There has been movement of teachers between Australia and other countries for many years. This may have been on exchange, for experience, teaching English to non-English speakers or as part of a working holiday. There are agencies and programs who assist in making this a professionally and personally enjoyable, rewarding experience.
This page gives access to many of these groups. Most target particular world areas or subjects, e.g. TESOL. There is a concentration of 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. These provide all required information.
As with any occupation or activity, always check the bona fides of any company or organisation you use for employment in this area. 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. Extensive and careful preparation/investigation will result in a more enjoyable, fulfilling experience.
No specific recommendation is given for any of the following.
- 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 across China. With over 7 years experience in the ESL industry, we offer a reliable and trustworthy service, completely free of charge from start to finish’.
- Jobs in China
Part of the JobMonkey site. 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. Meten English are always on the lookout for talented and experienced teachers to join us’.
- Skilled Education
ESL teachers, China.
- Teaching Jobs in China
Lots of information on teaching and living. Links to other teaching positions.
- Teaching Nomad
‘Teaching Nomad has been designed to provide a trustworthy source of great jobs for teachers as well as a time and cost saving tool for schools’.
Mainly teaching English.
- ECC Education
Information, including FAQs, which are recommended reading.
Japanese public schools.
‘The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations’.
- O-Hayo Sensei
‘The world’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive [80+ positions/issue] English teaching jobs-in-Japan magazine. The Free electronic newsletter O-Hayo Sensei reports the best currently available English teaching [and other English language-related] positions at conversation schools, universities, jukus, colleges, public schools and companies all across Japan’.
- Teaching in Japan
‘Teacher and student matching service for Japan based instructors of any language. It’s Free for teachers to use and gives you the freedom to teach your students on your terms’.
- Employment [Korea]
‘A resource for teaching English and living in Korea. HiExpat.com provides ESL jobs for teachers, places for food & drink, classified ads and blogs for and by expats in Korea’.
- English Teaching Korea
‘Our aim at English Teaching Korea is to offer a valuable insight into the ESL market in South Korea. In addition, we offer many resources for ESL teachers currently teaching English in Korea’.
‘Korea’s Job Board for the English Teaching Professional. The jobs listed on our web site are posted by different types of employers - including recruiters, private schools, public schools, corporations and individual employers’.
- Teaching English in Korea [Australian
Information from the Australian Embassy about what is involved. Worth reading before you take other steps.
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.
- Teach in Malaysia
Gain employment teaching English full or part time. Links for world ESL teaching appointments.
- Teaching in Singapore
Primary teachers, Singapore.
‘Welcome to TeachNZ and our latest information on teaching and teacher education in New Zealand. We’re aiming to help three different audiences with the information on our website [including] overseas trained teachers considering teaching in New Zealand’.
ESL, TEFL & TESOL
Information for the acquisition of the Cambridge qualification. Time scale and costs are on each site.
Information regarding teaching, and learning, in these areas.
- ESL Certified
‘ESL Certified is an online TESOL Course Provider. We offer 12 professional online ESL, TEFL, and TESOL certification courses for teaching English abroad. ESL job placement assistance provided after graduation’.
- ESL Employment
A master link to ESL appointments around the world
‘Do you want to teach English at home or abroad ? Are you seeking a ESL, EFL, TEFL, TESL, or TESOL job ? Finding your next English teaching is easy with our powerful ESL job search feature and categorised job listings’.
- i-to-i Teach English Overseas
Course information [face to face and also online], internships, Jobs Placement Service, Chalkboard [online community with blogs, advice from people already teaching, pictures, more] plus a whole range of downloads and other resources.
- Sea English Academy - TESOL & IELTS Courses
‘An international ESL, IELTS & TESOL English language school, SEA English Academy offers training, courses, ESL jobs & genuine career opportunities for teaching English as a second language internationally’. It also provides English language courses.
Primarily TESOL training with Free job posting section.
