Educate. Inspire. Grow. Teaching overseas can be a rewarding personal and professional experience. It is a great opportunity to enhance your professional skills and gain a new perspective of yourself, your home country, and to discover new parts of the world. A great way to find a position overseas is through a recruitment fair like TORF. See what other teachers have said about TORF and find out if it is the right event for you.
27th Annual TORF - January 23-25, 2015
If you have already registered for TORF and have received a Registrant ID and password from us, you can log in below:
International schools are usually private, tuition-based schools, and can be non-profit with a parent-run board of directors, sponsored by a corporation, or sponsored by embassies. Some are proprietary in nature. They can vary in size from as small as 40 students to as large as 2000 students. They are found in over 100 countries around the world. The language of instruction is English, but some offer a bilingual program. Fluency in another language is not a requirement to teach in an international school. For most schools, the academic year begins in August or September and runs until June. Holidays vary according to the local culture.
Below are the schools who have registered for TORF 2015 so far. This list will be updated as each school registers, so please check back often.
- 27 Countries - Quality Schools International
- Bahrain, Adliya - Al Hekma International School, Bahrain
- Bangladesh, Dhaka - International School Dhaka
- Belgium, Brussels - International School of Brussels
- Brazil, Porto Alegre - The Pan American School of Porto Alegre
- Cambodia, Phnom Penh - The Canadian International School of Phnom Penh
- China, Guangzhou - Canadian International School of Guangzhou
- China, Macao - The International School of Macao
- China, Sanya - Canadian International School of Sanya
- China, Various Cities - Bond Schools International
- Colombia, Armenia - GI School
- Colombia, Cali - Colegio Bolivar
- Colombia, Cartegena - Colegio Jorge Washington
- Colombia, Manizales - Colegio Granadino
- Egypt, Cairo - ESOL - American International School in Egypt
- Egypt, New Cairo - Canadian International School in Egypt
- Indonesia, Jakarta - Bina Bangsa School
- Italy, Milan - Bilingual European School
- Japan, Saitama - Columbia International School
- Japan, Sendai - Tohoku International School
- Korea, Suwon City - Gyeonggi Suwon International School
- Kuwait, Kuwait - Al-Bayan Bilingual School
- Kuwait, Maidan - American International School of Kuwait
- Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur - Sunway International School
- Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur - Taylor's College
- Mexico, Monterrey - American School Foundation of Monterrey
- Mexico, Monterrey - Colegio Ingles
- Mexico, Queretaro - John F. Kennedy American School
- Myanmar, Mandalay - Ayeyarwaddy International School
- Panama, Panama City - The International School of Panama
- Philippines, Cebu City - Cebu International School
- Qatar, Al-Khor - Qatar Academy Al-Khor
- Qatar, Doha - American School of Doha
- Qatar, Doha - Qatar Academy Sidra
- Qatar, Several Cities - Al Hekma International School, Qatar
- Saudi Arabia, Riyadh - Advanced Learning Schools
- Singapore, Singapore - Canadian International School, Singapore
- St. Maarten - Caribbean International Academy
- Taiwan, Taichung - Cornel School
- Thailand, Bangkok - International School Bangkok
- Thailand, Samutprakarn - Thai-Chinese International School
- Trinidad, Port of Spain - Maple Leaf International School
- Turkey, Istanbul - Hisar School
- Turkey, Izmit - Bahcesehir Knightsbridge Education Group
- United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi - ESOL - American International School in Abu Dhabi
- United Arab Emirates, Dubai - ESOL - Universal American School in Dubai
The variety of positions available depends on the needs of the schools; they vary from year to year in both location and positions. Most opportunities at TORF are with schools in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia with fewer available in Europe and Africa.
School curricula can be based on one or more of: the International Baccalaureate (IB), American curriculum, the IGCSE from the UK, host country requirements, or others, including Canadian (usually Ontario). The majority of the students are university bound and can be entirely host country nationals or drawn primarily from the international community. Usually, the student body is a mixture of the two groups, as are the teachers.
Contracts at international schools almost invariably are for 2 years. Very few schools offer 1 year contracts. Contracts are not negotiable.
It can be a challenge to fully understand and compare the salary and benefit packages offered in international schools. When considered on their own, salary figures can be misleading and can provide an incomplete picture of the full value of the packages available. To fully assess the value of a package, one must consider more than the exchange rates of national currencies. The cost of living, what is covered by the package, and what expenses you will not incur overseas must also be taken into account.
To compare the value of one package to another, or to one's living expenses at home, it is important to focus on the savings potential rather than the salary alone.
"How much can I save?" is the only question that takes into account all the variables including salaries, benefits including housing, taxes, exchange rates, cost of living, and others. It also takes into account that many of your current expenses here in Canada will be non-existent overseas or may be covered by the school. For example, a basic salary of $25,000 in one location could produce annual savings of $15,000 while a salary of $50,000 in another location could result in no savings at all.
