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The 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards: Teach Abroad

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Go Overseas was started with the simple idea of creating a centralized website to provide the resources required for meaningful travel abroad.

Go Overseas Community Choice Awards - Teach Abroad

Go Overseas was founded by three teach abroad alumni: Mitch, Tucker, and Andrew. They realized that fellow teachers could gain a lot of insight by reading the reviews from former teachers, as they tried to find the perfect teaching job abroad.

Over the years, we have added hundreds of resources about teaching abroad to Go Overseas, from articles to travel guides to reviews from former teachers. We looked at all of those reviews from 2018 to determine which teach abroad providers were offering teachers the best services, and helping them find the right job for their skills, desires, and in the service of students.

We looked for those providers who were excellent at helping teachers succeed overseas; we also looked those teach abroad providers who scored highly in the five categories we ask teaching alumni to rate programs: Benefits, Support, Fun, Facilities, and Safety. Below you'll find the highest scoring teach abroad providers from 2018.

Learn more about how we scored programs for this year's awards by clicking here.

Overall Top Teach Abroad Providers

Teaching abroad is a dynamic experience that means many things to different travelers. For some, it's their first professional opportunity, and a massive chance for personal growth and career development. For other teachers, it's an opportunity to provide education to students and live abroad. Given how many different ways teachers evaluate teaching opportunities, it can be tricky to know exactly which teach abroad companies provide excellent service. Based on the scores these providers received on all the categories we ask teachers to rate while leaving a review, these are the top teach abroad providers from 2018:

1st

Flying English School


Review Highlight:
"Shanghai is a vast city filled with many opportunities, but having a chance to work at Flying English is one of the greatest. The facilities are spacious for teaching, and the staff is composed of agreable people." -- Robert, 29

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2nd

SVS School for English


Review Highlight:
"SVS is a fun environment where students and teachers alike truly feel part of a family and that atmosphere permeates into the classroom and community." -- Sinthuja, 24

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3rd

For Teach Recruiting


Review Highlight:
"If I had to summarise why I would recommend Forteach to someone else, it's because of their willingness to go above and beyond." -- Peter

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Top Teach Abroad Providers: Benefits

One of the top considerations most prospective teachers have when planning to teach abroad is the benefits. From salary to housing assistance, there are a lot of ways teachers receive benefits while teaching abroad, and we want to know about them to help new teachers know what they'll receive as compensation for their work. The following providers received top scores in the Benefits category:

1st

Korean Horizons


Review Highlight:
"I was nervous about the application process, documents needed, and interview process but with this recruiter I received emails in a timely fashion reminding me what I needed to do." -- Samantha

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2nd

Teaching Nomad


Review Highlight:
"I really recommend teaching nomad and I'm glad I used their service. I now have a good job at a great school with an impressive benefits package." -- Chris, 27

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3rd

Endeavor Group


Review Highlight:
"Going through this agency was the best choice ever made they take such good care of us and are always there to help when we are in need." -- Micaela

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Top Teach Abroad Providers: Support

While teaching abroad is an opportunity to work independently in a foreign country, teachers need support to do their jobs well: from their program staff, as well as administrators and fellow teachers. We ask teaching alumni to consider how much support the teaching abroad program staff provide; the following providers had the top scores in the Support category:

1st

The English Camp Company


Review Highlight:
"The English Camp Company were tremendous in giving us help and support both in orientation and when we were at camp." -- Emrys, 25

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2nd

Korean Horizons


Review Highlight:
"I really do appreciate the support I've been given by Korean Horizons, and I do recommend them for first-time teachers." -- Claudia

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3rd

Teaching Nomad


Review Highlight:
"They are amazingly supportive and patient with the documentation requirements for finding a job." -- Patrick, 27

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Top Teach Abroad Providers: Fun

We obviously think that teaching abroad should be a fun experience -- in fact, we ask every reviewer to tell us how much fun they had overseas, for almost every program they rate on our site. For teach abroad programs, we ask alumni to share what they rate the social scene while teaching abroad. This could involve interactions with fellow teachers and administrators, as well as extra experiences arranged by their teach abroad program. The following providers had the top scores in the Fun category:

1st

Teaching Nomad


Review Highlight:
"Teaching Nomads was super helpful. They got me positions that matched all my criteria and helped me through the process very professionally." -- Janaline, 38

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2nd

The English Camp Company


Review Highlight:
"I would highly recommend The English Camp Company to anyone as it is an fantastic, friendly and professional company worth working for." -- Andrew, 28

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3rd

Opportunity China


Review Highlight:
"Opportunity China were professional and helpful throughout the application process, and I felt like I received individual support." -- Peter, 24

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Top Teach Abroad Providers: Facilities

Teachers spend a lot of time at school, so the facilities they work in are an important part of their experience teaching abroad. In reviews, we ask teachers to rate the facilities and teaching materials available to them during their teaching placement. The following providers had the top scores in the Facilities category:

1st

CIEE Teach Abroad


Review Highlight:
"Deciding to teach in Thailand through CIEE is by far the best decision I have made. I am so happy with my school, housing, and community." -- Emily, 23

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2nd

Aihua International Education


Review Highlight:
"The administration at Aihua English is very dependable, the benefits are unbeatable and the pay is reasonable." -- Rochelle, 27

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3rd

Korean Horizons


Review Highlight:
"Korean Horizons helped me tremendously with my transition to teaching English in Korea." -- Christian

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Top Teach Abroad Providers: Safety

Safety is one of the most important factors we ask reviewers to rate; almost every program on Go Overseas (even those that aren't in the teach abroad category) is rated on safety. In particular, we want to know how teachers felt about the safety of their school and the local community. The following providers had the top scores in the Safety category:

1st

Teaching Nomad


Review Highlight:
"Trying to secure a safe and suitable teaching position in Asia can be an overwhelming experience at times but having a company like Teaching Nomad on your side really takes the pressure off." -- Fiona, 23

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2nd

Top Notch: ESL


Review Highlight:
"I was completely taken care of with Top Notch ESL, after the approval of my documents and visa they procured my flight as well." -- Aric, 30

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3rd

Korean Horizons


Review Highlight:
"The service provided is well worth it and offers great piece of mind!" -- Samantha

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How We Scored Programs for the 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards

To find the best Teach Abroad providers on Go Overseas, we looked at every review left on the site between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Any provider who received three or more reviews was considered.

To choose the Overall Best Teach Abroad Providers we looked at the average scores each provider received across all of their programs and the factors we ask students to rate. We averaged each provider's scores and weighted the score based on the number of reviews they received.

To find the best providers in each category, we averaged all review scores for each provider on just that factor. The best programs in each factor won the awards. Providers who won in the Overall Best category were not eligible to win another award in these categories.

Questions about these awards? Email us.