You’ve been thinking about it for a very long time. In fact, you thought about it more times than you’ve said it out loud. Like how can I move abroad quickly?
But you’re unsure if it’s also possible or whether or not if it’s something you can do really quickly.
I’m here to tell you, that you can move abroad quickly. And I would even argue to say, you can literally move abroad within the next three months if you really wanted to.
The fastest way to move abroad is to teach. It’s a cliche because you may have heard or even seen it’s an expat thing–– yes many expats teach abroad. And truth be told you don’t have to be a certified teacher to do it, nor do you need any credentials at all in some parts of the world.
Although, more schools are cracking down on ensuring teachers have the right documents and credentials to teach.
Travel The World And Teach
Here’s the thing, I’ve been teaching abroad for 2 1/2 years, and it’s been the best experience of my life. In the last few years, I’ve traveled the northern, central and southern regions of Thailand.
I’ve worked and traveled in Japan. Outside of that, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Indonesia, Laos, both north and south of Vietnam, north and the south of India.
Teaching abroad has been an incredible experience for me because I’ve learned a lot about the local culture, the customs. I’ve loved working with both the children and the adults while developing positive relationships with my foreign co-workers.
Sure you have some expats that use teaching as a way to just travel which means you find them abandoning their contracts midway through without a proper exit essentially screwing the schools over. Or many of them not effectively and respectively doing their jobs.
Hence why some schools are particular in accepting foreign teachers and may have stringent contracts. Teaching abroad allows you to get your feet wet, it allows you to have a positive and meaningful impact. There are so many perks to teaching abroad that I outlined them here.
The Possibilities Are Endless Abroad
Plus once you’re abroad, you can make connections and transition into whichever industry you want to transition into.
For example, I met someone who was teaching abroad, she found out she hated it and through networking and meeting people she was able to secure a marketing job (in her field).
I say this to say, the possibilities are endless abroad. And if teaching isn’t your thing, you can commit to a short-term contract which allows you to test the waters out and reinvent yourself.
For instance, in Thailand, you can apply for 4.5-month contracts which will equal to one semester.
Just so you know, you have the option to apply directly to the school of your choice or connect with a recruiting agency who will then find you teaching positions in whichever country you’re interested in.
Honestly, the most lengthy process is usually the visa process.
The interview and finding a place to live won’t take you long because many schools offer free or discounted housing (another perk).
It’s Time To Decide
I’m writing a book about the entire process which outlines the step by step process, but it also explores what my firsthand experience is like.
I encourage you to decide on a continent, pick a country and just do it because there are endless teaching abroad opportunities all over the world.
So, I guess my last question for you is what are you waiting for?
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Frantzces is the co-founder of Chronicles Abroad and helps people to live a missioned driven life. She has written for Tiny Buddha, Medium and SOULE, an online publication for LGBTQ news and pop culture. Her mission in life is to inspire people to live missioned driven lives. Life is like a movie but unlike movies, there are no sequels. Click here for your FREE guide: 4 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress: Anytime, Anywhere For Less Than 15 Minutes.