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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 Xi'an, we can probably 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 your questions and find the perfect match for you.

  • Very competitive pay
  • Free housing or allowance
  • Benefits (health, flights, bonuses)
  • Personal placement consultant to walk you through the process
  • Opportunity to get your TEFL for free

Questions & Answers

Generally speaking, English language teachers in China need to be from native English speaking countries, while teachers of a different subject like Math or Science can be from non-native countries. That said, there are always exceptions but if you want to teach English, I would suggest to apply to schools directly.
Hi, thanks for stopping by! Unfortunately we are unable to find the answer to your question. We recommend contacting the program provider directly to learn more about eligibility requirements. This link will take you right to their contact info: http://www.teachingnomad.com/ .
Generally the age cut-off is 58/59 years old for the main countries we recruit for, being China and UAE. You may want to research other, potentially less developed countries as these requirements may be more relaxed.
Unfortunately we cannot currently accept applications from Filipino teachers.


based on 195 reviews
  • Benefits 9.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.3
  • Facilities 9.4
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Teaching Nomad - Great Experience

Finding a job through Teaching Nomad was effortless. After completing the application process and questions on their website, Oliver my placement consultant took care of everything else.He was extremely supportive through out the entire hiring process. Overall an excellent recruiter.

I am greatly appreciative of their services and would highly recommend Teaching Nomad to my friends/ colleagues.

Yes, I recommend
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Teaching Nomad Review

Highly professional organization, friendly staff, and timely correspondence. Answered all my questions, and addressed my concerns. Overall, I am very appreciative of the services provided and would definitely recommend Teaching Nomad to a friend/colleague.

Yes, I recommend
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Teaching Maths in English for a Brit in China

Teaching in China is not only a worthwhile experience, its an adventure. Its not about good or bad, let alone better or worse, its just different. What is required is not just positive-cliches, but also a paradoxical sense of urgency in a laid-back mentality: if things should not go according to plan, then just go with plan-B or create a plan-B.

day to day: its a boarding school in a secure compound, no need to paint the nearest village/town red too often, but being used to walking & public transport helps, a lot. Knowing the lingo means your colleagues WILL exploit your proficiency.

Highlights? Discovering that Chinese pupils have an uncanny British sense of humour, but with Eastern respect, without the stroppy Brit "chav" attitude.

Lowlights? Getting used to having NO good quality fresh bread, fresh semi-skimmed milk, tasty dairy products, pies, bakes, chocolates, patisseries, seedless grapes, cox apples, steak prepared Black & Blue... etc...food related.

How can this program be improved?
FULL DETAILED advice about shipping personal effects.
Yes, I recommend
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Teaching Nomad.com-Best Agency I've Encountered!

From the very beginning, Sophia was prompt, professional, patient, kind, caring, understanding and helpful. She answered my questions and was extremely supportive throughout the entire hiring process. Whenever I contacted her she responded almost immediately either through Skype or email. I've had many interviews throughout my career and it's fair and accurate to say she conducted one of the most thorough, relevant and thought provoking questions than others usually do. (ie: She didn't ask me generic questions that she could simply find on my resume) The short answer questions sent to me as part of the recruitment process was innovative and creative. Whenever I was frustrated she was not only empathetic, but she followed up for me and advised me about what I should do. Sophia has a great sense of humor and overall is an excellent and efficient recruiter. She puts the "human" back into "human resources" and recruitment. I'm very thankful to have had this experience.

How can this program be improved?
In regards to Teaching Nomad I can honestly not think of anything that could be changed to make it better. As I think about schools, perhaps the person doing the hiring could be carbon copied into correspondence as HR sometimes is 'slower' than those of us from North America are accustomed to. This could prevent slow response time or miscommunications. (This is not the fault or a reflection on this company/program though)
Yes, I recommend
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Great Recruiter!

I've worked for Reach to Teach to teach in South Korea and I enjoyed working with them. But I didn't know what professionalism was until I started working with Sophia Isis. She has always responded to my questions and comments promptly and in a friendly manner. She has also secured me a job at an international school for a six month contract! With Sophia I have truly found my dream contract.

Yes, I recommend
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Exemplars in Educational Placement

Sergio Montelongo is an excellent recruiter. He provided immediate support to the placed teacher when the employer lacked specifics as to how to process visas: i.e. when placed in a remote location, he always kept an eye on the welfare of the teacher, and he always contacted me on a regular basis for holidays and personal days (e.g., Christmas and birthday). He has a strong emphatic identification with the teacher having been an English teacher himself at several different post. He is exceptionally qualified in anticipating difficulties, and when difficulties arose, he assauged the anxieties of the teacher and kept them focused on their purpose by addressing their concerns. He is an excellent mentor; he is a teacher, and thus an exemplar as to how a recruiter ought to conduct the business of both recruiting for the employer by screening and placing qualified candidates for hire, as well as monitoring the treatment and support of the candidate by the employer.

