RESEARCH GUIDE FOR TEACHING OVERSEAS
Hello there. So, you're thinking of teaching overseas and are wanting to do some research. In this post, I have compiled some useful links to sites I found really useful when starting my research.
This guide is not an extensive list, however, seeks to provide some guidance, to help you get started on your international teaching research.
TES Jobs: Has a wide range of international teaching jobs. You can filter by a number of categories, including subject and location.
Search Associates: A recruitment organisation, that supports filling a number of teaching positions around the world.
Teacher Horizons: A recruitment organisation, that supports filling a number of teaching positions around the world.
eTeach: A recruitment organisation, that supports filling a number of teaching positions around the world.
Go Overseas: An organisation that focuses on supporting individuals into global programs, related to developing communities around the world, as well as a number of jobs, related to education.
Jobs Guardian: A recruitment page on the Guardian Jobs website, that can be filtered to view teaching jobs, both within the UK and overseas.
TIC Recruitment: A recruitment organisation, that supports filling a number of teaching positions around the world.
Teachers Without Borders: Offers opportunities that relate to creating a more equal platform, in relation to global education, where every child has equal learning potential. Opportunities exist in the form of job roles, research, and internships.
Teach Away: A recruitment organisation, that supports filling a number of teaching positions around the world, as well as teaching programs.
Forums and Blogs
AdventuresWithCarole: Obviously my blog site, written by me Carole, a British ‘Teacher, Writer and Picture Taker’, that has embarked on teaching overseas, interwoven with being, a solo mummy and women of colour. Blogs cover a range of topics related to moving, living, and teaching overseas. I also post daily on my Instagram page, focusing on positive affirmations, reinforcing a ‘can-do’ mindset, and pictures of the world that I am exploring, while venturing through my ‘Human Experience’.
Community TES: This is a ‘must check out’ forum, for anything and everything related to teaching overseas. Topics range in the hundreds and cover most regions of the world. If you become a member, you can ask questions in the forums. This is a really helpful place to check out if you want to ask or find specific questions and answers.
Expat Arrivals: A great website that covers a wide range of questions, ranging from, managing culture shock, to what to expect upon arrival to your new destination. You can find a wide range of information related to different regions of the world, helping you understand more about your potential destination.
Expat Panda: This is a blog written by Aneesa, a certified and trained teacher, who is currently a PhD candidate. Aneesa holds a South African Passport and is of Asian heritage. Her blog includes a wide range of topics, seeking to offer a critical view of cultural norms, as well as the highs and lows of traveling, as a woman with a South African Asian heritage. Aneesa also posts regularly to her Instagram page, offering insight to her most recent posts featured on her blog, as well as beautifully bright, travel photos.
Go Overseas: Here you can find a wide range of articles on traveling overseas, as well as possible destinations in the Go Overseas, Go Guidebook. Posts on topics such as what countries pay the highest amount, or possible ways to study aboard, are featured regularly and may make for an interesting read, to explore your next international move.
Teach Away: Although a recruitment site, they feature a number of posts on teaching overseas, such as how to teach English, information on TEFL qualifications, as well as living in different destinations around the world.
Two Wandering Souls: Katie and Ben, two adventure-seeking souls, that love nature and the outdoors, as well as anything that is edible, write about types of travel, working aboard, planning your trip, as well as a wide range of destinations. Originally from the USA, they are high school sweethearts, living life to the fullest.
Teaching Nomad: A site that features not only job postings, but a very wide range of information on destinations, as well as blog posts on topics such as, sorting visas and culture shock.
The Guardian: The Guardian, not only a daily newspaper but also a great place to find information on teaching overseas, with articles, featuring current international teachers and their experiences.
International Schools Review: ISR features a wide range of reviews on schools, written by current or previous employees. It’s a great space to research a school, however, a word of caution, be objective. Some staff just want to have a rant and therefore leave negative reviews. Sometimes it is all about mindset, making the best out of a bad situation. Just read between the lines with reviews, and take what is relevant to make an informed decision.
Teaching Wanderlust: Amanda, a third-grade teacher, currently teaching overseas, but originally from the USA, has traveled and worked in a number of destinations. She blogs about working overseas, traveling solo as a woman, and mummy. Check out Amanda’s Instagram page, where you will also find updates on her life back home and aboard.
Aaron Short: Although not a blog, Aaron has vlogged a number of videos on his adventures in the Middle East, while working as a British Teacher living overseas. You will find a wide range of videos, such as reviewing teacher accommodation, and day trips in Fujairah.
Oneika the Traveller: Oneika has traveled extensively as a woman of colour and discusses this in some of her blogs. She is well seasoned in the field of traveling and has previously taught internationally. Originally from the USA, she met her husband overseas and has continued her love for travel, with a successful career as a travel media personality, and an award-winning blog.
Packing and Preparation Lists
Go Abroad: An article on the 13 most important things you need to prioritise and sort before teaching oversea
AdventuresWithCarole: An article on preparing to move to Almaty, Kazakhstan. I write about the process of her preparation and the key items she packed.
Teach Away: An essential packing list for moving overseas, that covers key items recommended no-matter where you are moving to.
Go Overseas: A packing list for moving and teaching in Asia, as well other destinations.
Edvectus: A generic packing guide for any destination, when venturing into the field of international travel.
Expats for Expats: This site has a generic packing list for expats, before leaving to reach your destination.
Lonely Planet: The famous Lonely Planet guides, will help any expat become familiar with their country of choice. You can also, however, find a great deal of information on the Lonely Planet website.
Expat Explorer-HSBC: HSBC has a great section on their site, dedicated to information on different countries, as well as financial matters, related to becoming an expat.
Expat Arrivals: A great website where you can find a wide range of information, related to different regions of the world, helping you understand more about your potential destination.
Go Overseas: Here you can find a wide range of articles on traveling overseas, as well as possible destinations in the Go Overseas, Go Guidebook.
BBC: The BBC has a dedicated section for language learning, which new users may find extremely useful.
Babbel: A leading language application, that you can easily download onto your phone. Babbel will get you started with key phases in the language of your choice.
Duolingo: Another leading application for language learning, Duolingo will help you get off the ground and start your learning journey in your new language of choice.
Most importantly, enjoy the process. It's all a journey.
Love Carole xx
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