Top 5 Reasons Why Experienced Teachers Are Moving AbroadBy esljoblinks I Africa, Australia / Oceania, East Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, South America, Teaching - Other I 0 comment
Since the worldwide boom of English language education, many international schools have started providing high quality benefit packages in order to attract highly qualified English teachers. These schools are aware that it’s not exactly easy to uproot your life and move to the other side of the world, so many of them do their best to ensure that you will have a smooth transition by providing great perks that give teachers the opportunity to live comfortably abroad and also grow as an educator in the international classroom. We polled 100 teachers and below is a list of the top 5 reasons why they decided to make the move:
1.) Low cost of living – Countries like the US have a much higher cost of living compared to many other countries in the world, specifically developing countries. Some teachers don’t even realize how expensive their lives are until they move out of the US, and eliminate monthly expenses like insurance, car payments, high energy bills. It is quite easy to become accustomed to this low-cost lifestyle when you are abroad – and can be quite difficult to try and readjust when you return home. We highly suggest seizing this opportunity to save, travel, or pay off any loans while you are away.
2.) Arranged and/or paid accommodation – One of the most commonly asked questions from TeachBrave candidates is “where will I live?” This is understandably a valid question, and one that we are happy to have a solid answer to. All of the schools that TeachBrave works with provide teachers with pre-arranged accommodation. Some schools fully pay for the teacher’s rent, some may offer a monthly housing allowance, and some may provide temporary accommodation while the teacher looks for permanent housing. Either way, this allows for teachers to have a soft landing into their new home away from home. If paid, arranged housing is a deal breaker to you, check out our teaching positions in Nanjing, China where teachers can enjoy free rent in private, off-campus housing.
3.) Paid airfare – Our schools in the Middle East and a few throughout China will fully pay for a teacher’s round-trip airfare. Some will buy your return ticket upon completion of your contract, while some may give you a monthly flight subsidy to put toward a ticket. This is obviously a great perk for teachers who are trying to keep their start-up costs at a minimum. If this is sounds like you, be sure to check out the linked jobs above.
4.) Medical Insurance coverage – If you are from the US, you can really appreciate this one and breathe a sigh of relief to know that medical insurance is fully sponsored by all of our schools overseas. Countries like China, Thailand, and various countries in the middle east are known for having world-renowned private hospitals where medical costs are minimal compared to the US. While private facilities will be more expensive than public, we recommend going this route since many of the doctors and nurses will have likely studied in an English-speaking country, eliminating the language barrier.
5.) Opportunity to have an authentic cultural experience – When teachers return from overseas, never once have we heard any regretful remarks from them. Teaching internationally not only broadens your personal perspective of the world, but it also makes you a much more well-rounded teacher. Teachers who can add international teaching to their resumes will undoubtedly shine through in future job applications.