How can this program be improved?
Strengthening information about the visa process for both parties: i.e., the process, the obligations to be carried out by the employer in the form of invitation letters, and educating the candidate as to the steps necessary to complete the process. This is true for potential employers that have limited experience in having foreign teachers within their ranks: i.e., employers need to have open communication with teachers should potential problems arise.
Yes, I recommend
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"Not afraid of the big bad wolf"- Work

I started the job application process many months before the actual visit took place.
Over that initial time period I endured some personal travel expenses, many late nights of gathering and sending information, and a bit of a long wait that would have seen most teachers turn tail and run.
During that rough time Teaching Nomad stayed in touch and stoked my ego a bit through the long process (I've been in the game for a long time- but Asia is it's own beast that requires extensive patience right).

In the beginning of the initial process the school informed us (Teaching Nomad & myself) that they were changing their previously posted job request and looking for someone to fill an even bigger set of shoes. Luckily, I had big feet!

Brett (Teaching Nomad) and his staff kept in touch with me and informed me of what I would be getting into ahead of time. Because of Brett's upfront honesty about the school and the post I knew I could trust him not to sugar-coat the details.
It is for that exact reason that I chose to follow this thing through and get up here.
Now, sitting in the drivers seat of the entire International Department (where my skills are most needed) I am grateful for the opportunity Brett and my school have provided me-

I truly believe that thousands of students will benefit from what I bring to the school (as well as myself- as their student)
Thank you Dr. Lin & Brett Isis.

How can this program be improved?
Love your program.
This is surely one of the most stand-up teacher recruitment/provider companies ever in China.
Your system is smooth and useful.
I have worked with several HUNDRED Chinese and western agencies to find good teachers and eventually seek my next job post- ALL have failed me (or my school) in one way or the other.

The only other thing I would really like to have provided from your service is Agent management. I would love to have someone from your team representing me. This means first day on the job introductions, bi-monthly follow-up reports between Teaching Nomad, the school, and myself (in report form), and most importantly- Pay negotiation services.

Most of us take the lower pay with schools to get into the job after being told that the pay will be reviewed in 6 to 12 months only to find out that the increase is usually 3.5 percent or less than the Chinese market rate would pay for our skills.

The schools then turn around and raise their recruited teachers salary rates and benefits when hiring abroad from the west which ends up rivaling our salaries of teacher who have faithfully served for 5 or more years. This is a phenomenon that recruiters don't often catch, and the result is the quality teachers leave the school.
In fact, most of the quality teachers that are not married to Chinese citizens leave China all together. You know the ones I'm talking about right? The teachers who bring their family to China, work here for five years in hope of advancing and making enough to live a better life and afford more only to see some newly hired teacher get the promotion they wanted, worked hard for and deserved because of their relationship to bringing other teachers or recruiting from universities- I speak about this because my last Chinese school did this to many people. And after talking with westerners in my network of over 7,000 teachers I find that it is common practice with most mid-level tier schools.

In China, Education is a business! At the end of the day this is what it is.
The schools are beginning to compete for elite students and teachers. The problem is when you already move over here and then try to change jobs schools always try to low-ball you on you salaries and benefits. If you are a foreigner that has worked for the same school since you came to China you are surely subject to getting low-balled (even if you don't know it).
The business end is like this:
Come work for us with a promise of potentially great benefits, salary, and most importantly- lifestyle.
We will work with you and give you a lot of responsibilities and dangle the carrot in front of you for a long time. After a while our long-stayed talent will become expensive to keep so we will downsize or start hiring teachers at much higher salaries and say we do so to keep competitive. In turn we will keep your raises small so that we can afford these incoming teachers we are overpaying with less experience and no knowledge of teaching abroad. Our plan is simple: Get you to train the new guys and make something out of them- we will promote them over you knowing we could loose you (which is really the eventual plan). The great teachers will be offended eventually enough that they pack it up. After about three years the new hires will train others and they will leave for the better paying jobs in other countries and the students (not the school) will loose out on the losses of both experienced teachers and the 3 years turnarounds.
I am a teacher with a long work history- so when I tell you this its because its happening everywhere. I do consider myself an expert in what I do- not because I've done it for a long time, but because I am always passionate, curious, and I thrive at doing things to the BEST of my ability. To that extent I consider myself the greatest student to my students and this art we call Education.
At the end of the day it would be nice to have someone in my corner during salary negotiations and reviews.
If the representative knows the school and can keep in good standing with them (simple and professional) then that representative would surely be welcomed by my side when it comes time to talk salaries at time of hire and within the first review period.
First review periods in China usually set the standard for your whole career's salary for the life of the job at that location. By not having representation, you may loose precious benefits and pay percentages. Also, if you are paid far under what the job SHOULD pay you then you are going to need some hard facts to show the school your job title value with your skill-set and experience included.

At the end of the day I wouldn't mind paying for that kind of representation out of pocket expense.

Yes, I recommend
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Teaching in China

Thanks to Teaching Nomad, I'm currently teaching at a very good school in Shenzhen. The pay is very good if you take into consideration that I only teach about 24 hours a month on a fulltime contract. The accommodation is adequate and all meals are provided. The only problem I’m experiencing is the language barrier and that is actually an opportunity for growth if you think about it carefully. I suggest you learn a small amount of Mandarin before you come to China, if possible at all.

