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Did you know that as an educator, you can live and work virtually anywhere in the world?
The beauty of the teaching profession is that it is global and truly international. Every world capital has several US, British, Canadian, and independent international schools. If you know how to join the "club", your world has literary no borders!
An international lifestyle, a network of friends around the world, all those things that only happen in the moves, they suddenly become a reality. Scroll for the vacancies and registration details.
Most overseas hiring dates are before the US and UK teacher contract period. You don’t risk anything by checking out the international opportunities.
Interview online and get your visa approved, then book your fight! That’s right, you don't need to travel to an expensive international job fair. It's all on Skype.
Most international schools start recruiting in the fall, with the bulk of openings in winter and early spring. You have plenty of time to sort through job offers and pick your best location, or change your mind.
For best results, we recommend to allow yourself a year to plan and execute your move. Teaching abroad is a big market. Understand how the system works before making a big decision. Avoid the common traps and select the best routes. It's all covered in our easy to understand recruitment guide.
You may not be ready yet and it's OK. Take your time to think it over.
You may be skeptical about this website... And that's a totally normal and healthy emotion. You SHOULD be skeptical. The fact is, there are so many websites out there, that if you weren't skeptical then you'd go broke from buying every service and subscription.
That's why we built JOYJOBS to be the last recruitment tool you'll ever need...
We have been in recruitment since 1998 and we have seen everything. Now it's your turn to take advantage of the system.
Upgrade your life to a new level
Contrary to the prevailing opinion, you can have a more comfortable lifestyle, make more, and save more when you move abroad.
Did you see any media coverage of the international job market? Any good story in the news? Unlikely. Most successful people don't want to reveal their secrets. We know one school in South East Asia where salaries have been so much above the cost of living that no teacher has left the school in 18 years!
It is simply impossible to save so much cash in the States, primarily because of healthcare costs, mortgage, credit card debt, and other expenses.
There are indeed many low-paying positions, especially with local ESL schools and religious organizations. There are volunteer positions. There are even programs require you to pay to join in. People go after these jobs in search of rewarding experiences.
However, the most lucrative teaching jobs are also overseas. Teaching overseas can be anything you want it to be - rich experiences, personal enlightenment, help to others, financial success, etc.
“As a Vice Principal, I was making 8 thousand a month (tax-free) in Abu Dhabi. The school paid my rent for a two bedroom apartment. I traveled to 6 different countries in one year and was able to save 50 thousand dollars in one year. It was worth taking the chance.” —Sheila D. L. - USA / Singapore
A penny saved is a penny made. The same (or lower) salary will take you a long way if you don't have the typical expenses: housing and car payments, insurances, utility and health care bills, credit card payments, taxes, etc.
Deduct these expenses from your budget and add more for lower cost of living in many foreign countries, and you will end up with 10-20 thousand dollars of disposable income. After 8-10 years of comfortable life overseas, you can return home loaded with cash. Can any teaching job in the US provide you with anything similar?
It’s up to you and your lifestyle choices. We know many people who taught abroad for many years and didn't save anything. Because their goal was to enjoy life to the fullest. For those who dream of lucrative contracts, we must say this:
You must have a plan and stick to it.
The temptations are abundant and most new overseas teachers travel a lot in the first few years. It is easy to spend all your extra cash on travel!
For example, our friends from Kansas used to make a long trip halfway across the globe, instead of a direct flight, when going home for the summer vacation.
Our money-driven culture shapes people in a way that most of us think of it first when it comes to a job search. However, after some time abroad, your priorities can change dramatically. As your mind evolves, you see the world and yourself differently. You stop worrying. You let go of things.
The usual response is, yeah, but how do I even begin? If you are baffled by the recruiting timelines, CVs, reversed school calendars, international job fairs and application requirements, you are not alone.
Many people are reluctant to get started because of the perceived difficulty. Some of it is true. The top-notch International schools are picky. Without prior overseas experience and references, penetrating this market may be a challenge.
—How to approach the prospective schools? Where to find them? Are there any special requirements? What salary/benefits package should I expect? How do I know if it is a reliable school?
The more you research all the different options, the more confusing the decision gets.
As long as your current job gives you professional and financial satisfaction you couldn't care less. Until, one day, you decide to give it a break and go overseas to look for greener pastures.
Suddenly, the choices and questions become maddening.
Lots of potentially good candidates are grounded before they even get the recruitment process going. Meanwhile, our members report multiple job offers. What is the secret?
Why do the schools love our candidates?
Because they are P-R-E-P-A-R-E-D.
The principle is simple: If you want to be successful, find someone who achieved the results you want and copy what they do, and you'll achieve the same results!
The good news is that we have a lot of resources at your disposal. In fact, everything you need to land your international teaching job is right here!
