• Do I need a degree to get an international teaching job?

In our experience, yes you do. This is mainly to secure your work visa and to prove you are actually qualified to do the role. Be careful of companies that tell you that they can get you a visa without a degree as this may be a tourist visa which by definition, means you are not actually legally entitled to paid employment.

On top of this you generally need a teaching qualification, i.e. PGCE or CELTA / TEFL / TESOL, if you want to teach ESL. It is also becoming the norm in quite a few countries where your bachelor’s degree must be in the subject you are teaching so bear this in mind too. Our adverts are very clear when it comes to this to prevent any confusion.

  • Where can I teach?

If you possess the right qualifications, experience and meet any other requirements that have been stipulated, then quite frankly, anywhere!!

  • How do I apply?

The easiest way is to apply specifically for a role. Always make sure you meet the minimum criteria before pressing send though! If you are unsure or would just like some advice, then just give us a call and we will happily guide you.

Again, any company that isn’t willing to share information or tries to just get you to register should ring alarm bells. Changing job is stressful enough, let alone country, so work with someone you trust.

  • Can I take my family?

Depends on a few factors, namely the visa you are entering on and how much support will be provided. Some countries will provide a legitimate working visa however due to contract length, there will be some restrictions and sponsoring your family is one. Also, some roles are simply not conducive to taking family due to the remote location, salary etc. If you are looking to work in an international school, then majority of the time you can take your family and then will be looked after. Of course, if you are a teaching couple, this always helps!

  • How long is a typical contract?

We have roles that range from 6 months to 2 years in general. Some can also offer open ended contracts as well. Most contracts offer the ability to renew unless it is a fixed term project, check beforehand so you have all the information up front.

  • What is the interview process?

Some organisations will only interview face to face. They will, for example, travel to the UK and arrange recruitment events with offers on the day. Others use online interview tools such as Zoom or Skype, some are even using Facetime video or What’s App video too! Our advice is to NEVER EVER accept a role without speaking to someone at the hiring company first. Fake roles exist, we have heard from our candidates of them falling for these scams. Remember. If it looks too good to be true, it generally is! If you are unsure, you can always speak to us.

  • How do I know if the role is right for me?

Do your research. Does the location and organisation match your needs and goals? What is the employer like to deal with? Are they receptive to questions and queries? Remember, you are the one setting foot on that plane so make sure you have checked and double checked everything.

  • Do I need to speak the local language?

Generally, no. Of course, it helps! You may find that your new employer offers local language lessons as part of the package, we see this quite a lot in China.

  • What are the salaries like?

Cost of living varies across the globe. What you should really be asking, is what do I need to live on? If you need to send back a certain amount of money, then factor this in. If you have no responsibilities, then your search will be wider. Don’t just look for the role with the highest package, there might be a reason why they are paying so much!!!

  • What does a typical package contain?

Expatriate packages always include a work visa of some description. Any company trying to persuade you to travel on a tourist visa will need to be verified, there could be a legitimate reason (i.e. process locally) however please be vigilant! On top of this, unless stated otherwise, you should receive either accommodation or an allowance, medical cover and return flights. In China it is commonplace that ESL contracts do not offer an initial flight, however they will provide your return flight and a bonus which generally covers the initial outlay when your contract comes to an end.

International schools may offer schooling, this could be totally free, or they pay a proportion of the fee. Transportation to and from work is sometimes provided too, this really does depend on which country you are travelling to though. International teaching is a very competitive world and schools, colleges and language institutes are constantly thinking of new ways to attract teachers. We have some clients that offer health club memberships, some offer a healthy relocation allowance, others provide interest free loans to help you settle in.

  • When should I apply?


  • What are the benefits of working overseas?

Working overseas can be an extremely fulfilling experience. You get to see the world, experience new cultures, meet new people and get a broader perspective on life. You will learn new skills which will stand you in good stead for the future too. Of course, you can earn and save a lot of money too! Take a look at our expat Teacher interviews to see first for yourself.

Want to know more? Contact us now or look through our current vacancies.

m2r Education will be exhibiting at the following events in the first half of 2019, if you are planning to attend, please stop by!

  • COBIS HR & Bursar Conference, Feb 7th & 8th, London
  • BSME Annual Conference, March 19th - 21st, London
  • COBIS Annual Conference, May 11th - 13th, London