Why do Canadian teachers want to teach in London?
Having experienced living and teaching in London, I have decided to put together a PRO and CON list of what I feel teaching in London can offer.
~ You can start and/or advance your teaching career – there are so many opportunities in London, it all depends on what you are interested in – permanent or temporary?
~ You will meet people from around the world, whether you are working with them and/or living with them (this requires you to want to meet people because it is very easy to get stuck in your own little world).
~ You earn pounds rather than dollars (double the earning) !!
~ International experience looks good on your resume.
~ You can gain new references.
~ Gives you a chance to experience new culture(s) and a the U.K. curriculum.
~ You have the opportunity to travel among Europe – plane tickets are extremely cheap!
~ You have 13 weeks of holiday per school year – gives you time to travel and relax.
~ There are TONS of jobs available – it is very rare that you will not work a 5-day week.
~ Most teaching agencies will pay you even if you do not get called into work (again, this is very rare which is why most agencies are able to promise this in their contracts).
~ Money is very tight when you first arrive to London due to the Canadian to pound exchange rate.
~ Finding a place to live may be challenging.
~ You will be away from your family and friends.
~ You may not know what your job will be until you arrive.
~ The curriculum may be different than what you are used to.
~ You will most likely need to supply teach before finding a permanent position.
If you are interested in teaching in the UK, I would definitely recommend Engage Education.
If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below, I’d be happy to offer any help I can!