Who would make a quality international educator? What qualities and skills are highly necessary to be successful in this position? What traits and personality is required? Is there a specific amount of education and experience necessary? Those are all great questions that most of our candidates have when applying for international teaching positions.
Many would think a teacher who knows his or her subject matter inside and out and has been teaching for 10+ years would be the most competitive candidate. Although these are certainly characteristics that are helpful, the key to being a great international educator goes way beyond what you can do in the classroom. Teaching overseas requires teachers who are risk takers, highly adaptable to completely new environments, and highly accepting of the diverse cultural norms and language of the students. They are role-models of good citizenship, possessing an enthusiasm about their subject area and an open-mindedness to new learning styles and cultures. What sets thriving international educators apart is the spirit of adventure, in addition to their love for teaching overseas and travel.
To live abroad and work in an international school is a chance to experience deep personal and professional satisfaction. Why? The community is filled with successful parents whose children have been raised to believe that education is a top priority. Because of this, teachers and students thrive in an ideal atmosphere, rich with teaching and learning, with much less time and energy spent on crowd control and discipline. At an international school, the constraints of national rules and regulations will not hamper creative and progressive methods.
Teaching overseas is an opportunity to make a difference and is a great privilege! As a teacher overseas, you will develop close bonds with peers, teachers, and the community. You will be an influencer and role model. International students radiate self-confidence, vitality, and warmth. Teaching them is more like an enjoyable collaboration. Expatriate students, often called third-culture kids, exhibit a remarkable acceptance and flexibility that moving around the world has fostered in them. The international student quickly makes connections to peers and teachers, and quite often these relationships last a lifetime.
By choosing an international teaching path, you will accept the best jobs available in education while experiencing the opportunity of a lifetime.