9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 4, 2012 8:45 PM by restabrook RSS

Teaching Overseas (mainly Europe)

jennybeth08 New User
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I am a senior education major at Texas A&M University and I want to go teach abroad after graduation.  I don't really know who to contact with questions or reputable programs to look into.  I am looking for a program that pays me to teach english to their students and allows for travel time on weekends and holidays.  I have seen some sites on google but they seem too good to be true.  If y'all know of any that your students or colleagues have used and had a positive experience with, please let me know!

 

Thanks,

Jenny

  • Re: Teaching Overseas (mainly Europe)
    cgasell Apprentice
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    Hi Jenny,

     

    I too have always been interested in teaching abroad. My previous school district had a relationship with the Frankfurt International School. They have a summer camp program and are always looking for teachers. It might be a good way to get your foot in the door. You can find out more about the summer camp program here.

     

    I have two friends who got teaching jobs abroad by attending the UNI International Job Fair. They both signed on the spot and have been loving their experiences abroad. One of the guys even met and married a girl he met while in Oman. I am always jealous of their travel stories and great teaching experiences.

     

    Good luck on your job search!

     

    Crystal

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    cyndwyer New User
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    Hi Jenny,

     

    I have a friend who teaches in Switzerland & got her job through an International Job Fair (not sure which one).  I just saw this on ASCD Smartbrief & thought it might be helpful:

     

     

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    cyndwyer New User
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    Jenny,

     

    I also recently read this article about Teacherhorizons on the Tech & Learning website.  http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&EntryId=3257  Teacherhorizons lets you post your resume & be seen by international schools, and also lets you find out about opportunities in other schools.

     

    Good luck,

    Cindy

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    sjakimiak New User
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    Hi,

    I am a Polish student and I just started my Master Degree in ELEMENTRY OF CHILDREN with specializm MEDIA EDUCATION. Las summer I have been to USA and I was working at summer camp in NY state( I was a counselor). I have got so much experience, I improved my English as well and now I am not afraid of doing new things ans speak in English.
    I am really interested to go abroad(not only to America) and work for company which specializes in topics like: media education, dangers of media and children, new technologies for schools, new tools for children and teachers. I know that this field is quite wide but this is my main goal now- acquire as much experience and knowledge in it as possible. I realize that this subject is not so popular in my country. It is getting change but its  still very limited . Thats why I really want to go abroad where I can find more information and help to get more skills and experience. I am also interested in payable placement so I could have some money for living.

     

    I would be very grateful if anybody give me any kind of information how I cant get this kind of job  or placement for instance in America. I was looking up the Internet a little bit but I think your help would be more reliable.
    * I would like to go next summer or between February and June 2012.

     

    Thank you very much for any help.

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    Leah Montano New User
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    Try TIE online:  http://www.tieonline.com/.  My friends were able to land great teaching jobs at international schools in Germany, Belgrade, India, and Vietnam through that site.

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    jsouders New User
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    Jenny,

    Most colleges offer tesl (teach English as a second language) cerification classes. If I am not mistaken the university program can help you get placed after finishing the courses.  I have heard that the European jobs are the hardest to get, but I am sure its still possible as long as you work within the program's schedules.  My wife has a friend who taught in England for four years  I see what program she used and get back to you.

    Jack

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    sarahd New User
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    That sounds wonderful!  The teacher that had the most impact on me was a foreign teacher the year my family was abroad in Pakistan--I was in 6th grade.  I've always wanted to teach abroad too because of my experience.  I just have to talk my husband who is a teacher into it.  I will be following your discussion for info...thanks for posting!

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    restabrook New User
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    Hi Jenny,

     

    I taught at an international school in Burkina Faso for 5 years - it was an amazing experience (I just returned last month). Excellent school, great and motivated students from all over the world (I had kids from 28 countries last year), interesting country, great colleagues, and lots of time to explore West Africa.

     

    Most International Schools like this one hire at job fairs in the US (and sometimes London). The big ones at my school anyway are UNI (already mentioned above - http://www.uni .edu/placement/overseas/  ) and one in Boston (https://www.iss.edu/about-us/event). Search Associates (http://www.search-associates.com/main.html) is another group that has job fairs for international schools.

     

    I actually didn't use these services because I was hired locally - I was already in the country because of my husband's job, but these are the services my friends and colleagues used. I took notes because so many people have asked me how to get a job at an international school.

     

     

    TIE Online (The International Educator) is another good service http://www.tieonline.com/ - it's best to use TIE after the job fairs (like, now through the fall), because in December/January, directors start to focus on the job fairs.

     

    There is also an organization for Central and South America which has its own fair in December in Georgia.  I think they are AAISA.  They are on the TIE site as well.

     

    I hope this helps! I think teaching overseas is a great GREAT job. I'd suggest being open to other parts of the world besides Europe - there are wonderful schools in all types of places (like Ouagadougou,  Burkina Faso where I was!)

     

    Let me know if you have more questions.

    Good luck!

     

    ~Ruth

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