“You are so lucky to travel abroad!”
Have you ever said that to a friend or family member?
Really, luck has nothing to do with it.
By Cassie Wells
When I first heard about teaching English abroad, I unknowingly filed it under my “things I wish I could do if I made more money” tab in my brain. There it would sit, or so I thought, with other charming files like “becoming Beyonce” and “buying an island and filling it with stray dogs/cats”. What I didn’t know at the time, was that it is actually possible to teach English abroad even if you don’t have oodles of cash lying around. Yes, even me, a Midwesterner who had never been overseas with big student loan payments. I was able to have one of the best years of my life teaching English in South Korea and I was even able to get my act together financially by saving money and paying off $10,000 in student debt. Who would’ve thought, right?!
The rewards of living, traveling and teaching English overseas cannot be measured in dollars, cents, euros or yen, but for most of us, financial concerns are a reality and we want and need to save money to pay bills, reach goals and to make the most of our lives. Here are 7 great tips for how you can make the make the most financially out of your experience teaching English overseas.