Teaching in India – A guide to foreigners

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Doing anything new provides a certain sense of adventure. Teaching in a foreign country gives the same kind of feeling and when that country is India, it often becomes more than an adventure. But landing a teaching job or any job in general in India is a bit difficult.

There are a lot of things that one has to consider before going to another country to work. Teaching in India may look very interesting and attractive at the first time but you have to know that there will be contrasting differences between the culture, traditions and food. But, you may still look at the exciting thought about getting to know a different place and chances to travel places you dreamed of.

Teaching in India – A guide to foreigners

Earlier, when it came to teaching in India, most of the opportunities were in English language. But, with the growing industrialisation and technological advancement of the country, there are a lot of opportunities in teaching related to various fields. Also, the growth of international schools with regular student exchange programmes has helped to establish the flow of foreign students and teachers into the country. Some of these schools like Sonepat’s newly built Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), Delhi-based fashion institute Raffles Millennium and Mumbai-based Ecole Mondiale World School have all lined up expats teachers to give their students a touch of international learning.

Even the interests among foreigners to get a touch of experience in the emerging markets have led to the growth of expat teachers here. But before jumping this popularity wagon, you should be well-aware of your motives and future affects.

Prerequisites or what should you need to know before making a decision?
  • Educational Requirements – Educational qualifications are the basic requirements whenever you are applying for any teaching jobs. Bachelor’s degree in specific fields is generally required to get a job in the teaching institutes by latest job alerts. Additional certification maybe also required according to field of teaching. As most of the courses are imparted in English, so good communication ability in English is needed.
  • Can you survive the cultural shock? – Be prepared to get a cultural shock as you will find that everything in India is totally different. India has a diverse culture, tradition and language, which might overwhelm you in the first few days. The population is also dense in most of the cities and you will find it congested. But if you are prepared and have a will to get along easily, then you will find the people of India very friendly and helpful.
  • Get to know some expats and get their opinion – If you are going to live in a foreign country for a considerable period of time it is always safe to take the opinion and get to understand the place beforehand. India has a fair share of expats and you will probably get connected with someone who can share his views on the place you might be going for teaching.
  • Are you ready for this? – Always remember that you are going to teach in a school situated in a foreign country, which has a large percentage of native students even if it is an international school. So you will have to get accustomed to their behaviours and patterns of learning at first; which means you have to be very patient.
How and where?
Finding a teaching job in India is not that easy with a high number of skilled professionals in every field of work, be it technology or art. The first thing to do is research the kind of field that you have expertise in and that is in great demand in the country as a teaching prospect. There is always a need for good trainers or teachers whose first language is English. But most importantly find some institute or school which provides employment visas. If not, then you can consult the Indian Consulate in your country about the specific requirements. Maybe you will also have to deal with a justification letter on how your skills can help Indian education.
  • Job sites – You can check out the various job sites that are popular in India and get to know about what are the requirements for teaching jobs for both fresh and experienced professionals. Some job sites even lists requirements for foreigners who want to join an international school in India.
  • Get your professional network up and running – If you know any expats who are already teaching in India or have taught in the past, then that person will be of great help to you. You can ask him how he got hold of that position and how you can apply.
  • Subject of teaching – As mentioned earlier, the subject of teaching in India is no longer confined to only English as a language or communication skill. There are other subjects that have opened their respective avenues to expats, like fashion, technology, international law and marketing. You can learn about it all from websites like GoAbroad.com.
  • Understand the offer and the place – Get to know what you are being offered and what are the country taxes laws, so that you get a clear picture of your salary. Along with the offer, also get to understand the place, find out the cost of living and the transportation situation.
Items to Submit With an Indian Employment Visa Application
You will need the following:
  • A completed application which can be picked up at an Indian embassy or consulate office. The form can also be downloaded online (see above)
  • A tourist visa that is valid for six months
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Two identical passport-sized photos (colour or black and white acceptable)
  • Home address information
  • Letter of stating an intention to hire from an Indian school
  • A letter stating that a teaching contract was offered
  • Current resume
  • Registration information of the Indian company the ESL teacher will be working for; application fees typically cost around $200.
If you are successful in getting a job and an employment visa, good luck to your future and always remember that this experience will be a worthy one. India is advancing in every field and with its great tradition and culture, it would be a very enriching and educative journey in your life.

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Hasib is a knowledge junkie and an SEO writer in the job portal – naukri.com, and often writes on topics related to career. When he is not involved in writing, he is contemplating his next journey to the hills or to the new restaurant he came across. Follow him @twitter, Google+, LinkedIn

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