Before accepting a contract to teach overseas, be sure to research the country and the school in which you will be going to. Respect the country in which you are teaching by keeping the following three things in mind when teaching abroad.
The first thing is to learn about the history of the country in which you will be teaching. Learning about that country’s history identifies who they are, their roots, and their nationality. This is helpful in understanding why they do the things they do. In addition, as to why those things are important to that country.
The next thing is to learn about the culture of the country in which you will be teaching. Their culture is derived from the behavioral patterns of the people, their belief system, and their principals of life and their living. When you learn about the culture, you can best educate the students in which you will be teaching.
The last thing is to get familiar with the native language of that country. No you do not need to learn the language prior to your arrival. However, you should make an effort to do so while you are teaching in that country. It shows that you are interested in better understanding the dynamics that take place within the classroom and bridging the gap between both the primary language of that country and the secondary language being English.
Teaching abroad is an excellent way to see the world, to gain new experiences, and to enhance your career internationally and globally.