We usually recommend that you allow yourself a year to plan and execute your move. Your actual recruitment is usually quick, but you still need time to research, apply and follow up.
Note that many countries require background checks and health clearances. They take time. And it will take even more time if your paperwork has some initial errors. In other words, it is never too early to begin.
Unfortunately, some people try to save a few bucks on what should be essential research. Many times it ends up badly. Here's a parent trying to get help from us:
“I'm trying to help my daughter and boyfriend... the experience upon arriving is horrid. They were literally driven 3 hours away from the airport and "dumped". The provided room and board are horrid. No mattress so they can't sleep! They have no phone, no contact numbers, there absolutely no English to be found. All I know it was through the internet they found this. Please help! Debbie”
Applying to a wide range of schools is a safe method to probe the market while keeping your current employment secure. You may have several offers to evaluate. At any moment, you can withdraw your application without any consequences. However, there's a point when you have to make a decision.
This moment is when you sign a contract. Once a contract is signed, your job search is over. You are expected to report to your new school and country, as specified in your contract. Failing to do so may have serious consequences for your future applications.
—Is it going to work for YOU?
The only way to test the waters is to apply. We have a lot of feedback to prove that the system is working. As long as you are reasonably qualified and flexible about locations. Follow our guidelines and you'll be recruited.
Seriously, give it a try. You have nothing to lose!
Over the years, we have seen many brilliant teachers who were not very successful in finding positions that matched their potential.
Amazingly, we have also met mediocre individuals who have no problem landing new lucrative contracts, year after year. This discrepancy led us to the conclusion: Most good teachers are not as good at self-promotion.
...So, you want a comfortable tax-free salary, paid housing and utilities, global health cover, relocation & shipping allowances, round-trip airfare, paid vacations, renewal bonuses, end of service gratuity, and a retirement plan. And you are looking for free "help wanted" ads?
Yes, there are excellent opportunities all over the world. However, they don't go into free email newsletters. Many reputable schools do not advertise their vacancies at all. You need to work a bit harder!
The truth is that there's much competition. Some of it is unfair. As the saying goes, "Fight fair, but avoid fair fights." If you are new to the international market, you are facing some well-connected and experienced competitors. To contend against them, you are going to need some guerrilla paths to recruitment. We have been in recruitment since 1998 and we have seen everything. Now it's your turn to take advantage of the system. Sign up for real vacancies and registration details!
I am definitely spoiled by the small class sizes, relaxed student rules, diligent student body, and incredible parent involvement; not to mention the fabulous (never boring) city of Berlin. The trains are so great, I hope I never have to drive again.
I earn nearly 1/3 more here than I do in the States, am able to travel everywhere in Europe, and still put lots of money in savings. I can't imagine teaching the way I was in the States. All of Pam's advice was right. I feel like I finally started living!
—Allison Myers, Joyjobs Member
John F Kennedy International School - Berlin, Germany
As a result of your advice (guerilla tactics) and the web page, my husband and I have been offered teaching positions at an international school in Germany. If you would like to utilize our experience as a testament to your service, we will gladly speak in support of joyjobs.com
You guys do a phenomenal job. I joined joyjobs mid last year and was able to get several job offers almost immediately after making inquiries... Words cannot express my gratitude for your service. Please know that I really appreciate what you guys do. You have exceeded my expectation.
—Collins Moga, Kenya
I was a member of joyjobs in 2013-2014. I went to a recruiting fair in San Francisco using all the things you taught me. I was hired to teach in Istanbul, Turkey. I loved the experience. I was there two years. I am ready to do it again!
My husband has accepted a position at the International School of Aberdeen, Scotland, our first choice! Your website was absolutely invaluable .
We ended up with 11 possible interviews, we kindly turned down 6 and of the 5 we attended, we had 3 job offers! We were thrilled. We would not have had the success we did without Joyjobs!”
—Stacie and Nathan, Kobe, Japan
I have been considering acknowledging you in one of my books. That is my small way of honoring people that do great works for humanity that the big shots may never consider worth giving an award. You may not know how much you and your like have done for teachers and schools.
—Christian Wu, Hong Kong
I am blown away by the quantity and quality of Joyjobs listings. Wow!”
In just a couple of weeks my wife and I have found the ideal teaching positions for next year. The abundance of jobs posted on JoyJobs on a daily basis makes it easy to find a job even for hard to place teachers such as myself (Drama).
The only thing I would say to anyone thinking about signing up for Joyjobs is... if you are not using Joyjobs, then you aren’t seriously looking for employment.
Joyjobs was one of the first websites we visited when we began to consider teaching overseas.
Now as we start our search for our second position overseas, we are back with Joyjobs their focus on helping each person reach his/her goal and their willingness to share information for an incredibly reasonable price make them our first choice and our favorite as we move into the market again.
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—Nancy Varga, Human Resources Manager
U.S. Army in Europe