25 Jul The Confessions of a Teacher Who Travels
One of the most amazing things about today’s modern world is the flexibility and choice that professionals have when it comes to directing their career paths. Due to diverse, globalized options, you can virtually put a finger on the map and follow your dreams.
Teaching is one of the most relevant jobs of all time. If you are a teacher, your skills are always in demand regardless of where you are in the world. If you plan to seek overseas opportunities, if you have just landed a job in a foreign country, or if you are simply a teacher who travels often for work, there are a couple of necessary things to keep in mind to achieve utmost productivity and collect memorable experiences.
Here are a few things to do to always be prepared for new challenges abroad and which can help you overcome them along the way:
Have an Open Mind
The most important tip for all travelers is to always keep an open mind. The world is full of different cultures. It is, thus, important to expect things that might seem weird or strange to you, yet they are part of other people’s cultures. The number one rule when traveling to a new place is to anticipate cultural adjustment so that you can better understand and interact with your students and the locals.
Study and Explore Cultures
If you happen to ask experienced travelers, the key to understanding other cultures is to only understand a few of them. It has been proven by anthropological research that all cultures have similar patterns and there are certain ‘formula’ you can use to explore any culture. Language, clothing and food are some of the most common elements across cultures. Learning a new language and interacting with people from different parts of the world will develop your empathy towards your students in any learning environment.
Yearn For New Experiences
Whether by committing to travel every couple of months or by interacting with people in a new country, there are many ways you can prepare your mind for new experiences. New experiences not only inspire you but they also ignite the spark in you to learn more. The more you learn, the more you become passionate about teaching.
Have A Few Travel Rituals
Traveling is not an easy task. You tend to get drained because of constant activities. There are things that we can do to restore the body and mind during your travels. Incorporating habits like carrying along a book, doing workout routines, enjoying specific treats and other things can help relieve the jet-lag and other travel effects. Anticipating activities that make you feel good can be a good mental conditioning as you teach one new lesson after another.
There are indeed a lot of things you can do to be travel-ready. The great thing about being a teacher is that you never stop learning and that the most remarkable lessons come from your own experiences.
Read more travel diaries and adventure stories to inspire you for your next escapade.
About the Author: David W. is a traveler by day and a freelancer by night. He is passionate about teaching and loves to share his stories with people as valuable life lessons.