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Teaching Nomad


Teaching Nomad is your connection to great teaching opportunities in China! American owned and operated company with offices in both Shanghai, China & Denver, Colorado. We are the definitive source for teach abroad in China.

Since 2011 we've been vetting schools in China and helping people like you connect with only the best. We have schools hiring for every subject, in 40+ cities. Whether you want to teach English in Shanghai or Biology in the Abu Dhabi, we can help!

We take a lot of pride in connecting dedicated teachers with great schools all over the country. 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.


1660 S. Albion St.
Suite 826
Denver, CO 80222
United States


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Yes, I recommend this program

I have been living abroad for many years, and I have worked with many agencies that place teachers with schools. Teaching Nomad has consistently proven that they not only have the ability to provide ample options, but they also helped me connect with my new job at the school of my dreams! Madison Walker was the proactive Teaching Nomad agent that worked her butt off for me. In fact, she even had her wedding during the time I was job hunting, yet she still managed to talk to me and land me interviews the following Monday! She has been nothing short of amazing during this entire process, and like I said before, I have been through this process several times. If you are looking for the next step in your career, I would certainly recommend giving Teaching Nomad a chance!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you are even thinking about teaching abroad, just do it!
Pull the trigger and get it done!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Madison was responsive and super helpful in finding a position for me in Riyadh. This school is topnotch in regards to facilities and teacher housing. Most importantly, it's a welcoming facility and the school treats western faculty with respect. This is not to say any single school is perfect, but It's important to work in a supportive environment.

Working in Riyadh isn't for a young teacher that need to socialize every weekend, but for someone with maturity, teaching experience, and clear goals. Successful teachers hold their cards close, never have emotional breakdowns, and realize that showing respect to all coworkers is 90% of success. There's ample vacation time, overtime pay, and plenty of resources available to a teacher. Thank you.

What would you improve about this program?
This position is perfect for an experienced teacher.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I used Teaching Nomad's recruiting service to find a position at an international school in China. I worked with Darrah, who really helped simplify and streamline the process. I was able to apply to several schools that interested me. I really appreciated all the updates and quick responses I received throughout the process. I never felt pressured into accepting a position. Teaching Nomad was also very helpful through the lengthy document authentication process. I used their services to get my degree and background check authenticated. Again, I felt as if my questions were always promptly and thoroughly answered. I ended up finding a position that was exactly what I was looking for. I'm looking forward to starting at that school this summer. Thank you, Darrah and Teaching Nomad!

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Yes, I recommend this program

I was extremely impressed by the service that Teaching Nomad provides. I had the pleasure of working with Helen Armstrong as my placement consultant. From the first conversation, they were very professional and clear about how the entire process would progress. I contacted them at the beginning of June 2019, and within a week we had a Skype conversation to decide on which positions would be the best fit. Helen was very proactive about keeping in contact and consistently provided me with excellent advice throughout the application and interviewing process. When I began getting offers, Helen was also immensely helpful as I had no idea what was typical for contracts in this area. The most confusing aspect of the process for me was the preparation of the documents for the visa application, but Helen and Teaching Nomad assuaged my concerns and provided helpful articles and resources that really simplified the whole process. Thanks to Helen's help, I signed a contract with a school in China that fit all of my ideal conditions within a month of contacting them.

Overall, I would recommend Teaching Nomad to anyone looking for overseas teaching positions. They demystified the entire process and providing tons of free resources and support.

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Yes, I recommend this program

This year, I was looking into teaching in China for a year, but I had no idea where to start. It can be a very confusing process, so I feel extremely lucky I came across Teaching Nomad and used their services. My placement consultant was Madison, who was literally the BEST person to work with! She answered all my questions but also listened to what I wanted out of the experience and did her best to match me with a school that had similar objectives. After I provided my materials for them, I immediately started getting interviews. I ultimately found a company that I really liked and that fit with the work hours I was looking for. Since it is difficult to know what schools in China are legitimate, it really helps having Teaching Nomad to filter it out and provide you with legitimate companies. If you are looking to teach in China, I highly recommend using Teaching Nomad!


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Alumni Interviews

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

Cameron Tatanish

After spending winters during university traveling to Colorado to work at ski resorts, Cameron knew he wanted to keep going to new places to work. He learned about TEFL and now his life in China awaits.

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Why did you choose this program?

I have always been a traveler. It started with road trips to the Smokey Mountains when I bought my first car at 16. It led me to tackle Tourism as a major at my university and take winter jobs in Colorado.

I had never been out of North America or Central America and decided it wasn't enough anymore. During my senior year, I saved all my money for a two-week trip to China. I spent time wandering amongst the skyscrapers in Shanghai and hiked along the Li River -- I fell in love.

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

I worked with International TEFL Academy in getting my certification. They had an excellent course that I gained a lot of knowledge and experience from as well as post-graduate country guidance.

They helped with my next steps as far as finding a job, and what I should be prepared for. They got me in touch with Teaching Nomad, my recruiter. They have taken care of everything since and been involved in interview setup, negotiations, and been in touch all the way to the start of my contract.

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

A lot of emails! Also, communicating with a lot of different cultures. From the start, you are speaking to people about the experience and journey you are about to set yourself on. The days on the way to your start seem to be more about sharing stories than anything else.

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

Funny enough I think it was just medical concerns. Would I have insurance? What happens if I need to go to the E.R. during my contract?

I actually expressed this concern to my recruiter and he ensured that the interviewer had this conversation with my companies and they all reached out explaining how they would take care of me.

Is there time to travel as much as you thought?

Yes! Most programs offer short work weeks as they know you want to travel, but also make sure you save money. Separate your contracts a month or two apart and go enjoy the world!

Staff Interviews

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

Mike Ostrowski

Job Title
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.
Mike Ostrowski

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.

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