So you’ve got a job waiting for you, where do you start in terms of organising your move? Here is a check list of things that we would recommend you do leading up to your departure:

  • Know who you are working for and where you are going: In the age of information it has never been easier to avoid going to a nightmare workplace or dangerous area. Do some research on your new employers and about the city you will live in. Be 100% sure before you step onto the plane and have back up plans in place. If you are not sure about an employer and want some advise, don’t hesitate in contacting us
  • Arrange your visa: In many cases you will need to arrange work permits before you leave your home country. Be proactive about doing this and send off your documentation to the relevant embassy well in advance. In this case, if anything is wrong with your application for whatever reason, you have time to rectify it.
  • Give notice at your current job: Don’t just leave work and never return. Even if your current job is nothing to do with teaching, a good letter of recommendation is always a valuable asset and you never know when you might be back in the country looking for work.
  • Book your flights and travel arrangements: Booking flights can be tricky, especially if you are travelling a lot further than you have ever been. Click here and let us point you in the right direction!
  • Pay off your utility bills: Everyone’s financial situation is different. However, we would say that you should at least make sure you are up to date with utility payments as these are the companies that can land you in trouble when you arrive back.
  • Notify all relevant agencies: Write up a list of people you need to notify about your plans and follow them up one by one. This includes banks, tax departments, doctors, dentists, credit card companies, student loans companies and anyone else who may chase you up while you are away. The last thing you want to have to deal with is overdue bills when you are living in a foreign country. Trust us when we say, it can be a nightmare!
  • Health: Ask your doctor well in advance about what vaccinations you should get for the country you are moving to. Make sure you have them done and take any other precautions with your health. When you arrive you should sort out your medical insurance immediately.
  • Get your house in order: If you own a property you should contact your mortgage lender. Contact all agencies who may need to contact you regarding your property and give them a forwarding address. If you have children, make sure you notify the school and the local education authorities. Arrange for your move out of the current accommodation well in advance and make it as painless as possible. Arrange suitable storage space for valuables you are leaving behind.
  • Spend time with family and friends: Perhaps the saddest aspect of moving abroad is saying goodbye to loved ones. Don’t open yourself up to regrets further down the line by not spending some quality time with important people before you leave. Have a break between finishing your job and leaving the country to give yourself some time to visit relatives and catch up with friends.
  • Packing your life away: Pack sensibly. Stock up on essentials such as medication, good insect repellent, suitable clothing, entertainment and communication systems. Unless you are going to live in a very remote part of the world you don’t need to be too paranoid about not having toiletries. Ensure that your passport and other travel documentation is kept safe and on your person.
  • Enjoy the experience: Not losing sleep over moving abroad is much easier said than done. In fact you undoubtedly will- whether it’s due to anxiety, excitement or a combination of both. However, try to embrace the adventure and in times of doubt remind yourself why you are doing it!