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Teaching Abroad Content - Math

UK Math teachers seeking to work abroad are required as a minimum to have a Bachelor's degree, between one and five years of proven experience, and to provide the necessary visa, working permit, and qualification documentation. The salaries range between £1,532.91 and £5,100 per month, and, like the requirements, vary depending on the country, school, and program selected.

1. Education Requirements

  • To be a Math Teacher working abroad in Hawaii with Middle and High School students, UK teachers are required to have a teaching license, a Bachelor's degree, and be a University graduate.
  • In the UAE Emirates, the Teach Away program hires Math teachers to work with High School students of the Government Schools, and are required to have a Bachelor's degree with major in Math or a related field, be a licensed teacher and a University graduate.
  • Educators seeking to teach Math in China are required to have a Bachelor's degree and a major in a relevant subject field.
  • In the Cayman Islands, teachers are required to have a Bachelor in Education, preferably in Mathematics, experience with the CIE/WJEC syllabus of the British National Curriculum, and knowledge of ICT software.

2. Experience Requirements

  • To work in Hawaii, Math teachers are required to have at least one year of experience as an educator, while in Dubai, the minimum experience required is two years.
  • In China, teachers are also required to have experience working in K-12 schools, have cross-cultural awareness, and two years of experience.
  • In the Cayman Islands, teachers are required to have three years of experience teaching Math, while in Saudi Arabia, the requirement is five years of experience.

3. Benefits and Salaries

4. Contracts

  • Math teachers working abroad in the UAE Emirates under the Teach Away program have a contract of two years.

5. Documentation

  • To work in Hawaii, it is required to have a work permit or an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), and present a bachelor’s degree accredited by a State Approved Teacher Education Program or a teaching certification approved by a foreign credential evaluation service.
  • In the UAE Emirates, besides the working and residency permissions, Math teachers working abroad are required to have a driver's license.
  • In China, it is necessary to have a valid passport from the United Kingdom, or from the US, South Africa, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, or Australia to obtain the visa.

6. Locations

  • Some countries with Math teaching programs for UK teachers seeking to work abroad include the US, China, Qatar, Singapore, the Cayman Islands, Ukraine, Myanmar, the countries of the UAE Emirates Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Umm Al Quwain, etc.
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Teaching Abroad Content - Nursery Teacher

UK Nursery teachers seeking to work abroad are required as a minimum to have a Bachelor's degree, between one and ten years of experience in a nursery environment, availability for a one to three years contract, and capacity to present the proper documentation. The minimum requirements and benefits, including the salary of £1,105.04 per month or more, varies based on the country, school, and program selected.

1. Being a Nursery Teacher Abroad

  • As a Nursery Teacher abroad, UK educators have the opportunity to work with kids in their earlier years, whether teaching English only or even take care of the entire class, as the International Kindergarten in Bangkok.
  • On a regular day, an international nursery teacher starts to work around 8 am to plan the day and the curriculum, provided that the school doesn't give the program. Teachers and teacher assistants work with classrooms of kids betweenone and three years old singing songs, sharing snacks, teaching basics like the days of the week, weather, numbers, shapes, the alphabet, painting, doing puzzles, improving motor skills, etc.
  • At noon, students and teacher have lunch together, and the teacher prepares them for their nap time. Then, they do more activities to move the body, like dancing, singing, playing instruments, reading stories, and say their goodbyes. The teacher is then left to complete the day's journal with the habits of each child, and mood to have ready to present it to their parents.
  • In some other countries, like Senegal, Nursery teachers educate children from two to four years old.

2. Education Requirements

  • To be a Nursery teacher working abroad in Thailand, UK educators are required to be native English speakers, have a Bachelor’s degree authenticated by the embassy, and a TEFL certificate.
  • Teachers seeking to work in China are also required to have a Bachelor's degree.
  • To work in Poland's Help Go Abroad program, teachers are required to have a Bachelor's degree in Education, preferably in Early Childhood Education.
  • For Nursery teachers applying to work in the Middle East, the requirements include a master's degree or a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, and a GPA3 or above.
  • Volunteer programs also require a Bachelor's Degree in elementary education and current teaching certificate or license.

3. Experience Required

  • The experience required to be a Nursery teacher working abroad in Thailand is one year as a kindergarten teacher.
  • In China, Senegal, and Poland, Nursery teachers are required to have two years of experience in the field, even those working as volunteers.
  • In the Middle-East, some programs, like Seek Teachers, require at least ten years of experience in early childhood education.

4. Documentation

  • The most common documentation required for Nursery teachers seeking to work abroad includes a clean criminal record, work visa, work permit, full resume with a phone number, nationality ID, date of birth, Skype ID, scanned certification of the Bachelor's degree, a photo, 12 months commitment, start date availability, and current location.
  • Some volunteer programs, also require Bachelor's degree certificate with the application, a teaching certificate, background check, clear criminal records check, and the equivalent of a "working with children" certificate.

