Should I Teach Abroad?


My lovely group when I volunteered in the summer program.


I always found this question to be difficult. I can’t remember how many times I felt after moving to another country, “This is the last one! I am moving back to the United States after this!”

Attributes That Are Helpful 

You do need certain attributes to make it as a foreign teacher. I think the top five are the most important and will always make a transition easier. Even if you lack one of the top 5, this attribute can be improved and challenged in different settings. You grow as a person living abroad!

  1. Flexibility
  2. Compassion/Understanding
  3. Willingness to rely on someone or be the person someone can rely on.
  4. Creativity
  5. Humor


These five traits will help you get through the rough patches of “This is it!” Becuase every new country always will have a new set of challenges.

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Questions You Should Ask Yourself

1. Do I enjoy being outside my comfort zone?

2. Do I enjoy and want to travel on a teacher salary?

3. Am I brave enough to leave comforts behind in order to experience something new, exciting and different?

4. Am I comfortable meeting new people?

5.Will I be okay if I do not like people at my school?



If you answered yes to all these questions, I would believe international teaching is right for you! Still confused and you have other questions. Send them over to me at

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2 thoughts on “Should I Teach Abroad?

  1. Melanie

    Hi Kristina,
    I have often asked myself that question. I am an introvert, but I’m very flexible and am willing to try new foods, visiting new places and very open minded. However my biggest problem is I wouldn’t be comfortable meeting new people and standing in front of a group of students. I am considering getting another job abroad.

    1. Kristina Hines

      I find as a teacher that I am more nervous and self-conscious speaking to adults. Parent Teacher Nights or Conferences were way more intimidating.

      To be a teacher abroad, you either need a TESOL certificate or you need a certificate/degree in teaching a content area.

      But I would definately reccommend a program like WorldTeach. This is not a job abroad, it is a volunteer program. However, I think the experience working with kids from different nations is incredible. Many people I worked with in WorldTeach were not teachers. They added such a different feel and great energy.

      I would be glad to research if there are other careers that travel abroad and add them to this post.

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