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Teaching Nomad is your connection to great teaching opportunities abroad! We’re an American owned and operated company with offices in both Shanghai, China & Denver, Colorado. Our personal placement consultants will help guide you through the exciting process of going overseas!

Since 2011 we've been working with great schools and helping people like you connect with only the best. We have schools hiring for every subject, with opportunities in 100+ cities across 7 countries.

We take a lot of pride in connecting dedicated teachers with great schools. Teaching Nomad has programs for teachers of all experience levels including professional educators, experienced ESL instructors, and beginner teachers. Our clients include international schools, language training schools, primary/middle/high schools, and kindergartens.

Register with us today to be connected with a dedicated placement consultant who can answer all of your questions and find the perfect match for you.



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Yes, I recommend this program

I would highly recommend Teaching Nomad if you are looking for a recruitment agency. You can trust me from experience that I say you are in good hands. They can definitely find you the best and right job for you just like they did for me. Not only did they find me a job but they did it very quickly. Any questions are answered quickly. You don’t need to worry when choosing them because they are with you step by step of the way. From me to whoever is reading this I say call off the search and choose Teaching Nomad.

What would you improve about this program?
I wouldn’t improve this program in any way. This program and recruitment agency is the best it can be.
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Yes, I recommend this program

If you are looking for the best recruitment agency then call the search off because Teaching Nomad is the one and only best recruitment agency you need. Right from the start to the end I was helped and guided to finding the right and best job. Not only did they find me the right and best job but they also did it quickly. You don’t have to worry because you are in such good hands with them. Any questions or help that have will be handled quickly and reassuringly. To me and personal experience with dealing with them I would definitely choose them to help you find a teaching job overseas.

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Yes, I recommend this program

I was paired with Oliver Norman and after a online interview he was very helpful in helping me find a new Job in Shanghai.
The response was quick and opportunities came quickly.
In a short period of time I was offered 3 different jobs and accepted the one that suited me the best.
I am very happy in the new school and working with teaching Nomad made the transition of finding a new job very easy.
I would reccomend their service to anyone looking for employment overseas and was very happy at the amount of opportunities that became avaliable as searching for a new job individually can be difficult and daunting.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Prior to using this service I was finding it very difficult to get my CV in front of employees and using this service I was pleasantly suprised how quickly new opportunities came.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amidst a global pandemic, I was worried that my dreams of teaching abroad were dashed. However, with the help of Teaching Nomad, I was able to persevere and am now teaching abroad in Shanghai, China! I have an amazing position at a prestigious school. Teaching here, I feel very supported by my community of fellow teachers, parents, and students. There is a level of professional respect for teachers that inspires me to teach to my highest potential! I want to thank all of the staff at Teaching Nomad who helped me to obtain my TEFL certification, get hired at my current position, and go through the Visa process to move from the US to China. I highly recommend working with Teaching Nomad to help make your international teaching dreams come true!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was very concerned that I would not be able to travel abroad due to the travel limitations set forth from the global pandemic. However, with the support of Teaching Nomad and my school, I was able to overcome this hurdle and make it to China!
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Yes, I recommend this program

I am not teaching language of any type. I am a science teacher. The local govt. where I am going to teach suddenly decided all foreign teachers had to have a TEFL certificate. Teaching Nomad's online TEFL course was a lifesaver. I opted to do the instructorless option. I was able to go at my own speed and did not have to attend online lectures. This was key as I was already teaching full time. Their course educated me on how to teach English as a foreign language if I ever need to. Overall I had a great experience and would recommend this for anyone who may need a TEFL certificate but does not teach English.

What would you improve about this program?
This instructorless option was perfect for my situation. If you were an experienced teacher, this course would probably be quite adequate for you. If it is your first time teaching overseas, or if you are going to a school where you will not have much support, you would probably want the option that comes with an instructor.


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Alumni Interviews

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

Robert Allan Sullivan, Jr.

Why did you choose this program?

