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Teaching Opportunities

Please be advised that while we try to list as many opportunities as possible as a service to our students, we have not necessarily verified the credentials or accuracy of all opportunities or organizations which may be listed here. More will be added as they become known to us.  Hear what a W&L alumna had to say about teaching abroad. 

Teaching Abroad Resources

Through the U.S. State Department site on overseas schools, you can find contact and background information on worldwide American-sponsored elementary and secondary schools overseas, current fact sheets on the 192 American international schools, and helpful job hunting links.

Recruitment Agencies

Search Associates is one of the largest overseas school placement organizations in the world, and works closely with teachers and schools from all over the globe.

Internet Resources

Overseas Academic Opportunities is a monthly newsletter which publishes teaching vacancies worldwide, and is found in our Teaching Abroad section in the OIE Resource Room.


Teaching Programs Operating in More than One Country

  • The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program  places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas - improving foreign students' English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the U.S. student's own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.
  • ESL Language Centers offer teaching opportunities in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.  For information on their programs, contact Susan Matson, Director of Field Operations, 310-342-4190/ fax 310-649-5231/ e-mail
  • Global Routes offers internships as teachers and community service workers through programs in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya, the Navajo Nation, and Thailand.  There are program fees for participation, ranging from $3550 for a summer program to $3950 for a semester program.
  • Princeton-in-Asia offers over 60 one and two year (mostly teaching) internship assignments in 9 Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Participants are paid a local wage.  Information is available from W&L's Office of International Education.
  • Teaching Abroad/Projects Abroad is a U.K. based organization which offers teaching and other internship opportunities in India, Ghana, Mexico, Russia and the Ukraine, China, and Brazil.  Fees range from $2-3000 including room and board
  • Volunteers in Asia is based at the Stanford University campus.  VIA sends 30-40 college graduates yearly as volunteer English teachers to Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and China.  They also offer a 6-week summer volunteer program for undergraduates.
  • WorldTeach sends volunteers overseas to teach in Namibia, South Africa, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Lithuania, Poland, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Chile, and Mexico on a mix of year long and summer programs.  There is a program fee which varies from approximately $1,000 - 5,000 for the year long programs.


Teaching Programs Operating in Primarily One Country

I China I France I Hungry and Romania I Japan I Korea I Mongolia I Nepal I
I Poland I Russia/Former Soviet Union I Taiwan, a province of China I


  • Colorado China Council  has one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the U.S. to prepare and provide teachers to Chinese schools, colleges and universities.  Chinese institutions need educated, native speakers of English ready and willing to go to work in Chinese secondary schools, language and business institutes, colleges and universities to teach English, and sometimes additional subjects, to Chinese students.  You do NOT need to know any Chinese. You DO need a bachelors degree or better in any field, excellent mental and physical health, a good GPA, some international travel experience, and a strong interest coupled with personal determination and flexibility.  Chinese schools typically provide on-campus housing in apartments, faculty rank, excellent salary in the Chinese local economy, one month of paid vacation, medical care as provided for all faculty members, and a host of interested, dedicated students.
  • CIEE's Teach in China program is an exciting, affordable opportunity to teach English to Chinese college students and to participate in the daily life of a country where traditional ways meet with the upcoming challenges and demands of the 21st century.  Teach in China is designed to be self-financing - you will be paid locally, and receive room and board from your host institution.  Full academic year as well as semester and summer opportunities are available.  A Training Course is conducted prior to departure. Council organizes an intensive 9 day training course and provides a specially designed ESL/EFL curriculum for all participants who are without substantial experience or qualification in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language.
  • Marshall University's Appalachians Abroad Program offers one year placements for those with a bachelor's degree as an English teacher at universities around China. For further information contact the program at Marshall University Center for International Programs, 304-696-6265,  The application deadline is March 15.
  • Shanghai Summer Teaching Program through WorldTeach
  • ZHONGHUA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (ZSP)2000  Established by WCCEC and educational institutions in China in 1994, the ZHONGHUA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (ZSP) is a unique international exchange program that combines study abroad, teaching EFL and cultural education. Each year, an average of 16 native speakers of English (United States, Australia, Canada and U.K.) are accepted to participate in the ZSP, ranging from Sophomore to MA degree holders. A list of past participants will be provided to applicants whose application materials are complete. Benefits include:   a.. All travel expenses (round trip) to and from the host school in China   b.. Room and board (single occupancy in shared apartment with modern facilities)  c.. 8 hrs/week of one-to-one Chinese study under the Personal Tutorial System   d.. 10-15 hrs/week of English teaching to K-12 students   e.. A paid cultural tour (about one-week) at the end of the program  f.. A paid winter vocation (about 3 weeks) around the Chinese New Year  g.. Medical insurance (NOT covering hospitalization and major surgery)  h.. Monthly stipend (2,000 Yuan or more, about the salary of a professor in China). All applicants accepted into the program are required to participate in the one-week Orientation Program at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou. Accommodation and training materials are provided for all participants during the Orientation. Each participant is responsible for a US$600 fee (not covered by the scholarship) to defray the cost. All participants should make their own travel arrangements and should plan to arrive in Guangzhou on the date specified in the Acceptance Letter. There is no application fee. All application materials, including the Application Form, resume, two letters of recommendation and a cover letter should be sent by April 1st, 2000 (by post mark) to Ms. Weihua Hu, ZSP Coordinator, 5B, University Residence #3, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong. Application forms may also be obtained by email ( or fax (852 26037359). All late applications will not be handled.


