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Could I teach abroad?

Teaching in international schools outside the UK is very different to teaching at home and it is important you are prepared for the challenge.  These are some of the things we look for:


Qualifications
A Bachelor’s degree in Education (or a PGCE) is generally a minimum requirement of working in international schools and you are unlikely to get a work visa without this.  


Teaching Experience
Most schools require you to have at least two years of teaching experience, although people with less experience are increasingly being considered for some roles.


Language
You must be a native English-speaker for most roles.  It’s not essential to speak the language of your host country, but willingness and determination to try and communicate in the local language is important.


Cultural Awareness
You will typically be working in non-western cultures and you need to respect the beliefs and values of your host country, even if they are different to yours. Working internationally is a rich and rewarding experience if you embrace the local culture.


Resilience and Flexibility
International schools may be less organised than you are used to and plans may change at the last minute.  You need to be able to adapt to this and ‘go with the flow’ when things don’t work out as expected.


Commitment
You will be expected to commit to the school for the length of your contract, so do your homework properly before accepting a job.  There is no shortage of resources on the web and you should research the school, city and country thoroughly before committing to a role.
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