International Job Guide
Teaching overseas through TIE
Your subscription to TIE, The International Educator, will bring you the most up-to-date listing of teaching overseas positions in international schools. If you see an international teaching job that piques your interest and for which you are qualified, follow the instructions concerning application procedures that are incorporated into the ad and you can approach the school directly.
If you want to teach overseas in British-oriented international schools, The Times Educational Supplement (TES), published weekly in London, carries a few ads for teaching jobs overseas placed by English speaking schools abroad. TES is available in the U.S. by subscription.
Most overseas schools assume individual responsibility for their own hiring and a personal interview is almost always required to teach abroad. It is difficult to know very much about either the quality of a school or the advantages and disadvantages of teaching overseas in a specific school. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that all opportunities be explored with as open a mind as possible.
Recruitment Fairs For Teaching Overseas
There are several organizations that screen and recommend candidates to teach abroad in international schools. You may register with one or more of these organizations. They will process your application materials and present your credentials to schools with opportunities to teach abroad.
Generally a candidate wishing to teach abroad registers with the agency and completes a series of forms, which, together with confidential recommendations from former supervisors, makes up the candidate's file. These files may be forwarded to schools that require candidates for specific positions teaching overseas.
Throughout the year, these organizations host “recruitment fairs” for teaching overseas in various parts of the world, which bring together the schools and the candidates for several days of interviewing.Once registered, the candidate who wants to teach abroad has the option to attend one or more of the recruitment fairs being held by the agency. These may be attended by as few as 20 international schools or as many as 120. The ratio of candidates to schools can be anywhere from 1:3 to 1:6, although in recent years the number of candidates has dwindled while the number of schools in attendance has increased - all good news for the international candidate interested in teaching overseas.
These job fairs are usually intense, three-day events where the agency will match the needs of the schools to candidates’ qualifications for teaching abroad. If a specific school is interested in your candidacy, you will be called for an interview. One clear advantage in attending a recruitment fair is that most candidates manage to be interviewed by representatives of at least three or four overseas schools. Moreover, many schools fill a significant portion of their international teaching jobs with candidates they have interviewed at a recruitment fair.
Search Associates, a U.S. based recruitment agency which hosts fairs all over the world, has established a strong record for helping teachers and administrators teach abroad in international schools. The Council of International Schools (based in the Netherlands) is another major placement agency that hosts recruitment fairs for teaching overseas attracting both British and American teachers wanting to teach abroad in international, American, and British schools.
International Schools Services (ISS) is a U.S.-based placement agency for international schools. ISS hosts several fairs each year where headmasters and candidates who want to teach abroad can meet in different regions of the United States.