Teachers have moved between Australia and other countries for many years. This has been on exchange, for experience, teaching English to non-English speakers or as part of a working holiday. There are agencies and programs who make this a professionally and personally enjoyable, rewarding experience.
This page gives access to many of these groups. Most target particular world areas or subjects. There is an emphasis on links for the Asia/Pacific region, the UK and USA. Specific areas such as TESOL and TEFL are included as are the Teacher Exchange programs which operate in several states.
As with any activity, always check the bona fides of any company or organisation you use. Take particular precautions when considering teaching in a culture entirely different to your own. In addition to other factors [culture, accommodation, food, language, …], you may be expected to operate under conditions and/or in ways [techniques, procedures] that are not what you expect or feel comfortable with. Careful preparation/investigation will result in a more enjoyable, secure and fulfilling experience.
No specific recommendation is given for any of the following.
If you don’t want to give up your position, but would still like to work overseas, why not consider Teacher Exchange Programs. These operate in most states & territories and often in several formats.
We highly recommend this process, having been involved in an exchange some time ago.
Check these Links
- International Opportunities
‘International Services within DET International offers [students and] educators a range of international exchange programs, study tours, scholarships and prizes’.
- Updated ! New South Wales
- NSW/ACT Independent Education Union
- Northern Territory
- QIEU Overseas Exchange Program
- South Australia
Now only available through the Departmental Intranet.
Overseas Learning Experiences [Victoria]
Check the Overseas Learning Experience Resource eBook available from this page. Also see the Victorian International Teaching Fellowship Information page.
Other Exchange Information can be found here. Note these are externally arranged programs.
- Commonwealth Teacher Exchange
‘A great opportunity for teachers to develop professionally and personally by experiencing life in another education system and culture’.
- Teacher Exchanges
Annotated links to exchange programs.
- South Australian Exchange Teachers’ League
‘Provides ongoing personal and professional support to participants involved in departmental exchange programs [inbound and outbound]’.
- Teacher Exchange Programs - USA
Particularly through the J-1 Visa Teacher Exchange Programs. Up to three years in length.
- Teach in the USA
‘Participate teachers gain valuable professional and personal experiences while promoting passion for global learning and appreciation of other cultures through cultural exchange’.
- China’s Job Board for English Teachers
From Cathay Teachers.
- English Teaching Jobs in China
‘Gold Star TEFL Recruitment will assist you in finding the best ESL teaching jobs in China with the leading schools in major cities’.
- Hello Teacher!
‘Hello Teacher ! is the best place to find international teaching jobs in China. It’s also packed full of information about planning your adventure, life as an English teacher, and free lesson plans which you can use once you get there’.
- Jobs in China
Information about teaching and general life.
- Meten English
‘Meten English currently has over 20 centres in over 10 cities in China with over 2 000 administration and teaching staff throughout China’.
- Teach English in China
‘We are seeking English speakers from the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to teach English in China for a year [or longer if you wish]. We recruit for hundreds of schools all over China’. Information re conditions, procedures on the site
- Teach in China
- Teaching Jobs in China
- Teaching Nomad
‘Designed to provide a trustworthy source of great jobs for teachers’.
Mainly teaching English.
Japanese public schools.
‘Aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations’.
- O-Hayo Sensei
‘The Free electronic newsletter reports the best currently available English teaching positions at conversation schools, universities, jukus, colleges, public schools and companies’.
- Teach in Japan
- Teaching in Japan
‘Teacher and student matching service for Japan based instructors of any language’.
- DO NOT Teach English in Korea if You are These Types of People
- Footprints Teaching Jobs
‘If you’re ready for a change and have a passion for travel, your new job is waiting for you’.
‘Korea’s Job Board for the English Teaching Professional’.
- Teach English in South
‘A free program that offers some of the best benefits packages for English teachers in the world. Greenheart Travel has been selected by the South Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the South Korean National Institute of International Education to offer this program to qualified candidates’.
- Teach English Korea
‘We do our best to find you a job that you want and support you all the way while you are working and living in Korea’.
- Teaching English in Korea [Australian Embassy]
Worth reading before you take other steps.
- Teach English in Korea
As well as other information be sure to check their Frequently Asked Questions Page. Links for English teaching in other Asian countries.
- Teach in Korea
- Teaching English in Korea
‘Teach through established national programs sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education’.
- Teach in South Korea [CIEE Teach Abroad]
‘CIEE offers two programs in South Korea so it’s easy for you to choose the level of service that’s right for you’. Also has links for teaching in other countries.
Other Asia-Pacific Areas
Teaching English, Taiwan.
- Teaching in Singapore
Primary teachers, Singapore.
ESL, TEFL & TOEFL
Information for the acquisition of the Cambridge qualification. Time scale/costs on each site.
- ESL Authority
‘Teaching Abroad Made Easy. Awesome Jobs, Expert Advice, Detailed Guides’.
- ESL Certified
‘ESL Certified is an online TESOL Course Provider’.
- IELTS - International English Language Testing System
- i-to-i Teach English Overseas
Course information, internships, Job Placement Service, Chalkboard plus downloads and other resources.
- Teach English Abroad
GoAbroad.com. ‘Students can find hundreds of program options, funding resources, and tools to make going abroad even easier’.
- Teach International
‘Provides internationally recognised TESOLtraining in major cities around Australia and New Zealand’.
- TEFL Courses
A site that covers a number of topics. Use the text links in the black box for specific aspects.
‘The TOEFL® test is the most widely respected English language test in the world’.
Forums, city information, links, FAQs, blogs, job listings, more.
