Teaching Abroad Websites
K-12 and University Teaching Abroad
Teaching in international K-12 schools usually requires teaching certification. Teaching at the university level usually requires a PhD or a professional degree, though there are some options available for advanced graduate students. —William Nolting
K-12 Teaching Abroad
The Association of American Schools in South America, www.aassa.com, is a non-profit membership association currently serving forty-one American / International schools throughout South America and offshore islands. AASSA is an active recruiter of qualified teachers.
European Council of International Schools, www.ecis.org, offers International Teacher Certification courses to aid in the international job search process.
The Fast Train Program. "FAST TRAIN (The Foreign Affairs Spouses Teacher Training Program) began in the fall of 1990 as a collaboration between the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools, the State of Virginia’s Department of Education and George Mason University. The collaboration stemmed from an interest in training foreign affairs spouses to become qualified candidates for teaching positions in international schools. Hence, the FAST TRAIN Program was created. Since 1990, over 400 participants have completed the FAST TRAIN Program and are now teaching worldwide. While FAST TRAIN still maintains a formal relationship with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools, the program has now expanded and is open to all applicants who would like to teach abroad." See the TransitionsAbroad.com article on the program for a first-hand account.
Friends of World Teaching (P.O. Box 301994, Escondido, CA 92030-1994; 760-233-0073; email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.fowt.com). Lists English-language K-12 schools in over 100 countries. Teacher usually pays airfare; housing, stipend and/or health insurance may be provided depending on country. Most positions are salaried. Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree and be able to demonstrate teaching ability. For $20, you receive school listings for three countries (choose countries when submitting request). Application deadlines vary. Of approx. 500 people requesting information per month, an estimated 10 to 25 percent get offers. For a descriptive brochure, please send self-addressed, stamped envelope to Friends of World Teaching, PO Box 301994, Escondido CA 92030-1994.
Fulbright Teacher Exchange: US State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Teaching exchanges (reciprocal) for currently employed K-12 teachers.
International Schools Services. P.O. Box 5910, Princeton, NJ 08543; 609-452-0990; fax 609-452-2690; email@example.com, www.iss.edu. Applicants for overseas teaching positions in private American international schools are able to interview in the states at one of ISS’s U.S.-based International Recruitment Centers. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, two years of current K-12 teaching experience, and in most cases teaching certification.
JoyJobs.com, joyjobs.com. Teaching Jobs Overseas International Employment for Teachers. A site which requires membership, it nonetheless provides some interesting resources and articles on finding work teaching overseas, along with a plethora of job listings worldwide.
Overseas Teacher’s Digest, www.overseasdigest.com. Site includes overseas teaching positions and contains valuable information for Americans working abroad. Be sure to see the Better Business Bureau article made available by this site, Overseas Job Scams, www.overseasdigest.com/scams.htm.
Search Associates, www.search-associates.com. Tries to match qualified teachers and interns (who must be university graduates) with vacancies in international schools worldwide via its website and also teacher/recruiter job fairs held in Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Dubai, London, Toronto, Massachusetts, California and others between January and July. There is a registration fee.
K-12 OVERSEAS JOBS IN EDUCATION - Teach in English! (www.TIEONLINE.COM). Looking for a teaching job overseas with excellent benefits? Check out The International Eudcator. TIE provides a website for job seekers and a 68-page newspaper (published 5 times a year) with news about the international education community.
Univ. of Northern Iowa’s Overseas Placement Service for Educators, www.uni.edu/placement/overseas/. This university-sponsored service organizes an annual job fair for certified teachers for international K-12 English language schools and publishes information about these schools.
U.S. Department of State, Teaching Overseas, www.state.gov/m/a/os/. Site describes English-language K-12 schools abroad, opportunities for teaching abroad and gives links to relevant organizations.
UNI Overseas Placement Service for Educators (www.uni.edu/placement/overseas). Univ. of Northern Iowa Career Center, East Gym #113A, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0390, 319-273-2083, fax 319-273-6998. The UNI Overseas Placement Service for Educators connects international K-12 schools with certified educators year round. Services offered include the UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair, credential and referral services, and related publications. UNI is the original international fair for educators. No placement fees.
Univ. of Michigan, International Center’s Overseas Opportunities Office, internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/teach/. for more resources of K-12 and University teaching options.
University Teaching Abroad
Chronicle of Higher Education. For academicians the Chronicle is the best source of job listings. Much of site accessible only to subscribers. Also check with discipline-specific professional associations.
Council of International Schools (www.cois.org). U.K. Office, 21A Lavant St., Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3EL, U.K. Tel. 011-44-0-1730-263131, fax 011-44-0-1730 268913. CIS is a not-for-profit association and a good resource for international education. They also provide teacher and administrative recruitment services. There is no fee charged to candidates, either for registering with CIS or for securing a new appointment through their services.
Fulbright Scholar Program, Grants for US Faculty and Professionals, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). Overseas teaching and research positions for those qualified to teach or to do research in universities, as well as study tours for international education administrators.
The International Educator. TIE—The International Educator, P.O. Box 513, Cummaquid, MA 02637; Tel.: 508-790-1990; Toll Free (USA): 1- 877-375-6668. Fax: 508-790-1922. Subscription service with job postings and a resume bank for American and British overseas and international schools. They offer both a newspaper and an interactive website with job postings. A good resource for networking before a recruitment fair or attempting to bypass it.
William Nolting is an International Center Assistant Director, Education Abroad of the University of Michigan and former Work Abroad and International Educational Editor for Transitions Abroad.