Teaching abroad has become a popular alternative for teaching in the UK. There are so many benefits to teaching abroad, which is why more and more teachers are making this decision. In this blog post, we will discuss 5 reasons why teaching abroad can be an excellent career move for UK educators.
1. Teaching abroad is a great way to experience new cultures
2. You can choose to live anywhere in the world
3. Possible free accommodation included with some teaching positions teaching abroad
4. You can earn higher salaries teaching overseas than you would teaching in the UK
5. Opportunities for promotion are usually better when working and living outside of your home country
It makes sense that there would be more job opportunities for UK teachers teaching jobs abroad if there are more countries where they can teach. On average, there are around five times as many teaching opportunities available when comparing teaching jobs abroad to any job position available teaching in the UK.
It is worth noting that teaching jobs teaching abroad can be difficult to find, so you may have to utilise your networks and contacts who are teaching abroad as well. Alternatively, it might make sense to consider teaching at a language school which would offer more opportunities for teaching positions outside of Europe especially if you speak various languages fluently
Teaching abroad is a great way to experience new cultures
From teaching in the UK you probably recognise how working in a school embeds you within the community. Teaching abroad is no different. Teaching abroad is potentially an even more immersive experience as you will be required to learn about the new culture and adapt accordingly. This learning opportunity can help teachers develop their teaching style, improve cultural understanding skills and have a greater appreciation for diversity in education. By working in another country you will inevitably learn more about the language, food and people.
You can choose to live anywhere in the world
UK Teaching Qualifications are still highly valued and you can find employment in most countries in the world without taking further study. Certain countries might limit where you can teach due to visas etc and places such as North America have specific routes into teaching but most places are crying out for teachers with QTS and a UK Qualification. Imagine not having to deal with dreary commutes to your local secondary school as you relocate to the Middle East. Imagine getting to know all about Korean culture teaching English in a language school. Your teaching expertise the passport to live globally.
Possible free accommodation included with teaching positions teaching abroad
Some teaching jobs teaching abroad can include a housing allowance, an all-inclusive package or the option to live on campus. A lot of schools in countries such as China and Korea offer this type of benefit which is another reason why they are so popular for UK teachers looking at alternatives to teaching in the UK. Think of the money you’d save if you didn’t have a mortgage or rent to worry about each month.
You can earn higher salaries teaching overseas than you would teaching in the UK
Teaching jobs teaching overseas also tend to have higher salaries and more opportunities are usually better. When teaching in the UK, you can find yourself earning less than your colleagues due to lower pay rates but teaching abroad means a bigger salary which could result in greater savings at the end of each month. Some countries have tax free (or low tax) income, meaning you can quickly save cash for an eventual return to the UK.
You might also find your salary affords you a better quality of life. Pay for UK expats is usually good but certain countries still have low costs of living. Your salary as a teacher in a smaller Chinese city might see you living a life more luxurious than you can currently imagine.
Opportunities for promotion are usually better when working and living outside of your home country
You might find promotion easier to work towards due to the fairly transient nature of working abroad. Because staff turnover might be high you may find unexpected openings within your school. Also, you will inevitably become part of the network of UK teachers in the City, consequently you will hear about possible opportunities that inevitably have a smaller pool of candidates. Your UK qualifications are still highly valued and sought after, not to mention being a native English speaker.
It’s a myth that teaching abroad is only for those who are less than qualified. In fact, teaching in another country can be an excellent alternative to teaching in the UK. Teaching in the UK is not for everyone. For those who are eligible to teach and work abroad, teaching abroad can be a great change of pace. Whether you’re looking for new experiences or just want more money teaching teaching jobs abroad, we hope this list has given you plenty of reasons why.