Traveling Abroad for Teachers?

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  1. Maryhf

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    This summer while I was traveling with my family in Europe, we kept running into the People to People travel tours. They were middle school age kids and they were definitely teachers escorting the groups. I don't know how you get involved but I know there are trips to all kinds of places.
     
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    I currently have a Mentee who spent two years in Korea, and he loved it. I'll see if he won't do some posint here. He talks a bout a T-Fal or a C-Fal?
     
  3. SandyCastles

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    I know where I am now, even though our contracts are two years, a lot of teachers take a leave of absence from their jobs to come for one year. They extend it if they can. English is not the main language here, but it is widely spoken and I usually have no problem communicating outside of school. Everything is written in both Arabic and English. I didn't realize it would be that way so it was a nice surprise! I honestly never imagined I would come to the Middle East but this area is very peaceful and it has turned out to be a great experience. Obviously on first thought some other countries are more appealing (they were to me too) but there really are so many countries as options out there worth considering, especially when it comes to pay and benefits, etc... Another great thing is I have met people from so many countries so now I can travel to those countries- I went to Australia this summer to visit a teacher friend!
     
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    Actually from this post I think this might be an excellent choice for you. It isn't quite the expat experience you are thinking of. DoDEA work on military bases. You will have quite a few American around you. Often the town surrounding the base (from my limited experience but educated guess) will be used to dealing with Americans. The language barrier varies from place to place but as far as the notion of being dropped off and can't speak the language, it's not quite as nonaccommodating as that. In fact, my neighbor had a travel abroad experience in Germany and she said she felt that was more culture immersion by far. It's not that you won't have opportunities to explore the culture. After all, you would be living in a foreign country. It's must that there are so many activities provided by the base that you have to be of mindset whether you are there for the military life experience or the cultural experience. You can have both but you have to actively make that decision.

    But from what you have just said, you are nervous about the linage barrier. This may be the stepping stone for you. I'm very hard of hearing and it is hard for me to lipread accents in English much leas another language. Yet I find myself doing alright. There are some adjustments and sometimes I have a language barrier but typically it is more related to my hearing loss than because I live in another country. Folks here are quite use to military changing in and out quickly and having a language barrier. There are a lot of ways to communicate and quite a few know at least some English. At the same time, if you are lucky, you will be told to take a short language course for at least some perfunctory communication.
     
  5. amakaye

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    Me too!
     
  6. Miss Kirby

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    Sigh.... I spend way too much of my life doing google searches about teaching and traveling abroad and then I feel sad because I am wasting my life dreaming about things instead of actually doing them! :\
     
  7. bonneb

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    Check out TeachAway.
     
  8. SandyCastles

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    Yes, TeachAway is how most of the teachers come to Abu Dhabi. They also send many teachers to Japan as well as other locations, mostly in Asia and the Middle East where the demand is.
     
  9. SCTeachInTX

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    I hate to say it... But I worry with the constant turmoil if the Middle East is safe for Americans. I guess it is my own problem. But I worry since you hear so much in the news.
     
  10. SandyCastles

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    I was worried too before I came here. I researched the specific country before I came and everything I found claimed that it was a very safe country to live in. After reading that in multiple places I decided to try it, and if I didn't like it or didn't feel comfortable, to leave.
    After being here for over a year, I couldn't agree more that it is a very safe place to live. In fact, I would say that it is even more safe here than in the United States. This particular country is one where people from other ME countries come to escape the terror in their own countries. Most of the population is made up of expatriate workers so it is regarded as a safe haven. There are no riots here, nor do you hear of drive-by shootings, robberies and other crime I was accustomed to reading daily in the news at home. I was here when Bin Laden was killed back in May and all throughout the Arab spring, and not once did I have anyone say anything to me. The American population here is pretty high, and growing every year with the education reform and the recruitment of 1,000 teachers/ year.
    But, this is just one country. I don't think I would feel as safe in a different country in the Middle East, other than maybe Oman (I live on the border) or Qatar.
     
  11. bonneb

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    The DoDEA website is great!

    They have schools in England! Take a look and see what you like. I found an interesting school about an hour and a half from London. Wow. It sounds like a great opportunity. I would love love love to go teach in England. I think it would be wonderful to teach in a foreign country to US military children, and still have the foreign culture at your fingertips. Travel to Europe would be easy for holidays. I will definitely look into this for the future. I would love to take a sabbatical and do something like this.
     
  12. Miss Kirby

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    I should probably look into the DoDEA. I just worry because it sounds like you don't have a choice where you go in the beginning... and you have to commit before you find out where they will place you. At least that's what it sounded like!

    I got the packet of info from the University of Indiana's teacher practicum program. It sounds really great but expensive. Airfare, tuition (over $1000), room and board, etc.
     
  13. amakaye

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    Yeah, I was hoping IU's program was more of a package thing, which may have helped with the cost. I need to e-mail to get a ballpark figure for room and board for the areas I would like to go to. I might be able to get some PD money to help with tuition, though. Still seriously considering it...
     
  14. Miss Kirby

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    Did you find out more info about it, amakaye? Playing the Fulbright waiting game but wondering if I should be searching for Plan B????
     
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    Right now is recruiting season for international schools so if you wait much longer you could miss an opening for next school. Schools are beginning to interview, attend job fairs, and hire. So, if you are still planing on doing this for next school year, you'll need to be active about it now.
     

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