why teaching abroad ?

Feb 16th 2012 at 4:07 PM

The Middle East is an exciting place to live and work. It has all year sunshine with a good climate for most of the year; it has a remarkable culture and thriving expatriate population. Schools provide free furnished accommodation and tax-free salaries. Those who enjoy the Middle East are accepting of foreign cultures and sensibilities, adaptable, flexible, outgoing and willing to see everyday things from another viewpoint. If this sounds like you, many exciting opportunities might await you in the Middle East!

I had a close friend who had moved to the Middle East about six years earlier. Once he made the trip he never looked back. He was in the Middle East with a wife and seven children and he never complained once to me about financial difficulties or anything of the sort. It was as if the financial crisis never affected him and his family in any way at all. For years he encouraged me to come and take advantage of the opportunities in the Middle East, but I was too preoccupied with survival that I never gave it a second thought. I thought that it was good for him, but I wouldn’t be bold enough to make a move like that. I was faced with a desperate situation, so I called him and told him I was ready to look into working in the Middle East. Little did I know, this phone call would be the turning point in my life. I didn’t imagine the impact it would have on my professional career, personal outlook on life and even how I viewed the world in general.

Upon my arrival to the Middle East, I found employment immediately. I couldn’t believe it. For months I had been searching for work at home and I even traveled to Atlanta for work but came up empty handed. Now, upon arriving in this foreign land I had a job waiting for me as soon as I got off the plane.

Now, I don’t want to give the impression that I had a flawless experience once I got here. I don’t want to paint a rosy red perfect picture. There were difficulties and they were due primarily to poor planning and preparation.

I’ve been working in the Middle East for several years now and I have had the opportunity to work in many different capacities. Believe it or not, I’ve been a teacher trainer, a curriculum developer, a home room teacher, and even a school director. This has allowed me to see how things work on all levels. I found that opportunities kept presenting themselves one after another non-stop.

It is with experience that I present to you International teacher is your resource for becoming the ultimate teacher so that you can be more knowledgeable and prepared to work abroad as an educator. International teacher is for teachers on all levels. From ESL Teachers to Elementary,Middle and High School teachers;private tutors to mentors, you need to be at the top of your game to demand the most money for your services. The secret in the Middle East is that English is the instructional language. Everyone has to learn English whether they like it or not. Besides, who is more fit to teach English than a native English speaker? These countries are in desperate need of English speaking professionals. Not an English teacher? Well, neither was I, but I was able to learn from those who have been in these countries years before I arrived.

What I’ve discovered is that in many cases degrees aren’t important at all. A university degree would help, don’t get me wrong, especially if you are being recruited from your home country. In this case, they are sometimes a requirement, but what people don’t know is that many people without degrees make up the bulk of the local hires. The question is how can you present yourself in a manner where the subject about ‘having a degree’ never arises. You are so professional and you exhibit the experience that even degreed teachers don’t have. Whether you have a degree or not, the most important thing to have is the skill to navigate the landscape as a seasoned veteran and display the professionalism and confidence to obtain the salary you desire in order to perform at your best


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