Flexibility: Low

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: If you’re a native English speaker and want to experience life in another country, you can teach English, sometimes in exchange for a stipend and accommodations.

Amava Take: Interested in jumping into a completely different culture and way of life? Want to have an immersive experience living, eating and working among people in another country? If you get jazzed over communicating mutual understanding between cultures, you can teach eager English language learners in other parts of the world.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for?

All kinds! Retired teachers and new college graduates and even professionals taking a break from their careers. Generally, a one-year commitment is preferred, but there are exceptions in both directions.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Pay attention to the cultural norms and how to get around. Getting off at the right bus stop takes skill at night!

What’s a typical day like?

School days! You’ll teach English and plan lessons after-hours.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying aspect of the job?

Most people are eager learners and extremely welcoming and gracious.

What are the hard parts of the job?

It’s always a challenge to break the ice when there’s a language barrier.

What is the most challenging part of English grammar to teach?

For me, it’s always been articles! Especially “a” or “an!” It’s intuitive to me, but hard to explain!

Special Requirements: The requirements regarding your education and teaching experience vary. Some schools in some countries require a bachelor’s degree, and most either require or recommend a TOEFL certification, which can be done online in under 200 hours.

Finding a Position: There are a number of American companies that will handle the details and connect you to opportunities. There are specific teaching overseas job boards as well. The web is full of sites that are information-rich about teaching abroad.