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Finding a Teaching Job Abroad: Recruitment Fairs

Teaching Abroad Recruitment Fair

"The bulk of teaching opportunities abroad are for English teachers. You can obtain formal credentials in Teaching English as a Foreign (or Second) Language (variously called TEFL, TEFOL, TESL, TESOL, or ESL) in a one-month course or a two-year MA program. (See the Directory of  ESL Training and Placement Programs).

Qualified K-12 teachers have another range of options: Scattered around the world are at least 800 U.S.-style international elementary and secondary schools which employ around 35,000 American educators. To find a position in one of these schools you can either conduct your own job search—using the resources at the end of this chapter—or sign up for one of the recruiting fairs listed below.

Attending a recruiting fair is probably the easiest way to find a teaching job overseas. Some fairs charge fees; others are free. Most charge a fee if you are offered a job. Some restrict the number of participants or have early registration deadlines." —William Nolting

See A Job Fair: The Inside Story by Joseph W. Keleher for an in-depth participant report in an overseas recruitment fair.

Assn. of American Schools in South America, AASSA-Teachers Search, 14750 NW 77th Ct., Suite 210, Miami Lakes, FL 33016; 305-821-0345, fax 305-821-4244;, Fair dates: usually late November or December; write in September for exact dates. Openings for schools in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Council of International Schools ( 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.

International Schools Services, Educational Staffing, P.O. Box 5910, Princeton, NJ 08543; 609-452-0990, fax 609-452-2690;, Fair dates: Washington, DC in February; Miami, FL, in early March; Philadelphia, PA, in late June. Credential files must be received six weeks before fair dates.

National Assn. of Independent Schools (NAIS), 1620 L St., Suite 1100, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-973-9705, fax 202-973-9700; Fair date: February 24-28. NAIS primarily serves independent schools in the U.S.

Search Associates, P.O. Box 636, Dallas, PA 18612; 717-696-5400, fax 717-696-9500; In Canada: 613-967-4902, fax 613-967-8981; Fair dates: September in Cambridge, MA; February in Carmel, CA; Houston, TX. June in Bethesda, MD. Also 10 other locations worldwide.

Teacher Recruitment Int’l., P.O. Box 177, Tumby Bay, Australia; 011-02-9328-3930, fax 011-9328-3863;, Fair dates: Sydney, usually early January; Melbourne, usually late March and mid-April.

TESOL, 700 S Washington St., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314-2751; 703-836-0774, fax 703-836-7864;, Primarily a convention for ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers. All levels. Good placement opportunities worldwide. Fair date: Varies each year. Check website for current dates.

Univ. of Northern Iowa, Overseas Placement Center for Educators, SSC-19, Univ. of Northern Iowa Career Center, Cedar Falls, IA 50614; 319-273-2083;, Fair date: Usually in early February. More than 100 American International Schools will be recruiting from some 70 countries with over 1,000 teaching positions posted annually

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. .

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