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Part Time

Part Time work is quite common for teachers, especially in urban areas and it allows for a more flexible schedule as well as an opportunity to not only arrange a schedule suitable for you, but also combine a mixture of different teaching environments and styles.

There are a great variety of part time positions, private and public schools, as well as universities, English conversation schools and businesses, all of which usually have part time positions available depending on the time of the year and the state of the economy.

Part time positions can be for a certain number of hours or days a week. Payment systems vary greatly between dispatch companies and the schools themselves so it is important to check whether you will be paid hourly, daily or monthly. Most part time positions are only paid when there are classes, so if you don’t mind not being paid during summer vacation or when classes are cancelled then fine, but you really should consider the small print regarding payment and responsibilities before you sign anything promising a stable salary. In fact, if you need financial stability it may be worth looking into full time work.

Part time positions tend to pop up and get filled very quickly, in fact most dispatch companies find teachers through the database of already interviewed applicants so it might be worth registering with a company or companies and see what happens.

If you are a professional, dedicated teacher who likes the stability of only being in one school then a contract at a private school could be the right choice for you.

Full Time

A full time position is often the most financially secure and viable option for most native teachers. Working hours vary between schools but within the usual working day teachers generally have free periods to use as planning or grading time. Due to being at the same school for the whole working day involvement in day to day school activities is usual and might involve participation in after school clubs or sports/culture day events. In private schools full time teachers are often expected to make and grade tests as well as evaluate student performance, hence increased responsibility compared to part time teachers.

Full time positions can really give you stability in terms of schedule and salary, as well as allow your school or dispatch company to be your visa sponsor. On a more personal note being at the school full time means that you will see the students throughout the day, not just in class time, so it is possible to see them outside the classroom setting and get to know them a little better, as well as become an integrated member of the school staff.

Of course full time does have downsides, less flexibility, a lot of time spent in the same place and more responsibility are just some of them. In fact, if you are looking for variety or flexibility maybe you could consider part time?

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