Teaching Remotely – Can you travel and teach at the same time?

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The world will soon open up again – and with it the opportunity for travel. Some of us have been locked up in our homes for nearly a year, so it’s understandable the sense of wanderlust is strong for many. We’ve missed the excitement, the sense of adventure, that comes from getting out on the road and seeing the world. One great thing that’s come out of the pandemic is the way that remote work has gone from barely being tolerated by most organizations to becoming not only accepted but praised. For teachers, the question remains – will there be remote teaching opportunities available as we move into the 2021-2022 school year? Or will the opportunity to live elsewhere while teaching in a local district be nothing but a distant memory?

That gives us a lot of hope and encouragement to start traveling sooner rather than later. Take time to plan ahead. Which countries should you visit? Where will you go first? Here are five places to start. Go South. Starting in South America, you can cross over to Peru, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and finally, Uruguay. This is your best introduction to South America, when traveling. Prior to the pandemic, travel down South was fraught with risks. Travelers had the occasional virus and deadly attack here and there, but overall, travel down South had never been taken more seriously. There are millions of South American travelers now, so book your passage safely.

Or try Japan. Japan’s Gotama Railway is a high-speed shinkansen line that connects, among other countries, Kyoto, Kobe, Nagoya, and Osaka. Connecting all of these cities on one train makes it an attractive option for overnight trips. Travelers arrive in Kyoto in the early morning to catch the JR Sunshine Line to the JR Gotama Railway at 10:30 am on the morning of your departure. Get off at Shin-Osaka Station where the train begins its 1,650-mile journey. Move Your Feet. Take a small break from traveling by air and by car to get your feet washed and rubbed down. Get on a mini-trampoline in your yard or on your balcony and get your routine (shower, brush teeth, de-ice your car). Then go do something active at home for a few hours — like reading a good book or doing some yoga or yard work. It can also be therapeutic to do it in the comfort and solitude of your home during quarantine.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize. For those with travel-sick eyes, the airline industry has sprung into action. There are more notable airlines than during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and with that comes heightened scrutiny. Lower fares, quick departure times, and curated flights have returned with a vengeance. And, if you’re feeling ambitious, the thrill of vacation travel awaits at a lower cost beyond even BA Heathrow. Cruises are just one option for those who want to take more than the standard BA flights to Europe and America. If there are no plane options in your area, there are plenty of airlines offering cheap flights to travel through Europe by air. Follow Your Heart. Looking to slow down? Our lives are so busy that snapping our fingers at the people around us can leave us feeling grumpy. Websites like Fleets are great for keeping up with family and friends who care enough about us to put us in touch with someone else who’s interested in our lifestyle.

With the ranks of the tourist indistry reopening growing, there will be an opening for bartending, teaching English as a foreign language in a school when schools will once again be open, traveling the world as a teacher, or any other freelance work. We can happily look forward to the day when the world looks a little more brighter for those who choose to contribute to the social fabric rather than be content to just observe from afar.

The best way to find out how to do this part of the job well is by researching how other organizations have done this (which is what this article is about). According to Gigi Sohn from Remote Teaching Solutions, “virtually all teachers have said that they would recommend a business card for a candidate who could teach remotely and $500 in local currency as a symbolic start payment. Many employers require photo identification as well as proof of experience in their home district.”

Remote teaching experience is the latest buzzword in education. This is a great time to explore remote work in the way other industries have transitioned to remote working. If you’re interested in finding your first remote teaching opportunity, we suggest you start by realizing that you “don’t need a passport to start a new life in another city.” Just get out there and explore! Check out several organizations who choose to teach from afar and see if they pass your experience test.

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