Thinking about teaching in the missions field?

I am very excited to be joining Tim and Joyce from Duo Los Discovery. Our topic will be teaching in the missions field internationally.

So let's begin with your story. What brought you to teach overseas?

As empty-nesters in 2015, we started thinking about what was next. We were out to ice cream with Tim's sister when she asked us a really important question. If fear or money were no object, what would you do? Interesting question. Right? We looked at each other and decided to go to the Dominican Republic. Why? God had really planted a seed in our hearts 15 years ago for that country. Moreover, he planted the seed for us to serve overseas.

Why should future teachers consider teaching internationally? How is this different?

Furthermore, we believe that simply being aware of international issues and engaging in the international community will benefit anyone. By seeing the world through other people's eyes, you are going to broaden your perspective on how you see the world and the issues that divide the world so often.

Sometimes one of the most rewarding things in life is that those things that are the most difficult are also the best, the best things, the things that we must lean on God to accomplish.

World changers. I think that's a wonderful phrase for future teachers. We are world-changers when we go out into the world, and I believe that teaching is the best profession on the planet to be able to instill that love of Christ and reach students across the globe.

So if we have some listeners thinking, I might want to dip my toe into the international teaching waters. Where do you suggest that they get started?

How is this different than teaching in the states?

  • Regulations and requirements are different like testing

  • Integrate their faith with their teaching

What can we do to find a good teaching placement or a good match when it comes to teaching abroad?

  • It's the same here as it is abroad. With so many options available to teachers, it can be difficult to decide what to do.

  • Short-term mission trips, whether through your church, college, or young life, are very helpful.

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