- Teach English Abroad
Information about both courses and jobs abroad
- 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. Learn how to teach conversational English, TESOL courses, TEFL & TESOL programs’.
- Via Lingua
‘Provides TEFL certificate courses in many of the worlds most popular teaching destinations’. Includes Sydney.
These sites dispel myths and offer advice to help make successful transitions.
‘Provides expatriates with accurate information and answers about the major cities with the most expatriates’. Has forums, city information, links, FAQs, blogs, job listings and more.
- International Cost of Living Comparisons
Expatistan. ‘The website compares the cost of living in two cities, and breaks it down into every day items such as bread, milk, transport etc.’. Sometimes people forget to check these areas. This site will certainly help.
- Teaching Abroad
Initially done for Americans. The site summarises information gained from surveys of teachers working abroad in two countries in different parts of the world. Most is common sense.
- Teaching Abroad.net
‘More than 30 excellent articles about all aspects of teaching abroad’. Blog.
- Top Seven Misconceptions about Teaching Abroad
These often cover more than one country, teaching area or provide information regarding qualifications.
- Go Overseas
Not only has a Teaching Jobs Abroad job board, but also articles, reviews from previous users and much more.
Part of one of the largest eResourcing groups around. Select Education, Training & Library from the Industry/Sector option box.
- International Schools Services
‘Dedicated to supplying international schools with everything they need to provide their students with a world-class education. ISS offers only the best in staff recruitment, job placement, school supplies and other services’.
- International Work
Advice compiled by the University of Melbourne. Covers the world and has links to other useful information.
Teaching positions in Australia and New Zealand.
- Resource Ed Personnel
Find employment in a range of countries.
- Search Associates
An international school placement organisation. About 1 500 placements a year.
- Smart Teachers
Covers positions in the UK, New Zealand and Canada as well as Australia.
- Synarbor Education
Has an office in Australia [staffed by teachers] which can help with information. Contact information.
‘TeachAbroadJobs.com, one of the leading job sites dedicated to helping English teachers find job opportunites overseas’.
- Teach Abroad Programs : Greenheart
‘Get paid to live and work overseas while experiencing true cultural exchange. Teaching English abroad offers great benefits’.
‘Teachanywhere is an agency specialising in the recruitment of teachers for international schools and organisations around the world. Whether you are a qualified teacher looking for an international teaching job, or an international school looking for certified teachers, we can help. With offices around the world and over 10 years of international teacher recruitment experience, we understand what it takes to live and teach abroad’. Be sure to check the Teacher Resources page for a wealth of information.
- Teach Away
‘Teach Away places hundreds of teachers in countries around the world including Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and more. Teach Away’s partners include a wide range of educational institutions’.
- Teacher Jobs in Latin America - TeacherKick.com
‘Our primary goal is to offer job postings from reputable schools, universities and organisations in a way that makes our visitors come back, over and over again’. Find jobs by country, featured teacher jobs, search the ndatabase or set up a notifier just for you.
Teacher jobs in Latin America. ‘Our primary goal is to offer job postings from reputable schools, universities and organisations in a way that makes our visitors come back, over and over again’.
‘TeacherPort provides an easy way for teachers and new graduates to find teaching jobs abroad’.
- Teacher Recruitment International
Finding positions in the US, the UK and International Schools.
- Teachers Latin America
‘Teachers Latin America specialises in teacher training and job placements for those seeking experience abroad. We offer a world-recognised TEFL training program and job placement assistance throughout Latin America and the world’.
- Teach Overseas
‘Provides internationally recognised and accredited TESOL training, as well as a free job placement service and teaching internship program. Great for anyone looking at getting their overseas teaching adventure on the move’.
Positions from pre-school to Year 12 in international schools, the US and the UK.
Covers the whole of the UK unless otherwise noted.
