International Teaching Guide
Whether you are thinking about teaching abroad for the first time, or are a seasoned international educator, this page is for you.
First, grab my freebie of questions you should ask to find the perfect location and school for you. If you haven’t taught abroad before, check out this post about how to become an international school teacher.
Read stories from educators who are currently teaching in international schools.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can become an international school teacher?
Anyone can become an international teacher. Many private language schools and government programs hire native English speakers with no experience. This is a great way to decide if teaching internationally is the career path for you. To be hired in a true international school, you generally need a university degree and a teaching license from your home country.
Am I too young/old?
There are international teachers of all ages and at all points in their careers. Some schools do hire 22-year-olds who have just graduated. Unfortunately, many countries will not give work visas for teachers over 55, so if this is you, make sure to check the local laws ahead of time.
What do I need to bring?
This depends on where you are going and how much the school is giving you for a baggage allowance. If you can only bring a few suitcases, you probably won’t be able to bring many things for your classroom. But if you have $1000 shipping allowance, you should make sure to bring your tried and true classroom supplies.. Here are some of my favorites for teaching and traveling.