and wander
    the streets and meet new people. If you are ill, take comfort in the fact that
    you are covered by thorough expat health insurance and you will get better. 

  • Save some money. Budgeting is always a little difficult, and
    it can be twice as hard in a foreign country when you are dying to go out and get a feel for the local culture. Pay for what is essential
    first: food, rent, medical expenses. If you are planning to go out and explore, talk to the locals, often they can point you in the right direction for
    cheaper alternatives. 
Expatriate Healthcare specialise in providing cover to make sure you remain protected.

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