For many New Year’s means doing the mental checklist of all the normal New Year’s resolutions and quickly dismissing most of them. According to USA.gov, the list below are most popular New Year’s resolutions in the US.
One simple decision to apply to teach overseas can easily jump start each and every one of these resolutions! Are you ready to start the New Year with a new career?
Moving abroad gives you the opportunity to change up your daily routines and meals. You can choose to eat the same old things you do at home (it’s all available in grocery stores around the world), or you can choose to eat more local dishes which are likely far healthier. You can also work more exercise into your new routines (walking to work etc).
Volunteer to Help Others
Working in a school environment gives you lots of opportunities to help out beyond the school day. There are always students who need a little (or a lot) of extra attention.
Moving abroad is a big change in lifestyle as is quitting smoking. Though some cultures abroad are still very friendly to smokers, the change in lifestyle may be an ideal time to adjust your lifestyle as well and break with some bad habits.
Get a Better Education
Get a Better Job
Many teachers working overseas use their time abroad to save money. Most jobs pay for the teacher’s flights, housing & insurance in addition to a healthy salary. Teachers find they have far more disposable income than they did back home.
If chasing those kids around the classroom doesn’t get you fit enough, then the expat communities in most cities have many sporting clubs – everything from flag football, roller hockey, ultimate, soccer/football, rugby, yoga to the Hash House Harriers (look them up!)
Eat Healthy Food
The traditional local cuisine wherever you go is likely healthier than the typical North American diet. If you start to eat more local foods filled with fresh vegetables, fruits and less processed foods, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier diet.
Moving overseas can be stressful. We won’t lie. However it doesn’t have to be. On arrival in a new country you won’t be alone; your new co-workers, the community of Footprints teachers, and your friends/family at home are all there to support you. Your new co-workers have ALL ‘been there, done that’ and know what it’s like to move overseas, so don’t be shy to ask for their advice.
Depending on your personal situation, moving overseas can actually alleviate a lot of debt. Most times you don’t need to own a car, won’t need to pay rent, don’t have to pay for medical insurance, and you’ll earn a salary that allows you to save and pay down debt effectively.
Take a Trip
Is moving overseas enough of a trip?
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
What a better way to re-examine your life’s acquisitions than to move away. When all you bring is a few suitcases, it really puts things in perspective. You will find you acquire far fewer ‘things’ than you would if you have a big house to stash ‘stuff’. When you think about bringing all that ‘stuff’ home someday, you’ll most definitely be reducing what you buy, getting creative about reusing class resources and recycling lesson plans for new audiences!
Drink Less Alcohol
One easy way to reduce your alcohol consumption is to move to the Middle East! Though you can buy and consume alcohol (as a foreigner), it’s not as readily available in all restaurants and requires you to make the extra effort to seek it out. Out of sight, out of mind.
New Year’s resolutions are fleeting for most, however one simple decision to take your career on a field trip will go a long way to making some big changes in your life (if you let it happen!)).