Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Tips & Tricks


Reading Time: 6 minutes

Teaching abroad has been an amazing experience for me. I never actually thought that I would take the route of teaching and I definitely didn’t imagine the road taking me abroad. One of the most common questions that people ask me about teaching abroad is “How did you get a teaching job abroad.” Keep reading if you are interested in working abroad. Find out the best programs, websites, and recruiters to help you snag a job abroad.

Placement Sites

Teach Away

Teachaway is a free recruitment site that is used for placing teachers in international school around the globe. Teachaway places teachers in destinations like the USA, Japan, United Arab Emirates, China, Korea, United Kingdom, and more.

I recommend Teachaway as a great recruitment site because they are who I used to land my first job in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

If you are looking to teach and do not have certification, Teachaway also has courses to help certify applicants in teaching the subjects they are applying for. They give discounts for TEFL licensing which is a requirement for teachers who don’t have teaching certifications. So even if you don’t land a job through Teachaway, check out their certification program that will help you in other positions.

Requirements to apply:

Must have:
Bachelor’s degree (any major)
English fluency
ESL certificate (like a TEFL) with a minimum of 100 hours of study

Nice to have:
Teaching experience
Teaching license/credential


Footprints is a free recruitment site that offers jobs abroad to experienced and first-time educators.

To apply with Footprints you should have a BA, TESL, TEFL or CELTA certification or be a licensed public school teacher.

Footprints applicants have the options of teaching in China, the UAE, Alaska, Hong Kong, and Korea.

Requirements to apply: 

US – State Teaching license
Canada – Provincial Teaching License
UK – PGCE or QTS (depends on the job you’re applying for)
Ireland – Teaching Council Registration
Australia – National Teaching License
New Zealand – National Teaching License
South Africa – SACE

*A TEFL/CELTA certificate is not sufficient for licensed teacher positions


Edvectus is a free recruitment site that matches western teachers with international teaching positions.

Edvectus places teachers in locations like the Middle East, Far East, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Latin America & the Carribean, Europe, and Africa.

You can also check out Edvectus discussion boards where they post helpful articles that help you transition into your new life teaching abroad.

Requirements to apply: 

Unless otherwise noted, Edvectus jobs require registered / qualified/certified teachers which means that you must have teacher training appropriate to the jobs on offer, such as a Bachelor’s or Masters of Education, a Post Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Education or full US teacher Certification.


GoAbroad is a free recruitment site that places anyone who is interested in teaching abroad, volunteering, interning, and studying abroad.

GoAbroad is the leading online search engine for international travel programs. They bring thousands of travel opportunities to your fingertips. You can find real-life participant reviews, expert travel articles, and scholarships.

If you have a teaching license or not, GoAbroad has opportunities for EVERYONE!! Check them out to fulfill your dreams of living abroad.

Requirements to apply:  

As there are many programs to apply to, each opportunity has its own set of requirements. Check out the website to find out what you need to qualify today.

Online Teaching

Not technically teaching abroad but definitely a way to help you experience teaching students from different parts of the world. Online teaching is a great starter way to begin preparing yourself for the experience of teaching outside of your norm. And it’s pretty good money for a side gig.


VIPKID is an online education company that connects students and teachers globally through one-to-one personalized English language classes.

To teach with VIPKID you must hold at minimum a bachelor’s degree and your pay can increase based on experience and high education. VIPKID is one of the best paid online teaching jobs if you are interested in teaching English online.

With VIPKID you can work when you want, where you want – with no commitment or minimum hours.


GoGoKid aims to create a connection between Chinese students and the world by providing a global learning experience. Their mission is to foster students to learn English as a tool, not as a goal.

With GoGoKid you teach students one on one lessons in English and they offer pay from $14-$25.

GoGoKid does not have specific requirements regarding the residence as long as teachers have a stable internet connection.

Q kids

“Qkids connects 600,000+ Chinese learners between 4 – 12 years old with thousands of other online teachers, tutors, educators, stay at home parents, college students, and all those who have a passion for teaching. If you like starting your day with smiling faces of curious kids, join the Qkids family today!” -Qkids

To work with Qkids you must be legally eligible to work in the US & Canada. You also either must have a bachelor’s degree or a teaching certification.

Qkids lesson format is a bit different from other online companies in that you may have a class from 1-4 students. You also must teach a minimum of 6 hours which is 12 classes.

Qkids starts out with a base pay of $8 per lesson.


If you are interested in teaching abroad or teaching students from around the world try using any of these resources.  Share them with your friends and family that may also be interested.

Good luck! You got this!

Until Next Time,

Take the World



Like what you see? Share it with your friends!
Visit Us
Follow Me


  1. I often have people who ask how you started living and teaching abroad! This post gives all of the information in a very informative but compact version. It also provides information that someone who may be interested in teaching abroad or teaching students from other countries through the internet can use!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back To Top