Teachers have moved between Australia and other countries for many years. This has been on exchange, for experience, teaching English to non-English speakers or as part of a working holiday. There are agencies and programs who make this a professionally and personally enjoyable, rewarding experience.
This page gives access to many of these groups. Most target particular world areas or subjects. There is an emphasis on links for the Asia/Pacific region, the UK and USA. Specific areas such as TESOL and TEFL are included as are the Teacher Exchange programs which operate in most states.
As with any activity, always check the bona fides of any company or organisation you use. Take particular precautions when considering teaching in a culture entirely different to your own. In addition to other factors [culture, accommodation, food, language, …], you may be expected to operate under conditions and/or in ways [techniques, procedures] that are not what you expect or feel comfortable with. Careful preparation/investigation will result in a more enjoyable, secure and fulfilling experience.
No specific recommendation is given for any of the following.
If you don’t want to give up your position, but would still like to work overseas, why not consider Teacher Exchange Programs. These operate in most states & territories and often in several formats.
We highly recommend this process, having been involved in an exchange some time ago.
Check these Links
- New South Wales
- NSW/ACT Independent Education Union
- Northern Territory
- QIEU Overseas Exchange Program
- South Australia
Also see the Victorian International Teaching Fellowship FAQs page.
- Western Australia
Other Exchange Information can be found here. Note these are externally arranged programs.
- Commonwealth Teacher Exchange [CYEC]
‘A great opportunity for teachers to develop professionally and personally by experiencing life in another education system and culture’.
- Teacher Exchanges
Annotated links to exchange programs.
- Queensland Exchange Teachers’ League
- South Australian Exchange Teachers’ League
- Teacher Exchange Programs - USA
Particularly through the J-1 Visa Teacher Exchange Programs. Up to three years in length.
- VIF Program
Teaching options in the US.
- China’s Job Board for English Teachers
From Cathay Teachers.
- English Teaching Jobs in China
‘Gold Star TEFL Recruitment will assist you in finding the best ESL teaching jobs in China with the leading schools in major cities’.
- Jobs in China
Information about teaching and general life.
- Meten English
‘Meten English currently has over 20 centres in over 10 cities in China with over 2 000 administration and teaching staff throughout China’.
- Teach in China
- Teaching Jobs in China
- Teaching Nomad
‘Designed to provide a trustworthy source of great jobs for teachers’.
Mainly teaching English.
Japanese public schools.
‘Aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations’.
- O-Hayo Sensei
‘The Free electronic newsletter reports the best currently available English teaching positions at conversation schools, universities, jukus, colleges, public schools and companies’.
- Teach in Japan
- Teaching in Japan
‘Teacher and student matching service for Japan based instructors of any language’.
- DO NOT Teach English in Korea if You are These Types of People
- English Teaching Korea
‘Offer[s] a valuable insight into the ESL market in South Korea. In addition, we offer many resources’.
‘Korea’s Job Board for the English Teaching Professional’.
- Teaching English in Korea [Australian Embassy]
Worth reading before you take other steps.
- Teach in Korea
- Teaching English Korea
‘Written by real people teaching English in Korea, this is your unbiased guide to The Land of the Morning Calm’.
Other Asia-Pacific Areas
Teaching English, Taiwan.
- Teaching in Singapore
Primary teachers, Singapore.
ESL, TEFL & TOEFL
Information for the acquisition of the Cambridge qualification. Time scale/costs on each site.
- ESL Certified
‘ESL Certified is an online TESOL Course Provider’.
‘Finding your next English teaching is easy with our powerful ESL job search feature’.
- IELTS - International English Language Testing System
- i-to-i Teach English Overseas
Course information, internships, Job Placement Service, Chalkboard plus downloads and other resources.
- Teach International
‘Provides internationally recognised TESOL training in major cities around Australia and New Zealand’.
- TESOL Courses
‘Australian TESOL institute that provides a TESOL certificate course online to people all over the world’.
‘The TOEFL® test is the most widely respected English language test in the world’.
Forums, city information, links, FAQs, blogs, job listings, more.
- International Cost of Living Comparisons
‘The website compares the cost of living in two cities, and breaks it down into every day items’. Recommended !
- Teaching Abroad
The site summarises information gained from surveys of teachers working abroad. Most is common sense.
- Top Seven Misconceptions about Teaching Abroad
- Go Overseas
Job board, articles, reviews from previous users, more.
- International Work
Advice compiled by the University of Melbourne. Links to other useful information.
- Search Associates
An international school placement organisation.
‘Teachanywhere is an agency specialising in the recruitment of teachers for international schools and organisations around the world’.
- Teach Away
‘Teach Away places hundreds of teachers in countries around the world’.
- Teacher Jobs in Latin America - TeacherKick.com
Find jobs by country, featured teacher jobs, search the database or set up a notifier.
‘Provides an easy way for teachers and new graduates to find jobs abroad’.
- Teacher Recruitment International
Positions in the US, UK and International Schools.
- Teachers Latin America
‘We offer a world-recognised TEFL training program and job placement assistance throughout Latin America’.
All of the UK unless otherwise noted.
- Information for teachers qualified in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the
Department for Education. It is important that you read this.
- Academics - Teaching jobs in the UK
‘The most comprehensive recruitment service available for qualified teachers applying to work in the UK. Provides detailed information on Teaching in the UK’.
- ANZUK Teachers
Covers London and Surrey in particular
- Capita Education Resources
- Career Teachers
Schools in London and the Home Counties.
- Connex Education
‘One of the leading teaching recruitment agencies in the UK, we have work available in all education sectors including nursery, primary, secondary and special educational needs schools’.
- GSL Education
‘GSL Education can help you find some of the most rewarding education jobs London has to offer’.
- Hays Education
‘Search for the latest UK education and early years jobs with Hays’.
- ITN Mark Education
- Point To Point Education
‘P2PE places Primary and Secondary Teachers in Schools across England and experienced Teachers and School Leaders in International Schools worldwide’.
- Protocol Education
Check the Coming from Overseas information from the menu.
- Randstad Education
‘Individual service to over 10 000 teachers and support staff who are registered with us’.
- Red Box Teaching Jobs, London
‘We offer day to day, long term and permanent placements for qualified teachers and teacher assistants’.
- REESON Education
‘London’s premier recruitment agency’.
- Smart Teachers
- Synarbor Education
Permanent/temporary positions, especially London.
- Teaching Jobs London
‘If you’re looking for Teaching jobs in London or throughout England then Teaching Jobs London can help’.
- Teach in London
Borough of Havering.
- Trust Education
‘Matches high quality teachers and assistants to permanent, long-term and day-to-day placement at a wide variety of well-managed schools across Greater London’.
- Vibe Teacher Recruitment
Central London placements.
- 50 State’s Certification
Requirements for teacher registration and employment in all 50 US states.
- Certification Map
‘Certification Map is a simple, yet effective way to determine the requirements needed to become a teacher in each US state. We are continually updating each state’s page’.
For a small fee, receive a lengthy listing of services and information.
‘FACES recruits qualified educators from around the world to teach in the USA, specifically in South Carolina public schools’.
- Teaching Certification
‘Contains up-to-date information on the exact requirements needed’. Also has information Types of certification and Schools/Programs for certification.
- USA Employment
All relevant information is supplied.