When it comes to speaking to you TEFLers who decided to pack up and jet off to start your teaching adventures abroad we always notice the same thing…
There’s never as many of us guys out there then there are ladies! So with that in mind, we’ve decided to put together some reasons why this could be and try to inspire you men in to taking the leap where some of your fellow man could not.
The Teacher Stereotype
One of the major things that comes to mind straight away is the stereotype which of course is, men aren’t meant for the classroom. Women are currently outnumbering men in the classroom and it’s having a subconscious effect on children and adults everywhere. Some men think that teaching is a job for women which is of course complete rubbish! Some of the greatest teachers in history have been men, Aristotle, Henry David Thoreau, a teacher who invented the ‘school trip’ and would you believe it – Sting, who taught English in his younger days!
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Boys & Their Toys
Another common association with men which has stuck throughout history is the interest we take with toys. Men always seem to warm to things that they can play with whether its, a football, computer games, or motorbikes; we can’t cut ourselves off. Guys need to see that teaching overseas is a completely different ball game to teaching at home. The lessons can be like a game, especially when you’ve a room full of students eager to learn!
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Lacking Male Role Models
It’s important to have a male role model for children growing up, especially for young boys. Teachers in particular countries abroad get considerably more respect than in the UK so as a teacher you can influence the children in a positive way!
Just check out Jack Little who’s currently out in Mexico, he’s been working out there for over a year now and not only has he been having a blast teaching the children of Mexico, he’s also made manager of Mexico’s National Cricket team! You can check out his blog here!
Men can care about education, teaching and TEFL too!
So come on guys! Get yourself in to the big wide world and experience a new way of life… who knows what you might find!