Benefits offered by international schools vary widely. Airfare at the start and at the end of the contract for the hired teacher is always provided. A few schools will also offer airfare for the summer break in between school years. Housing is almost always included – the school either will provide furnished housing or will provide a housing stipend above and beyond the salary. Shipping allowances, signing bonuses, professional development, and health insurance are typical benefits offered by international schools around the world. Some schools will offer enrolment in a Master’s program as a benefit; some schools offer sports club memberships. Some offer daily lunches! All of these variables affect the savings potential at the individual schools.
International schools are looking for dedicate strong teachers who are able to embrace, withstand and thrive within the challenges of living in another culture. The qualities they are seeking include flexibility, sense of humour, self-reliance, tolerance, open-mindedness and a sense of curiosity. We have been told that international school recruiters like to hire Canadian teachers, as they have a positive attitude, an open-ness to other cultures, and strong preparation for teaching.
International schools prefer to hire single, experienced teachers or experienced teaching couples. Yet, many schools can and are happy to hire teachers outside of this description, including teachers with non-teaching spouses or partners, newly graduating teachers with less than two years’ teaching experience, teachers at or near retirement, and teachers with children. Please consult the various categories below, to see how your personal circumstances will affect your marketability with international schools at TORF. Please contact us if you have any concerns about your personal circumstances – we are here to help!
I have a Non-teaching Spouse or Partner Accompanying Me Overseas: Hiring teachers with non-teaching spouses or partners can be problematic for international schools. The problems encountered are logistical, including obtaining entry visas for the spouse or partner, complicated housing issues, an insufficient salary to support dependents, among other issues. Based on our experience, approximately 25% of candidates in this situation have experienced success at TORF. But every situation is different.
I have a Spouse or Partner Not Accompanying Me Overseas: International schools are reluctant to hire teachers whose spouses or partners will not be accompanying the teacher overseas. In the schools’ experience, there are many precedents where a long distance, separated relationship has not worked well in the past. Based on our experience, approximately 25% of candidates in this situation have experienced success at TORF. To increase your chances of being hired, you will have to reassure international recruiters that a separated, long distance relationship for the better part of two years will work for you and your spouse/partner.
I am Near Retirement: In some countries, there are age restrictions on visas imposed by the host country government. Please contact us if you have concerns.
We are Not Married: Local standards or national laws in certain locations, such as North Africa and the Middle East, require that couples living together be legally married.
I have Children: Please be aware that not every school will be able to accommodate teachers with dependent children. However, in our experience roughly 80% of schools ARE able to hire teachers with dependent children.
I have more than Two Dependent Children: Couples with more than two children may find reduced chances at TORF. This is a logistical problem, due to the limits of housing, the cost to a school for transportation, benefits, tuition for staff dependents, or because the school enrolment is at capacity.
I have less than 2 years’ experience or am a Non-Queen’s Teacher Candidate: Given the demands of adjustment to a new culture, professional environment and climate, most international schools prefer to hire teachers with their teaching skills be 'in place'.
However, many schools will consider new teachers. At TORF, we set aside about 25% of the places for teachers with less than two years' experience. Priority for these spots is given to current Queen's BEd/MEd students. We are usually able to accept a small number of applications from teachers from outside Queen's. Teachers in this category who apply will be placed on a Wait List.
In January, we will be able to determined how many from the Wait List we are able to accept, and will be in touch. More information about the Wait List and the admission process will be explained to each candidate from this category who completes the first registration step. If you have questions, please be in touch directly with Pamela Goodspeed, TORF Registrar.
Registration for TORF 2015 is an online process, including the registration form, payment, and document submission.
Register and pay before December 12, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST and save $25. All currency is in Canadian Dollars.
Before December 12, 2014
- Current full-time Queen's BEd and MEd: $100
- Single Teachers: $125
- Teaching Couples (price per couple): $250
After December 12, 2014
- Current full-time Queen's BEd and MEd: $125
- Single Teachers: $150
- Teaching Couples (price per couple): $275
Registration fees for teachers are extremely low, thanks to support from the Queen’s Faculty of Education and the registration fees paid by International Schools.
Please follow the registration deadlines carefully, as we cannot accept late submissions. Please note that international school recruiters will be able to see your documents online as of Monday, December 15, 2014. It is to your advantage to submit your documents and fee before December 15 to activate your file.
- Registration Form: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 11:59pm EST
- Payment & Document Submission: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11:59pm EST
Queen's BEd Candidates
- Registration Form: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 11:59pm EST
- Payment: Friday, January 9, 2015 at 4:30pm EST
- Document Submission: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11:59pm EST
Please read Registration Instructions carefully before you begin.
Please complete the Online Data Form, a series of 5 screens. Please note that this process will take up to 30 minutes, and requires detailed professional and academic information. Once submitted, the TORF Registrar will respond to your application.
You will receive instructions from the TORF Registrar with details about submitting your documentation and the registration fee. Please refer to the registration instructions for more details on what documents are required.
The TORF Registrar will confirm your acceptance into TORF.
For questions about eligibility or registration, please contact:
- Pamela Goodspeed, Registrar, Teachers' Overseas Recruiting Fair