How can this program be improved?
The information the employer provided to Teaching Nomad was not 100% honest. I suggest that a representative of Teaching Nomad visits the large job providers to get a better understanding of what these people are actually offering.
Yes, I recommend
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I love my job and it is all thanks to Teaching Nomad. I work in an international kindergarten in Nanjing. The staff and locals are lovely and I cannot believe how easy it was to settle into life here. I have already recommended Teaching Nomad to several people. It is a friendly service with helpful advice and guidance.

Yes, I recommend
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Professional care

Hi I was placed in China with Teaching Nomad. They were professional, kind and effective. They were able to answer all my concerns and give me assurances when I was unsure. They also helped after the contract was signed and to this day, is in touch and promising to assist me in whatever way possible. they have made the experience enjoyable and profitable. Thank you.

How can this program be improved?
Yes, I recommend
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Quick & Easy

I found Teaching Nomad through their website. Applying to them was relatively straightforward and I was contacted by my recruiter, Mark, after about 2 business days. We arranged an interview by Skype, which was quick and straightforward. I've taught ESL in other places in Asia (Thailand & South Korea) and I found Mark helpful in answering my China specific questions.

We discussed some possible positions in Shanghai that fit my requirements and after our conversation I sent over my documents. Mark put me in contact with my new school, which interviewed me and sent me a contract offer. The contract was in line with what I was told to expect at the school they told me I'd be sent to.

Visa was easy to take care of (relative to China) and everything was ready for me when I arrived.

I've worked with recruiters before, some good and some not so good. The thing I liked about Mark and Teaching Nomad was that they only sent out my application to schools that I actually approved instead of randomly sending it out to schools I didn't approve of.

Overall, a good experience.

Yes, I recommend
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Good Job

I really enjoyed having Teaching Nomad to assist me in finding a job in China. It really helped to have someone to answer questions and give practical advice. The person who helped me was very, very patient and always willing to help. He stayed in contact after I came to China and has been helpful while I've been here. It is a great program and I am very thankful for all the help! My day to day experience has been good overall. I am still adjusting to the different culture. It is very difficult to adjust and change to a new culture. The nice thing about Teaching Nomad is that I knew there was someone there that understood the culture shock and was able to give some very good and sound advice. I am also very glad to discover that toddlers all across the world like the same games and tricks. That is one thing that has made the adjustment much, much easier!

Yes, I recommend
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Teaching Nomad - Family First

"When moving a family of 5 half way across the world we needed to work with a company that did more than just find me a job. and that’s exactly what we got with Teaching Nomad. I can honestly say that if it were not for the staff of Teaching Nomad helping us when we got to Shanghai I don’t know what my family and I would have done. They truly took care of us from my first interview to my first day on the job. I sincerely recommend anyone looking for a job to go with Teaching Nomad. The people there really make the difference!

Andrew Crook

Atlanta Georgia USA to Nanjing China "

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Shanghai up close and personal

Day to Day

at work:
I plan, prepare, teach as usual.

at home:
I watch online tv, listen to music mostly all of which are streamed or downloaded freely here in China.
I have a 10M internet connection the fastest in Shanghai. I compost, eat vegetarian and occasionally host couch surfers.

in the community:
I attend and co-host couch surfing meetings regularly, I share information, knowledge and ideas with people in my circle of friends.

Reviews specifically related to Teaching Nomad.

Brett was a pleasant recruiter. The paperwork was completed on time without delay.

My wishlist...

I would have wished for more regular communication and more of a support network after the official paper work was completed.

Why is it that only the squeaky wheel gets the oil?
I think that sometimes there should be a proactive approach. Including but not limited to a checklist of common issues for new and veteran teachers. Maps, Places of interest, Service locations, Rental places, Social Events and so on. I think that even if someone is already in the city they can possibly glean more information from the recruiter as they have access to multiple teachers in the same area with the same needs and also a different perspective.

Yes, I recommend
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Go with Teaching Nomad!

I applied to teach English in China through Teaching Nomad. My recruiter, Brett, was very professional in the recruitment process and got me placed quickly and effortlessly at a REALLY good school in Suzhou. The school is called Suzhou Foreign Language School and I can say this is hands down the best school I could hope to work at in China. People here are amazingly friendly. Thanks to Brett for hooking me up! But anyway, this review is about Teaching Nomad, so back to that. If a recruiter does their job right, they go almost unnoticed. They just hook up Party A with Party B. Aside from interviewing the applicant and collecting information, their main task is to match a job seeker with an employer. Brett at Teaching Nomad did that perfectly and effortlessly. I would recommend him to anyone wanting a hassle-free experience.

Yes, I recommend


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The most important service that we provide is behind the scenes research of every school that we can find to identify those worth partnering with. There are thousands of English schools in Asia, unfortunately not all of them are legitimate. We have...