Guest Post: Teaching Jobs Abroad – What Are My Options?
Greg Rogan is the founder of TeacherPort, a free resource to help teachers and new graduates to find suitable teaching jobs abroad. Greg previously worked in international teacher recruitment and created TeacherPort to make the job search a more pleasant and rewarding experience for those interested in teaching abroad.
Teaching overseas has becoming a popular career choice not only for qualified teachers interested in gaining international experience, but also for new university graduates with an itch to see the world while also gaining valuable work experience abroad. If you are interested in exploring various teaching jobs abroad, you’ll want to know what your options are and where you should be focusing your search.
For qualified schoolteachers (primary and secondary school teachers) you’ll be happy to know that there are suitable international schools in almost every country in the world. With a minimum of 2 years teaching experience under your belt, as well as a BA and teaching certificate, you should find yourself to be a qualified candidate for most of the available overseas teaching positions.
The Middle East is known for offering the most lucrative expat packages and also has the highest demand for schoolteachers at present. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Oman have international and national schools that are seeking qualified teachers on a yearly basis.
With growing economies throughout Asia, countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam have very reputable international schools with a growing need for teachers. Japan and South Korea have long been popular teaching locations but China has seen a boom in international education in the past decade and Beijing and Shanghai are home to some of the best teaching opportunities in the region.
As a new university graduate with less than 1 year teaching experience, your best bet is to secure a position teaching English abroad in Asia. Many language schools in the Middle East require a minimum of 2 years teaching experience as well as a BA degree and ESL Diploma (TEFL, TESOL or CELTA), so, until you build up your experience and education background, Asia will be a more suitable job market to find your first teaching job abroad.
South Korea continues to have a high need for native English speaking teachers and as long as you hold a passport from IRE, UK, USA, CAN, South Africa, AUS, or NZ, and hold a university degree, you already meet the minimum requirements for securing a position. Thailand and Vietnam also offer opportunities for new university graduates, but the teaching market is still maturing and the recruiting practices tend to be conducted mainly for teachers who are currently in these countries (although not exclusively).
Experienced English Language Teachers are never in short demand in both Asia, and the Middle East, and there is an increasing need for teachers in South/Central America. The Middle East and North Africa offer the most lucrative ESL teaching packages but there are also some fantastic opportunities to teach English in Japan, South Korea and China.
If you are interested in learning more about your teaching abroad options, we encourage you to check out our short Teaching Abroad Guides, found on TeacherPort. Once you have narrowed down the type of position you would like to pursue, you can also view our Teaching Jobs Abroad page for all the overseas positions we recommend.
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