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Teach Away FAQ Column: Your Questions and Answers!

Teach Away always welcomes any questions you may have about teaching abroad or our application process on social media and over email.

We receive so many queries every day that we thought we’d share some of the most commonly asked questions and answers with you in a new weekly column. Please feel free to submit your teach abroad questions on Facebook and Twitter, or in the comments section below and we’ll answer as many as we can. Remember, if you have questions specific to your application, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Placement Coordinator.

Q: I applied for a job about 3 weeks ago, but I haven’t heard from anyone at Teach Away. When will I hear back? Will I get an email?

We wish we could respond personally to everyone who applies for a job, but unfortunately, we receive such a high number of applications that this just isn’t possible. You can always check the status of your application, though:

  • Log in to your personal Dashboard: www.teachaway.com/user/login

  • Click on “My Jobs” near the top right of your Dashboard. You’ll see a list of your applications and their statuses.

If you are being considered as a potential candidate, a Placement Coordinator will email you to discuss your next steps and the possibility of setting up a phone interview. Response times can vary, but as a general rule of thumb, you will usually hear back from someone within 1-2 weeks if you are being considered. If you haven’t heard back, there is a good chance that unfortunately you are not being considered for the next steps. However, check your Spam folder to be sure you haven’t missed an email! Be sure to mark “teachaway.com” as an allowed domain so that you don’t miss any communication.

Q: How often do you post new jobs? What days do you usually add them to your site?

We post new jobs as soon as the position opens up. This means that there’s no set schedule: there may be 2 new jobs on Monday, another one on Tuesday, and 5 more on Friday, for example. In a typical week, we will usually have anywhere from 5-20 new jobs open up, so we encourage you to check back every few days to see what’s new!

We do also post notifications about new jobs on Twitter, so if you follow us, you won’t miss anything.

Q: I’m thinking about applying for some teaching jobs in Abu Dhabi, but I’d like to get in touch with teachers that are currently living there to ask them some questions. In particular, I’m interested in speaking to other teachers with young children to ask for their advice and hear their situations. Is it possible to get in touch with some of your current teachers by email?

We can’t give out teachers’ emails, unfortunately, as this would violate their privacy. However, we have created Google Communities to give teachers a chance to talk to each other and ask questions. The community for teachers in Abu Dhabi is particularly active, so check it out! There are lots of teachers in various stages: some are in the application process, some are currently in Abu Dhabi, and others are teachers who were formerly in Abu Dhabi who are just happy to provide support and answers.

There are also a number of other communities, including one that’s about teaching abroad in general. You can find them all on our G+ page: plus.google.com/+teachaway. Alternatively, you can check out the “Discussions” tab on our Facebook page (just under the cover photo).

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