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Where you go and how long you decide to stay is up to you – but before you decide, take a look at our diverse range of teaching courses and experiences in China, Nepal, Brazil, Cambodia and France. From two weeks to over a month these packages are a great way to dip your toes into the world of teaching English abroad. There’s no telling where the experience could take you.

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The travel stuff

  • Visa appropriate for the country in which you will be teaching
  • Passport with at least 6 months validity
  • Travel insurance

 

The teaching stuff

  • Complete TEFL course – online or classroom course options available via i-to-i
  • You’ll need to be a native English speaker
  • Make sure you CV is updated and ready to go for the application process
  • Ensure you have appropriate TEFL Teaching Resources such as lesson activities, lesson plans, classroom and teacher resources, theory and research, and additional resources.
  • Purchase an English dictionary, a grammar book, and supplies in case these items are not readily available.

 

Personal admin

  • Let AEC (Australian Electoral Commission) know you’re leaving the country so you don’t get wacked with fines for not voting if there’s a local or national election on the horizon
  • Make sure your Drivers licence is valid for awhile or apply for an international drivers licence
  • Make copies of your documentation (i.e., passport, visas, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Photocopy all documents including insurance particulars, record the numbers of your credit cards, passport, and airline tickets and give to a responsible family member or friend at home.
  • Additional passport photos to ease the process of replacing a lost or stolen passport, or if other official documents are required once you are in your destination country.

 

Medical

  • Medical – do you have you have all the drug prescriptions you need, including your glasses/ contact lens prescription if you wear them
  • A spare pair of glasses and contact lenses (if you wear them)
  • Have you had all the relevant shots / immunizations for the region you’re travelling to? And pack a list of the injections you’ve had just in case
  • Visit your dentist to have a clean and check-up

 

Finances

  • Details you need to set up a bank account in the country your headed
  • How to apply to social security in that country (i.e. in the UK you’ll need an National Insurance N.I number)
  • Tax – let the ATO know you’re leaving the country
  • Credit and debit cards for travel
  • Notify your bank and close any accounts that might charge you fees while you’re away
  • Money – take approximately $200 with you as universal currency.
  • Pay off any debts you have with friends, family or financial intuitions
  • Cancel any automatic withdrawals you have from your bank account

 

Practical

  • Camera, batteries & chargers
  • International power adaptors
  • Invest in a good backpack
  • All your electronic chargers
  • All insurance and emergency numbers
  • Pack an extra memory card for your camera
  • Address of the Australian embassy in the country your travelling to

 

The not so obvious

  • Foam earplugs (to block out noisy travel buddies or offer to others if you’re the noisy one!)
  • A good book – or if you’re really smart a novel which is based somewhere you’re travelling to - it adds an interesting perspective when you explore these destinations.
  • If you have more than one credit card, separate them. Perhaps store one in your wallet and the other in your luggage. That way if you lose one or the other you’ll still have access to cash.
  • Collect Australian souvenirs (those little clip-on koalas go down a treat) to give out to your students
  • Purchase a few educational games or children’s word association games.
  • Collect glossy catalogues and magazines with lots of pictures; these are hard to find in most developing countries and students love them!
  • Find out what is considered to be proper attire in your classroom, including shoes, as well as weather appropriate clothing for your destination country.

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