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COVID-19 Program Updates

Due to global health & safety concerns and travel restrictions related to the coronavirus, Teaching Nomad has decided to offer flexible booking options for some of their upcoming programs. Learn more about COVID-19 updates to stay tuned regarding program information.


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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Denver, CO 80222
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Yes, I recommend this program

Helped me from the very start, which for me was trying to decide which TEFL certification to go with. From there my consultant, Moira, helped me with the documents I needed, gave me resume tips, sent off my profile to various schools even before my certification was complete, and gave me interview tips when the schools wanted to meet me. Thanks to help Moira and teaching nomad provided, I have just signed a contract with a higher than normal salary for a first time teacher. Now they are helping me out with authenticating my documents and my application for a visa :)

What would you improve about this program?
No improvements to note. Super helpful and great customer service :)
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Yes, I recommend this program

I have been working with Sylvia Spanos (teacher recruitment) for several months during the COVID confusion...I was an international school teacher looking for my next position abroad. She has helped me through many problems and is always so friendly, supportive, and reliable. Sylvia is solution-oriented and reaches out to me often throughout the recruitment process. Through several job offers, Sylvia was there to make sure I got the proper contract terms and conditions I wanted. I will continue to work with her as long as I pursue international school teaching. Thanks Sylvia!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
For teachers abroad, it is the best idea to find a good recruiter, build a relationship with them, and then you can trust them. There are so many UNreliable recruitment agents and companies out there now. Teaching Nomad has been very good to me.
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Yes, I recommend this program

My first job in Taiwan was through utilizing Teaching Nomad back in 2016. Every year, I always went back to Teaching Nomad to get them to help me find a new teaching position! Just recently, I had the pleasure of having Sylvia Spanos be my advisor for this upcoming semester. I loved that she was patient, always searching for jobs that matched my criteria, and did well to communicate across two different time zones!
I would recommend Teaching Nomad! Thank you for all the help throughout the years!

-Joseph Tan

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Yes, I recommend this program

I feel as though I learned how to become a better teacher because of this program. The teachers gave me great feedback after every teaching practice and I got the chance to improve my teaching skills with each practice. I also received great resources that I'll be using in the continuation of my teaching career and I made great friends in the class that I'm still in connection with. We learned how to create a through out written lesson plan, the different things we need to be aware of such as teaching online v.s teaching in person and teaching groups who have different level of learning.

What would you improve about this program?
I would say that the program can improve by staying in the 2 hour classes when it comes to lectures.
Yes, I recommend this program

I am happy to tell that Teaching Link helped me a lot to improve as a professional in ESL teaching. I learnt a lot in the course and I reviewed some techniques and principles I haven't got in touch thoroughly in college. I remembered such lessons and I can happily say that they helped me to reassure my ESL teaching performance and to apply such principles in my teaching practice. Moreover, I got a really nice certification that allows me to teach abroad in any country I want to go to. I believe this is one of the nicest experiences I've ever had.

What would you improve about this program?
As I told before, the Grammar guide was good and condensed. However, I would like a section about preffixes and suffixes to be included in a nearby future in the guide.



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Alumni Interviews

These 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.

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

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.

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