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You may think that teaching abroad in an English-speaking country is a bit of a cheat. After all, with a new language comes additional cultural awareness. But in Auckland, New Zealand, you get the best of both worlds - a modern, English-speaking city with a rich, living Maori history that is prevalent at every level of society. Check out the details of teaching in Auckland, and see if it might be a good fit for you.
While it's not a placement program per se, the Ministry of Education-approved Education Personnel Agency has a one-on-one JobFind Assistance Programme that helps teachers from overseas find a teaching job.
Like all schools in New Zealand, the Catholic school system in Auckland is divided into Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary schools. While the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference does not require certification in Religious Education, it is expected in order to work in their schools. Check that link to download the handbook and find out more about certification.
Embassy Auckland (http://www.embassyces.com/schools/auckland.aspx) offers English courses and private lessons to a wide variety of foreign-language speakers. They recruit UK and US TEFL teachers for their summer sessions between January and June. And the English Schools network lists dozens of English-language academies in Auckland; you can check them out and see which one(s) should make your list of possible opportunities.
There are a number of international schools in Auckland, including Kristin School, for up to age 13; and the Auckland International College, for ages 14-18; The AIC awards students the International Baccalaureate, and offers American SAT classes as well. You can check out their employment opportunities here.
There are more than 500 public schools in the Auckland City metropolitan area. Although job vacancies can be found in a wide variety of places (see info below), your best bet is the Ministry of Education-approved Education Personnel.
Indeed, a jobs search engine for New Zealand, list openings for private tutors in Auckland. If you'd rather that someone have your back while working as a tutor, you can register with TutorsHome, which links students in need with qualified tutors.
There are plenty of job websites that post education vacancies in Auckland; here's a fairly comprehensive list:
Your first stop should be the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Through the New Zealand Qualifications Authority you can take the International Qualifications Assessment (IQA) so that your foreign experience is made comparable to the equivalent to a Diploma of Teaching (ECE) or Bachelor of Teaching (ECE); you'll also need to register as a teacher with the NewZealand Teachers Council, and fulfill the Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) requirement for English. And finally, you'll need to have police clearance, which is an application process that performs a criminal background check in your current country of residence. Note, however, that the government of New Zealand does not recognize teaching as a skill in which there is a shortage of workers; therefore, the bar is set fairly high for candidates, as a school has to show that it could not appoint a suitable New Zealand teacher in order to hire you. That being said, special education teachers are in great demand and is your best bet for entry into the education system in Auckland.
How much you'll be making depends entirely on your experience and the results of your Teacher Salary Assessment conducted by the Teachers Council of New Zealand. As stated above, the starting salary can range from $35,000 to $45,000, which can mean the difference between breaking even and saving, or even losing money.
As for living costs, you can expect to pay about $1,150 for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center; obviously that can be reduced if you're willing to live a bit outside or take on roommates. A monthly transportation pass will cost you about $140 a month, and your utilities including Internet could run you as high as $300 a month. Clothing and other shopping can be high as well - remember, you're on an island at the bottom of the world! So if you want to make sure that financially, teaching in Auckland is not a losing proposition, you might want to hold off and get more qualifications and/or experience under your belt so your salary will be higher.
The school year is divided into four terms, with the first term beginning at the end of January after having been on break since before Christmas; all other term breaks average about two weeks. There are also Autumn, Winter and Spring holiday breaks within each term that last about two weeks each.
Auckland provides ample opportunity for a wide range of interests, from career advancement to striking a healthy balance between work and outdoor activities. And while experienced educators may find their time in Auckland to be more lucrative, new teachers and TEFL graduates will appreciate having Auckland as a home base from which to explore this incredible part of the world.
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