Choosing to teach overseas is often an adventure, especially if you are going to go to a nation where the tradition and lifestyle is entirely different from what you are used to. In almost all instances, you would also be operating for a government, private company, or an education system that is not grounded on US Dollars and does not give similar types of compensation and benefits in the United States. So in preventing unfortunate misconceptions and be able to prepare yourself to teach overseas, make sure to ask a lot of queries about gap year projects once the employer has extended a proposal for you be part of their team.
1.Salaries - at initial look, a lot of salaries seem generous even for teaching overseas, but check out the offer and ensure that you have converted it to US dollars in order to get the reality of what would be your take home fee be like. Inquire your employer if taxes if there are other deductions (e.g. tax) from your total income before you obtain your paycheck.
Your payment schedule could also be crucial. Will you receive your salary weekly or monthly? If you failed to obtain your paycheck until you have already taught for more than month, you would need to go in your host nation with sufficient money to live for a month and maybe more.
In several countries, you would be offered either government or company owned housing allowance. If you obtain your IVI for your rent, inquire about any kinds of furniture allowance that may come with it. Conduct some researches online to know if you would be able to find a secure and safe housing and with the right furniture for it.
2.Benefits of teaching abroad - a lot of foreign nations hire teachers from the US offer excellent health insurance that is superior to normal employee benefits at home. Do not be scared to ask queries especially if you are trying to relocate your family. Does the healthcare coverage include your children and spouse? Are accidents and life-changing health conditions included in the coverage too?
3.Review your contract thoroughly - if you want to teach overseas, it is enticing to sign on the dotted line when given a contract, but you must not do it without reviewing the fine print. Does your employer have to notify you prior to terminating you in your position? Is there a period of probationary?
Do not forget to review the details regarding vacation and sick days. You would find several countries have unique sick day allowances, several with half or full pay. It is often best to inquire questions if something is not clear so that you will understand any limitations.
Whenever a chance to teach abroad is offered to you, being fully prepared and asking lots of queries would help you in making sure you are accepting a schooling position that perfectly suit you and your employer. Check this video about volunteerism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYdPWVQqwDk