Thursday, September 27, 2012

How Moving To Teach English Abroad? What To Bring With You?

There's a lot to think about when you're getting ready to pack up everything you own and decide what to put in storage and what to pack onto the airplane. It's a great idea to make a list of everything that you want to bring with you -- don't forget to add these things.

Bring Plenty Of Money When You Move To Teach English Abroad

While some teaching jobs may come with a place to live, you may need to have money saved for a deposit on an apartment or big trips to the grocery store to stock your refrigerator and pantry. Additionally, make sure to bring a credit card or two. It's definitely easier to travel if you can book your trip with a credit card, however that's not the only convenience. Using a credit card at local stores means that the foreign currency is automatically converted into dollars, which means that you won't need to worry about running to the bank or ATM every time you want to buy something.

Pack Weather-Appropriate Clothing

Depending on where you'll be moving, you might need to leave half your wardrobe at home! If you'll be teaching English in Abu Dhabi, for instance, you likely won't need a heavy winter coat and snow boots. However, if you'll be living in a cold weather climate such as Scandinavia, you can probably leave the shorts and flip flops at home. Do a little research into the climate of your new city and consider putting some of your clothing in storage if it doesn't look like you'll need it.

Do Bring Comfortable Shoes

If you're storing or selling your car and planning on walking to and from your teaching jobs, you'll want comfortable shoes. While stiletto heels might look great, they're probably not the most practical footwear. It's a good idea to purchase some comfortable, yet stylish shoes before you leave to teach English abroad. You'll likely have a better selection of shoes. Also, different countries have different size charts for clothing and footwear and by purchasing them in your home country, you'll know what size you have to buy without having to try every pair on.

Don't Forget Your Passport!

Lastly, make sure you have your passport! You won't be able to get on the airplane without it so be certain to double and triple check that you have it before you leave for the airport. Some countries also require entry visas for people who will be teaching English. If you've found teaching jobs through a placement agency or company, the people there will be able to help determine if you need any special visas to stay or work in your new country.

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