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Teaching overseas has becoming a popular career choice not only for qualified teachers interested in gaining international experience, but also for new university graduates with an itch to see the world while also gaining valuable work experience abroad. If you are interested in exploring various teaching jobs abroad, you’ll want to know what your options are and where you should be focusing your search.
The Middle East is known for offering the most lucrative expat packages and also has the highest demand for schoolteachers at present. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Oman have international and national schools that are seeking qualified teachers on a yearly basis.
With growing economies throughout Asia, countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam have very reputable international schools with a growing need for teachers. Japan and South Korea have long been popular teaching locations but China has seen a boom in international education in the past decade and Beijing and Shanghai are home to some of the best teaching opportunities in the region.
As a new university graduate with less than 1 year teaching experience, your best bet is to secure a position teaching English abroad in Asia. Many language schools in the Middle East require a minimum of 2 years teaching experience as well as a BA degree and ESL Diploma (TEFL, TESOL or CELTA), so, until you build up your experience and education background, Asia will be a more suitable job market to find your first teaching job abroad.
South Korea continues to have a high need for native English speaking teachers and as long as you hold a valid UK or Ireland passport, and possess a university degree, you already meet the minimum requirements for securing a position. Thailand and Vietnam also offer opportunities for new university graduates, but the teaching market is still maturing and the recruiting practices tend to be conducted mainly for teachers who are currently in these countries (although not exclusively).
If you are interested in learning more about your teaching abroad options, head over to TeacherPort’s free Teaching Abroad Guides. Once you have narrowed down the type of position you would like to pursue, you can find a number of recommended positions found on the Teaching Jobs Abroad section,
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