The Book on How to Teach Abroad
The Book is divided into 4 parts - requirements, where to work, getting a job and succeeding abroad. The formula to succeed abroad is, are, essentially The Book’s 11 chapters, which are 11 steps to make it all happen: they lay out requirements (a degree is recommended), they disentangle the tangled certificate industry, show how to construct a professional educator’s résumé, how to get jobs; tips for persuasive interviews, choosing a compatible location, school, student, overcoming resettling pains and more. Special attention is paid to saving money and each chapter concludes with a dozen pitfalls to avoid - for a total of 132 pitfalls; parts of the Book provide key insight into the life of an expatriate educator and, for beginners, Chapter 10 introduces the art of language teaching and simplifies it to the point of ease.
There is Good Money in Teaching Abroad.
You don't need to teach English.
You don't need to teach in any one specific country.
There's a whole world of countries and cultures to teach in. There's a great variety of students and schools. Schools abroad need teachers for all major subjects, sometimes more than one subject, and they need administrators and support staff to run those schools. As further discussed in the Book, English Language Teaching (ELT) certainly dominates the market and the book does personate ELT, but chapters are open (excluding Chapter 10) such that they show readers how, to some degree, to go anywhere in the world, in any culture, to any student and not only an ELT post; nevertheless, teaching English is where the vast majority of opportunities are and, to that end, TBOHTTA has you covered.
THERE IS GOOD MONEY IN TEACHING ABROAD
If you've heard there is no money in teaching abroad, then you've heard wrong. Most teaching jobs abroad offer a modest pay, true, but it's enough to take care of yourself, travel some and save thousands of dollars a year. Often times pay abroad appears low, but also often the cost of living of a given country offsets that appearance and pay is easier to save; in any case, the job can be quite profitable. In my career teaching abroad I've usually had a monthly salary of between 2 and 3 thousand U.S. dollars per month - which was enough for me to pay off my student loans and do lots of traveling - and since teaching I've moved into an ancillary position where I make much more; moreover, I was once offered a job teaching multiple subjects to a single class in high school at a generous salary of $5000 U.S. per month, taxed at a rate of %10 (I still have the contract - it's the highest offer I've ever received to teach anything); ultimately, there are lucrative opportunities out there for qualified and experienced educators to make good money - if you're new, then you'll start out modestly, but down the road and with some patience,
you too can make good money abroad - TBOHTTA shows you how.
WHY NOT ANOTHER BOOK?
There are endless books on teaching, foreign living and educating abroad – the problem with many is that they read like textbooks on boringology, self-indulgent autobiographies or anthologies of commercials; also problematic is that many of these books paint a picture of paradise for the occupation – my understanding of the industry suggests such a painting is miscoloured; TBOHTTA gives empirical advice (my successes and failures) and highlights the benefits similar to this library, but stands out, aside from being one book bringing all these subjects together, by also paying special attention to pitfalls and unpleasant truths to beware – this book gives you the honest facts - the good and the bad - and lets you make your own decisions.
Sure, most love the experience of living and teaching abroad and most surely make good use of the opportunity - work experience, making money, traveling and on - but there are unfortunate situations out there where pitfalls can ruin the experience. Regrettably, every year some teachers abroad find themselves quitting, returning home, prematurely and with dreams unfulfilled for a variety of reasons from in and out of the classroom; some endure hardship, sometimes money and time are wasted, struggles can and do occur ...; fortunately, dozens of these scenarios are avoidable. By being aware of the dozen pitfalls listed at the end of every chapter - totaling 132 - and by heeding other warnings mentioned throughout TBOHTTA, readers learn to parry common mistakes and strike closer to achieving what they want; in essence, this book helps people to look out for themselves in teaching abroad ... and ... in changing their lives.
THE GOOD LIFE
TBOHTTA admits more than once that what sprouts up out of your life abroad is up to you; it depends on your situation, where you go, your employer, your savings and what you do with your money and your time-off. How I changed my life with teaching abroad can only serve as an example of what's possible - consider me an average overseas guy - and with that, here's the quick version of my story:
Over a dozen years of teaching experience and overseas work experience
Taught students in elementary, high school and university
Lived and taught in 5 countries (Canada, China, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam)
Lived and worked in 6 provinces of China
Used teaching abroad to pay off student loans, become debt free and save money
Since first teaching abroad in 2002 and completely self-funded, traveled around 55 countries and territories, and around 30 province-like entities of China
TEACHING ABROAD CHANGES LIVES
In my case, just before teaching abroad, I was a 26 year old stuck in life in Canada, working in a dead-end situation, not having money, having lots of student loans and living at Mom's (no offence Mom); I was a boy wishing to be an independent man, wishing to travel and see the world, wishing to make money and be debt-free, wishing for something new and exciting, an interesting life. Teaching abroad gave me all that
Little did I know, when I left for my first overseas teaching assignment in 2002, I ushered in a personal golden-age where I paid-off my student loans, helped hundreds of students from children to adults in China, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam; teaching-abroad allowed me to visit dozens of countries, territories, provinces ... it's also allowed me to pay off my student loans, become debt free and save plenty of money; I've developed a career and earned myself options; I've learned about the world, people, cultures and more ... my life changed for the better - a far cry from the going-nowhere boy, before it all, to the going-all-over-the-place man, after the move, and in my book, The Book on How to Teach Abroad, I show you, men, women, boys and girls, exactly how you too can make something like this happen for you.
What I've managed to do is the result of my choices based on my desires and my options. I'm just an example of what's possible as an average expat with so many years under the belt; there are countless thousands of other people taking advantage of a job abroad in their own ways, and you could be one of them.
TEACHING ABROAD CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
In your case, what you do with teaching abroad is up to you. You work for who you can, where you want, you save what you save and you travel where you do, but no matter what you do with teaching abroad or other related positions,
and no matter how you take advantage of it, I can promise you this:
The Book on How to Teach Abroad can help you do it.