I heard today that the people who write lists are happier than people who don't. I have no proof of this, but hey, I'll go with it.
I'm writing a book called Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians and it's absorbing every bit of creative energy that I have. So, writing a list makes sense to me today.
I answer this question almost every day: "Why do Canadian teachers want to teach in London?" So, here is the answer in a handy little list.
Pros to Teaching in London, England
- You will make new friends from around the world
- You'll work and live in one of the most dynamic cities in the world
- You earn pounds rather than dollars (so double your earnings!)
- You can start your teaching career or advance your career
- International experience looks good on your resume
- Inner city school experience looks even better on your resume
- You will have a social life outside of teaching
- Travel Europe during your 13 weeks of holiday/year
- Travel Africa (it's much closer to England than it is to Canada!)
- Speak with an “accent”
- There's so much to do in your free time (museums, art galleries, parks, pubs, events, music...)
- If you want to teach in inner city Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver or any other major Canadian city, then your resume will speak volumes.
- Money will be tight when you first arrive (Canadian to pound exchange rate)
- You'll be away from your support network (friends, family)
- You won't know for certain what your job will be until you arrive
- You will likely have to supply teach before you get a full-time contract (this is also a pro depending on how you see it)
- The teaching itself is challenging, especially in your first year (the behaviours are more challenging than you would be used to in Canada in general)
- Everyone will tell you that London is too expensive (everyone but teachers that are actually living there that is!)