We define an ‘Accidental International Educator’ as one who never actually intended to teach overseas, but today finds themselves living and teaching internationally, loving every minute of it. You’ve met ‘Accidental International Educators’ at recruiting fairs. Maybe YOU are an ‘Accidental International Educator’ yourself….
‘Accidental International Educators’ usually have tenured positions in their home countries, but out of curiosity attend a international recruiting venue to test the waters, so to speak, and see what it’s all about. Next thing they know, they’re offered a job in some far-flung location and they accept! Not quite ready to leave it all behind, ‘Accidental International Educators’ may take a two-year leave of absence from their home-country school. After all, they are just checking it out.
Once outside the comfort of their insular world, ‘Accidental International Educators’ are awed by peoples, foods, exotic cultures/traditions, landscapes, new job possibilities (i.e. teaching specials rather than their usual subject) and the sheer exhilaration of a world they never even imagined existed. Something long dormant in the ‘Accidental International Educator’ springs to life as they’re involved in the adventure of a lifetime. With the end of their contract in sight, the Accidental International Educator extends or seeks a new overseas position, leaving their old life back home behind. The course has been set and they are off and running in their new international teaching adventure!
Are YOU an ‘Accidental International Educator’? Here’s a chance to tell your story to other educators on the verge of becoming an ‘Accidental International Educator’ themselves. Sharing your experience will help pave the way for those that follow.
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