General Teaching Council for England. ‘The GTC is the professional body for teachers in England. We register teachers, maintain professional standards and give advice to government’. If you are wanting to work there you will need to visit this site. They also administer the Code of Conduct & Practice, details of which can be found here.
- Academics - Teaching jobs in the UK
‘The most comprehensive recruitment service available for qualified teachers applying to work in the UK or overseas no matter where you are currently based. This section of the website provides detailed information on Teaching in the UK or Teaching Internationally’.
- ANZUK Teachers
Not only covers England - London and Surrey in particular, but also operates for most Australian states.
- Bluewave International
‘We specialise in helping overseas-trained teachers find great teaching jobs in UK schools’.
A London Borough.
- Capita Education Resources
Especially London. Other assistance.
- Career Teachers
‘Recruit[s] teachers and support staff to work in schools throughout London and the surrounding areas’.
- GSL Education
‘GSL Education is an independent education recruitment consultancy which has been providing quality teaching and support staff to London schools for over 10 years. GSL Education can help you find some of the most rewarding education jobs London has to offer’.
- Hays Education & Early Years
‘Search for the latest UK education and early years jobs with Hays’.
- ITN Mark Education
Covers London and the rest of the UK.
- 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
‘Protocol Education helps dedicated and enthusiastic Australian teachers find regular daily supply, long term contracts or permanent roles in a variety of schools across the UK. We give you the opportunity to teach and travel, and with our support you will enjoy every minute’.
- Randstad Education
‘Randstad Education is the leading UK and global educational staffing specialist which provides a quality, individual service to over 10 000 teachers and support staff who are registered with us, and to the 15 000 schools who use our service throughout the UK’.
- 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. Established in 2006 by experienced teachers, education professionals and recruitment specialists we have built our business and reputation on our core values of honesty, integrity and excellence’.
- SANZA Teaching Agency
- Smart Teachers
‘Smart Teachers is probably the best little recruitment agency for school teaching jobs throughout the UK [particularly Greater London]. We offer daily supply, long-term contracts and permanent positions in some of the finest schools around’. Also covers Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
- Synarbor Education
Permanent/temporary positions, especially London.
- Teaching Jobs London
If you’re looking for Teaching jobs in London or Teaching jobs throughout England then Teaching Jobs London can help. We can offer short and long term and permanent teaching jobs throughout the UK’.
- Teach in London
Borough of Havering.
- Trust Education
‘Trust Education is a small, independently run education recruitment company, which 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’.
- 50 State’s Certification
Specific 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. In conjunction with the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, we have carefully researched each state’s requirements and have created a comprehensive source for teacher certification information. Furthermore, due to the fluid nature of certification requirements, we are continually updating each state’s page’.
Search Jobs, browse employers, a resource centre, more.
- Teaching Certification
‘A resource for potential teachers and students researching the state requirements for teaching certification. It contains up-to-date information on the exact requirements needed’. Also has information Types of certification and Schools/Programs for certification.
- VIF Program
Teaching options in the US.
If you are already a teacher & don’t want to give up your position, but would still like to work overseas, why not learn about Teacher Exchange Programs. These operate in most states & territories. Government teachers will find a connection through their own department.
We can highly recommend this process, having been involved in an exchange some time ago.
Check these Links
- New South Wales
- NSW/ACT Independent Education
Similar to that for NSW Government Schools.
- Northern Territory
- QIEU Overseas Exchange Program
- South Australia
- Victoria [Teaching Fellowships]
- Western Australia
Other Exchange Information can be found here. Note these are externally arranged programs.
- Commonwealth Teacher Exchange [CYEC]
‘The Commonwealth Teacher Exchange Programme [CTEP] is a great opportunity for teachers to develop professionally and personally by experiencing life in another education system and culture’.
- Teacher Exchanges
Annotated links to a range of exchange programs.
- South Australian Exchange Teachers’ League
‘Provides social and cultural support for teachers participating in SA’s Exchange teacher programme’. Would give an idea of what similar groups would do as well.