Teaching Nomad

Why choose Teaching Nomad?

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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Teach English in Thailand

My experience with Teaching Nomad was very helpful! I was looking for a job in Taiwan and my recruiter, Mike Ostrowski, was quick to respond and sent me a list of available jobs there. He also sent me an available position in Thailand. Long story short, the school in Thailand turned out to be my dream job!
I am now employed in a place where I get to teach English at an amazing school in a beautiful region. Even after obtaining this position my recruiter is still offering his assistance. I so appreciate Teaching Nomad and all that they do to help people achieve their dreams!

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TEFL Certificate with Teaching Nomad/ University of Colorado - Wow

I wanted to get a TEFL certificate to further my career in teaching overseas. Teaching Nomad / The University of Colorado had a great program. When I needed help, they were able to address any needs in a timely fashion. Their learning program was useful, and helped me. They were always very responsive, and helped direct me where and when I needed assistance. Shout out to Flavio, the problem-solver who can find unique solutions especially when you're in a jam. The teaching practicum portion was quite useful knowing that my instruction would be analyzed to maintain a sufficient level of quality.

  • Fast
  • Fair-priced
  • Helpful, career building
  • I have no real concerns - I was very pleased with the experience
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Big Thank You

I would like to send my sincere gratitude to my recruiter Mike Ostrowski, who has been providing great service to support me finishing the job hunting process. As an amazing communicator, Mike has been giving me helpful guidances all the way along. I would highly recommend this organization and Mike to anyone who’s finding an oversea job opportunity. Their professional service and guidance will save you a lot of time. Thank you Mike for being an amazing recruiter and help me start my new adventure :)

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Thanks to Mike O. at Teaching Nomad

I found out about Teaching Nomad through a friend of mine, who had just signed up herself. When she first told me about the site, I was admittedly skeptical. Send in your information ONCE, apply to multiple schools, and never write a cover letter again?! It sounded too good to be true! In fact, I was half expecting there to be some sort of catch. But, as I sit here with the contract for my new job in front of me, I'm happy to report that Teaching Nomad is legit. I registered in the last week of February, and I had a job offer in the second week of March. Of course, if a service is free, you're the product, but in this instance, that's a good thing!

I'd specifically like to shout out my recruiter, Mike Ostrowski. He was an angel throughout our time together. Super helpful with any questions I had, sensitive to my concerns, and quick to communicate.

Overall, I had a great experience with Teaching Nomad. I highly recommend giving their service a try.

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Review Of Recruitment Experience

I had a great recruitment experience with Teaching Nomad. There are a wide range of roles and locations on offer. I love that you are assigned a personal recruiter. I was blessed with Flavio as mine, who was great. He listened to what I wanted, he tried to find me what I wanted, and put me forfard, but was also realistic and knowledgeable about the different markets and gave me impartial advice during the process regarding contracts etc. This was a far better experience than most recritment websites and agencies.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Schools in China are heiracal working environments, not collaborative. You will be expected to follow their system. If you are happy to comply you will be fine.


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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 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

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.

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.