Teaching jobs can be found at any time of the year in many areas as demand is typically high worldwide. However, some countries and regions have specific hiring seasons when many employers do the majority of their recruitment. Knowing when to start your job search is particularly important if you have your heart set on one particular location.
When are the best times for finding a TEFL job in Asia?
Private language centers make up a large percentage of job openings across Asia and most of these have no specific hiring season. Typically, you can find language center jobs advertised year-round in all the most popular destinations in the region, such as China, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Taiwan. In contrast, jobs in public or state-run schools will often have a fixed recruitment schedule.
The EPIK Program in South Korea is one of the largest employers of foreign teachers in Asia and the recruitment process begins in the spring and early summer for job placements starting in the following August or September. If you miss the deadline, there is a secondary window for recruitment later in the year for placements starting in January, February or March. Japan also operates a similar program for public schools called the JET Program. The deadline for applications to the scheme is December 1st for job placements that start the following year.
When are the best times for finding a TEFL job in Europe?
There are usually two main hiring seasons for private language schools across Europe. The main period is around September/October, while January sees a smaller secondary window. At the end of the school year in early summer around half of the EFL teachers working throughout Europe leave their positions to return home or to move on to another job, which creates a huge demand for new teachers. If Europe is your chosen destination, the best time to arrive is towards the end of the summer break to take advantage of the many vacant positions.
Unlike private language schools, public schools do not offer a large number of options for foreign EFL teachers in Europe, largely due to government restrictions. However, there are notable exceptions in Spain and France where government-backed recruitment programs hire a large number of teachers to work in the public school system. Applications for these positions are made online by March for placements starting in September. Turkey and Russia are both increasingly popular destinations on the fringes of Europe and there are no specific recruitment times for private or public schools in these countries.
When are the best times for finding a TEFL job in the Middle East?
The Middle East is a popular choice with more experienced teachers in particular and jobs can often be found in private language schools at any time of the year. The recruitment process for public sector schools takes place during the spring and early summer for start dates in August/September. This time table applies to all the most popular destinations in the region, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar. There is also a secondary window for jobs starting in January, February or March in some countries.
When are the best times for finding a TEFL job in Central America?
As Central America is a popular teaching destination and the number of available jobs is relatively small, it is recommended that you are on the ground in your country of choice at the right time of the year. The peak time for hiring in private language schools is generally around June and July, with a smaller second window in January and February. If you want to teach in Costa Rica, which is one of the most popular options in the region, you will find that many schools interview in December for positions starting in January. One of the biggest employers in this region is Mexico, where a high demand means jobs are typically available all year round.
When are the best times for finding a TEFL job in South America?
February and March are generally the best months for job hunting in South America, although July and August are also good months. Unlike some other parts of the world, most employers in this region will require an in-person interview, so it is important to time your arrival to coincide with the peak time for recruitment. Online job boards and area specific websites are worth searching out for opportunities and information on recruitment for each individual country.