Saturday, October 11, 2008
Posted by Dromedarius at 7:03 PM
Want to teach overseas but not quite sure how to go about it? Thought I'd take the time out to post some tips on how you can go about this seeing as I've just been through the process myself. Please note that this post is a little Australian centric as that's where I'm from. Many of the sites though are international recruitment sites though. Also take into account that although I've done a lot of research and spoken to many people who have worked overseas this will be my first overseas teaching position (although not my first overseas job). Thus much of what I say may be wide of the mark - hopefully though it provides some relevant info.
- Do you pay tax or does your school pay tax for you - in a lot of packages the tax is paid for you and this often means your take home pay is substantially higher.
- Are you offered accommodation or given an allowance sufficient to give you decent accommodation. If not then this should ring alarm bells.
- Is medical insurance included? If not steer clear.
- Do you have paid flights home for you and your dependents at the beginning and end of your contract (usually 2 years contracts). Most of the better schools will give you flights home every year.
- If you have children then schooling should be provided free (note that having more than 2-3 kids can sometimes be a disincentive when schools hire).
- Will the school handle all your visa costs and paperwork (if not steer clear)
- Do you have any additional benefits eg. gym memberships.