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Taking a year out of teaching in uk to travel and teach abroad for a year

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by coco5, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. Hello, I just have a few queries and wondered if someone out there will be able to answer them.
    Firstly, I have finished my NQT year and am now a qualified teacher, however after this school year I have a real urge to travel the world and teach in a different country for a month or so. Where will I be able to find like minded people to travel with as I don't want to go alone?
    Secondly, what have people's experiences been of telling their headteacher they want a year off unpaid to go travelling and then come back to the same school? That would be very helpful.
    Coco5 x
  2. Syria1

    Syria1 New commenter

    GumTree on the LP website is often very helpful.
    Unpaid leave and then coming back with a certain job - unlikely at best in the current climate. Plenty of other job applicants out there to replace you I would have thought... and the School has no certainty that you will actually return rather than set up shop in a beach shack selling flip-flops to the natives.
  3. Hi Coco,
    You could just take a few weeks or a few months off as a sabbatical? That might be looked on with friendlier eyes that a whole year would. There are lots of volunteer projects where you can go and teach English on sites like this http://www.inspiredbreaks.co.uk/Teach%20Abroad or there is the paid work route where you would need to get yourself a TEFL certificate and then get some teaching experience, maybe a programme like this http://www.realgap.co.uk/china-paid-teaching-with-tefl where you get the certificate and then a teaching internship. Good luck and I hope that helped!

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