Looking to teach abroad with a significant other or a group of friends? Here's everything you need to know!
Yes! It is very common for friends and couples (both married and un-married) to go abroad together to teach English. If you are considering going abroad with a friend or significant other, here are some matters to consider:While it is entirely common for friends and couples to go abroad and teach English, to live together in the same apartment or city, you should not necessarily count on working in the same school. Some schools actually prefer not to hire friends or couples in case one leaves, the others won’t leave as well.
Conversely some schools do prefer to hire friends or couples under the philosophy that those with the support and company of a companion will make a smoother transition to life and work overseas. Bear in mind that you may work at separate schools and still live and socialize together, and many couples and friends actually find it beneficial to work at separate schools because they are able to meet more English-speaking colleagues and widen their social networks.
Make sure you concentrate your efforts in places where it is realistic for both of you to find work based on your backgrounds and qualifications. In some job markets, it can be difficult or impossible for people who do not have four-year degrees or who are not native English speakers to gain employment. Consult your country chart, the country profiles on our website and with your TEFL Advisor to learn more about particular job markets.
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