Why Teach Overseas - A Wanderlust Resolutionby Chelsea Cullen
Why Teach Overseas?
New Year’s resolutions occur every year in order to improve one’s current status. Healthy eating, sweat perfusing workouts, rigorous job applications, and other processes occur in order to achieve that celebratory goal: happiness. A simple concept and yet extremely difficult to obtain. ‘Why teach overseas?’, you ask. Well, teaching overseas provides one a rustic key to unhatch an array of opportunities to turn that pipe dream into a reality.
Teaching overseas permits you not only to witness different cultures, but be a part of them. Tossing the title “visitor” for “community member” opens up the doors to authentic “wanderlust.” Invitations to traditional celebrations, home cooked family meals, and daily activities are just some of the bonuses that teaching overseas offers. The items listed above will generate memories and experiences unparallel to anything you may have encountered before. I can personally attest to this.
Why teach overseas when I have what I need at home?
Coming from the bustling city of New York, uprooting my life to rural Thailand exposed me to interactions I have never encountered before. I am constantly invited to strangers homes for dinner, weddings, and hiking just to name a few items. A Thai friend of mine, Fah, recently invited me to witness permaculture on the outskirts of town. When I arrived, mud houses, ponds, fruit fields, etc. welcomed me with warm breezes. After filling my quench of curiosity, these strangers prepared a meal over a makeshift stove for us. We ate with our hands and drank out of reused plastic bottles. If I characterized the event as humbling, it would be an understatement. I lack the vocab to truly expose how influential this interaction was. No amount of money could buy such happiness and joy between strangers turned friends.
2. Educating the World’s Youth
Watching a child’s mind flourish with awe and wonder on a regular basis will be a life-changing moment. The ability to leave multiple impressions on children across the globe is priceless. Wherever you end up in life, you will have left little traces of yourself stretching across continents.
Why teach overseas if I can teach right here?
In Thailand, teachers are treated with high regard. Students immediately idolize and love their teachers. Little hands reach out for a high five or hugs daily. Being surrounded by joyous smiles infects you with something: happiness.
Embarking on the journey of life is not an easy task. Teaching overseas encourages you to discover “who you truly are.” At first, excitement and a tinge of fear permeate the soul, “Can I really do this? Can I be successful? Is the hype really true?” All of these inquiries and uncertainties receive overwhelming relinquishment when you step off that plane in Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, or wherever! When you shed the skin of self-doubt, a strange Beyonce phenomenon erupts. Empowerment and strength rise from the ashes. Leaving any comfort zone is commendable, but taking a leap of faith to achieve your dreams is brave.
Why teach overseas, outside of my comfort zone?
When I decided to teach overseas, I combated myself on multiple occasions. I did my research, read the hype, scoured over TESOL courses, and gazed at clearwater pictures but still had reservations. One day I came to the conclusion; if I did not try, I would regret stagnant living for the rest of my life.
When I stepped off the plane in Thailand, I knew the following weeks would be an adventure, but I was exactly where I was supposed to be. This initial gut reaction proved to be true. I am discovering more and more about myself with each passing day. My confidence has flourished, but more importantly I am the happiest I have ever been. I tell you this without any hesitation. Teaching overseas infuses your life with undeniable joy. What else could you want from a profession?
4. Financial Stability
A topic usually evaded or brushed to the side is financial stability. All of the items listed above sound appetizing, but now you might be curious about an income. You can definitely live comfortably teaching abroad, but the level of comfortability depends on the country. South Korea offers paid accommodations and competitive pay; while Thailand proposes less hours and a decent salary in comparison to the cost of living. If you crave more money than the salary provides, options exist to increase your income; tutoring, blog writing, or swim lessons are just a few items to expand the bulge in your wallet. To put it “real” to you, finances are not a problem and you will not be scrounging for coins. Financial security does exist abroad.