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Teaching outside Canada

Information for Canadians who are planning to travel outside Canada to teach.

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Before you leave

If you are planning to teach outside Canada, check the Travel Advice and Advisories for the country where you will be working for information on safety and security, local laws and customs, entry requirements, health conditions and other important travel issues.

Consider some of the challenges you may face, including:

Find out if you need a work visa:

Travel Advice and Advisories

Foreign government offices in Canada

Employment contracts

If you receive an offer of employment, evaluate the offer before signing a contract:

Housing

Some employers may provide housing as part of a teaching contract, but you may need to find your own accommodation.

Before finalizing a rental contract, make sure you understand the contract, the living conditions and the rules.

Taxes

You may need to pay income tax in Canada as well as in the country where you will be working.

Health

Make sure you have medical insurance. Without it, you may have to pay thousands of dollars up-front if you need medical care.

Check the health section in the Travel advice and advisory page for the country where you will be working:

You may initially experience some degree of culture shock.

Travel vaccinations

Travelling with medication

Coping with culture shock

If you need help

If you need help while you are outside Canada, contact the nearest Government of Canada office.

Officials there may:

They will do what they can to help you, but there are limits to what they can do:

Canadian embassies and consulates by destination

About consular services

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