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Internationally portable careers: possibly teaching or Montessori but any other suggestions welcome!

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frannikin Tue 21-Oct-08 14:33:28

X-posted in living overseas.

Background: I'm currently a governess (hence the lurking on MN without actually having DCs of my own yet...I just borrow your collective wisdom) based in Paris. My job is likely to end in a year or so and soon after that I will (hopefully) be getting married. My OH is in the military so we will be moving around a lot and I'm not going to stay a governess forever, given that it's deeply incompatible with being married, but the question is now what I go on to do...I have about a year (eek!) to decide and start working towards whatever it is.

Being a primary teacher has always appealed to me and the way that life is turning out, or rather OH's job is turning out, I'm likely to be moving around a lot so teaching would be good. There are children most places in need of teachers... My plan of returning to the UK next year, doing my PGCE and then my NQT year etc has gone bang because 2 years of separation is apparently not on, which is fair enough given that generally married people like to live together. The problem with this is that British teaching qualifications (and American ones) seem to be widely recognised internationally whereas I'm struggling to find out whether training as a teacher in France will have the same weight.

The other option I'm considering is training as a Montessori teacher but there seem to be a bewildering array of qualifications out there, unlike regular teaching where you just do the state recognised qualification and start crossing your fingers that China/Mexico/Finland is going to recognise it. What is the best qualification to do and where? MCI offer a distance learning one which could be a possiblity as I could start next year and stay in this job as charge goes to school full-time and I could stay on as a before/after school nanny. Or the Institut Superier here in Paris have one too which is full-time attendance but the resulting qualification is different. Thus I am confused. (And yes, I know the pay is rubbish and it's not the same as being a primary teacher but something about the philosophy appeals to me).

Failing that I have: BMus (Hons) 2.i, various childcare qualifications, a TEFL qualification and a brain. I also hope that by the end of this academic year I'll have a bit of paper what proves I can speak French proper. I did tons of volunteering at university, mostly to do with sorting other people's lives out when they had problems with their house/course/finances, which I was rather good at, or organising other volunteers - recruitment, training etc.


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