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5 Gadgets to Pack When You Go Teaching Abroad

Pack light, friends and relatives are quick to advise upon hearing about your plans to go teach English abroad. Well, that’s excellent advice in general, but when you are going to spend six, nine months or even a year teaching abroad, you’d better be prepared. Here are some suggestions you can take under consideration when traveling to a foreign country to teach English!

Electronic Devices

This is a strange world

One of the first things you should remember to pack is an adaptor plug with a voltage transformer. It’s such a small item that it’s easily overlooked. However, don’t wait until you reach your destination and expect to find one there. Many countries use the 220 – volt system, so you certainly can’t go without one. That way you’d have a peace of mind when you take your laptop, hairdryer, your smartphone and other electronic devices. Another good idea is to also purchase a multi-extension lead to plug it into the wall.

Solar Power Charger

Waka Waka Solar Charger/Lamp

Speaking of electricity, if you’re going to be teaching abroad in a Third World Country, you might have to think of an alternative. Here’s one option: the Waka Waka Power, which is a solar powered LED lamp that can also act as a phone charger. It’s fully charged after eight hours under the sun. When ready, you can charge your iPhone, Samsung, BlackBerry, your camera or tablet.

Mosquito Net

Interior, Guest Bungalow, Hu Pin Hotel, Inle Lake, Myanmar, 2011

This may bring a smile on your face, but mosquitoes are quite annoying. While most LanguageCorps teachers wind up living and working in locations with modern housing, a mosquito net can certainly come in handy when traveling to more rural locations. Its’ main function is to protect from insects that can be carriers of various diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and the West Nile virus. Sure enough you’d get your shots, but you can never be too cautious when you travel to a country with a very different setting and lifestyle than you are accustomed to.

Plus, you can sleep well at night, instead of twisting and turning, scratching yourself to death. To enhance the effect of the net, you can stock on mosquito repellant, too. Now you’re ready to go.

Swiss Army Knife with a 1GB Swissbit Drive


Naturally, your first thought may be, “But they won’t let me take it on the plane.” And you’ll be right to assume so. That’s why you can put it in your check-in luggage, so it’s not confiscated by security. Being multi-functional, the Swiss Army gadget can act as a pen, knife, light, screwdriver, nail file and even scissors. You never know when you’re going to need it.

As far as the USB goes, it’s detachable, so you can use it separately. Also, it nests in its own outer case that protects it from getting scratched in your pocket. It’s not a bad idea to leave it attached to the knife and not carry it separately. Being so tiny, it’s easy to get lost.


Sony Reader

E-Readers must be one of the greatest inventions nowadays. Instead of taking a heavy pile of books with you, you just download the same titles and have them stocked on that electronic device. An e-reader can be your best companion regardless of where you’ll be teaching abroad. It could get quite lonely at times, and in a place where people don’t speak your language or speak very little, reading will provide comfort and will make you feel at home.

Well, let’s face it. The list can go on and on, based on personal preferences, the part of the world you’d be traveling to, and what YOUR favorite gadgets are.

Packing your belongings shouldn’t be that hard; the most important thing is to research carefully the teaching abroad programs. LanguageCorps can be the guide you need, helping you with all the relevant information in order to make the first step. So check out the programs we offer and follow our blog posts to learn more about how great and fun it is to teach English abroad!

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