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Events coming up: Shanghai Job Fair & In-Person Interviews with Emirates National Schools!

The Shanghai job fair will take place on January 18th-20th.
The ENS interviews will be conducted in:
Atlanta: December 8th-10th
San Francisco: February 7th-9th
Shanghai: December 7th-9th
Bangkok: January 4th-7th
Find the event nearest you, and register on our website to talk to a placement consultant about the event you're interested in!


Teaching Nomad is your connection to great teaching opportunities in China! TN is an American owned and operated company with offices in Shanghai, China & Denver, Colorado. We are the definitive source for teaching 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 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, & beginner teachers. Our clients include international schools, language training schools, primary/middle/high schools, & 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.

  • 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 199 reviews
  • Benefits 9.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.4
  • Facilities 9.5
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Teaching Nomad is La Classe

Oliver from Teaching Nomad has displayed nothing but pure professionalism in helping me find a teaching position in China. He was completely dependable, punctual (answered all of my emails immediately), and assuring. He even answered questions I had on the weekends! I think one of the greatest attributes with working with him was that he gave me honest advice and looked out for my best interest. Overall, if I had the choice to do it again I most definitely would. I couldn't have asked for a better experience and I have never been happier with my decision.

Not only has Oliver helped me with finding a school he has also made the transition into China easier by passing me a useful contact in finding an apartment, a list of places to go/see, and things to do while I spend my time here. I can't thank him enough. Thanks Ollie!

Difficulties about living in China: Things that would normally take you 20 minutes to do back home (ex. going to the grocery store/ looking for food/ etc.) may take you anywhere from 1-3 hours. Plan accordingly.

Highlights about living in China: Amazing people from all over the world completely different from you.

An amazing experience.

How can this program be improved?
The TEFL requirement…..
Yes, I recommend this program
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Career Teacher Highly Recommends TN

I was impressed from the start by the professionalism and friendliness by the staff at Teaching Nomad. A recruiter was very quickly in contact with me and we set up a Skype interview to talk about the job possibilities for my qualifications and to answer my questions about China. This recruiter worked very closely with my partner and I over several months as we looked carefully at jobs and locations in China. We were able to secure positions that suited our very different teaching backgrounds in a part of China that suited our experience living abroad (none) and Chinese language level (we knew how to count).

As a recent graduate from a Masters in Teaching program, I was looking for a position that would be good experience and pay well. I was pleased with the choices available and am absolutely in love with the school I have been placed at.

They were also able to find a great position for my partner, who has teaching experience but no credentials, in his area of expertise.

Our transition to Shanghai really has been easy thanks to the advice and help from the staff at Teaching Nomad.

How can this program be improved?
If I could change one thing it would be to fix their website. The layout is confusing and some of the features don't work. We looked at jobs on the website, wrote down the job numbers and then emailed with the recruiter about them.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Amazing Agency and Recruiters

At first I was very nervous about my possible move to China, and found Teaching Nomad to help with the entire process. The application and interview process was smooth and enjoyable. The agency and its recruiters helped me with any questions that I had as well as help place me in a job that suited my personal goals.

Both Patrick and Ginger, my job placement and visa recruiters, gave me reliable, updated information at all times, especially when paperwork was delayed from the government. Everything was done in an orderly and neat fashion.

I truly appreciate all the work that Patrick and Ginger did as well as the rest of the staff upon arriving to Shanghai. Sophia and Brett, the company founders, helped with everything else once I landed, from paperwork to directions. Everyone at the agency is wonderful and extremely helpful and welcoming.

I would highly recommend this agency to anyone looking for teaching positions within China.

How can this program be improved?
Paperwork was delayed, but that was the Chinese government's fault. Teaching Nomad rush-delivered through Fed-Ex my documents in time for my visa submission.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Patrick at Teaching nomad was honest, responsive and dependable.

After my initial conversation with him, he presented me with 4-5 schools that he thought would be a good match. I applied to three and ended up getting job offers from 2 of them. He was quite honest in describing the differences between the schools during my decision-making process, making it much easier.

I had no difficulties with Teaching Nomad. Adjusting to life in China can be challenging, but Patrick was very helpful in providing me with information such as links, information sheets and advice.

I would highly recommend Teaching Nomad to anyone who is considering looking for teaching positions here in China.

How can this program be improved?
There was one school that I was very interested in that filled all of its positions before my application was complete; however, that certainly was not Teaching Nomad's fault.
Yes, I recommend this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program


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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...