5 things to consider when starting your new TEFL job in a new country
Starting a new TEFL job in a new country is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it also comes with its challenges. Here are five essential things to consider when embarking on your TEFL journey in a foreign country:
Cultural Awareness and Adaptation:
Learn About Local Culture: Take the time to research and learn about the culture, customs, and traditions of the country you’ll be teaching in. Understanding the local culture will help you navigate social situations and connect with your students and colleagues.
Respect Cultural Differences: Be open-minded and respectful of cultural differences, including social norms, etiquette, and religious practices. Avoid making assumptions or judgments based on your own cultural background.
Basic Language Proficiency: Consider learning some basic phrases and greetings in the local language. While you may be teaching in English, having some knowledge of the local language can be immensely helpful for daily life and building rapport with locals.
Language Learning Plan: If you’re keen on learning the local language, create a language learning plan and seek out language classes or conversation partners.
Legal Requirements and Documentation:
Visa and Work Permits: Ensure you have the necessary visa or work permit to legally teach in the country. Research the specific requirements and application process well in advance.
Teaching Credentials: Make sure your TEFL or teaching qualifications are recognized and accepted in the country. Some countries may require specific certifications or additional documentation.
Logistics and Housing:
Accommodation: Secure accommodation before your arrival, whether it’s provided by your employer or arranged independently. Ensure that your housing is in a safe and convenient location.
Transportation: Familiarize yourself with the local transportation system, including public transportation options, bike rentals, or car-sharing services.
Banking and Finances: Set up a local bank account, if necessary, and have a plan for managing your finances in the new country.
Health and Safety:
Health Insurance: Obtain appropriate health insurance coverage for your time abroad. Ensure it covers medical emergencies and routine healthcare needs.
Safety Precautions: Research safety guidelines and local safety concerns. Understand the local emergency numbers and healthcare facilities in case of illness or injury.
Cultural Sensitivity: Be aware of any health-related cultural practices or dietary restrictions in the host country. This includes being cautious about food hygiene and water safety.
Starting a TEFL job in a new country can be both challenging and immensely rewarding.
Embrace the opportunity for personal and professional growth, and remember to stay open to new experiences, be patient with yourself as you adapt, and seek support from your colleagues and local resources when needed.
Jump into your new TEFL position and…
Jump for Joy!