Find an International Teaching Job at
"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 of an overseas recruitment fair.
Note: See the websites for more information about the fair dates and locations that often change yearly.
Assn. of American Schools in South America, AASSA-Teachers Search. Fair dates: usually early December. Openings for schools in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
Council of International Schools, U.K. Office. Membership community with fairs worldwide year-round. 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. International teaching fair dates year-round in cities such Washington, DC; Miami, FL; and Philadelphia, PA.
Search Associates. Offers international teaching job fair dates in locations worldwide.
TESOL International Association. Primarily a convention for ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers. All levels. Good placement opportunities worldwide. Convention/fair dates: Varies each year. Check website for current dates.
University of Northern Iowa Place Service for Overseas Educators.
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
Nolting is retired International
Center Assistant Director, Education Abroad of the
University of Michigan and former Work Abroad
and International Educational Editor for Transitions