Recent college graduates are finding the job market in the U.S. scarce. Many graduates are turning to an exciting alternative: teaching abroad! English has become a world language, and there is an increasing need for native English speakers to teach international citizens. Most programs only require a Bachelor’s degree for you to teach with their programs. Some programs work with specific schools and place you in a classroom with other native speakers, while other programs may place you in a home or business as a tutor.
While you work on your plan to teach abroad, you will need to make sure you have international insurance to cover your medical expenses. HCC Medical Insurance Services (HCCMIS) offers Atlas International Insurance for those traveling overseas. Atlas International® insurance offers many valuable benefits for those overseas including
Choosing the right teaching abroad program is very crucial. You want to make sure you will be in a country you want to visit, with a language you want to learn about, and part of program that fits all your needs. Finding the right one can be tedious, so we’ve made a list of a few good programs to help you out:
1. Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) – Through Greenheart, CCI’s travel and teach abroad program, you get to live and teach English in one of five foreign countries while experiencing the native culture.
2. InterExchange – InterExchange offers you the chance to teach in not only a structured classroom, but also in a more relaxed tutor atmosphere. With teaching positions in nine different countries, this program is designed for beginning teachers who might benefit from a little support and help.
3. Sister Schools – Many U.S. universities have partnerships with sister schools in foreign countries. As a part of their arrangement, it’s likely that the schools exchange faculty on a regular rate. If you’re a professor looking for some excitement, this is the choice for you.
Making the decision to teach abroad can take you to any number of different countries. Depending on the program you enter, your experiences can range widely, but most international teaching jobs share a certain set of key requirements for their teachers.
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