Excuse me, themousewhoroared, but while there are still some teachers out there with old fashioned teaching certificates or diplomas, you can hardly waffle on about TAs who are without degrees as, sometimes, the TAs qualifications are more modern more relevant, and tailored for the job THEY are doing. Do you think TAs are worried about whether their qualifications are internationally recognised? In any case. I have moved abroad with my husband on several occasions and have worked within the educational system within a few different countries; both as an artist (my degree is in Art) and as a TA. Never had a problem with my qualifications abroad. And as for your 'toilet training' remark: we live in a society where access for the disabled is a REQUIREMENT. If a TA doesn't toilet a child with CP or a similar disability are you going to do it?