I need to speak the language where I want to go?
Generally speaking, yes. But it
depends on what you do and where you go.
teachers don't need to know the local language and
employers often prefer that they don't know it - they
want them to teach in English. Nurses, doctors, IT
people and others are often hired in the Middle East if
they are fluent in English - the common language that
many people share there.
If you want to teach English, your native speaker
language skills are why you are hired: Your accent, your
native ability to know what grammar is wrong or right,
your ability know what sounds right or wrong in common
usage. Time and experience (or a good TEFL
certification course) will give you the ability to
explain these things - but in the beginning, even if you
can't explain it - you will still know what is wrong and
what is right.
How will I
find my way around and/or buy the things I need if I am
not fluent in a local language?
This is not
that much of a problem. Most employers will assign a
coworker or a staff assistant to help you do the things
you need to do - until you learn the basics. After you
live and work in a few countries, you will find yourself
quite skilled at finding what you need, using either
very basic language or even just gestures.
you will most likely NOT be your employer's first
foreign employee - and they will likely be familiar with
most of your wants and needs - from finding food you are
familiar with, to cold remedies, Internet cafes, or even
learning to count money and give taxi drivers directions
quickly, will make life much easier for you. But
those simple skills are not usually difficult - even in