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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.

Founded
2011

Reviews

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Maria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had the best experience with teaching Nomad my recruiting consultant was Jayne Donabie and she was superb. Not only committed to guide me through the process but she answered all of my questions and and direct me to find the best job for my circumstances. Most definitely Teach Nomad excels expectations both my husband and I have been with The Nomad for over 2 years.
I would recommend Jayne as she is absolutely amazing and caring. It makes such a difference having someone so reliable.
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Marisabel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First it's free 😁 and if that was not great enough, you are actually paired with a recruiter that you can video chat and email with. I myself worked with Flavio E. and he was incredibly knowledgeable and patient. Teaching overseas is a big venture to undertake, but his assistance allowed me to feel more at ease with the process.
I liked that personal touch because it was a good balance between having help available, but at the same time having the independence to look up schools on Teaching Nomad's user friendly website.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To make sure to ask all the questions that arise, so that you make an informed decision.
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Michelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience in China has been interesting. I would advise that people do a bit of research first about China. I came to China in 2017 with a different company who didn't provide much support at all. Teaching Nomad is a very good way to gain employment in China. Initially I worked for a large English International School chain and whilst these schools have a very good marketing department that spins them as the best schools. I have enjoyed working for Chinese International schools more. The pay is transparent and other than the travel and housing package exactly the same. I work reasonable hours and have plenty of time to prep. This next appointment is through Teaching Nomad and Flavio Eslava is an extremely supportive recruiter. I am excited about this next journey.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I camped on the Great Wall of China. We had a camp fire and watched the sun set and rise. I was amazed that this was even possible but recommend it as a good adventure.
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john
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've been teaching with an online company for a few years and haven't had much experience with live students. Lauren did a fantastic job setting me up with a great company here in Taiwan. She streamlined everything and was able to get me in touch with some of the best schools. I'm extremely grateful for her professionalism as well as being a FREE resource. I only wished I would've found this website sooner. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.Thanks, Lauren and Go Overseas for this amazing opportunity.

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Kevin
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I can't speak highly enough about Teaching Nomad and the staff! Moira was my point of contact, and she was the best....absolutely THE BEST! She found the perfect school/LC for me to start my career change, and I couldn't be happier about any of it. She made the process smooth...especially in the face of all the COVID setbacks...and made me feel that she REALLY cared for my future and shared in the joys.

On top of the help from Moira, I must say Jesse was also spot on with the help, not missing a beat.

This program and recruitment agency and the staff are the best...no question!

Programs

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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

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.