Here are a few ideas to explore if you are looking for an international experience, whether classroom teaching or working with teachers.
- Exchange Teaching
For all information concerning teacher exchanges, and for an application package, please contact the Canadian Education Exchange Foundation. This poster shows current deadlines, and can be printed and posted at your school.
The BC Exchange Teachers’ Association maintains a blog at bcteacherexchange.blogspot.com.
- Public Library
Public libraries have copies of overseas newspapers especially the London Times which publishes an Education Supplement (TES) once a month containing extensive advertising for international teaching positions. The TES Online Jobs web site is a comprehensive source of education job vacancies in the UK and overseas.
Libraries also have information about international schools and their publication lists. An excellent reference source is The Canadian Guide to Working and Living Overseas: For Entry-Level and Seasoned Professionals by Jean-Marc Hachey, Ottawa: Intercultural Systems.
- Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
Seek out the local offices or groups of NGOs in your community and volunteer or attend lecture series or other public events. Get your name on mailing lists for newsletters and other publications (mostly free) produced by these organizations. This will plug you into the network and make it possible for you to learn firsthand of overseas possibilities. Many NGOs may also have web sites.
To find information about organizations recruiting for overseas positions, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade will provide inquirers with an assessment. Access their web site, call 1-800-267-6788 (24 hour service; select the option concerning Canadians in trouble abroad) or call Ginette Bissonnette, 1-800-387-3124 during business hours.
Voluntary Service Overseas lists voluntary teaching assignments in developing countries, and teachers comprise the largest group of VSO volunteers.