What about health and
medical issues when living overseas
if I get sick - or hurt?
Most employers in most countries will provide you with a
very basic form of health/medical
some countries, you will become eligible for the
national health care system, in others you will belong
to a private plan that your employer has purchased for
you (or you may pay for a certain percentage of the
the provided coverage adequate/enough?
you are young and healthy, don't ride a motorcycle or
engage in dangerous activities, and don't travel to
other countries - then it probably is. These type
coverages are fine for the occasional cold or
semi-serious illness. But they are not adequate for
long-term or out-of-country coverage, or for any kind of
serious or catastrophic illness or injury.
you are thinking about teaching English abroad long-term, are
middle-aged or older, and/or ride a motorcycle - then
consider purchasing a good quality policy that you can
take with you from country to country.
Aren't these type policies expensive?
Yes, and no.
What is really expensive is to have a serious medical
problem and no, or lousy, coverage. Yes, you will find
that some policies offered by major insurance providers
quite expensive. But there are some reasonable
alternatives. Do a web search for alternatives -
read the fine print and make an educated decision about
what might work best for you.
Travel Insurance is a good option if you want some
coverage only while out of the country where you are
working - as your work coverage will not usually cover you out
of the country, on the way to your job, or on your way
home. And, after all, one reason for choosing TEFL as a
job alternative - is so you can travel.
I feel better already - knowing that you - at the
very least - know something that you really need to know
if you are going to live and work overseas.