We asked a veteran international teacher, recruiter and author what it takes to take your teaching career on the road.

World traveller and veteran international teacher, Bob Barlas, has long experience with the ins and outs of teaching in international schools. Barlas has taught in Singapore, China, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and the UK. He is the author of the Teaching Overseas Handbook and is also a senior associate with Search Associates—a company that helps teachers, counsellors, librarians and administrators find positions in international schools around the world.

Verge caught up with him to find out who makes a good international teacher and what a teacher needs to know if they’re thinking about applying for an international school job.


Verge: As a recruiter, what are some reasons that you like to hear from applicants for wanting to teach abroad? Are there any red flags?

Barlas:Good motivations are wanting to broaden one's career experience or wanting to experience teaching in a cross-cultural environment. The more flexible you are as a teacher candidate, regardless of your age, the more opportunities you will get and the more attractive you will become to a school that is looking to hire someone.

The biggest no-no is going into an interview and saying, "What am I going to get paid?" That's a relevant question, but not the first question you ask. But you'd be surprised about the number of people who are more concerned about that than anything else. [Also], you don't go overseas to save the world.

Teachers that are inflexible, in terms of their methodology, their attitude - they don't work very well in a cross-cultural situation. If they're too set in their ways, that can be a problem

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