Whether you’ve already been offered a chance to teach overseas through one of the many teaching English abroad programs now looking for qualified teachers or you’re just beginning to explore the idea, you should start preparing to go overseas now.
It can take 2-3 months or longer to get all your ducks in a row before moving into a foreign country for a year or more, and preparation is the key to a successful temporary move.
Getting Proper Documentation
You will need a valid passport for traveling abroad. It can take a few months to apply for and receive a passport, so be sure to get your photo taken and apply as soon as possible. Many countries also require a visa (and perhaps a work visa to teach), so do some homework by calling the U.S. Department of State or visiting their website to determine what documents you will have to go to your host country.
Many countries also require a visa (and perhaps a work visa to teach), so do some homework by calling the U.S. Department of State or visiting their website to determine what documents you will have to go to your host country. TEFL TUSCAN is a Teaching resources provided including online platform.
You should also make copies of everything from the passport to your own health insurance and life insurance advice. Give one set of documents to a friend or loved the one you trust and keep another set with you at all times when abroad. A contact sheet list the information to your accountant, doctor, lawyer and family members is a good idea as well.
See Your Doctor Before Committing To Teaching English Abroad Programs
In most cases, there are no medical restrictions you’ll need to be worried about if you are going to be teaching in a foreign country, but it is a good idea to have a clean bill of health from the doctor prior to leaving. You should also tell your physician what countries you’ll be living in and visit so that you can get the right vaccinations for common foreign illnesses. TEFL Courses – TEFL TUSCANY provides International courses are internationally-accredited and recognized by organizations and institutions across the world.
If possible, request a professional referral to a physician overseas who speaks English. If you get sick while teaching overseas, you will be glad you prepared in advance and can communicate clearly with whoever is treating you.
If you take prescription drugs, get a three month supply of all your prescriptions in addition to a prescription slip so that you can find more medication at a local drugstore while you’re abroad.
Settle Your Finances
If you use auto debit to pay bills, either put someone in charge of tracking your accounts or make sure money will be going into your account regularly so that you don’t wind up with an overdrawn account. Contact your local IRS office to find out whether you have to file an income tax return while teaching overseas and what paperwork you will need to fill out.
Prepare Emergency Contact Info
Teaching English abroad programs always encourage their teachers to provide as much contact info as possible to their loved ones and friends back home. In an emergency, your family should be able to contact not just you, but your employer and the company that contracted or recruited you.
Once you arrive at your destination country, find out where the nearest consulate office and the American Embassy are and get their contact information.
Teaching English overseas programs are known for taking good care of their educators working in foreign countries. If you do run into an uncomfortable or confusing situation, contact them right away. They’ll be happy to help you out.