My prospective employer in China, Aston English Schools advised me that the Chinese officials who were to grant my work visa required a 120-hour TEFL course in lieu of one year's actual teaching experience. I chose the TEFL course from teachingnomad.com because they offered an authentication service for their certification.

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

The structure of the course is designed so that the student can proceed at his or her own pace. I've had experience with online courses before at FAU and I've done lesson plans before, so when the course teacher asked me to rewrite my lesson plans in a different format, that for me was not a problem.

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

I wish I had given myself a week or two extra time so that I wouldn't have felt so rushed. My contract with the school I am to teach at in China begins in a few weeks, and I hope to be on time or at the least, not very late. I am very excited about my new job, and I hope to be teaching in China very soon!

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

Because it's a private school, Aston must work around the public school schedule, so I am to teach mostly afternoons and weekends. It's a 23-hour work week, with three hours a week in the office going over lesson plans with the Chinese co-teacher, and the other twenty hours actually teaching a class of no larger than ten students.

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

I've never traveled abroad, so I had to start from scratch – from my passport to my background check to my physical medical tests. All the paperwork had to be prepared in fairly rapid order for my application for the work visa in China. My biggest fear was that the task of so much paperwork was simply too daunting, but I've learned to make a plan and stick to a schedule.

Why did I decide to teach overseas rather than locally?

I discovered in observing the local public school system and later teaching that students can be held back only one year; after that, it's social promotion regardless of ability. I didn't realize the implications for this policy until I started student teaching in my last semester; that's when I realized the usual program wasn't going to work for me.

Staff Interviews

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

Mike Ostrowski

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Associate Placement Consultant
Mike grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to China after seeking a change of scenery in his life. After working as a teacher for some time, Mike moved into teacher recruitment in order to help provide prospective teachers with the same awesome experience that he had.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory would probably be when I took an ATV tour of the countryside surrounding Phonm Penh, Cambodia. It was my birthday, and it was hands down one of the coolest things I've ever done.

The people living in the countryside live to completely different standards than what most Americans might be used to, and they don't exactly have a lot of material possessions. However, I learned that happiness does not always come from what sort of iPhone you have, or how much money is in your bank account, but really it's about the experiences and people you surround yourself. I got some time to interact with the countryside people, and they all seemed so polite, friendly, fun-loving, and were happy with simple things.

Not to mention, on the way back, it started storming and I ended up traversing through mud and flowing water all with lightning in the background. I came back to my hotel caked with mud really feeling like I just took part in a Die Hard movie or something. One for the memories for sure.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Since working for Teaching Nomad, I have definitely become more outgoing, since I speak to so many different people on a daily basis. As a former introvert, I'm very happy with how much I have grown. Since I speak with so many different people, I have also grown to appreciate all the different sorts of people that exist in the world, and really no two people are truly the same. Everyone has their own goals, dreams, backgrounds, and all of that combined makes them into the unique person that you see before you.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One of the teachers that I had placed moved her entire family to Shanghai to take her teaching career overseas. I still keep in regular touch with the family, and they are very grateful for the job and the opportunity that I helped them get. She told me that after living back home for such a long time, they now are in love with the lifestyle, friends and experiences they've come to know in China.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Well, we do have some jobs in Saudi Arabia that pay almost $60K USD per year, so that would be awesome. As a teacher, I'm not qualified for that, so I think being able to experience the culture pretty much anywhere in the Middle East would be something interesting for me, as I haven't really traveled out that way yet. It's much different from Asia, and I think it would certainly be another eye-opening experience.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

There's lots of recruitment companies out there, but part of what makes Teaching Nomad unique is the fact each member of our staff has significant experience either living or working abroad, and we all love to travel. We love to go above and beyond to share our own experiences in hopes that our teachers can have similar experiences and enjoy it just as much as we do.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think the biggest factor that makes any company successful is customer service. Anyone can sell a product, but it takes something special to provide on-going support, help with problem solving and overall customer satisfaction. At Teaching Nomad, our database continues to grow, but quite a few of our teachers come back year after year for a new job simply because we keep in touch with them, help them through issues, and even get to know them outside of the normal client to customer interaction.