So, you’ve found your ideal international teaching job overseas and you are ready to make the leap. Good for you!
Now it’s time to get everything in order and properly prepared for your big move to a job teaching overseas. If you are still looking for a new position you can check out these teaching English jobs overseas.
Take care of these five documents before you move overseas to start the teacher job of your dreams.
First, check to make sure your passport is up-to-date. Passports expire every 5 years, so you will need to make sure yours and your family members’ are valid. If you don’t have a passport, you will need to get one. Leave plenty of time for the application process, it can take weeks to process a passport.
Ensure your passport will be valid throughout the length of your contract. Don’t be stuck in a foreign country with an invalid passport.
Apply for a working visa so you can teach legally in your host country. You will not be able to work legally on a tourist visa, so you will need a working visa of some kind. Your new employer should advise you about visa requirements.
Follow the requirements exactly because there could be serious consequences for you if you mix it up. There are many different types of work visas, it is imperative you get the right one. For most countries, it’s necessary you have it in your hands when you enter the country or you may be refused entry which could jeopardize your teaching contract.
Obtaining a police clearance certificate is as important to international teachers as their passports. Without a police clearance certificate, many countries will not allow you to teach children. The certificate records any convictions found on your criminal record and you will be required to show that your record is clear.
When you are ready to return home again, you will need to acquire another police clearance from your host country. If you don’t, you could risk your ability to teach once again in your home country.
Update your Will before you go overseas. As dreadful as it sounds, it’s necessary. You should carry copies of it with you when you travel as well. If something were to happen to you in a foreign country, you will need to have all your final wishes in order so there will be no confusion between the two countries. You don’t want your loved ones to have to deal with horrible international red tape to carry out your wishes.
Lastly, you should look into getting an international driver’s license so you will be able to drive in your host country. Most countries will not allow you to drive a car without one. This is an additional document you must obtain that acts as a translation for what your national driver’s license permits. It is especially relevant if you plan on working in a rural area where car transport will be necessary.
Having these five documents on hand for your travels to your new host country will make your introduction to a new culture, as well as your entire experience more enjoyable.
Proper planning and being prepared will help to ensure you start off on the right foot and have great international teaching experience.If you are planning to secure a job teaching overseas have you finished these steps in the process? Click To Tweet
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