Teaching Positions Abound
by Craig Dressler
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The teaching positions listed on the website abound. Some of the jobs are ESL/EFL and English related and others are for elementary school teachers. While most unemployed educators struggle to find a position, those who are not afraid of adventure can leap into a cross-cultural experience. Worldwide job listings that cry out for educators are added daily and not just in the spring and summer. Some of the teaching positions require specialized credentials, but many only require a university degree and little or no experience. It takes a tough person emotionally, physically and spiritually to go this route, but the rewards are usually very gratifying.(If you are a Christian, make sure you take a Bible, Christian music, books, etc. that you will need to maintain your inner strength and take them covertly if you travel to an Islamic nation.) The avenue is wide open to gain teaching experience for the inexperienced and to earn a tax-free income of up to $70,000 a year(the last time I looked at the tax regulations). The salary in some countries is paltry and more of a ministry, but in others it is comparable to earnings in the U.S. At first, overcoming your fear of the unknown may be your toughest battle, but the rewards in the end are worth it. Personally, I spent two years teaching in Japan and five years teaching in Saudi Arabia, and even though it was difficult I would not trade those experiences for anything. Intercultural understanding can seldom be had with short-lived relationships.
Here are two websites that my open the door to a new adventure:
1) Dave's ESL Cafe or eslcafe.com for secular positions listed under Job Center Home Page and the International Job Board
2) Association of Christian Schools International or acsi.org under Jobs and Overseas Openings
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