FAQs

Qualifications

Q: I don't have an undergraduate degree. Am I eligible to apply?

A: The minimum requirement to teach abroad is a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited and internationally recognized university. This is not to say, however, that teachers with less than a degree do not continue to be hired abroad, but that they will face a higher level of competition.

Q: What are the minimum requirements to teach abroad ?

A:

  • To start, as a minimum to teach English in a foreign country, the most basic requirements are a  bachelor’s degree in any subject area and a TEFL or other ESL certification

  • If you have a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, a TEFL certificate AND you have a teaching license valid to be a teacher in your home country, then you qualify for certified or licensed teacher positions, teaching your subjects to students anywhere from Kindergarten to Grade 12

  • If you have a bachelor’s degree, a TEFL or other ESL certifications, a teaching license AND a graduate degree you could be qualified for leadership and administrative positions such as a Principal, Vice Principal, Counselor, etc. As a teacher in this category, you can ofcourse also apply for certified teacher or ESL instructor positions - you will have many options

That being said, if the position does not ask for the certifications above, the basic requirement for any teaching job is a Bachelor's degree.

We also invite  you to have a look at this blog post  Or take this quiz

Q: If I want to teach in the UAE, what qualifications do I need?

A: UAE is one of our most popular destinations! Each position has its own requirement, we highly recommend you to pay close attention to the postings and their minimum requirements listed. Typically, candidates who are interested in applying to teach in the UAE should have a valid teaching license and or a CELTA, TEFL and at least 1-2 years of full-time certified teaching experience. Do keep in mind that schools might change their minimum requirements at anytime and for that we always recommend our teachers to keep an eye on our job board.

Q: Are the requirements listed absolute, or are exceptions made?

A: Job requirements are established by our international partners, and are the minimum requirements that must be met to be considered. Any qualifications that are preferred (rather than required) will be noted as such.

Q: What if I am not qualified for any of Teach Away’s current open positions?

A: You are still welcome to create a Teacher profile! We are  always adding new positions to our job board. We recommend you to sign up for our newsletter and check our job board from time to time to be appraised of most recent postings

Q: I am not a native English speaker, but I speak English fluently. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: If you are a fluent English speaker, and meet the relevant job requirements, we welcome you to apply! English does not have to be your first language, but most of our schools will require native proficiency in the English language.

Interview Process

Q: When should I apply for positions with Teach Away?

A: Any time! Teach Away recruits for positions throughout the year. The application also allows you to indicate when you are available to begin a teaching job overseas.

Q: Can I apply with a friend or my partner?

A: We welcome teaching couples and friends who are looking to teach abroad together! Do keep in mind that placement together is never guaranteed. However, your best option would be to apply to the same positions and to mention to your placement coordinator that you are a teaching couple or that you are applying with a friend. Please be advised that if you are not married, you will not be able to live together in some countries.

Q: Who should I address my cover letter to?

A: You can address your cover letter “To Whom It May Concern”. For the initial application, a general cover letter will suffice. Should we require a more specific cover letter, we will request this from you.

Q: How does the process work?

A: First you will need to create a profile with Teach Away. After you have created a profile, you will be able to apply directly for jobs by clicking the "Apply" button, making this your second step. Once you have applied, our Placement Coordinators will review your application and will contact you if you are being considered for an initial interview within 1-3 days (This is for all non-direct to schools positions). Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we can only reply to candidates who are being considered to move forward. You  can always check the status of your application by clicking the "My Jobs" tab in your teacher Dashboard, making this your step 3!

You may also notice jobs that are labeled "Direct to School Jobs." For these positions, you will not be contacted by a Placement Coordinator, but will be contacted directly by the school itself if they would like to consider you for an interview.

Q: Do I have to apply to each job separately?

A: Yes. We recommend that you apply for all jobs that interest you, and check our job board regularly for new opportunities.

Q: Once I have submitted my application, am I guaranteed an interview? A: Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. For more information on the hiring process, please visit our hiring process page.

Airfare And Transportation 

Q: Will I be responsible for paying for my own airfare?

A: Whether airfare is included will depend on the school or position to which you are applying, you can also find this information under Teaching Benefits. Some schools will provide return airfare a return flight, some provide one-way airfare, and some will ask you to pay for your own flight. You will be also able to discuss this further once you connect with your placement coordinator if you are chosen for an initial interview

Q: Will someone meet me at the airport?

