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How to Find the Perfect International Teaching Job

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how to find the perfect international teaching job

There are many resources to find the perfect international teaching job – sit back and learn more about how to locate overseas teacher job opportunities. Determine what you are looking for in a teaching position overseas. Make a list of your top priorities; this will help you screen out potential job leads.

Many teachers seek English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching jobs aboard; there are many excellent job hunting tips for landing an ESL teaching job.

If you have just graduated with a teaching degree, you are probably eager to get started using your new teaching skills. Many people come out of college ready and eager to teach only to find that there are no local job vacancies. If you find yourself in this situation, or if you would just like a change of scenery, you should consider teaching internationally. Understanding the pros and cons along with the differences between teaching locally or landing a teacher position abroad will help make your decision.

Schools abroad are looking to hire teachers from America, Canada, or the UK for various reasons.  Sometimes these schools want a teacher where their first language is English in order to teach it to their students. Other times, they may want to give their students an opportunity to be exposed to a range of worldviews and the first language isn’t the number one priority.

International schools may want you to educate their students about the customs of your home country. This will help them become active and educated participants in the global economy. This is beneficial for students, as exposure to a variety of cultures will enable them to learn to respect and understand cultural differences.

What Specific Criteria Do International Schools Look for In Teaching Candidates

Quite frequently, schools abroad who hire foreign teachers are associated with the teacher’s home country.  These schools are set up to educate the students of expatriates or military members from the teacher’s home country, who are living and/or working in that country. Every country has its own standard of education. The Department of Defense, or other government agencies, often set up schools to ensure that its youngest citizens living in other countries can receive the same educational advantages as their peers at home.

You should draft a set of questions to ask about overseas teaching jobs to ensure you know if it is the right career opportunity for you.

Financial Aspects of International Teaching Positions

The salary for teaching internationally can vary greatly depending on the location. Usually, government schools will have similar pay to private schools in the teacher’s home country.  Some countries in economic turmoil may not be able to offer a salary that is competitive with those offered by domestic schools, but they often compensate for this by offering other such benefits such as free housing or travel subsidies.

Another financial benefit of teaching abroad is the teacher may not be required to pay taxes on his or her earnings. Traditionally the country in which the teacher is working does not tax earnings because the teacher is not a citizen. You would want to check with a licensed accountant to find out more.

Furthermore, the teacher’s home country does not charge tax on the earnings because the money was earned abroad.  The tax savings associated with this can be substantial, making teaching internationally a sound economic decision.

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Finding Job Leads to Teach Overseas

There are many agencies set up to assist teachers with international teaching applications, as well as locating and acquiring an international teaching job that is perfect for you. If you have just finished college and are looking to teach overseas, you can contact your college to see if they have programs to assist you in finding an international teaching job.

Consider checking out available overseas teaching jobs on Indeed or TESall.com to determine if any are worth writing a targeted teacher resume and a teaching application letter to show your passion.

Colleges which have international study departments are often prepared to assist graduates from the school in locating international work. Additionally, there are several annual job fairs for international teaching positions, sometimes these provide a gold mine of opportunity. You can also use the internet to find teaching English jobs by performing simple searches. Use key terms such as “International teaching” or “Teaching Abroad”.  By doing this, you will find that there is a host of organizations and recruiters to help you find the job of your dreams.

LinkedIn is an excellent place to locate specialized recruiters and available positions. Make sure your profile is focused on your target position. This is critical to be found on this large professional network. Search engine optimization SEO is critical to get located by the right audience.

Connect with us if you would like help to write a searchable, attention-grabbing LinkedIn profile or any other job search documents to secure an international teaching job. 


Plenty of strategies for finding a teacher position overseas to match your criteria in a new career opportunity. Are your interested in ESL teaching?

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5 comments… add one
efosa aigbe October 20, 2016, 1:43 am

I am a Nigerian, with Degree in English language and presently teaching the same subject . my desire now is to have an international teaching job. I want to have a cross cultural experience. I wish to know how I can achieve this through you. thanks.

Whitman Wang October 23, 2016, 9:59 pm

Besides ESL teachers, there is a great need for subject teachers of IB, AP, A-level, IGCSE, IPC, BC curriculum, etc..

I base in Shanghai and there are a lot of international schools in the city.

There are around 100 positions within Shanghai United International School as we will have a new campus next year.

Should you want to exchange more as on how to find a job in China, or what it is like teaching in China. get in touch with me via Linkedin, at Whitman Wang. Thanks.

Candace Alstad - Davies October 25, 2016, 5:20 am

Thank you Whitman for the information!

Femisa Sheetal Gandhi November 3, 2016, 1:06 am

I am an Indian Teacher specialized with English and in teaching profession from past 12 years. I now want to move to Canada for better prospectus can any one help me to guide where should i search job before i land at Canada

Candace Alstad - Davies November 4, 2016, 8:53 am

Wonderful to hear from you Femisa. There is a lot of free information on the website and if you need any of our paid services let me know. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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