Thinking Of Teaching Your Native Language Abroad? Things To Consider Before You Go

However many languages you may have under your belt, there’s still real value in teaching your native language to others. Even proficient multilinguists have a far better working knowledge of the nuances of their mother tongue and are in a position of power when it comes to teaching it.

The rise of global travel and international immigration means that there are always opportunities for those who wish to teach their own language to others in their own country.

That said, the majority of people who choose to pursue this path decide to take their skills overseas in order to roll up their sleeves and immerse themselves in a new country and experience its culture like a local.

While this is a noble professional move, it’s also a huge transition. Ensure that it’s as smooth as possible by taking the following into account before you go…

What will you do with your home and possessions?

You may be away from your home for months or even years. You may even choose to stay in your new country permanently. Because there are so many unknown variables, it can be difficult to know what to do with your home and the things you own. The best bet for homeowners is usually to let out the home (at least for the duration of their first teaching contract), and keeping their possessions in secure storage.

The latter is fairly easy to manage. Check out for an example of the kind of service you should be looking for. Many providers will be able to securely store your possessions but the really good ones will even collect your belongings too.

Letting out your home is slightly more complicated and while you can circumvent a lot of the administrative hassle by going through a real estate agent, this will obviously be at the expense of a goodly portion of the passive income you make leasing your home.

Choose the right country for you

Everyone has a bucket list of destinations they want to visit, but make no mistake. There are some places that are better experienced as a tourist than as a resident.

Try to assemble a criteria for suitable countries that will make the transition to living there full-time a little less jarring. The ability to speak the language is of course a huge bonus, as of course is a prior knowledge of that country’s culture and customs.

You should also ensure that you will have the facilities to practice your religion there. You should also keep an eye on exchange rates to see how far your existing funds will get you when you arrive.

Give yourself a realistic timeline

In your enthusiasm, try to keep your expectations of yourself realistic. You will likely have to make substantial savings to facilitate the move abroad and the inevitable logistical planning can take time, and that’s even assuming you have an appropriate certificate for teaching your language overseas.

Take your time so that when the transition does arrive you’ll be able to weather it with as little disruption and negative consequence as possible.

This post has been contributed by Ryan Gatt, it may contain affiliate links.

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