How-To: Take the First Step to Live and Work (mostly teach/volunteer) Abroad
One thing I found most frustrating when working towards my dream of moving to China and becoming an English teacher was the lack of advice on how to get there. A lot of folks discuss their amazing travels and their lives as expats, but not all share detailed information and valuable resources on how to do it yourself. My biggest concern in moving and finding work abroad was the reputability of the organization I would go through. So, here is a list of very reputable organizations I recommend, most of which I myself or friends have had experience with.
“Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people.”
- Randy Pausch ( 1960-2008 )
I have done extensive research on all of these, and I wish I had this list when I first began seeking opportunities!
Have any additional suggestions? Comment below!
*Also, see my post on 10 Questions to Ask Before Teaching English Abroad.
- Fulbright Fellowship: English Teaching Assistantships (many countries)
- VIA (Volunteer in Asia)
- CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange)
- PIA (Princeton in Asia)
- French Teaching Assistantship (through the French Ministry of Education)
Work in Asia
Short-term Volunteer Vacations Abroad
- Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State
*I will note here some of these resources specifically relate to Asia. However others, such as the Fulbright, CIEE, CCS, and Globe Aware, offer opportunities in many countries.