Can you teach abroad as an unqualified teacher?

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In a word, yes. Even though the majority of western-curriculum international schools here require a full recognised teaching qualification or licence from the UK, Ireland, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa, some options are available to unqualified teachers. One option is the International School of Choueifat (a chain owned by SABIS®, the global education network) accept candidates who:

  • Have a Bachelors degree in the subject needed or a related subject matter
  • Are profi…

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How to find a job in Further Education (FE) & universities in the Middle East

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There are many FE and third-level educational institutions in the Middle East and many employ Western-trained teachers and lecturers. Here are a list of such institutions:

Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT)

The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is the biggest higher educational institution in the UAE, with more than 20,000 students attending 17 male and female colleges in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Fujairah and the western cities of Madinat Zayed and Ru…

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7 Signs an International School is a Good Place to Work

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This guest post is written by Ron Rosenow, the founder of the website, the leading community of international school professionals.

There are many reasons why people want to leave their home country and explore the world of working at international schools. They are: love, career, money, travel, weather, location, etc. But regardless of why you have moved, you want to make sure that you find a good international school at which to work.

Of course, every inter…

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What is it like to teach and live in Kyrgyzstan?

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Today I talk to Laura, who recently moved to teach in Kyrgyzstan and very kindly accepted my request to write a blog post about her life there! To see stunning photos of Kyrgyzstan and see what Laura gets up to there, be sure to follow her on Instagram @laurakircough or here.

1. How long have you been teaching abroad?

I first went to Sierra Leone in August 2017 for my first experience of living and teaching abroad. I was a bit of a late starter! I volunteered for a year running a local sch…

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5 things you must consider before teaching abroad with a partner and/or family

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Expat families seem to love raising their families abroad. With such sun, safety, and a family-friendly social scene, why wouldn't they? However, if you plan to move abroad with your family, you definitely have a few things to consider, research, and plan for, before the big move. If you plan to move to the Middle East/ Gulf and wish you sponsor your partner on your visa, you will have to be legally married to do so. Please note that in some cases, a woman cannot always sponsor her husband on he…

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What's it like to move from the Gulf to Asia as an expat teacher?

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Today's guest post is from Amy French, who taught in Qatar and then moved to Vietnam to work- two very different places! In this blog, she describes her experiences in both places and lists the biggest differences between life as an expat teacher in Qatar and in Vietnam.

You can connect with Amy on Instagram: adventureswithmissamy or Twitter: @amymayfrench

How I initially got into teaching abroad

When I was in secondary school a Scottish charity called Project Trust came in to speak to us abo…

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3 Things You Can Do in Less Than 3 Minutes to Save 300 AED/ QAR + This Week

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1. Register with these money-saving sites for free and download their Chrome extensions that automatically look for coupon/ discount codes when you are shopping online. I have saved so much by this simple action!

Honey -

Capital One Shopping -  

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6 ways to find out what the school abroad is really like!

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Now onto the important stuff! So you have narrowed down your location/ school/ job selection or you’ve had the interview, been offered the job, and would like to find out what the school is really like? You can do this by:

  1. Googling the school name + reviews /employee reviews to see what you might find! or Glassdoor often list rated and helpful employee reviews of various schools in the Middle East.
  2. Asking current expat teachers general questions on the Empowering Expat Teachers pri…

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Hong Kong- what is it like to teach and live there?

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Today I talk to Michelle, who has been an expat teacher for the last 7 years, about her life and work in Hong Kong. But before you read this wonderful interview, be sure to join our supportive Empowering Expat Teachers FB group here and follow me on Instagramhere @sorchacoyle_eet 

  1. How long have you been teaching abroad?

This is my 7th year teaching internationally and my first year in Hong Kong!

  1. How did you find your current job in Hong Kong?

An ex-colleague who also works in Hong …

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5 tips to save more in the next 6 weeks

How has your saving been going this academic year so far? Here are 5 tips to save more in the next 6 weeks!

1.  Have a clear goal in mind.

If it is not a clear and defined goal, you won't feel motivated to save! If it is a mortgage deposit, ask yourself:

  • Is it a house or apartment?
  • Is it for you to live in eventually, as a holiday home, or just to rent out as investment? (This may affect the size and location of where you buy and whether or not you want a property that requires renovation)…

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