Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Teachers' Overseas Recruiting Fair

TORF is the recruiting fair of choice in Canada for many independent, accredited international schools.

Queen's University Faculty of Education has been inviting International Schools to recruit Canadian Teachers since 1986. In 1989, Teachers' Overseas Recruiting Fair (TORF) was established by the Faculty of Education. Since then, we have placed thousands of teachers in schools in hundreds of countries. Organized by educators for educators, TORF and TOPS create inspiring opportunities for personal, professional and organizational growth.

Mission: To provide a collegial and supportive environment in which outstanding, innovative educators are partnered with leading international schools.

TORF January 2018 pointing at a globe of the world

Information & Registration

Registration now open for TORF 2019! Register below.

Teachers Attending TORF

Teach abroad to enhance your professional skills and to gain a new perspective while also discovering new parts of the world.

International Schools Attending TORF

TORF is an opportunity for administrators in accredited international schools to hire Canadian teachers.*School registration is by invitation.

31st Annual TORF - January 25 - 27, 2019

TORF provides an on-site, three-day venue that allows teachers to have face-to-face interviews with international school administrators, and to sign contracts. We have impressive placement statistics and offer candidate support that is equal to none.​

We are renowned for our collegial and cooperative atmosphere and for our personal touch. Our planning committee consists of Queen’s faculty, staff, students and alumni, who are all committed to international education. Our attention to detail and on-site support are designed to support teachers as they make important decisions. As a not-for-profit educational organization, we also provide valuable professional development opportunities for teachers and school administrators throughout the TORF weekend.

  • Teacher in an interview with International School Recruiter TORF 2018

    TORF provides an opportunity for teachers to have face-to-face interviews with international schools. 

  • Teachers and International School representatives at TORF 2018

    Network with other teachers and administrators from all over the world.

  • Introduction presentation at TORF 2018

    Discover international teaching opportunities at independent, accredited international schools.

  • Teacher with their Signed Contract

    Many contracts are offered and signed on the weekend of the fair.

  • International flags of TORF 2018

    We're looking forward to receiving your application to TORF!

TORF 2019 Schedule

Thursday, January 24
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Recruiters: Registration and screening candidate files Holiday Inn Waterfront Hotel
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Recruiter Meet and Greet Holiday Inn Waterfront Hotel
Friday, January 25
8:00 am - 1:00 pm Recruiters: Registration and screening candidate files Holiday Inn Waterfront Hotel
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Workshop for recruiters: Creating and Maintaining a Supportive Environment for Students with Disabilities by Dr. Jordan Shurr Holiday Inn Waterfront Hotel
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Workshop for recruiters: Flourishing leadership: Attending to the well-being capacity of school principals by Dr. Benjamin Kutsyuruba

Holiday Inn Waterfront Hotel
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Workshop for recruiters: Enhancing Learning: Conducting Effective Educational Program Evaluation by Dr. Michelle Seale

Holiday Inn Waterfront Hotel
3:30 pm - 8:00 pm Candidate Registration  Auditorium, Duncan McArthur Hall
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Workshop for candidates (recruiters welcome to sit in): International Interviews Auditorium, Duncan McArthur Hall
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Workshop for candidates (recruiters welcome to sit in): Teaching Overseas Auditorium, Duncan McArthur Hall
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Opening Plenary Session - Mandatory Auditorium, Duncan McArthur Hall
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Interview Sign-up Session - Mandatory Gymnasium, Duncan McArthur Hall
Saturday, January 26
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Interviews and School Presentations Various rooms, Duncan McArthur Hall
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Candidate and Recruiter Wine and Cheese Reception Education Library, Duncan McArthur Hall
6:30 pm Recruiter reception Holiday Inn Waterfront Hotel
7:30 pm Recruiter TORF Banquet Grandview Holiday Inn Waterfront Hotel
Sunday, January 27
7:00 am - 2:00 pm Interviews  Various rooms, Duncan McArthur Hall
11:00 am - 12:00 pm What’s Next Panel for Candidates Room A237, Duncan McArthur Hall

Teachers’ Overseas Placement Service (TOPS)

In addition to TORF, we also maintain a registry of teachers interested in international opportunities, the Teachers' Overseas Placement Service (TOPS). TOPS operates on a year-round basis and is open to teachers with certification in North America and to accredited, international schools. International schools that did not attend TORF may register to have access to our candidate database after TORF concludes.