Do you want to teach English abroad? Get up to date information from an expert who has be working in the ESL industry for over a decade.
Every year thousands of people move away from their homelands to live and teach in foreign countries around the world. Why teach abroad? Hands down, it is the best way to broaden your horizons.
See the world. Experience a different culture
There’s no better way to see the world, try different things, make money, learn about culture and live an entirely different lifestyle most people only dream about. Plus, there’s no shortage to the number of interesting and available jobs here in Asia. My teaching career started off in China, but within months, I was also singing professionally, doing radio work, book editing, television programs, commercials and modeling.
Aside from education rewards and the opportunity to travel, teaching abroad is a great way to make – and save – money! Pay packages vary from country to country, but one thing that all ESL teachers have in common is that they tend to live quite well overseas. Some teachers are able to save $500USD to $1,000USD per month, while others make enough to finance their travels throughout the year.
In some countries, like Taiwan, the pay is quite good and living expenses are low. In other countries, such as China, the pay might not be so high, but the benefits are awesome and travel is cheap. You’ll have plenty of time to take advantage of it. Either way, you can’t lose. An overwhelming number of people I meet here are able to use the market as a platform for their own passions and interests. Writers, artists and musicians often move to other countries to work. Being a writer, photographer and musician and living in Asia has really given me and my work an edge that I might not have had in Canada. I have found that settling into a new place and meeting new people has sparked creative ideas and offered inspiration that was otherwise unavailable back home.
Broaden your horizons
You might stay for a year to see what it’s all about and decide it’s not for you, but I guarantee that you’ll see and learn and grow more in that year than at any other time of your life. Maybe you’ll end up staying longer, once your love affair with Asia has taken root. Then, your travels and experiences will start taking you further and further away from home. Whatever your reason for working abroad, your experience teaching away from home will change your life forever.