I had been looking for jobs abroad this year, but various circumstances meant, that despite a few offers from a variety of schools (in a variety of countries), I stayed grounded in the UK. Having completed my NQT, I have been given an additional responsibility/permanent contract by my school. So am keen to accrue the experience in a school where I am desired. Also, despite the woes of last year, a friendship has turned into a relationship. She is currently completing a TEFL in the hope that we can support/keep each other company for at least the first year (she is aiming to apply for pottery residencies after this period). My main reasons for wanting to teach abroad are: - To save! - I can barely afford to save a thing on M1 (and this is without having a life). I want to be able to buy a home to return to at some point. Despite my additional responsibility, I still don't think I'd be saving enough. - CPD - To develop my skills, not becoming out of date or obsolete, enabling me to travel around the world and make an impact wherever I end up - To experience something other than Cornwall! - 24 years is too many. I want to make my self more culturally diverse. I want to experience new things and alternative ways of living. - To make friends - Can you ever have enough? My ambition would be to start somewhere that would enable me to save, and develop my practice to a point where more exciting, but less well paid countries become an option. (i.e. Starting point ME/South Korea to Maldives, PNG, Bali) I am a keen surfer, skateboarder and cricketer, who plays cricket at a competitive standard. So one of these boxes will need to be ticked at all times. My main concerns are: - What happens to a UK pension? - Literally have no idea... I've done some research, but it's so confusing - How would I organise pay? - Into my UK account? 50/50 into a local account? Is it country dependent? School dependent? - Tax - Although some jobs are tax free, am I right in thinking that if I spend 183 days out of the UK per year that I am not subject to pay tax on monies earnt abroad? - What is the best forum for job searching? - I've already had some success applying directly from TES, but are agencies any good? - Socialising - How would you go about settling yourself in? - Exploration - obviously, teaching is full time. Is the attitude/workload any better than here in the UK? Is it a realistic expectation to think I will have time to adventure? - Employability - I have found that I am already quite marketable locally, and internationally. Will a move abroad have a negative impact on my employability in UK schools? - Curriculum - Is it worth applying for IB/PYP or other schools that do not follow the ENC? Is there much support on offer? I know there are a hundred more things that I would like to ask, but I'm currently writing reports and don't want to get too side tracked. If anyone knows of any decent blogs please forward them to me. I have found a lot of American international school blogs, but not many from the UK. There are also an abundance of TEFL blogs, but have written most off, as there are huge variables when compared to international school teaching. It would be great to have some answers and replies. Apologies if this sounds a bit 'waffley'. Maybe there are others in my position? I'd love to hear from you. All help much appreciated!