Teaching abroad forces you to re-evaluate everything you know. Having lived and traveled extensively across a few different countries, I can say that most countries – even very open ones – are pretty ethnocentric. Spending an extended period of time in another country allows you to discover more about the world and seeing things from another point of view. It helps you see what the rest of the world offers and makes you a fuller, richer person. In addition to that, if you decide that teaching English isn’t ultimately the career you want and that you want to return to your home country, teaching abroad makes you a much more resilient person and provides you with lessons that will last a lifetime.
About the Author: Mike Masse has been teaching English in Japan for 15 years. He has lived in 7 cities, including Tsuruga, Himeji, Matsuyama, Kurashiki, Sakata, Takarazuka, and Kawanishi. Mike is currently working at MY English School.