Perhaps you’ve made the decision to teach English abroad. You’ve done all the research, found a great program, and decided in the country that is right for you. While you may be experiencing the feeling of excitement and maybe even a bit a hesitation, let’s face it – there’s no perfect way to prepare for your next experience.

Here are four things you should know about teaching English abroad.

Don’t Expect a Miracle Overnight

Teaching ESL is incredibly rewarding, but it can also be challenging. Don’t expect your students to automatically pick of the fluency in English by the second class. Remember, your goal is to have students leave the room with a better understanding of learning English than when they entered.

It’ll Be Easy to Get Sick

Even if you are the type never to get sick, traveling always find a way to wreak havoc on the immune system. The change of diet, schedules and climate will all contribute to getting ill, so be sure to stay ahead of it and pace yourself.

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You Will Also Learn

You will be sure to face unexpected challenges that you never thought would happen as well as adventures you couldn’t have imagined. With that said, it is a better idea to be prepared as much as possible by expecting the worse and welcoming the best experiences abroad.

You Won’t Get Rich Teaching English Abroad

Teaching English overseas may not pay as well as other jobs, but you will grow rich in adventure and experience. Keep in mind that while you might not make as much as you would in the U.S., the cost of living is usually cheaper. This means you can still have savings if you learn to live within your means. For most people, teaching abroad isn’t about the money but rather the opportunity to explore a new country and help others learn.

You’re about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Be aware of your surroundings and enjoy every minute of your experience. Embrace the unexpected and learn all you can as you teach others the gift of language.

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