(Closed) Teaching outside of the states

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My best friend is currently teaching overseas in Germany. She loves it! We’re both from NJ and when she graduated with her MA in education (she did a 5 year combined BA/MA) the jobs for teachers in our state were slim to none. She is originally from Europe and has lots of family there so her first instinct was to go overseas. The only thing I can tell you is that someone in her family knew a principle at the school she is currently working in… you know what they say-it’s all about who you know.

Post # 4
Hostess
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My husband is a professor at a university overseas. We also know some people that have taught in SE Asia as well. What does your husband teach exactly? I think the thing about teaching overseas is that not all schools will pay decently. Some schools will offer a “local” salary, while others pay significantly higher based on demand or well-paid American salaries. It all depends on where you are willing and able to go. 

I would reccomend looking at international teaching job boards and getting a good idea of who is hiring. From there, start investigating schools you might be interested in teaching at. I would then suggest contacting the department head directly before even applying, building some sort of rapport (asking questions about the job, etc.) and then submitting your application when they know you. 

There are some listings on http://www.enggo.com/

Good luck!

Post # 5
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424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I teach in the Middle East.  Feel free to ask me anything.

 

It’s a wonderful experience 🙂

Post # 6
Hostess
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Kewii:  Ohhhh, where are you? I did grad school at AUC in Cairo. We’re in Afghanistan now, but I’d love to hear more about where you’re working and how you like it. I’m trying to start on our exit and ideally would like to be somewhere else by around Christmas.

Post # 7
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424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I live in Kuwait.  It has it’s advantages (you can save a lot, good travel opportunities) and it’s disadvantages (no pork, no alcohol).  But it really does have a great expat community.  You meet a lot of people because everyone seems to be in the same position.

Kuwait really is a place that it is what you make of it.  You have to do some work to find activities because everything is word of mouth, but if you find those things it’s awesome.  I started playing rugby in my second year here and it really changed my life and my whole attitude towards Kuwait.

Post # 8
Hostess
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Kewii:  Cool. I’ve never been to Kuwait, but I hear it’s nice. Is it super expensive? I would think it’d probably be about in line with Dubai, but that’s not based on all that much. I was honestly really unprepared for just how expensive Kabul is for expats. The expat scene is ok, obviously there are a lot of people here but there is like nothing to do that isn’t sitting at a restaurant or a bar. We do HASH, but even that obviously has a drinking type of side to it. 

Also, is sexual harrassment a big problem in Kuwait? Can you walk around and stuff? Just asking because Cairo was horrible and way worse than Afghanistan. But I’ve never had a problem in Dubai and DH didn’t notice it in Jordan either.

Post # 9
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424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Kuwait is a bit better than Cairo for harrassment.  I remember going to Cairo and kind of hating it.  But it does still happen every so often.  Usually just honking or cars driving beside you trying to get your attention.  I just stare straight ahead and they eventually go away.  It only happens 3 or 4 times a year.  Not too bad.

There’s not much more here than eating and shopping, unless you join one of the sports clubs.  But that’s really about it.  The UAE is much more happening for things to do.

And it can be a bit expensive. Groceries particularly, but nothing that is really bad (IMO).  I still save quite  a bit of money.

Post # 10
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151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I taught in Cairo last year..wasnt the best experience. However, loved being oveseas..will go abroad again…check out the international teacher review – there is forum with tons of info

Post # 11
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873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My friend’s sister and her husband teach in Kuwait also. They’ve been there with ther two children for about 3 years. They love it from what I hear!

Post # 12
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213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m currently living in Hanoi, Vietnam teaching with my FI and we both love it here. The job market is really good in Vietnam in general, better than anywhere else in SE Asia. It’s a wonderful way to see the world and make some money (not to mention the cost of living here is CRAZY cheap!)

Post # 13
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692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Check out teaching jobs in Florida, I have like 3 friends who are recent grads and have all landed jobs here without a problem.

Teaching overseas is something FI and I have been looking into. We both eventually want to work in Asia one day (we are not teachers by trade though) and teaching English seemed like a great way to get our feet wet. You really have to dig into the forums for the right info.

There are opportunities for teachers at schools for Americans in Malaysia. You know, the private schools for foreigners. Check those out too.

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