5. Benefits and Salary

  • The benefits and salaries vary based on each country and school. For example, in Thailand, nursery teachers working abroad get paid 45,000 – 50,000 BAHT or £1,105.04 to £1,227.83 per month, get housing, flight reimbursement, medical insurance, paid holidays, etc.
  • UK Nursery and Kindergarten teachers working in China get a salary between £1,818 and £2,045 per month, while in Dubai and Abu Dhabi the salary can reach £53,000 per year.
  • In Poland, the salary for Nursery teachers working abroad is around £766.45 per month or USD$1,000, while in Shanghai, Nursery teachers can earn up to £45,000 per year.
  • Abroad teachers often have access to classes of the country's language and culture.

6. Contract

  • The contract as a nursery teacher in Thailand is of one year and three years in Poland for paid educators.

7. Locations

  • Some countries offering Nursery teaching opportunities for UK teachers working abroad are Thailand, Qatar, Dubai, Myanmar, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sudan, Oman, and Senegal.
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Teaching Abroad Content - Physical Education

The requirements and qualifications for UK teachers who wish to teach Physical Education abroad vary based on the country, the most common include having a Bachelor's degree, a Postgraduate diploma, and one to three years of experience. The documentation needed, the payments, benefits, and contract's length will vary based on the school, program, and country selected.

1. Education

  • According to the UK's Teaching Abroad Direct website, to teach Physical Education abroad, most countries require to have a Bachelor's degree as a minimum.
  • Additionally, to teach within a formal education system, like in primary and secondary schools, some countries might also require to have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or another equivalent Postgraduate diploma.
  • Some volunteering programs allow working abroad as sports coaches and don't even require certification.
  • Most countries don't require to know their language, but being a native English speaker is the minimum requirement.

2. Experience

  • As with education, the requirements for experience will vary based on the school and country selected. Most schools will require from one to three years of experience teaching Physical Education, but the minimum will vary.
  • Also, some schools will require to have certified experience teaching the same level or age group that will be taught abroad and that the information can be verified by a previous employer.
  • In China, having a K12 education experience is required to teach at a school.
  • Some volunteering programs that allow working as sports coaches don't require experience in the education field.

3. Documentation

  • The documentation required to work abroad as a Physical Education teacher include a work permit and, in some cases, a visa.
  • In some countries, the teacher must also have a valid passport of the UK or from the US, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, or South Africa.

4. Payments and Benefits

  • The payments and benefits will depend on the school and country selected, some even include flight for the spouse and dependent children, insurance, house, etc.

5. Working Options and Contract

  • UK's Physical Education teachers who want to work abroad have the option of finding different teaching opportunities in schools, academic settings, or even join a formal education system in different countries, or working as volunteers for shorter periods.
  • They also have the opportunity to select the country where they want to teach, based on the requirements they meet, being the most popular Singapore, China, and Qatar.
  • The contract's length will depend on the program selected.

6. Material

  • While some schools will provide the education program, some others will require the teachers to have the capacity to create their own programs.
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Teaching Abroad Content - Modern Foreign Languages

To teach a modern foreign language abroad, UK citizens must meet different requirements and qualifications including a Bachelor's degree, TEFL certification, two years of experience, having a UK passport, and B1 level in the country's language level; however, these requirements vary based on the country to visit, and in some cases are not even required. UK teachers should be aware of the contract length and payment modalities.

1. Education

  • Most programs to teach English as a foreign language abroad require a TEFL certificate or an equivalent, as a minimum. If available, a bachelor's or associate's degree as well.
  • HEES, an organization for volunteers who want to teach English to kids in Taiwan, requires both a degree and a TEFL certification.
  • Paid teaching programs, like the ones available in Teaching Abroad, offer different possibilities to work as an English teacher in schools of different countries, the education requirements vary by school, in this example, the requirement is a bachelor's degree and teaching credentials.
  • To teach foreign languages abroad a TEFL certification is always required, although some programs, like Bridge, provide the certification training.
  • Through the British Council program, teachers need a minimum of two years in the university for most countries; however, China requires a bachelor's degree as a minimum.
  • Also, the British Council program does not require a TEFL and they provide the TEFL course needed to teach in China.
  • To teach in the US, a Bachelor's degree is required.

2. Experience

  • Some volunteering programs, like HEES, provide the materials needed to teach English in Taiwan, and while it requires a TEFL certification, it doesn't require experience as a teacher.
  • Paid teaching programs for schools, require two years of verifiable experience as a teacher and preferably with experience in K-12 school teaching.
  • Most of the countries don't require experience to teach English as a foreign language when applying through the Bridge program.

