International Teaching : your next move …it is never too early to start!

Are you a dedicated educator with a passion for teaching and a desire to explore the world? If so, you might be considering the prospect of landing your next international teaching post. The world is full of opportunities for qualified teachers to embark on a rewarding journey to share their knowledge and experience with students from diverse cultures.  At Compass Teaching, we are already receiving CVs and registrations from candidates who are keen to secure a role for August 2024, as well as key vacancies from international schools for the next academic year.

In this guide, we will walk you through the process of finding your ideal international teaching position. From understanding the requirements and qualifications to crafting an impressive resumé and succeeding at interview.  Our team of consultants would also  be delighted to answer any questions you may have in person.

Why International Teaching ?

International teaching is a unique and exciting opportunity for educators. There are over 15,000 international schools around the world which cater to a diverse student body, made up of expatriate children and local students. The experience of teaching abroad is both personally and professionally enriching, here are some key reasons to teach abroad:

Cultural Enrichment: Teaching abroad allows you to immerse yourself in a new culture, broaden your horizons, and gain a deeper understanding of global perspectives.

Professional Growth: International teaching can offer diverse teaching experiences, helping you develop adaptability, cultural sensitivity, and enhanced teaching techniques.

Travel Opportunities: It’s a passport to explore different countries and regions, making your weekends and vacations filled with adventures.

Global Networking: You’ll meet fellow educators from around the world, expanding your professional network.

Qualifications and Requirements : Before you start your search for an international teaching post, it’s crucial to understand the qualifications and requirements that schools typically look for. The specifics can vary by country and institution, but here are some common prerequisites:

  • A Degree in your subject: Most schools will request a degree in your taught subject or a Bachelors in Education for Primary teaching roles.
  • Teaching Certification: Most international schools require teachers to possess a teaching certificate or license from their home country.
  • Relevant Experience: Having prior teaching experience, especially in an international or multicultural setting, is often preferred.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Schools value teachers who are culturally sensitive, open-minded, and adaptable.
  • Work Authorization: Ensure you have the legal right to work in your chosen country.

Now that you have a good grasp of what international teaching entails and the qualifications you need, it’s time to start your job search. We do of course recommend you consider working with reputable international teacher recruitment agencies. We can connect you with schools worldwide and assist you throughout the application process. An agency like Compass can serve in an advisory capacity and as a sounding board. Leverage your professional network is also a good idea. Reach out to colleagues who have taught abroad or use social media platforms like LinkedIn to connect with educators working internationally.

Update your Resume/CV

Your resumé is your first opportunity to make a lasting impression on potential employers. It should showcase your qualifications, experience, and teaching philosophy. It is worth spending time to craft your resumé, ensuring it includes solid detail of what you have achieved over your teaching career to date. Think abour iinclusing some or all of the following:

Contact Information: Include your full name, current address, phone number, and a professional email address.

Objective Statement: Write a concise statement at the beginning of your resume that highlights your career goals and how you can add value to an international school.

Qualifications and Certifications: List your educational background, certifications, and any relevant training or workshops you’ve completed.

Teaching Experience: Detail your teaching positions, including the schools, dates, subjects/grades taught, and key achievements.

Professional Development: Highlight any professional development, conferences, or workshops you’ve attended.

Skills: Mention specific skills relevant to teaching and adapting to new environments.

References: Include references or mention that they are available upon request.

The Interview Process

Once your resumé catches the eye of a potential employer, you’ll likely be invited for an on-line interview. This is your chance to shine and demonstrate why you’re the ideal candidate for the position. Here’s how to prepare:

Research the School: Learn about the school’s mission, values, and teaching approach. Tailor your answers to align with their goals.

Teaching Philosophy: Be prepared to discuss your teaching philosophy and how it fits with the school’s ethos.

Cultural Sensitivity: Emphasize your ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.

Questions for the School: Prepare questions to ask the school, demonstrating your genuine interest in the position and institution.

Once you’ve aced the interview and received a job offer, it’s time to consider questions around the contract. Here are some key points to keep in mind during negotiations:

Salary and Benefits: Discuss your salary, benefits, and any additional perks. Ensure you have a clear understanding of what’s included in your compensation package.

Contract Length: Understand the duration of the contract and any renewal options.

Housing and Relocation Assistance: Inquire about the school’s policy regarding housing and relocation support.

Visa and Work Permits: Clarify the process for obtaining the necessary work permits and visas.

Professional Development: Discuss opportunities for professional development and ongoing training.

Embarking on an international teaching journey can be a life-changing experience. It offers personal and professional growth, cultural enrichment, and the chance to make a positive impact on students from around the world. To get started, make sure you meet the qualifications, create a compelling resume, and prepare thoroughly for interviews. As you explore international teaching opportunities, remember that the world is your classroom, and your next adventure awaits!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. How do I know if I will enjoy international teaching? The big step into international teaching shouldn’t be taken lightly and you should ensure that you research international schools and destinations that are of interest to you. Also try to connect with international teachers to hear about their experiences.
  2. Where can I find international teaching job opportunities?: Register your CV with www.compassteaching.com! We would be delighted to advise you.


Compass Education Consultancy specializes in recruiting exceptional talent for international schools. We provide services in leadership search, teacher recruitment, and consultancy.

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