What about split
shifts & weekends
when Teaching English Abroad?
It's up to you. Some people say, "No! Never!" and are
able to find good jobs without such sacrifices. Most of
the time I would recommend "No". But not always.
very nature of teaching adults often means you need to
teach around their work schedule and this can mean early
morning classes and late evening classes. And nothing
to do in the middle of the day, thus split shifts. I
did this once and it was terrible. I got about five
hours sleep each night. If you really want to teach
adults - or if Business English is your specialty - you
may well end up working a split shift, but it is not
Unless you receive substantially more money - don't take
it. But . . . this is my experience in Asia - and there
may well be some countries where it is the norm. As
Hard Work and Rest
Teaching, especially at first, can be hard work. Split
shits and weekend work keep you from getting the rest
you might need to do your best. Weekends, in
particular, will be a social time and/or the time you
get to travel around the country.
Don't accept such schedules easily, they can and will
wear you down over time. Okay for your first job maybe,
but then move on.
can expect that sometimes events will conspire such that
you will need to attend special functions or do special
things for your school on a weekend or at an
inconvenient time. Give in, do it, usually it is no big
Even my university jobs had me showing up for a
special event from time to time. Usually, you will
create good will by not being difficult about it. After
all, you might need a favor some time.
Give a little,
so you can get a little when you need it.