Best Times To Teach ESL Abroad

Best Times To Teach ESL Abroad- TESOLifestyleAfter a friend of mine mentioned that she is considering making a move abroad to teach ESL, I immediately wanted to hear all about her plans. I have a tendency to live vicariously through others in this aspect even though I trot the globe enough myself. But what came up in our conversation piqued my curiosity. Over the years I have had to ask the same question time and time again. What are the best times during the year to start teaching ESL abroad in any given country? So I figured what better way to do this than compiling a list of countries and times throughout the year that employers tend to hire ESL teachers the most.

Knowing that the internet provides complete and ample but scattered data on all matters, I decided to search until I found information on all of the following countries.

Best Times During Year To Start Teaching ESL Abroad

Countries

Interview & Recruit Dates

Start Dates

Advice from Teachers in Country

Argentina

Argentina

Late February – March and early April, July & August February – March
Cambodia

Cambodia

Year Round? I’ve combed the internet, but have not found exact dates for Cambodia. Any experienced teachers in Cambodia please chime in!
Chile

Chile

February / March Worst time to look for a job is December and January
China

China

January / February / April / May / November Late August / Early September / Late February / Early March There are different opinions on the best hiring times. It looks like you can pretty much get hired Year Round.
Columbia

Colombia

June / January February / July
Czech Republic

Czech_Republic

September  / January / February
Ecuador

Ecuador

 

September is best, but some schools hire year round
France

France

September / October / January
Georgia

Georgia

Year Round
Germany

Germany

September / January
Greece

Greece

Year Round, but most often August – October If you are visiting them in person, it is not recommended that you spend time doing this any earlier than August.
Hong Kong

Hong_Kong

Year Round The major recruiting sites have tons of job postings all the time.
Hungary

Hungary

September
Indonesia

Indonesia

July / October
Ireland

Ireland

August, September
Italy

Italy

September / October / January
Japan

Japan

January / April March / August Some schools take up to 8-9 months to process an application.
Korea

South_Korea

February is best, but schools  do hire year round. If you want a government job (lower pay, but stable job), you have to apply through EPIK or GEPIK at the right time of the year. If you go for a hagwon (my preference), you can apply anytime as they take teachers on year round, depending on when the previous teachers leave.
Mexico

Mexico

Year Round
Oman

Oman

January – August Year Round, but May – August is peak
Portugal

Portugal

September / January
Qatar

Qatar

December – January / September August / January
Russia

Russia

a couple of months before September and January Year Round
Saudi Arabia

Saudi_Arabia

Late August
Spain

Spain

 

September / October / January   Summer work- April / May
Taiwan

Taiwan

Thailand

Thailand

Year Round & Mid-March ~ Mid-May / October (depends on type of school) Worst time to look for a job is January and February
Turkey

Turkey

Year Round
UAE

United_Arab_Emirates

Year Round
United States

United_States

May – July / November – December August / January
Vietnam

Vietnam

Year Round  

 

Final Thoughts

Many other countries would be a happy addition. For ESL teachers who are living abroad and want to chime in on their resident country, please do so. All of the information above was found on the internet. I have just brought everything together in one place. Some of the countries I have taught in and know the starting dates from first-hand experience. If you see any mistakes or information that is not current, just email me at TESOL Lifestyle and let me know what you know.

Hopefully, together, we can keep this chart an up-to-date resource for all ESL professionals to refer to.

Happy Job Hunting!

 

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Sources

http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/work/esl/articles/workinasia.shtml
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