It is amazing how many Americans have never strayed from the borders of our country. They spend their entire lives without travelling the world, except for short excursions to Mexico, the Caribbean, or Canada. Whether you have never taught before, or you have been a teacher for many years, you owe it to yourself to get out there and experience the world and one way to do it is by teaching abroad. Right now, there are many opportunities for you to be teaching English in China or other countries, regardless of your teaching experience or ability.
People who have never taught may think that they simply can’t get a teaching job overseas, but they can. You don’t need teaching experience – all you need to be able to do is speak English! You could be teaching English in China this school year by organizing your trip through a program that plans overseas teaching assignments.
With most teaching programs that place you abroad, you don’t have to worry about finding a place to live, or even try and figure out how to get a work visa or permit to stay for an extended period. The programs will take care of all of that for you and you can be free to just get on a plane and start teaching and travelling.
Those of you with teaching experience will be happy to hear that teaching English in China is a lot easier than teaching in the United States. The students are polite, eager to learn, and will treat you with the utmost respect. They are excited to be in your class and will listen to what you say – you may never want to return home to your old school! A semester or a year spent in China will be one that you will never forget.
Nicholas Hare is a specialist on teaching English China students wouldn’t have trouble understanding. He is a contributor to the popular website LetzLive.org. He writes informative articles on the subject of taking a gap year and more. For FREE tips and honest advice on how to get paid for taking a gap year, check out the website for tons of information!