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Frequently Asked Questions about Teaching Overseas

By AAEE — February 13, 2013 1 min read
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Are there opportunities for first year teachers in international schools?
Yes! International schools are looking for high-quality teachers with enthusiastic teaching strategies! It is doesn’t matter if you are a first year teacher or an experienced teacher. International schools are looking for you!

Is it possible to teach and travel with my partner/spouse/friend?
Be clear at the interview if you have a partner or friend with whom you want to travel. Schools may often be more interested in teaching couples/partners because they are perceived to be a longer-term employment prospect and it can be cost effective for the school to hire teaching partners.

What are the qualifications to be an “international educator”?
There are no set qualifications to teach internationally. Ideally, international schools want to hire high-quality teachers who are specialists in their area of expertise. The background of international teachers will be varied but selection criteria will focus primarily on how well the teacher’s profile matches the needs of the students in the school.

I have student loans to repay. What about salary and savings potential?
In reality there is no hard and fast rule as to what to expect regarding salary. A good recruitment company will help you research the average salaries for different regions/schools as salaries vary depending on the school, country and other considerations. In some countries you may be able to save up to two-thirds of your salary.

What will the students be like?
You will be teaching your subject material in English to students focused on learning and education. Discipline problems are rare in most international schools.

Shanna Mack
Co-Founder and Director
Global Services in Education, Ltd.

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