A: Most schools will arrange to meet you at the airport upon your arrival. In the unlikely case that your school cannot meet you at the airport, Teach Away will assist you with transportation to your accommodation. You will be also able to discuss this further once you connect with your Placement Coordinator if you are chosen for a pre-screening interview.

Salary & Benefits

Q: What is an average annual salary for teaching abroad?

A: Salaries vary from school to school, and country to country. It is important to remember that although some countries have a much higher average salary than others, the cost of living in that country is probably higher as well. Also, some countries may seem to have a much lower teaching salary than you may be used to, but in comparison, the cost of living in these countries is usually considerably lower.  That being said, do make sure you take into account the cost of living.

Q: What benefits will I receive?

A: Benefits, like salaries, can vary greatly from position to position. Many benefits packages include some, or even all, of the following:

  • Round-trip airfare

  • Paid national holidays

  • Accommodations

  • Overtime at an increased pay rate

  • Health benefits

  • Allowances (relocation and transportation)

  • Family benefits (flight, accommodation, health insurance)

  • Contract completion bonus

Q: Will local taxes be deducted from my paycheck?

A: Each country has very specific laws governing how foreign workers are taxed. In most countries, local taxes will be deducted from your paycheck and then at the conclusion of your employment, a percentage of your taxes will be refunded to you. The percentage of taxes returned varies widely depending on the country where you are working.

For our American Teachers, for further information, visit this blog post on Tax Tips 

Q: Will I have any other deductions?

A: You may be required to pay for a percentage of your local health insurance and pension plan. The percentage of the deduction will depend on the country that you are working in, but this will be clearly outlined in your contract prior to your departure.

Q: Do schools offer free accommodation?

A: Many schools provide or subsidize housing, and those that do not will often assist you in finding a suitable place to rent and live .

Q: If the school offers housing, will I be sharing with other teachers?

A: Accommodation benefits differ from school to school and country to country. For example, the majority of our Korean and UAE placements include a private, furnished apartment. In other countries, if shared accommodation is provided, it will be shared with other teachers. In this case, you will have your own room, but will share common areas such as the kitchen, living room, bathroom, and laundry facilities.

Holidays

Q: Will I receive any paid vacation or holiday time?
A: At minimum, you will be paid for national holidays that fall within your working schedule. Vacation time varies depending on your employer and the vacation policies of the country you'll be working it. It is important to note that in many countries, teachers receive less vacation time than an average North American teacher.

Sick Leave

Q: What happens if I get sick and am not able to come to work?
A: Each contract varies regarding sick leave. In most cases, you will need to let your employer know as soon as possible that you are not able to work. You may be required to submit a doctor's note.

Q: Will I get paid for sick days?
A: The schools we work with all have different policies. For instance, many schools in Asia are not legally required to compensate staff for sick days. However, many schools will allow you a certain number of sick days per year, while others have a system in place that allows you to work with your colleagues to ensure that your classes are covered.

Housing

Q: Do schools offer free accommodation?
A: Many schools provide or subsidize housing, and those that do not will often assist you in finding a suitable place to live.

Q: If the school offers housing, will I be sharing with other teachers?
A: Accommodation benefits differ from school to school and country to country. For example, the majority of our Korean and UAE placements include a private, furnished apartment. In other countries, if shared accommodation is provided, it will be shared with other teachers. In this case, you will have your own room, but will share common areas such as the kitchen, living room, bathroom, and laundry facilities.

Medical Insurance

Q: Do I need to purchase health insurance before I leave?
A: When traveling and living overseas, it is always a good idea to have your own private health insurance plan. We suggest that you purchase a health insurance plan with coverage for the duration of your entire stay. Health benefits are often included overseas teaching contracts, but we still strongly suggest a private plan.

Q: Am I required to do a general health check before I leave?
A: Most countries will require you to have a medical check before you can be issued a visa or work permit. Even if you are not required to get one, we strongly suggest that you visit your family practitioner for a general check-up before you leave for your time abroad. You should also ask your doctor about any specific immunizations or medications that you may need for your region of travel.

Deductions

Q: Will local taxes be deducted from my paycheck?
A: Each country has very specific laws governing how foreign workers are taxed. In most countries, local taxes will be deducted from your paycheck and then at the conclusion of your employment, a percentage of your taxes will be refunded to you. The percentage of taxes returned varies widely depending on the country where you are working.

