At first, it may seem like a huge adventure. Later on the shock of reality may get to you and you may feel like packing your bags. Adapting to a new country as a teacher is no walk in the park.
Here are six difficulties that you will need to overcome:
1. Language barrier
This is especially applicable to those teachers who are teaching in China, Taiwan, etc.
The public in these countries are not able to speak English.
You have difficulties in explaining yourself and even in buying small things.
Later you will learn how to speak with gestures and maybe a few words in the new language.
2. Food differences
You are not going to find your favourite foods, beverages and snacks in the new country.
This may be very difficult for you.
The new food may not work for you at first! Give yourself time to adjust.
3. Irritation with the habits and ways of the people
People in foreign countries have different ways of behaving and living. This may irritate and frustrate you as you compare them to your home country.
Try to be as tolerant and patient as possible.
It is natural that you will miss your country, family and friends. Loneliness is often intense in the first few months.
Keep contact with all of your loved ones and send them interesting information and pictures of the country you now reside.
5. Having your own routines messed up
You may find that your own routines of sleeping and working are not the same as it was previously.
Do your best to get into the new routines and do not resist the unfamiliar too much.
6. Learning the school system
The new system where you need to work may confuse and frustrate you at first.
Give yourself some time to get used to new demands and ways of doing your work.
Most teachers in foreign countries go through a difficult time adapting to their new situation. Knowing that it will be a challenge at first prepare you for it and you will cope better.