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Teach Overseas: for Teachers

Teach abroad to enhance your professional skills and to gain a new perspective of yourself and your home country, while also discovering new parts of the world. Queen’s international recruitment services can help you find the perfect teaching position abroad – whether you interested in attending a face-to-face recruitment fair or registering for an online overseas placement service. 

Join our Teachers' Overseas Placement Service! 

We offer a year-round recruiting service to assist certified teachers* to connect with international school recruiters. Teachers and teacher candidates who register with us will be able to access our international schools’ database, view school vacancies, and apply for positions online. Registrants will also have the option to attend our Teachers’ Overseas Recruiting Fair (TORF) at no extra charge.  We are able to assist any teacher in finding an international teaching position – whether you are able to attend the fair or not.

* International schools hire teachers with an undergraduate degree and teaching certification in the K-12 range from Canada or the US. If you are unsure if your qualifications would meet the requirements, please email torf@queensu.ca.

Attend the Teachers' Overseas Recruiting Fair - Jan. 26-28, 2018 

At our Teachers’ Overseas Recruiting Fair (TORF), registered candidates have the opportunity to interview for teaching positions around the world, learn about the international schools through presentations, attend workshops, and meet with school administrators face-to-face– and potentially sign contracts by the end of the fair.

A recruiting fair is an opportunity for certified teachers to interview with and sign contracts with international schools. It is different than a career fair, which is usually an information fair.

By registering for TORF, you gain access to our Schools’ Database which gives you an abundance of information beyond what is available on the schools’ websites. This database provides you with the information you need about schools, salaries and benefits, and vacancies so you can be ready for the Recruiting Fair.

Experienced staff at Queen’s are also able to help you understand each school’s individual nature so you can make the important decision about where to teach overseas.

By signing up you will also be able to take part in our International Teaching Overseas webinars in advance of TORF which will help you prepare for your teaching abroad adventure. 

Advantages of Attending TORF

Attending TORF in person is the most successful way of securing a position at an international school that is right for you. Teachers who attend TORF tell us that being at the fair is an education in international teaching, and that the support they received helped them to make the best decision about their future. We are committed to providing the most trustworthy advice and support during the recruitment process.

  • Many schools prefer to hire through face-to-face interviews
  • TORF occurs during the height of the recruiting 'season' - there are hundreds of positions available
  • You can attend multiple school presentations
  • There are formal and informal networking opportunities with other teachers and with international school recruiters
  • Experienced individuals are on-hand all weekend to help you through your decisions
  • Financial and international tax experts are on site to advise you on your financial matters

Please note that the positions and location of the schools vary widely, and that the numbers of positions will decrease after the peak period during TORF. As a result, we offer no guarantee that an appropriate vacancy in your preferred location will be available. For this reason, we suggest that each candidate be open to considering vacancies in schools in at least two continents to increase the likelihood of securing a contract.

Attending Schools
The list of schools will be changing as they register with us. Please check back often.
Confirmed Bermuda Hamilton Saltus Grammar School
Confirmed Brazil Porto Alegre The Pan American School of Porto Alegre
Confirmed Bulgaria Sofia American College of Sofia
**NEW** China Beijing Canadian International School of Beijing
Confirmed China Jiangmen Boren-Sino Canadian School
Confirmed China Macao School of the Nations, Macau
Confirmed China Various cities Maple Leaf Education Systems
Confirmed China Various cities Bond Schools International - Bond Education Group
Confirmed China Macao The International School of Macao (TIS)
Confirmed Cambodia Phnom Penh Canadian International School of Phnom Penh
Confirmed Colombia Bucaramanga Colegio Panamericano
Confirmed Colombia La Guajira Colegio Albania
Confirmed Colombia Manizales Colegio Granadino (on-line only)
Confirmed Colombia Medellin The Columbus School
Confirmed Egypt Cairo Misr American College
Confirmed Egypt Cairo Canadian International School in Egypt
Confirmed Germany Several Phorms Education School Network
Confirmed Honduras San Pedro Sula Escuela Internacional Sampedrana
Confirmed Italy Milan Bilingual European School
Confirmed Japan Sataima (Tokyo) Columbia International School
Confirmed Korea Jeju Branksome Hall Asia
Confirmed Kuwait Hawalli American Creativity Academy
Confirmed Kuwait Hawalli American School of Kuwait
Confirmed Kuwait Kuwait City Canadian Bilingual School, Kuwait
Confirmed Malaysia Iskandar Sunway International School (Iskandar, Malaysia)
Confirmed Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Sunway International School (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Confirmed México México City Peterson Schools
Confirmed México Monterrey Colegio Inglés
**NEW** Mexico Puerto Vallarta American School of Puerto Vallarta
Confirmed Mexico Queretaro John F. Kennedy American School (on-line only)
Confirmed México Torreon American School of Torreon
Confirmed Philippines Manila Brent Schools Inc.
Confirmed Portugal Lisbon St. Dominic’s International School
Confirmed Qatar Al Wakra Vision International School
Confirmed Qatar Doha International School of London in Qatar (on-line only)
Confirmed Saudi Arabia Riyadh The MiSK School
Confirmed Sint Maarten Cupcoy Caribbean International Academy
Confirmed Taiwan Kaoshiung City I Shou International School
Confirmed Taiwan Taichung Cornel School
Confirmed Thailand Bangkok American School of Bangkok (on-line only)
Confirmed Thailand Samutprakarn Thai-Chinese International School
Confirmed Trinidad Port of Spain Maple Leaf International School
**NEW** Turkey Istanbul Bahcesehir College (K-12)
Confirmed Turkey Istanbul Hisar School (on-line only)
Confirmed United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi GEMS American Academy (Abu Dhabi)
Confirmed United Arab Emirates Dubai Esol - Universal American School in Dubai
Confirmed Venezuela Maracaibo Escuela Bella Vista
Confirmed Venezuela Valencia Colegio Internacional de Carabobo
Confirmed Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Canadian International School, Vietnam
       
