Decide to Teach English ABroad – STep 5 – Preparing to Move ABroad

Move Abroad, Teach Abroad, Work Abroad, Expats, Expat life, expats abroad

The final phase!

This is the last post for the series Decide to teach English abroad. Thanks for staying with me on this amazing journey to start working overseas! I hope these posts have been helpful for you in your plans to teach English and move abroad. I am so excited for you to embark on this amazing journey, seriously, your life will never be the same. Take it from me, I made the decision to move abroad for the first time 7 years ago and since then I have never looked back. It has been one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences in my life. I can’t wait to keep traveling learning and growing as an educator and world traveler. This is the reason I started this blog, to help other people take the risk and make the decision to travel, teach and move abroad.

Preparing for the journey ahead

Moving abroad can seem overwhelming and scary, but I’m telling you it is totally worth it! These feelings are totally normal before moving abroad. What essentially can help you to move abroad is careful preparation and planning so that you can be as ready as possible before you even step into the airport! Click To Tweet

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Just remember to relax and let go of what you cannot control. Enjoy the process and expect to be surprised by unexpected cultural differences. Try your best to accept and understand the culture you are living in. Being prepared (by researching cultural differences) and being open to differences will really help with your transition. Being open to these different and unexpected circumstances is what helps you to learn and grow while living abroad.

Preparation resources

I have created a complete checklist of steps to help you get prepared for moving abroad in my blog post The Definitive Checklist for Moving or Traveling Abroad. It outlines the steps to take to help you with your move abroad and even provides a print out to help you get prepared!

For help with getting set up in your new home abroad have a read through the post How to Make a Home While Living Abroad. It explains the importance of setting up your home abroad and provides cheap and easy tips to help!

Don’t forget to Join Facebook pages for expats living abroad and in your local community! Join my Expat Community for information and advice about living and teaching abroad. Join Here: Expat Teachers Group 

You’re all set!

This is it! You have gotten your best job and are going to move abroad to start a very new and exciting life as an expat! Congratulations!! While this may be a positive or negative experience for you, try to learn from it and accept whatever comes!

Step 5 - Prepare to move abroad

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have about moving abroad. I have done it a number of times and I’m an old pro! I would be happy to help you on your personal journey. Message me HERE, or connect on Facebook or Instagram. I would love to hear from you!


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For previous posts in the Decide to Teach Abroad series click on the links below for insights and advice on getting a teaching job overseas:

Decide to Teach English Abroad – Step 1 – Find your Why

Decide to Teach English Abroad – Step 2 – Find a TEFL Job

Decide to Teach Abroad – Step 3 – Get TEFL/TESOL Certified

Decide to Teach English Abroad Series – Step 4 – Apply for TEFL Jobs Abroad

Let me know where you are going and what kind of job you have in the comments below

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Welcome to the Unconventional Life Blog! I'm Eliza a professional English Langauge teacher living an international life. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about teaching English, working and living abroad.


  1. I wish I’ve read this two years ago before I moved to Korea. I’m going to share this to my friends who are asking for some tips! I love your checklists, very clear!

    • Hi Karla. Thanks so much! I wanted to make it easier for people thinking about moving and teaching abroad. I also wish I had thought about these things before I left. But if I can help others going through the same experience I am happy to do that! Please share with anyone you think would benefit from it!