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What is a gig?

A temporary job. Usually void of benefits, such as health care, and pensions. They pay either hourly or as one lump sum. Some longer-term gigs may be salaried but they’re also void of restrictive bosses that have a certain quasi-ownership of their employees.

Think that because you are a native English speaker you have a ticket to teach anywhere in the world? Think again.

Most good and reputable educational academies, particularly international schools, are looking for more than just a native English speaking adult to teach their students.

There are two truths I’ve discovered about the teaching profession: you can leave the profession but it will never leave you, and it’s exhausting work. However, these truths are not necessarily self-evident. First, while you may be able to leave teaching (physically), as cheesy as it may sound, the work gets into your heart and soul.

It is paradoxical that we need to sit down in order to go somewhere far fast. Be it if we take a train between states or a flight across countries, we sit for the duration of it. If we tried to run or swim there, it would be tiring and/or dangerous. Our safest bet is to stay put, while also moving rapidly.

One of the most common questions teachers and those who aspire to teach abroad ask, or more likely debate ad infinitum on obscure internet forums, is whether it is better to apply directly to schools or to use the services of a recruiting company to obtain gainful employment teaching abroad.

Recently several unsuspecting https://www.esl101.com/ members lost a significant amount of money to scammers posing as employers in the United Arab Emirates.

Ever since I moved to South Korea in 2009 to teach English, I usually get a handful of inquiries every year from new teachers wanting to talk about moving overseas to teach. It’s fun for me—I love re-living my international adventure with prospective ESL teachers, and getting excited vicariously.

Will our isolation increase through the infinite freedom of information and ubiquity of the Internet? Longer summers and lesser days / school year are the remains of the US agrarian economy, when planting picking and harvesting took place in a greater number of homesteads than today. US schools continue to have fewer days... and if well charted and scheduled, this freedom fosters creativity.

Going home after teaching English abroad can be pretty intimidating, especially the job part of it. If you don’t want to teach ESL in your home country, what exactly can you do for work? In order to see what people were actually doing, I surveyed 55 old friends and random Internet strangers to find out all the details for you (and myself as well!).

Teaching overseas can be a great experience - countless articles and blog posts provide advice on how to find the perfect job teaching abroad and what an amazing experience teaching overseas can be.

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