Why Teaching English is Option No. 1

Libby Rush worked for a real-estate underwriter—until they suddenly closed shop. She could have looked for a job in the industry she had experience working in, but she wanted to do something different.

“I needed to reinvent myself,” the mum of two grown kids explains. She wanted a career that was “fun, where I could be of service,” and that let her travel abroad in search of the perfect retirement spot.

Teaching English fit the bill.

That’s the beauty of teaching English abroad: It’s a very portable career. And that’s exactly what Libby likes about it.

Libby began her research online and eventually settled on a teacher training school in Guadalajara, Mexico. She liked its mix of classroom instruction and hands-on experience teaching students.

Countries like Japan, Thailand and Korea are popular options, but Libby wanted to stay closer to home. “Asia is too far away for me,” she says. “I want to be close to family…to be able to get back to the U.S. easily.”

Of course, working in Latin America had its advantages. She explains, “In a lot of places they provide accommodation as part of your contract.”

She found a job at a small foreign language school in Campeche, Mexico and they offered a decent livable wage, free accommodation and half-board (breakfast and lunch) in addition to her salary.

“It’s been a wonderful experience,” she says. However, Libby is already considering where her adventure, made possible by teaching English, will take her next. Ecuador, Honduras and Nicaragua are on her short list—as are some other cities in Mexico.

Libby left her dog Gigi behind when she came to Campeche—but she doesn’t want to do that again. So, she’s looking for somewhere that will allow her to accommodate him.

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