How to Get a Job Teaching Abroad
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How to Get a Job Teaching Abroad

Everything you need to know to Become an International Teacher!
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Created by Greg Vanderford
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Apply successfully for jobs at top international schools around the world
  • Identify high quality international schools around the world to work at
  • Identify high quality teaching positions in international schools throughout the world
  • Apply successfully for EFL (teaching English as a foreign language) jobs throughout the world
  • Identify good English language centers to work for
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  • Have an interest in teaching overseas

In this course your will learn:

1. How begin looking for a high quality job teaching in a foreign country

2. How to successfully apply for an English teaching or other international school job

3. How to identify the best international schools and English language centers around the world to work for

4. How to avoid getting hired by a low quality school

5. How to negotiate a high salary with good benefits

6. How to choose which country to work in

7. The amazing benefits of teaching abroad!

It's no secret that teachers can feel underappreciated, underpaid, and overworked. This is largely the case throughout the western world. However, perhaps the best kept secret among those of us teaching at international schools is that, it doesn't have to be this way!

Whether teaching English as a foreign language or working on a full-time contract with a top flight international school, teachers get paid much higher salaries and wages, receive excellent benefits, and get to enjoy living in an exotic or interesting place.

Teaching abroad is an exhilarating experience that will change your life. And the great thing about it is, you can actually receive the level of pay that all of us hard working teaching professionals deserve. 

In this course, How to Get a Job Teaching Abroad, I will teach you EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW to get hired with a high salary teaching in a foreign country.

Who is the target audience?
  • People considering teaching at an international school overseas
  • People considering teaching English abroad
  • People considering coaching sports abroad
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
1 Lecture 09:55

Teaching abroad solves many problems that face professional teachers in the West. Among these problems are low pay and lack of appreciation. In addition to, in some cases, MUCH higher pay, better benefits, and more respect, international students tend to be very well-behaved and hard working. In this lesson, I will go over the many benefits of teaching abroad in various countries and situations.

Preview 09:55
How to Get Started with Your Job Search
3 Lectures 24:28

The two main avenues for teaching abroad are to either teach English at a language center or international school or be a subject teacher at an international school. These two situations are very different. In this lesson, we will go over some of the major differences in terms of hours, pay, and benefits as wellas look at the preparation you will need in each case.

Preview 08:56

There are many benefits of teaching English at a language center that differ from those of an international school. In this lesson, we will cover the specific benefits of teach EFL in a foreign country.

The benefits of teaching at an English Language Center

Teaching at an international school has many benefits above and beyond what you receive at an English language center, although the environment and conditions are different as well. In this lesson, we will look at factors that will give you a good idea of which option is best for you.

The benefits of teaching at an international school
Getting Hired at a Good School
5 Lectures 34:54

If you have decided that you would like to teach English as a foreign language, you need to know how to get a job at a reputable English language center. In this lesson, you will learn everything you need to know to successfully land one of these positions.

How to get hired at an English Language Center

Getting hired at a reputable international school is more difficult than an English language center and requires more credentials. In this lesson, you will learn what it takes to land one of these cushy jobs at a top school, where the pay and benefits can be triple or quadruple the average teacher pay from a western country, when you factor in the cost of living.

How to Get Hired at an International School

Choosing a country to start teaching in can be difficult simply because you have so many great choices! While this largely comes down to your preferences, you have to know what different countries are like both in general, and for teachers specifically in order to make an informed decision. In this lesson, we will look at some of the best countries to teach in and how to make a choice that is suitable for you.

Choosing Your Ideal Country to Teach In

With hundreds of international schools and language centers to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow it down. In this lesson, you will learn what you need to look for in a good school, with some specific recommendations for some of the well-known and reputable schools operating in many countries.

How to Identify the Best Schools to Work For

The last thing you want when moving abroad is to end up working for a school that either deceived you during the hiring process or ends up being a bad place to work for. In this lesson, you will learn some red flags to watch for when going through the recruiting process.

How to Avoid Getting Hired at a Bad School
Everything to do with Money
3 Lectures 23:55

Every country and school has different pay and benefits packages. However, there are some rules of thumb in terms of what to look for depending on whether you'll be teaching ESL or a subject at an international school. In this lesson, you will learn the difference between good and sub-par pay depending on the situation, and what you should ask for during the recruiting process. 

Salaries, Wages, and Benefits of Teaching Abroad

There are many benefits to teaching abroad besides the high pay and respect for teachers, such as the opportunity to travel and meet like-minded people, open up businesses, and many more. In this lesson, we will look at some of the awesome side-benefits of teaching abroad that may not initially occur to you. 

Side Benefits of Teaching Abroad

Over the years, I have accumulated a lot of tricks to help the aspiring expat teacher navigate the sometimes murky waters of international teaching. In this lesson, you will learn some short cuts, hacks, and tips that will greatly enhance your experience teaching abroad.

Hacks, Tricks, and Tips for Teaching Abroad
1 Lecture 07:32

In this lesson we will review the main points of the course, and give you some final tips to help get you started on your journey toward international teaching success!

Now Go Out There and Teach!
About the Instructor
Greg Vanderford
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My courses are designed based on my many years as a teacher and student of education and business. I hold a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and have been designing curricula for over a decade.

The business, language, and chess courses that I have built on Udemy are a reflection of this experience and dedication to education. My goal is to reach as many people as possible with my courses, which is why I have chosen the internet and the Udemy platform as my ideal mode of delivery.

The following is a little more about my expertise and background. I was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. I attended the University of Idaho where I earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2004. After a few years in the work force as an account manager I moved to Vietnam where I lived for over 5 years.

While in Vietnam I taught English as a second language for almost 2 years to students of all ages and backgrounds. For the 3 final years that I lived there I opened and ran a sports training company called Saigon Sports Academy. We coached sports such as soccer, chess, tennis, and basketball as well as ran large sporting events such as tournaments and leagues. My positions while at the company included Director of Strategic Initiatives as well as Director of the Chess Program.

While living in Vietnam I became fluent in the Vietnamese language and developed a deep love for teaching and traveling internationally. I then came back in the United States to work on a masters degree in education so that I would be an even more effective teacher in the future. It is my wish to be a positive force for education in the world, and to inspire my current and future students to be the best that they can be in whatever they do.