Life as an International School Teacher

Here is a basic overview of how I began as an international school teacher. I’ve made mistakes along the way, there are some things I wish I had known earlier and some pitfalls I could have avoided. Overall, there have been huge advantages of international teaching. I hope to put some pointers. My successful guide was launched in 2021 which covers these areas in-depth.

Please feel free to message me with questions or areas in which you’d like to know more. Or new areas I hadn’t thought of! I have a Facebook page and group for general questions so head over there too for more support: New International Teachers.

1. Starting out – getting recruited!

Prior to PGCE Training my (then) boyfriend and I decided to try our hand at teaching. We began as Assistant Language Teachers in Japan, which just required a degree. We then gained our PGCE in the UK and had a further 2 years experience in the UK. After attending a recruiting event, we began our first placement in Egypt.

2. Moving abroad

This section is a brief description of how I prepared for each move, and the benefits!

3. Challenges

What you could experience, uprisings, earthquakes, virus’, housing and distance from home.

4. Planning for and with kids

How the dynamics can change with a family. What to look for in schools and countries.

5. I wish I had known…

This relates to how I could have improved my saving potentials, and some tips I wish I had known from the start…

6. Moving – tips for interviews. How do I know the new school is a ‘good’ school?

This section relates to what we have done to secure subsequent jobs.

7. Online CPD

This seems to be often asked for on forums, I will list some excellent low cost or free CPD I have found.

8. FAQs

From time to time I am emailed a question, replies are posted here.

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