If you're thinking about becoming a traveling teacher, or just curious about what it's like, you've come to the right place. I've been on this journey for a while now, and let me tell you - it's not always a walk in the park, but it's worth it. Let me break it down for you:
Top 10 Struggles:
Lack of stability: Not knowing where you'll be living and working from year to year can be stressful, but it's also part of the fun of the adventure.
Finding housing: It can be a challenge to find a place to lay your head, especially in expensive cities. But with some research, you can find some options like housesitting, nomadic dwellings, or just short-term rentals.
Making friends: It can be tough to make new friends, but it's also an opportunity to branch out and meet new people from all walks of life. I use meetup to find my people and events I enjoy in each city.
Adjusting to new settings: Each school and district has its own unique culture and policies, but it's also an opportunity to learn and grow as a teacher. I get to learn what I do and do not like in a school/administration.
Managing finances: Budgeting can be tricky when you're not getting paid consistently, but with a bit of planning, it's manageable. And let's not forget the added bonus of higher pay as a travel teacher. I use Facet Wealth to manage my personal finances and retirement.
Maintaining organization: It can be tough to stay organized and on top of lesson planning while on the go, but with a bit of planning and a good system, you'll be a pro in no time. I have this awesome Data Collection and Management System that makes a hug difference!
Maintaining relationships: Being away from family and friends can be tough, but technology makes it easier than ever to stay in touch.
Coping with homesickness: It's natural to miss home, but the world is full of new and exciting things to explore, and as a teacher I can always go back home over the summer and on breaks.
Dealing with unexpected problems: From car troubles to natural disasters, life is full of unexpected challenges, but that's what makes it exciting.
Maintaining work-life balance: It can be tough to separate work and personal time when you're living and working in the same new city, but with a bit of planning and self-care, you'll find the balance.
Top 10 Benefits:
Flexibility: One of the biggest advantages of being a travel teacher is the ability to choose where you work and when you work.
Better pay: Travel teachers often earn way more than teachers who work in a traditional setting.
Professional development opportunities: Working in different locations can expose you to new teaching methods and approaches, which can help you grow as a professional.
Personal growth: Traveling and living on the road can help you develop new skills and grow as a person.
Cultural immersion: Being immersed in new cultures and communities can be a rewarding and enriching experience.
Meeting new people: Traveling gives you the opportunity to meet new people and make connections with people from all walks of life.
Exploring new places: As a travel teacher, you have the opportunity to explore new cities and locations while working.
Adventure: Living on the road and traveling can be a thrilling and adventurous experience.
Sense of accomplishment: The challenges of being a travel teacher can make the experience even more rewarding when you overcome them. It's also pretty cool to have the diverse teaching experience that travel teaching can offer.
Flexibility in scheduling: As a travel teacher, you have more control over your schedule and can take time off when needed. I have two weeks of PTO to use during the school year. This is in addition to the regular school breaks. These days don't roll over so I make sure to use them and take time to care for myself.
Being a travel teacher is not for everyone, but for those who are up for the challenge, it can be a rewarding and enriching experience. And the best part is, you will be paid what you're worth, making all the struggles manageable. If you're considering becoming a travel teacher, weigh the struggles and benefits. Check out my travel teacher interest form in you want to know more about how to get started.