When applying for overseas teaching positions, there are many aspects of the job search that you need to consider that don’t apply to a regular job search. Here are some important points to consider and research for your international teacher job search:
• Passports: Before looking to find work overseas, you will need to invest in a passport. Many schools will ask to see a copy of your passport as part of the application process, so it is best to get one well in advance. As you need one to travel anywhere outside of your country, it is a good investment.
• Visas and work permits: Normally after you are offered a job, you will have to look into applying for the correct visa or work permit that will allow you to work legally in the country. Some countries and schools will specify which permit is necessary, so make sure to ask your hiring contact beforehand. There is a lot of variety in visas and permits; therefore, it is always best to check with officials at the school to make sure you are getting the right one. It also takes time to process, so ensure you have given yourself enough time, as you will not be able to enter most countries without one.
• Salaries, taxes, and the cost of living: When looking for a job overseas, make sure to take into account the cost of living as it applies to your salary. Many countries may seem like they offer quite low salaries, but these same countries could also have incredibly low costs of living as well as low tax rates. Some schools will also offer to pay for your room and board, which will allow your salary to go towards food and spending money.
• Health concerns: Depending on where you are traveling, there could be different diseases that you have not been immunized against. Whenever traveling to a foreign country, it is a good idea to visit your doctor to get any necessary shots, as well as an overall check-up to ensure you are healthy before traveling. While in the country, it is good to invest in some form of health insurance to protect you against any misfortune.
• Transportation: Depending on where the school is located within the country, you can end up either working in the downtown core, or in a very rural area. So depending on where you are stationed, your transportation needs will vary. Find out how well the public transportation systems are run and look into whether or not you will need to purchase, lease, or rent a vehicle.
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