Americans may apply for positions as teaching assistants in public French secondary schools (lycées) through a program sponsored by the the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services at the French Embassy.  This program offers between 1,000 and 1,700 teaching assistant position in French primary and secondary schools and in Instituts universitaires de formation des maîtres (IUFMs) in all regions of France and the DOM-TOMS to persons who fulfill the following requirements :

  1. You are an American citizen (or have a green card)
  2. You are between 20 and 34 years of age as of October 1, 2005
  3. You are currently pursuing or have already attained a college degree
  4. You are proficient in French. Students without a major or minor in French but with a basic proficiency (about 3 semesters) in French can apply

Hungary and Romania

The Central European Teaching Program is a non-profit, volunteer teaching organization which has been working to enable badly-needed English teachers to work in Central and Eastern Europe since 1990. Sending nearly 100 native English-speaking teachers per year to Hungary, Poland, Romania and Latvia, CETP represents a significant presence in Central Europe.  The position offered is that of English Conversation teacher at the elementary, high-school, or tertiary level. Positions for dual language teachers of English and German or of English and French are also offered, and also some for teachers of American civilization and culture. 


  • AEON specializes in teaching English to High-School, University, and Adult students who have a genuine desire to increase their English abilities with 260 schools around Japan.
  • Earlham College's Teaching English in Japan Program places graduates in two-year teaching assignments in Japanese schools. Contact the program office for more information at 1-888-685-2726.
  • JET  is a program sponsored by the Japanese government which places over 5000 foreign language teachers in Japanese schools each year.  These paid assignments are for one year.
  • O -Hayo Sensei The Newsletter of (Teaching) Jobs in Japan


Due to the difficulties some EFL teachers have had in Korea, there are lists ('black lists' and 'white lists') of schools purporting to tell which are the good and bad schools for which to work. 

  • ESL Language Centers recruits teachers for its programs in Korea through Dori Marcellino of Global Classrooms at 310-815-1977/fax 310-815-1978.
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program places young Americans as English conversation teachers in secondary schools outside of Seoul. 


  • US-Mongolia Advisory Group, 6002 Ticonderoga Court, Burke, VA  22015, tel/fax: 703-451-6456.


  • Educate the Children (ETC) offers volunteer teaching positions with schools in Nepal.  Participants pay a registration fee ($500.00) and their own airfare to Nepal, but room and board are covered while there. Information is available in the OIE Resource Room (Teaching Abroad)  and from ETC, PO Box 414, Ithaca, NY 14851, 607-272-1176.
  • Grahung Kalika, an NGO operating in western Nepal to promote education, health and agricultural development in the region.  Contact them for teaching and other volunteer opportunities at Grahung Kalika, Walling Municipallity 2, Bartung, Syangja, NEPAL.


English School of Communication Skills offers teaching positions to those who have or are willing to get TEFL training, at one of their many schools around of Poland.  For more information, contact them at Fax: 48-14-21-37-69. 

Russia/Former Soviet Union

  • Project Harmony arranges teaching (ESL) positions with schools in several cities in Russia and in Ukraine.  The positions require a 6 month-1 year commitment. Participants pay a $2150.00 fee which include the placement, housing, round trip air fare to Russia, and visa.  Teachers must assume the costs of food and daily living.  The positions are not paid.


Taiwan, a province of China

  • ESL Language Centers recruits teachers for its programs in Taiwan through Luisa Sia, fax 862-2397-2304.
  • Hess Language School, Taiwan's largest children's English school, with over seventy branches island wide and over 30,000 students enrolled,  recruits teachers from English speaking countries around the world.
  • YMCA's Overseas Service Corps Teaching English in Taiwan Program offers paid 'volunteer' positions as an English teacher in a YMCA in Taiwan.  You must have a Bachelor's degree.  Some teaching background and/or knowledge of Chinese is helpful.  For information contact International Group, YMCA of the USA, 101 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL  60606, 800-872-9622.