- International Cost of Living Comparisons
‘The website compares the cost of living in two cities, and breaks it down into every day items’. Recommended !
- Teaching Abroad
The site summarises information gained from surveys of teachers working abroad. Most is common sense.
- Top Seven Misconceptions about Teaching Abroad
- Go Overseas
Job board, articles, reviews from previous users, more.
- New !
‘A 3/4 week-long professional development programme bringing together teachers from economically developed countries to provide training for teachers in contexts where people live on less than $5 a day. Our Fellowships take place outside of term time and in 10+ countries around the world. Our community of more than 1 000 Fellows is made up of qualified teachers who all share a passion for global education, a commitment to continual learning and personal development, and a belief that teachers are a child’s greatest resource’.
- Search Associates
An international school placement organisation.
‘Teachanywhere is an agency specialising in the recruitment of teachers for international schools and organisations around the world’.
- Teach Away
‘Teach Away places hundreds of teachers in countries around the world’.
- Teach in Central and South America
Select from the range of countries indicated on the map on the home page.
- Teaching Jobs in South America [Eteach]
‘Provides an easy way for teachers and new graduates to find jobs abroad’.
- Teacher Recruitment International
Positions in the US, UK and International Schools.
- Volunteer World - Volunteer in
‘Volunteer World connects students-readers with more than 1 000 non-governmental organisations in 80+ countries in fields including teaching/education [300+ programs worldwide]’.
- EducationCanada.com - Careers and
‘Listed are the addresses, phone/fax numbers, web sites as well as other relevant information on each provincial body responsible for Teacher Certification and Teacher Classification’.
- Requirements to work as a teacher in
‘We have prepared a teaching ebook full of valuable information that will make the process of becoming a teacher in Canada as smooth a process as possible’.
- Teach For Canada
‘Teach For Canada is a non-profit organisation that works with northern First Nations communities to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers’.
- Teaching Jobs in Canada [Moving2Canada]
‘Our Teaching Jobs in Canada article is written for Vancouver [British Columbia]. However, the advice is applicable to all provinces in Canada’.
- Work in
Extensive information regarding Work Permits and other options.
All of the UK unless otherwise noted.
- Information for
teachers qualified in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA
Department for Education. It is important that you read this.
- Abbay Education Professionals
‘Welcome to the UK and to Abbay Education. We are one of the top teaching agencies in the UK and we work with a large number of schools, academies and nurseries’.
- Academics - Teaching jobs in the UK
‘The most comprehensive recruitment service available for qualified teachers applying to work in the UK’. Provides Useful Information [FAQs] about living and working in the UK.
- ANZUK Teachers
Covers London and Surrey in particular
- Career Teachers
Schools in London and the Home Counties.
- Connex Education
‘One of the leading teaching recruitment agencies in the UK, we have work available in all education sectors including nursery, primary, secondary and special educational needs schools’.
- Updated !
‘GSL Education can help you find some of the most rewarding education jobs London has to offer’.
- Hays Education
‘Search for the latest UK education and early years jobs with Hays’.
- Updated ! ITN Mark Education
- Point To Point Education
‘P2PE places Primary and Secondary Teachers in Schools across England and experienced Teachers and School Leaders in International Schools worldwide’.
- Protocol Education
Check the Coming from Overseas information from the menu.
- Randstad Education
‘Individual service to over 10 000 teachers and support staff who are registered with us’.
- Red Box Teaching Jobs, London
‘We offer day to day, long term and permanent placements for qualified teachers and teacher assistants’.
- REESON Education
‘London’s premier recruitment agency’.
- Should You Move to
the UK to Teach ?
‘Have you ever considered moving to the UK to teach ? Why not ? It’s easier than you think to move to abroad to teach. Our quiz will help you decide if the move is right for you and if it’s time you took the plunge’.
- Smart Teachers
- Supply Desk
‘From Behaviour Support to Emotional Development, if you love making a positive change in children, you’ll love working with Supply Desk. We’re the specialists in School Support Staff Recruitment’.
- Teaching Jobs London / Engage Education
‘We match the best teaching talent from around the world with the best primary and secondary schools across the UK. Follow us to stay up-to-date on our latest events and opportunities’.
- Teach in London
Borough of Havering.
- Trust Education
‘Matches high quality teachers and assistants to permanent, long-term and day-to-day placement at a wide variety of well-managed schools across Greater London’.
- Vibe Teacher Recruitment
Central London placements.
- Certification Map
‘Certification Map is a simple, yet effective way to determine the requirements needed to become a teacher in each US state. We are continually updating each state’s page’.
- Certification Requirements by
Requirements for teacher registration and employment in all 50 US states.
For a small fee, receive a lengthy listing of services and information.
‘FACES recruits qualified educators from around the world to teach in the USA, specifically in South Carolina public schools’.
Teachers Make a Difference. ‘A free online resource that is dedicated to helping individuals become teachers throughout the United States. Our website provides easy-to-follow outlines and career plans for aspiring teachers to follow, on a state-by-state basis. We also provide state teaching certification requirements, teaching salary data, and more’.
- Teaching Certification
‘Contains up-to-date information on the exact requirements needed’. Also has information Types of certification and Schools/Programs for certification.
Teaching Job Leads for Students [Academic Services]
‘Getting teaching jobs, traditional or online, isn’t as simple today as it was just five years ago. We scrub through a list of 4 000 colleges each year to help students and job candidates increase their odds of landing a teaching job interview’. Tertiary level.
- Updated !
Teacher Licensing and Certification
‘Learn about the requirements for becoming a teacher’. Find state licensing requirements for every state.
- USA Employment
All relevant information is supplied.