As it rings closer and closer to May 22nd 2014, students are quickly shuffling around there resumes and cover letters in hopes that there four years of education can accumulate to a job that pays well and makes them happy. While this is occurring several students who have been fortunate enough to study abroad may not be as focused on about what job they’d acquire but instead questioning how they can find themselves as far away from Salisbury, MD as possible. I’m one of those students. Being fortunate enough to study abroad in London and India all within the same year I instantly forgot about life in a cubical and began looking for opportunities to live and work in another country.
For those contemplating this en devour – it’s a big decision and one I’m currently in the process of figuring out. While I offer some reflections on my own experience so far I will remind you that these views are just my own and meant to help everyone figure out this difficult choice!
1. Talk to your study abroad office.
The study abroad office at your school is a god send – and Salisbury University has many people willing to walk you through each step and decision so that you feel comfortable and don’t get ripped off. There are many programs out there and scams as well so don’t think you can do this alone – research is key! Though many countries are suffering major issues with unemployment and public education funding being cut, being a native English speaker is in demand and you can easily find a placement that suites you!
2. Get an idea of what region you want to study in.
It doesn’t have to be somewhere where your proficient in the language. Choose a place that excites you and you feel comfortable in. A lot of programs don’t require you to know the native language and will help you learn!
In my research, I’ve been looking into Spain – a country poor in English in certain regions but a beautiful one as well. I personally have been learning French all my life and have a regional specialization in the Middle East so I wanted to take a jump and try a region I’m not familiar in and a language I’ve been surrounded by and never studied (More to learn!) You are always welcome to take a TEFL course if you want and brush up on the language!
Whilst doing my research i’ve become familiar with a few programs:
3. Choose a program and remember ALL THE DEADLINES.
The application process for becoming a teacher is usually all online and comes with many documents that need to be uploaded. Find your passport (If you don’t have one hurry up and get one) make a copy of it, find some letter of recommendations and usually there are plenty of resources to help you through each step of the process.
The experience to teaching abroad seems to be an overwhelminly positive one – combining doing good, learning more about yourself and other cultures. The opportunity to make some money while living in a country you have never been to, travel, and learn another language at the same time! I’m looking into it and would love to hear some advice if you have considered it!
Have you considered teaching English? If so – where?