Why Teach Internationally

For those with a sense of adventure, a career in international education can be a uniquely rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. It can allow you to broaden your horizon, become immersed in a different culture and environment, and perhaps learn or improve a foreign language. It offers the opportunity to make many new friends and forge life-lasting ties as you join a professional and highly engaged global community of educators.

International schools are often the ideal environments for improving your own educational practices and developing new skills in collaboration with your peers. Rich and varied professional development programmes are common benefits of working at an international school as are the availability of modern teaching resources and technology. An overseas teaching opportunity can allow you to engage with motivated students with high expectations and really have an impact on their development as global citizens. International schools frequently offer a comprehensive salary and benefits package that may provide higher remuneration than that offered by national or state schools.

What do schools look for in an international educator?

CIS Member Schools seek educators who have demonstrated success improving student learning and who actively collaborate in professional development networks. Strong IT skills and proven experience using technology as a tool to facilitate learning are increasingly expected. Equally important is the potential to adapt well to a new environment and culture; the ability to engage a diverse student population and the motivation to become involved with the wider community outside of the school. Cultural sensitivity and a tolerance for ambiguity are essential attributes. Successful international educators aspire to increase their own knowledge and understanding of global issues and trends; they are innately resourceful, flexible, engaging, with a sense of humour.

Did you know, over half of CIS Members Schools are IB World Schools?

Promote your skills, experience and availability to IB schools by establishing a professional portfolio with CIS Educational Recruitment Services. As a CIS Educator Candidate, you can access vacancies posted by CIS member schools, and your portfolio is available to them for consideration via our 24/7 database.  

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