Financial health tips for American teachers working abroad

Working as a teacher abroad can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it’s important to take care of your financial health while you’re away from home.

Here is a financial health checklist for American teachers working abroad: 

1. Understand your tax obligations:

As a U.S. citizen, you are still required to file taxes with the IRS even if you are living and working abroad. Make sure you understand your tax obligations and deadlines and consider working with a tax professional who specializes in expat taxes.

2. Keep track of your expenses:

Keeping track of your expenses is essential for maintaining a healthy financial situation. Use a budgeting app or spreadsheet to monitor your spending and ensure that you are living within your means.

3. Plan for retirement:

As a teacher abroad, you may not have access to the same retirement benefits as you would in the United States. Consider setting up a retirement account, such as an IRA or 401(k), to ensure that you are saving for the future.

4. Review your insurance coverage:

Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage for your health, property, and liability. Check with your employer to see what insurance benefits are available to you and consider purchasing additional coverage if necessary.

5. Manage your debt:

If you have outstanding debt, such as student loans or credit card debt, make a plan to pay it off while you are abroad. Consider working with a financial advisor to create a debt management plan that works for your situation.

6. Save for emergencies:

It’s important to have an emergency fund in case of unexpected expenses, such as medical bills or job loss. Aim to save at least three to six months’ worth of living expenses in an easily accessible savings account.

7. Understand currency exchange rates:

As an American teacher working abroad, you will likely need to exchange currency on a regular basis. Stay up to date on exchange rates and fees to ensure that you are getting the best deal possible.

8. Consider investing:

If you have extra money to invest, consider working with a financial advisor to explore your options. Investing can help you grow your wealth over time and reach your long-term financial goals.


By following these tips, you can help ensure that you are maintaining a healthy financial situation while teaching as an American expat living abroad. 


This communication is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, investment advice, investment recommendations or investment research. You should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in this communication is correct, they are subject to change and we are not responsible for any errors or omissions. 

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