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Teach Away


Teach Away offers a wide variety of international teaching jobs with English-speaking education organizations, public, and private schools. Established in 2003, Teach Away has become a leader in international teacher recruitment through a commitment to placing the world’s best educators in leading educational institutions around the globe.

Each year, hundreds of teachers explore the world and experience a new culture through Teach Away's international teaching programs. Teach Away's partners include a wide range of educational institutions including elementary, middle and high schools, ministries of education, international schools, overseas education businesses, educational NGOs, and private ESL schools.


171 E Liberty St
Toronto ON M6K 3P6


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Yes, I recommend this program

this program overall is amazing. ive learned so many new thing that i use now in my every day life. Working with different types of people in multi-diverse working environment. Contribution to company appreciate at certain levels .Flexi hours. Being on the road most of the time gives opportunity to unwind. Great opportunity to learn about various cultures in one place. Able to learn your strengths and areas for growth in an international space. Can be ever changing so not for those that like constants and stability. Working in the Middle East was a wonderful experience. The people were very kind, the students were very obedient and their parents were very supportive.

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Yes, I recommend this program

I loved where I was placed or housing, the school was fantastic. My co-teacher and I worked together for four years and I hated leaving her. We got along fantastic with no issues all four years. All of the Arabic teachers were friendly and loving. My English co-workers were from all over the globe. Was great to find out how other countries taught. At the time I was there everyone was new so we blended together and form lasting friendships. I still stay in contact with many of my friends from the UAE experience. Can't say enough about how good the experience was. Wish I could have stayed longer.

What would you improve about this program?
I could have used a little more support for Teach Away in letting us know more on what to expect.
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Yes, I recommend this program

My experience in South Korea was amazing. I felt very supported by my recruiting agency, Teach Away. From the initial contact through the application process to my over the phone interview, reviewing and signing the contract as well as physically traveling to join us in orientation in South Korea - Teach Away was there for me every step of the way!

I loved my teaching experience in Korea. I was able to make life long international friends. Working in the public schools allowed me a unique experience to get to know the local people and culture (I was the only foreign teacher in my school - probably my favorite thing about the program). I found the school very supportive and attentive to my needs. They were very welcoming and wanted to make sure that I felt comfortable and safe in my living accommodations. They went above and beyond to teach me about their culture and language and in return, I helped them learn conversational English. It was a great exchange! I was also able to travel extensively while I was there as well, an opportunity I do not think I would have been granted otherwise. Overall, the best experience of my life!

What would you improve about this program?
I was very impressed with the program overall. I experienced this as a new graduate, and that's whom I'd recommend the experience too - someone who is looking to develop their skills as a teacher, travel and experience something new!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in China was one of the best experiences of my life. I made so many friends with people from around the world and built lasting friendships that have withstood the test of time. Seeing the genuine smiles on my kids (yes, I call them mine) faces when they saw me each morning was something I will always cherish. I would recommend teaching in China and going through a recruiter made me feel more prepared, as opposed to going to a foreign country and finding a job after the fact.

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Yes, I recommend this program

It's been a lifelong dream of mine to teach overseas and I was happy to realize it in Beijing. There's so much to see and experience inside the classroom and outside with my teaching colleagues. I feel invigorated and re-inspired in my teaching. I found my job through Teach Away and the experience was great. They were professional at every point in the process and I felt really comfortable to take my career overseas with their help. A big hand to them.

What would you improve about this program?
In country support could be improved. Though I had very little questions for Teach Away at that time, could have been nice.



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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Susan Brenner-Camp

Susan is a veteran American educator with 24 years classroom experience, 4 years as principal/head of public schools early years through secondary. She is currently (AY 16-17) in her first year of her first international position as principal/head of school of a British Curriculum Early Years school in Kuwait.

Why did you choose this program?

I had not previously been presented with the opportunity to travel or work abroad. As I began to research opportunities, I became fascinated with the options available and culture of schools in the Middle East. It seemed an excellent context to develop professionally and personally and, so far, has not disappointed me.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program provider, Teach Away, assisted me with technical and personal support in selecting positions to apply for that were the best match for my experience and skill set. With their guidance, I organized my resume and gathered documents that would be anticipated for visa processes.

I arranged for my own transportation (flight, car rental) and accommodations that enabled me to attend interviews in my home country at sites that were not near my local residence.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I encourage any educator to initiate the process by selecting a service agency, browsing their listings, and setting up your online profile.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Once I used Teach Away's services to locate and secure my position, I became employed as an individual with a private school company. My work week is a 5 day week from Sunday to Thursday, 7 am to 2:30 p.m most days, with some extra time devoted to planning outside of school hours.

We are required to facilitate and participate in a limited number of evening activities that are normal and necessary for the education of the children. Examples of these are parent information presentations, conferences, and arts program performances.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was safety and adjusting to the culture. My fears were alleviated as I connected with other teachers online and expats abroad in my destination country to find out what to expect, what to bring, and details about daily life.

What do you think is most important for a prospective traveler to know?

I think prospective travelers want to know as much as possible about the school day, accommodations, transportation, what to pack, and what items to purchase at destination.

Also, as much information about the visa process as possible. The immigration process is lengthy, confusing, and often frustrating. It is important for a new candidate to know as much as possible about what to expect, support provided to get started in accommodations and at school, and having patient point of contact is most helpful.

Reassuring candidates that it is okay if they arrive after the school year/contract has started. It happens often as the visa process cannot be controlled.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Jen Quirk

Job Title
Marketing Coordinator

What position do you hold at Teach Away? What has been your career path so far?

I'm currently the Digital Marketing Coordinator. After graduating university, I worked on contract for a small business consultancy, but realized I wasn’t ready for a “career” and took a detour to teach in South Korea for a year. I landed my job with Teach Away after my year abroad.

What inspired you to teach abroad?

I taught English in Seoul, South Korea, and had the most amazing time. I went for the opportunity to travel, explore part of the world that I’d never visited before, and pay off some student debt.

What are some exciting new projects that Teach Away is working on?

So many projects! This has been one of our biggest years yet, and we're recruiting teachers for international schools in more countries than ever before, including Mexico, Venezuela and Cyprus.

All these exciting new destinations give us lots of room for creativity on the marketing team. We've also just launched a brand new project, an interactive online tutoring platform, Skooli.

In your opinion, what's one of the biggest misconceptions people have about the teach abroad industry?

A lot of people seem to think that teaching abroad is like a vacation but that's not usually the case - you're there to work. During my year in Korea, I only had 5 days vacation, not including public holidays. I definitely worked hard, but it was totally worth it for the experience, and the money I saved allowed me to go backpacking through South East Asia for four months.

Which teach abroad destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

This is an impossible question for me to answer because I’ve only taught in one country! If anything, teaching abroad itself is underrated - I think everyone should do it.