The day has finally arrived! I have been keeping this secret for about 8 months now, as I wasn’t sure that it would actually happen! I was reluctant to tell anyone because I didn’t want to disappoint if I didn’t achieve it….
But I have achieved it! On Tuesday 12th February 2019, I eventually released my labour of love… My first book! It is called, “How to Be an Empowered Expat Teacher: Personally, Professionally, and Financially.”
What other job in the world allows you to live all around the world, teach students of all nationalities, earn a great salary, and has enough holidays to let you do the other things you love in life?
But expat teaching offers so much more than those perks above. It has the potential to completely change your personal, professional, and financial life forever.
Discover the journey of an “Empowered Expat Teacher.” In this step-by-step book, you’ll learn:
●How I went from being a teacher in the UK with barely any savings to being an expat teacher with 2 properties at the age of 32
●How to find the best location, school, and teaching package for you and your personal situation
●How to make the move as easy and stress-free as possible
●How to make serious life-changing savings as an expat teacher
●How to make provisions for your financial future
●How to semi-retire by 35
As well as being the founder of “Empowering Expat Teachers,” I am also an expat teacher currently working in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This is my 7th year teaching in the Gulf region, also known as the Middle East. It has been the most life-changing and empowering experience I’ve ever had. Not only has expat teaching allowed me to save enough money to purchase 2 properties in cash, but I’ve also ticked amazing destinations, including Cuba, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Peru, Tanzania, and Kenya, off my travel bucket list.
Rather uniquely, I am not a teacher-turned-recruiter nor does she work or promote any specific school, ministry, or organisation, so you can be sure that I am an unbiased, impartial, and transparent source of information and everything I share here with you is what I would advise a friend in the same situation as yourself.
This life-changing book gives you the tools to follow your dreams of finding your ideal teaching job abroad and experiencing the same success story as me. It will be your essential guide to becoming an “Empowered Expat Teacher.”
Here is what the book is all about…
- My “Empowered Expat Teacher” story so far…
1.1 My background
1.2 Why I became an expat teacher
1.3 Achieving Financial Independence (FI) as an Empowered Expat Teacher
1.4 Who is this book for?
1.5 My disclaimer
1.6 My recommended timeline to becoming an expat teacher
- Become a fully qualified teacher
2.1 An unqualified teacher with a degree
2.2 An EFL (English as a Foreign Language) or ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher
2.3 A fully qualified primary or secondary teacher
2.4 A primary / secondary teacher Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT)
2.5 A fully qualified primary / secondary teacher with less than 2 years’ experience
2.6 A fully qualified primary / secondary teacher who has not trained in the British, American, Canadian, Australian, or IB (International Baccalaureate) system
2.7 A fully qualified Further Education (FE)/ Higher Education (HE) lecturer
- Start the job hunting process early
3.1 Why it is vital to start the job hunting process early
3.2 Choosing suitable location(s)/ region(s)
3.3 Choosing Your Destination Cheat Sheet
3.4 How to find teaching jobs abroad as an unqualified teacher with a degree
3.5 How to find teaching jobs abroad as an teacher of English as a Foreign Language (EFL)/ English as a Second Language (ESL)
3.6 How to find teaching jobs abroad as a fully qualified primary / secondary teacher
3.7 How to find teaching jobs abroad as a fully qualified FE and HE lecturer
3.8 The pros and cons of applying directly to job ads
3.9 The pros and cons of applying to jobs on expat teacher or country-specific Facebook groups
3.10 The pros and cons of applying to jobs at international career fairs
3.11 The pros and cons of applying to jobs on international school accreditation sites
3.12 The pros and cons of applying for jobs via LinkedIn
3.13 The pros and cons of applying for jobs through expat teacher friends
3.14 The pros and cons of applying for jobs using teaching agencies
- Fully understand the different types of schools, accreditations, and curriculums abroad and their implications for expat teachers
4.1 British curriculum schools overseas and their implications
4.2 International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum schools overseas and their implications
4.3 American curriculum schools overseas and their implications
4.4 Canadian curriculum schools overseas and their implications
4.5 Australian curriculum schools overseas and their implications
4.6 International curriculum schools overseas and their implications
4.7 Local/ government curriculum schools overseas and their implications
4.8 Private Not-For-Profit Schools (PNFPs)
4.9 The pros and cons of private not-for-profit schools (PNFPs)
4.10 Private for-profit schools (PFPs)
4.11 The pros and cons of private for-profit schools (PFPs)
4.12 Popular private for-profits chains
4.13 My personal experience with PFPs VS PNFPs
4.14 Other accreditation bodies
- Important considerations
5.1 Moving with a teaching spouse
5.2 Moving with a non- teaching spouse
5.3 Moving with children
- How to attract the attention of headteachers abroad
6.1 With your CV
6.2 With your cover letter
6.3 With your interview technique
6.4 What to do if you have not heard back from headteachers abroad
- How to determine that you are getting a good deal
7.1 What should be in a great teaching package?
7.2 What to read carefully in your contract
7.3 How to find out the truth about the school!
- Preparing well for your move
8.1 How to sort out your paperwork (legalisation and attestation of certificates, etc.)
8.2 To ship, to post, or to pack?
8.3 Customs around the world
8.4 Top 15 things you definitely must do before you move abroad
8.5 How to make friends before moving!
8.6 How to make the transition easier for children before moving!
- How to settle in well in your new destination
9.1 Finding and furnishing your accommodation
9.2 Your personal to-do list
9.3 Your professional to-do list
9.4 Your financial to-do list
9.5 Setting up a bank account …
9.6 Getting a SIM card
9.7 Renting vs buying a car
9.8 Coping with homesickness and culture shock
- How to become a financially empowered expat teacher
10.1 How to set SMART money goals
10.2 My top 10 tips to make serious savings
10.3 How to make provisions for your financial future
10.4 How to semi-retire at 35
- Your To-Do List before you leave
11.1 Why do expat teachers leave?
11.2 The timeline to a exiting an expat teaching job
11.3 Legal considerations
- The last word from me…