Withdrawn Belgium Brussels International School of Brussels
Withdrawn Thailand Bangkok International School of Bangkok
Withdrawn Kuwait Maidan Hawally American International School of Kuwait
Withdrawn Colombia Barranquilla Colegio Karl C. Parrish
Withdrawn Colombia Cali Colegio Bolivar
Withdrawn Venezuela Barcelona Colegio Internacional Puerto La Cruz
Withdrawn Turkey Istanbul Hisar School
Withdrawn Bahamas Nassau Lyford Cay International School
Registration

Fees

$100 CAD Early Bird Special (deadline December 3, 2017 at 11:59 pm)
$125 CAD Regular Registration (after December 3, 2017)
$50 CAD Reduced rate (after January 28, 2018)

This fee is payable once your application has been reviewed and accepted. There is no additional charge for attending the TORF onsite fair in January. The fee allows you to be active in our database, to apply for positions with our registered international schools, and to be visible to registered international school recruiters until August 2018. All currency is in Canadian Dollars.

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.

Deadlines

Please be aware of the registration deadlines, as we cannot accept late submissions. Please also note that international school recruiters will be able to see your documents on-line as soon as your file is activated. It is to your advantage to submit your documents and fee to activate your file and become visible.

  • Registration Form: Due by Monday January 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Payment & Document Submission: Due by Tuesday January 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST

Registration Procedure

Step 1

Step 2

  • Please complete the Online Data Form, a series of 6 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 within 2 business days. Registration will open in September.

           Please note:  You will have the opportunity to indicate whether or not you expect to attend TORF in person on the last page of the registration process

Step 3

  • 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.

Step 4

  • The TORF Registrar will confirm your acceptance.

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Queen's University and CIS Partnership

A partnership with the Council of International Schools has been established to increase international opportunities for our TORF registrants. CIS has over 30 years' experience helping school educators and leaders find opportunities in high quality schools around the world. Working with CIS provides educators with access to positions in more than 680 member schools that offer quality international education.

CIS LogoExperienced teachers who are fully registered with TORF will have the option to also register with the CIS Educator Database. Through the CIS Educator Database, educators looking for international positions can use CIS as a central resource, as a result of this partnership.

Please note that you will need to complete an application package to CIS in addition to your application to attend TORF.

Learn about Teaching in International Schools

International Schools

International schools are usually private, tuition-based schools which can vary in size from 40 students to 2000 students, and are found in over 100 countries around the world. Most are non-profit with a parent-run board of directors, sponsored by a corporation, or by embassies. Some are proprietary in nature. The language of instruction is English, but some offer a bilingual program. For most schools, the academic year begins in August or September and runs until June.

Accreditation

All schools that work with us must be accredited by a recognized accrediting organization, including AdvancEd, CIS, WASC, NEASC and MSA. Some schools are accredited offshore Canadian schools. The number of schools accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is increasing.

Location

Most opportunities through us are with schools in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia with fewer available in Europe and Africa. Schools in countries where English is the first language do not recruit teachers through us. Though our partnership with the Council of international Schools, registrants can have increased opportunity through their network, which include nearly 700 schools around the world.

Variety of Positions

The variety of positions available depends on the needs of the schools and will vary from year to year.  All teaching positions will be for the academic subjects. International schools also need principals, college counsellors and school librarians.

Curriculum

School curricula can be based on one or more of: the International Baccalaureate (IB), American curriculum, the IGCSE from the UK, host country requirements, and others, including Canadian (usually Ontario). The majority of the students are university bound

Diversity

Students in international schools 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.

Language Fluency

As the language of instruction is English, fluency in another language is not a requirement to teach in an international school.

Contracts

Contracts at international schools almost invariably are for 2 years. Very few schools offer 1 year contracts. Contracts are not negotiable.

Salaries

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 best 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

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.

Eligibility

Certification

International schools hire teachers with an undergraduate degree and teaching certification in the K-12 range from Canada or the US. If you have teaching certification from outside of Canada or the US, or have any questions about your qualifications, please be in touch with us.

Personal Qualities

International schools are looking for dedicated 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.

Teaching Experience Requirements

Given the demands of adjustment to a new culture, professional environment and climate, most international schools prefer to hire teachers with at least two years’ experience – those with their teaching skills  'in place'.  Please check with us if you have any questions about how your teaching experience will be viewed by the international schools.

  • I have less than two years’ experience:  Many schools will consider new teachers - some schools prefer to hire newly graduating teachers. Generally speaking, 80 % of the international schools that work with TORF will consider teachers with less than two years’ teaching experience.
  • 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.

Single Teachers or Teaching Couples

For reasons of travel expenses, housing, work permits and visas, single teachers and teaching couples are in demand.

Non-Teaching Spouses/Partners/Children

Teachers with non-teaching spouses or partners, and teachers with children may find reduced opportunities in international schools. Please consult the various categories below, to see how these circumstances will affect your marketability and contact us if you have any concerns.

  • 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 – please contact us for clarification.

  • 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.

  • 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 accompanying me overseas:

In our experience roughly 80% of schools are able to hire teachers with dependent children. Please be aware that not every school will be able to accommodate teachers with dependent children.

  • I have more than two dependent children accompanying me overseas:

Couples with more than two children may find reduced chances with international schools. 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.

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Contact Us

For questions about eligibility or registration, please contact: