KU Student explores teaching jobs outside of United States

Internships available for recent graduates with education degrees

By Jenny Mosley

As more and more universities begin to offer programs that allow students to study abroad and spend time learning overseas, more college graduates have been searching for jobs that may take them across the world.

Now that English has become the international language of business, countries in Asia, South America and Europe have become more eager to welcome English speakers to teach the language to their citizens. This need for English teachers has caused foreign countries to create more job opportunities for recent college grads with degrees in education.

Gooverseas.com created a list in 2014 of the best jobs abroad for recent college graduates. Number one on that list was teaching English.

According to thebalance.com, “The most common option is teaching English in a non-English speaking country, particularly in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.”

For graduates in the United States, many programs exist that place American students into teaching positions all over the world.

The Jet Program, for example, sends graduates to different locations throughout Japan.

Capture.PNGParticipants are placed in either schools, boards of education or government offices throughout the country. The U.S. transfer program requires applicants to have a Bachelor’s degree or 3-year teaching certification a few months prior to their departure date.

KU junior elementary education major Ally Kirkpatrick is one student who has considered teaching in a Spanish-speaking country.



“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, and now that I’ve picked up a Spanish minor, teaching in Spain or Mexico sounds like something I’d really be interested in,” said Kirkpatrick.

Like Ally, graduates who are searching for opportunities in South America can look toward the English Opens Doors Program. The program searches for teaching assistants who are willing to teach alongside teachers all over Chile. According to centrodevoluntarios.cl, the EDOP “was created in 2003 with the mission to improve the level of English for students between fifth grade and 12th grade throughout the Chilean public school system.”

Thebalanace.org also notes, “The government in Spain offers a very popular program whereby American and Canadian citizens act as cultural and language assistants in the school system, and receive a stipend of 700 euros per month for an eight month assignment.”

“I think it’s cool that there’s so many different websites and organizations that help education majors find places they could teach in other countries,” said Kirkpatrick.

BUNAC is another organization that assists students in locating teaching jobs in six countries and over 13 different countries. Grads can find other teaching opportunities through websites such as gooverseas.com or goabroad.com.

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