This post is from guest author Amethyst Tagney. Amethyst spends her time writing on a variety of topics. She is an avid learner and loves to share what she discovers. You can find her @AmTagWrites
To travel? Or to learn? That is the question.
It can be hard to choose between traveling the world or getting an education. Each has their own pros, cons and expenses. If you don’t get an education from the start, it can be hard to motivate yourself to go back to school, leading to the loss of many wonderful job opportunities.
However, if you don’t travel now, you may never have the time to do so again. What if you could have the best of both worlds? It is recommended to travel before you burn out on your career, but what if your career didn’t hold you down to any specific area?
What if you could travel while obtaining the education that allows you to have a career like that? Introducing: an Online Master’s in Education.
Mastering the Land With a Master’s in ESOL
There are many Online Master’s of Education degree programs that can enrich and broaden your experiences. However, a degree in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) would be most beneficial to you if traveling is on your radar. A degree in ESOL not only considers the academic side to teaching English as a second language, but the cultural aspects as well.
One of the biggest things you will face while traveling and teaching abroad is how different cultures can be. ESOL programs take that into account and educate you on how to best present your lessons when exposed to differing cultures.
Anywhere Is Your Classroom
One of the most exciting things about getting an Online Master’s in Education is that you don’t have to go to a specified, fixed location to learn. As long as you have Wi-Fi, you can study in California or as far away as Cambodia. The choice is up to you!
Going to college online gives you the freedom to travel while receiving an education simultaneously. You don’t even have to wait till you graduate to get a jumpstart on your traveling goals. No sacrifice, no compromise.
It’s a win-win in anyone’s book. Just make sure you have all the necessary travel documents before you go.
Teachers Are Needed the World Over
Millions upon millions of children are born each year, and those children aren’t going to teach themselves. Why exactly, though, should teaching English abroad be your next step? Teaching is one of the most versatile and fulfilling careers anyone could have.
Not only would you have job security, but you would be a part of shaping and changing lives as well. With an Online Master’s in Education emphasizing in ESOL, you are not limited to teaching in just the area you live around or to students that necessarily speak your language. Your travel dreams can still come true while receiving a steady income and making headway on a rewarding education.
If Darwin Can Do It, so Can You
While it’s true that taking online classes as you travel abroad will increase your knowledge, traveling itself will also be one of the greatest teachers you will have. Traveling will make you think outside of yourself as you realize that the way you view the world may not be shared by many others. When you experience all the different ways people live and interact with the world, you will begin to learn more about yourself and form new beliefs and ideas you hadn’t thought of before.
Still need some encouragement? Charles Darwin, the father of our modern evolution paradigm, went abroad to learn more about science and biology. While gaining information on the Galapagos Islands, Darwin formed many of his theories that are still held in high regard today. If he hadn’t made the decision to travel to an unfamiliar land, he may never had made those discoveries that are so important to science now.
So what are you waiting for?
Why pick between traveling and education when you don’t have to? Gaining an Online Master’s in Education (especially one in ESOL) will open up classrooms all over the world to you. You can learn from anywhere, and there will always be a need for teachers no matter where your travels take you.
Darwin decided to learn abroad and look where that got him! Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. The world (and your education) await you.