3. Passport

  • While there are programs that allow teachers from different nationalities, some programs, like those in China, only accept teachers with a passport from the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, Ireland, South Africa, and New Zealand, so even if the person currently lives in the UK, it needs a valid UK passport to join the program, to prove they are native language speakers.
  • The British Council programs offer the opportunity for residents with UK, Irish, and EU passports to teach abroad.

4. Documents

  • Volunteering programs help set up all work permits and visas required to teach in the country, some even provide the visa to the spouse of the volunteer. The volunteer is responsible for the health insurance coverage.
  • Paid programs also help with the teacher's visa, work permit, and some even provide free school placement if the teacher brings any dependent children.

5. Payments

  • Every program pays its teachers between USD$400 to USD$4,000 per month, or from €368.80 to €3,688, depending on the country.
  • Some programs require a fee from the teacher to be a part of the program, while others only ask the teacher to have enough funds to live while getting the first payment, HESS, for example, requires a minimum of USD$2,000 or €1,844 to get started.

6. Contract time

  • Contract time varies from six to twelve months, depending on the country selected and the program. However, some volunteer programs have summer programs.
  • Some other programs, like Participate Learning, have a contract of two years.

7. Country's language

  • Through the British Council's English Language Assistants program, it is explained that to teach English abroad as a foreign language, some countries, like China and Spain, don't require any prior knowledge in the country's language. However, the rest of the countries require a B1 in the country's language.
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Teaching Abroad Content - Music

Some insights surrounding the requirements, qualifications, and experience to teach music abroad for UK citizens include having a Bachelor degree as a minimum, two to four years of experience, the payments and benefits vary by country and school, the most common teaching locations are in Asia, Middle East, and Latin America, and the main documents required are an approved visa and work permit.

1. Being a Music Teacher

  • Music is an important part of an integral education program, as part of the arts, it helps balance the studies of humanities and sciences, and develops the student's creativity.
  • Teachers follow different music programs based on the student's age, helping them understand the history of music, music theory, how to write and read music, play instruments, or sing.
  • When working with elementary school students, music teachers often focus on basic musical elements, simple instruments, and vocal lessons. Then, with middle school students, they may have the option to create choruses, bands, and learn different music styles. With high school students, they focus on advanced instruments, create competitions, prepare performances, etc.

2. Education Requirements

  • In China, working abroad music teachers are required to have a strong education curriculum and be certified to teach in the desired age group.
  • UK teachers are required to have a Bachelor's degree as a minimum, and, if possible, an International Baccalaureate (IB). In some schools, it also requires also a bachelor in education for the desired age group, Middle Years Program (IB-MYP) or Primary Years (IB-PYP).
  • In Latin America, the minimum is a Bachelor's degree for a High School level teacher.
  • Some schools, only require to be bilingual with experience and, on occasions, to be prepared to teach music in the country's format and language.

2. Experience Required

  • Volunteer programs for Youth Development that teach music, like Project Abroad and the Music Program of Costa Rica, don't require experience, while Iko Poran only requires to know English.
  • There are different volunteer and teaching programs and can require experience like a major in a musical instrument, teaching music, or only have experience practicing music.
  • To work in China, teachers need between two years and four years of experience, in Latin America is two, and also in the Middle East.

3. Payment and Benefits

  • UK teachers can choose to teach music abroad under paid programs or volunteer programs associated with arts and youth development.
  • The contract length will vary by school and country, in China, it is a renewable contract for two years.
  • Some additional benefits include a salary based on the country and school selected, housing, medical check and insurance, paid holidays, placement for dependent children, etc.

4. Common Teaching Locations

  • Some countries with music programs for UK teachers working abroad are Italy, China, Kenya, Germany, Greece, Jamaica, Cambodia, India, Costa Rica, Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru.

5. Finding a Teaching Abroad Program

  • Paid music teaching jobs abroad can be found through job boards and often have a limited number of job openings. Permanent jobs with a contract include music workshops, entertainment programs at international resorts, and school teaching.
  • Volunteer programs have openings during the entire year and allow teachers to gain experience by providing music lessons and workshops to underprivileged communities and at schools in developing countries. These can be found in different volunteer boards like Edvectus, Go Abroad, Projects Abroad, Teaching Abroad Direct, Prospects-UK, etc.

6. Documentation

  • Depending on the country, teachers will require a visa and be under 55 or under 60 years old to teach music. In Latin America, there is no age limit.
  • The teacher also needs a work permit from the school or program.
  • In the Middle East, the visa requirements also include a Teaching Certification, a Bachelor’s Degree, background check, clear criminal record, blood group, clear medical history Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and C, and HIV.
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