Look for a Job
TESOL's Online Career Center lets members browse jobs from all over the world and post your resume
Always evaluate employers. Ask the employer for references, or talk to current employees. Also investigate workplace expectations and working conditions, which vary widely by country. Read TESOL's tips for evaluating potential employers.
Volunteer your services. Many English language programs, for children as well as adults, need volunteer tutors to complement the students' classroom experiences. A number of programs also have full-time positions for volunteer coordinators. Other avenues to explore include talking to coordinators of the community literacy program in your area or visiting your local library and government offices to research literacy volunteer opportunities. Organizations to contact include colleges, universities, high schools, and religious organizations. These organizations can help you connect with the English language or literacy volunteer programs in your area.
Websites to Help on Your Search
- Sign up for free job alerts with the TESOL Career Center.
- Search the Job MarketPlace at the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.
- TESOL affiliates can provide leads in the region where you plan to work.
- Check out Interest Section Community Groups for postings on jobs in your areas of interest.
- Peace Corps, Cuso International, and World Learning place teachers in various locations around the world.
- U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Fact Book provide information about living conditions in various countries.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary and benefits for teachers in the United States. (For a particular country, check web sites for jobs to get an idea what the salary range might be. Some embassies may direct you to salary and benefits information. Or contact directly any department, bureau, or ministry of education in the region or institution where you want to teach.)
- Try the U.S. Department of Education for government openings.
- Dave's ESL Cafe offers links to training, placement, and many other resources.
- Teaching Jobs, K–12 Jobs are two job search sites for educators.
- Overseas Jobs is a site to search for international positions, including internships and summer jobs. Use the resource guide to link to educational, ELT, and nonprofit career sites.
- TIE Online The International Educator matches educators with international schools.
- Institute of International Education lists educational exchange and training programs.
- International Schools Service (ISS). This service places teachers in international schools worldwide.
- U.S. State Department, Office of Overseas Schools
- U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
- U.S. State Department, Office of English Language Programs
- Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
- Embassies Some embassies offer placement and other resources through their education office.
TESOL International Association does not warrant that the information provided here is comprehensive, complete, or otherwise reliable. TESOL does not provide academic counseling, career counseling, legal assistance, or legal advice.TESOL hopes the information is helpful but does not intend it to substitute for professional assistance.