If you’re looking for a mild, Mediterranean-esque climate, an affordable yet cosmopolitan city, and want to experience some of the world’s most livable cities, consider heading down to Adelaide, in Southern Australia. With a host of both indoor and outdoor jobs that can be combined with a relaxing lifestyle, Adelaide is an ideal destination for travelers seeking a short stint or long-term residence as a teacher.
American citizens are eligible to apply for a subclass 462 visa, allowing for up to 12 months of paid work in Australia (see our guide on working visa holidays guide on working visa holidays for more details).
If you’re looking for a higher paying job, and have the proper qualifications, you may want to consider teaching in Adelaide! It’s not the easiest job to land as the majority of positions are given to residents with teaching lessons, but there are certainly positions where you can get paid to teach!
Overseas teachers can find permanent, temporary, casual, and contract teaching positions for a variety of different subjects. There is the option to teach at the pre-primary level (age 5), primary school level (ages 4-12), or secondary level (ages 11-18).
If you’re on a working holiday, you’ll probably want to find a position as a casual relief teacher, giving you the flexibility to work for a shorter duration. ResourceEd has more in-depth information on casual teaching in Adelaide.
Although English is the dominant language spoken in Adelaide, there are still opportunities to teach English in private language academy. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, you will also need a TEFL certification.
Since teaching qualifications differ from country to country, you will have to have the educational level of your qualifications assessed against the guidelines published in the Country Education Profile (CEP) series. Depending on the type of teaching you plan to do, the requirements will vary. Typically, you will need to complete a bachelor’s degree, a year of teaching experience, and usually a teaching degree as well.
When and Where to Look for a Job
The Australian school year usually has four terms, beginning in late January/early February and ending in December.
The best times to apply for a teaching position in Adelaide is in early September for the start of the next teaching year. However, there are still teaching positions that become available throughout the year, especially for temporary/relief positions.
The easiest way to find a teaching job is through an education recruitment agency. You may want to explore some popular Australian teacher recruiting organizations such as Leading Out or Emergency Teachers, as well some online job agencies which often have teaching/tutoring posts:
US citizens between the ages of 18-30 are eligible to apply for a Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462). It’s valid for up to 12 months and allows for any kind of temporary or casual employment provided that you work for each employer for less than 6 months.
You may also qualify to apply for a skilled visa, which would allow for permanent residence in Australia. Complete this form to see if you’re eligible.
Work and Classroom Culture
There shouldn’t be much culture shock when it comes to teaching to Adelaide. Teachers can expect a classroom environment similar to in the U.S., in which asking questions is encouraged and student participation is expected. Some educators have actually reported that Australian classrooms are among the world’s nosiest, so be prepared!
Your salary will be dependent on your position as well as your level of teaching experience. A casual teacher with three to four years of experience can expect to earn about $220-290 a day, while teachers with less experience may earn about $95-120 per day. Beginner salaries for permanent teachers may be around 33,000-45,000 per year, however, this increases with experience.
Australian teachers, on average, have higher wages than teachers in America, although with the higher cost of living in Adelaide, this typically equals out.
Finding a suitable teaching position will require patience and diligent searching. Positions can be competitive, but if you have the proper qualifications and experience, there is certainly a position out there for you!