Q: Will I have any other deductions?
A: You may be required to pay for a percentage of your local health insurance and pension plan. The percentage of the deduction will depend on the country that you are working in, but this will be clearly outlined in your contract prior to your departure.

Visa Procedure

Q: What kind of visa will I need for teaching abroad?

A: For most countries, you will need to apply for and obtain a work visa prior to your departure. Teach Away will assist you in your visa application process. If you are concerned about your eligibility, we would advise you to visit the Embassy or Consulate websites of the countries you are interested in visiting to ensure you qualify for a working visa. Teach Away, unfortunately does not have control over any visa restrictions a country may have.

Q: What does a work visa look like? Is it a card?

A: Work visas vary by country. It can be issued as a card, or a page or stamp affixed to your passport.

Q: How do I apply for a work visa?

A: If you successfully obtain a teaching position with one of our partner schools, Teach Away will assist you through your visa application process.

Q: Who will pay for my work visa?

A: In most cases, teachers are responsible for the costs of obtaining a work visa and related or authenticated documentation.

Q: How long will it take to get a work visa?

A: Visas can take a few weeks to over a month to be processed.This depends on a number of factors – the country where you will be working, the time of year, the type of visa, etc. Your placement coordinator can provide more detailed information during the application process. Do make sure to connect with them if you have any questions or concerns

Pre-Departure Preparations

Q: What is the Predeparture package?
A: Before you start your new job abroad, Teach Away will make sure that you are well prepared for your experience overseas. Your Placement Coordinator will provide you with all the information you need to know about your new school and country. You'll be invited to orientation sessions and can join our online communities where you'll meet other teachers who'll be joining you on the same or similar programs.

Cost for Teachers

Q: Does this service cost anything for teachers?
A: Never! We are commited to providing a free recruitment service for teachers

. General Questions

Q: Do I need to apply for jobs or do you apply for me?

A: You as a teacher will need to apply to the positions. Teachers are responsible to find a position that interests them and they qualify for and apply for it. All applications must come through our website and your teacher’s account in a professional manner. We will not accept applications submitted otherwise.

Q: How long do I need to wait before someone contacts me?

A: Teach Away receives many applications for each posting and as a result it often takes about one to two weeks for our placement coordinators to review your application.They will get in touch with you if you are selected for an initial interview within four days to one week.

Do keep in mind that you are able to see the status of your application from your dashboard and we recommend that you check yours and be appraised of the latest updates to your application. As a status you might see, submitted, under review, attempting contact or closed.

Q:I cannot apply to the position, who should I contact? What should I do?

A : If you have come across a position that you cannot apply to, we recommend that you make sure that:

  1. You are logged in to your teacher account.

  2. Your browser is updated to its latest version.

  3. You are applying through a secure internet connection.

  4. We are still accepting applications and the position is listed as ‘open.’

  5. Finally, you have not already applied to it and you meet the minimum requirement.

If you are still having trouble applying to the position and that you meet the minimum requirements, simply copy the link and send us an email to info@teachaway.com and we will look into it for you.

Q : I forgot my username and/or password, how do i retrieve it?

A : If you have forgotten your password, simply request a replacement password through the login page. Enter your email address, select 'Forgot my password' and follow the instructions.

If you are still having issues logging in, contact our tech support

Q: What do you mean when you say certified or licensed teacher is a minimum requirement?

A: A certified teacher has a recognized teaching qualification or license awarded by an Education school or local governing body. An ESL certification is not a teaching license. For more information, please read our blog post.

Q: My profile still shows as incomplete, does that mean my application will not be successful because I do not have all the required documents uploaded?

A: The most important sections to have completed are your teaching qualifications, teaching experience and your resume. Other information, such as references, are important to have completed and will strengthen your profile however it is not necessary in the early stages of your application.   

Q: How do i check the status of my application?

A: You can check the status of your application from your profile. Do keep in mind that for 'Direct to School' jobs, all communication is directly with the school and updates will not be available through your profile.

Q: How do i best navigate the job board and find the position I am looking for?

A: Our job board is easy to use. You are able to filter by location, position, grade and subject matter. We recommend you to take advantage of these filters and also check our featured jobs.

Q:When are the new jobs usually posted? Should i keep checking the job board to find something that interests me?

A: New positions are added daily to our job board! We always recommend all our teachers to check the job board regularly and apply to the positions that interest them.

Q: I am not a native english speaker, can I still apply?

A: Yes, you can!  

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