One of the primary perks for teachers is the extensive vacation package. Between March and June, and summer you have nearly two months off. For some teachers this large amount of time can seem unwieldy, and many end up looking for something to do. Fortunately, there are lots of activities available to keep you busy.
There are tons of kids out there who need help over the summer with
getting through some of their classes. Summer school teachers are in high demand, and it can earn you a nice income through your months off from your regular job. As a bonus, summer school usually only runs a few hours per day, meaning that you’ll still have time to head to the beach and soak up some rays.
Combine the fun of travelling with the reward of volunteering by offering to teach in a foreign country
Spend a few months making a difference in your community by volunteering for a local organization.
It should be easy to find a group to work for, whether in the education
field or for some other cause. Literacy programs are always looking for
new teachers, and other groups need volunteers to help them reach their
Volunteering also allows you to delve into new areas.
You can work with animals, the elderly, or adults. Instead of teaching
you can fundraise, campaign or help set up new offices. There is no
limit to where you can go and what you can do with volunteering, and you
will feel great doing it.
Becoming a teacher is a fabulous way to see the world. Take your two
months and go wherever you want, whenever you want. Backpack across
Europe, take a train through Mongolia, or just lay on a beach in
Thailand. There are no limits to where your travels can take you, except
your budget. Teachers don’t make a ton of money, but with some careful
budgeting you can make it.
You can combine the fun of travelling with the reward of volunteering by offering to teach in a foreign country.
There are many schools in Africa and Asia that love to host teachers
who can teach their kids basic reading and writing skills. In most cases
you’ll need to pay your travel costs, but a host family will take care
of your room and board while you’re there. This method of travel means
that you can really get in touch with local culture and make a
difference in many kids’ lives at the same time.
Perhaps you would like to earn some extra cash over
the summer, but teaching through the hot months is either not for you or
not available. Luckily there are lots of jobs out there that you are
capable of. You can either start hunting through the newspapers and job
boards to find something, or join a temp or recruiting agency who can
find jobs for you. Most of the time these will not be glamorous or
high-paying jobs, but they do help make ends meet until you can return
to school in September.
Some teachers find that when the summer comes they don’t want to work,
but they can’t afford to travel either. That’s okay, why not try
becoming a tourist in your own town? Take some time to explore where you
live – the beaches, mountains, trails, museums, and other attractions
that bring others to your town. It costs much less to be on vacation
when you can return home at night! Plus, summer is a great time to get
in touch with nature with hiking, mountain biking, and camping.
Coincidentally summer activities are usually cheaper than winter
Now that you have some food for thought, what are you going to do with your summer?