Deciding to relocate to another country to become a teacher? Moving abroad for a teaching job takes research, adequate finances, organising and planning.
Country guides for teachers below have summary information on teacher qualifications, salaries and visa. Find other basic details for teaching internationally.
State and international school positions for educators are accessible with at least an undergraduate degree or language teacher certification.
The vast majority of opportunities for teachers with teaching qualifications are available for educators in countries that have restrictions on employment in education.
Why should you be employed instead of a local teacher? Possibly you are a native speaker of English.
Location guides and jobs by country & area
As a teacher, you have many countries that invite teachers to apply for school positions including:
Dubai: international fee paying school guide for applications. Experience a new life here
Egypt : International school teachers vacancies and opportunities to live in the country
Kuwait: School. See here for what you need
Malaysia: English and school teachers need to be qualified
Oman choice. Salaries and qualifications required
Qatar: State and international school salaries, visa and teaching qualifications needed. Education Tay list here
Scotland’s primary & secondary school teacher educational job options
South Korea subject teacher and English teaching jobs from 5 to 18 years in schools
Taiwan Public school jobs (Part of China) Elementary and high school positions
Thailand: Experience living and teaching in a different culture with a tropical climate.
United Arab Emirates & Abu Dhabi Checkout Education Tay UAE qualification, visa and education sector details
Overseas classroom positions
There are job opportunities for overseas trained teachers at schools with many thousands of international teaching positions at any one time throughout the year.
State, private and schools listed under international school, requires teacher certification, and an undergraduate degree, not just 2 good references from past school jobs.
Teaching in another country can be different from being a teacher in your own country.
Although, employers are looking for success, knowledge, skills and prior classroom experience that are transferable.
Where to find a teaching job
– Teacher websites
– Careers fairs
– Overseas teacher recruitment agencies
– Education & teaching vacancies boards
– Contact schools direct
Qualifications to teach
Immigration and employment criteria of foreigners have become more strict. Why? Governments tend to desire local workers over immigrants to take certain jobs and teacher criteria is also becoming more enhanced.
Depending on the country, your qualifications and teacher position you choose will restrict you on where you are welcome as a teacher.
As one example Thailand has tier one & two state schools, one being the top schools.
As a foreigner you must be a qualified state school teacher with experience from your own country to get a teaching position at a tier one school in Thailand.
There are good opportunities to teach English at state and international schools.
Deciding to go teaching in United Arab Emirates (UAE) you require a named undergraduate degree and other qualifications attested and certified when a taking up a teaching post.
Some employers request you have all your paperwork ready to go in advance when you apply for the job.
Other countries while teaching restrict areas of the country you can work. Also, schools ask for years of experience, higher degrees and language teacher documentation. such as China.
Employers are looking for people with good teaching and behaviour management skills. Finding a good job without experience as a teacher will be restrictive, but not impossible.
Teachers with years of experience in full-time posts, that can display successful classroom experience on their resume/CV get the top education jobs.
These jobs will be at much better schools rather than poor run places with autocratic owners.
Age restrictions for teachers
Not all schools welcome teachers in their 50s or 60s. I know as I’m in my 50s.
You’ll not be offered so many jobs as a teacher. Why, more expensive to employ you.
When you reach 60 years old Europe, South America and a few other countries is you’re only option for employment.
Higher insurance costs and possible medical costs, hence fewer job offers.
There are countries that restrict work and residency visa permission after a certain age, effectively imposing an age limit. Chart here for guidance.
Do not always expect you will get provided with an apartment or villa you are happy with.
I’ve flown out to a teaching post and was specifically told single own accommodation.
When I arrived, you guessed it was 2 sharing. Not happy.
We all require somewhere to sleep and an important factor planning and accepting a job as a teacher in another country is accommodation cost, location and access.
Do you know that many jobs as a teacher don’t come with accommodation or an allowance?
You should always ask where, how far, accessible transport and other questions.
You require being happy with your sleeping and travel arrangements.
20 minute taxi ride to school and then back can break your budget.
Coupled with finding your own accommodation you may not save much each month from you’re salary.
Contract you sign
Depending on the employer a contract is an enforceable contract.
A job teaching English abroad or your specialist subject should legally come with a contract of employment.
The school needs to lodge the contract with the education department, immigration and other places relevant to that specific country.
A teaching contract is very important to gain a job, visa, residency papers and protect both parties.
Don’t be tempted to teach without a formal contract in a foreign country. Why? You’ll be open to the whim of management and the owner.
In addition, you many not be legally employed.
Travel to a country
Before you travel for any job abroad, proper planning, tickets, and other arrangements should be in place. Remember, one day you may going back home and a successful relocation to another country is your foundation to returning home.
Are you travelling to the Middle East or South Korea or China? Start up costs will be around £1,500 for medical, document processing and possible fight.
That is just to get to the country.
Visa and residency permit
Not everyone will be issued with the required paperwork to legally enter a country and be employed as a teacher. For a good number of countries before you can teach abroad you require your qualifications certified and medical before taking up a job.
Always leave plenty time to process a visa, permit or obtain all the required documents.
Police clearance check can take 30 days + to process, then it requires to be authenticated and then legalised.
Medical insurance cover
Everyone gets ill sometimes while overseas.
Good idea to arrange medical cover before you leave or your employer may provide coverage as part of you’re employment package.
The information here for is basic. Other guidance for moving, living and teaching is available on this website.