Four Reasons It's Worth Paying for a Teach English Abroad Program

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My students in South Korea
My students in South Korea
Image courtesy of Ashley Lulling

Thousands of English speakers aspire to teach overseas and while it’s possible to organize a job directly through an employer or a volunteer role directly with a family, many find it beneficial to have the support of an organized program, especially during their first experience. Here are four reasons joining a program like InterExchange could make sense for you:

1. In-Country Support from Our Partners

InterExchange has a partner in each country we offer a program. Their job is to support you and provide guidance about living and teaching in your host country. If you have a problem and need assistance, you have a team to provide guidance and mediation, if necessary. They’ll go over your contract with you, which will clearly outline your working hours and responsibilities.

Our Teach English Thailand program includes a week-long orientation to help acclimate you to your new home and prepare you for teaching and living in Thailand. At orientation you’ll hear from native English teachers who have been working in Thailand. They’ll give you tips and advice to make the most of your program.

InterExchange’s Teach English Thailand program includes a one-week orientation.
InterExchange’s Teach English Thailand program includes a one-week orientation.
Image courtesy of InterExchange's partner

2. Vetted Placements and Accommodation

Our partner on the Teach English Thailand program has relationships with the schools where we place participants. They’ve ensured that the school is able to take on a native English teacher and provide a professional experience. InterExchange takes preferences like grade-level and location into consideration when finding your school placement (though flexibility is key).

In addition, the majority of housing on InterExchange’s Teach English Thailand program is within close proximity to your school. We want you to spend your time forging relationships, exploring your new home and growing as a teacher—not commuting! You may earn a bit less than native English teachers who do not come through a program, but they may have to pay rent and find their own accommodation and they most likely did not have an orientation.

On our Language Homestay programs in France, Italy, and Spain, our in-country partners vet the host families and ensure participants are placed in safe environments. Could you find a host family on your own? Sure, but wouldn’t you rather live with a family that’s been screened?

3. Pre-Departure Support

Moving abroad can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider—visas, flights, paying bills back home, travel health insurance, immunizations, and so on. Our team at InterExchange is here to answer your questions and provide guidance about moving abroad to teach. Every staff member has lived and worked abroad, so we understand the challenges of such sojourns.

4. Program Fees go into the Program

As a non-profit, almost all of InterExchange’s fees go into our programs—the pre-departure support, school and host family placement process, and in-country support. We care about each of our participants and offer the opportunity for them to reflect deeply about their cultural exchange experience (and build their resume!) through our Ambassador Blog Program. We also offer alumni resources, such as our Language Exchange Program.

Is a teaching program for everyone? Of course not. Though if it’s your first time teaching abroad and/or your first time in the host country, a program can provide the support and guidance to give you peace of mind.

Read more about our Teach English Abroad programs and become part of a community building cross-cultural understanding.

Teach English Thailand program participant Ashbey with her students
Teach English Thailand program participant Ashbey with her students
Image courtesy of Ashbey A.

Ashley Lulling

After earning a M.A. in Diplomacy & International Relations and teaching English in South Korea, Ashley joined InterExchange to promote cross-cultural understanding and help others have amazing experiences abroad.

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Generation Study Abroad
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
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