Last-Minute Overseas Teaching Positions

If you’ve been contemplating a move overseas but haven’t yet taken the leap, now may be a good time to make yourself available. Sure, recruiting season is well over, but Covid-19 is causing some newbies, as well as seasoned International Educators, to reconsider travelling to certain areas of the globe during what appears to be a worsening pandemic. The result:  unexpected job openings.

We all have different thresholds for what we consider dangerous and ISR is not advocating that you ignore travel warnings. If, however, you’re comfortable moving and teaching overseas at this time, there may be some last-minute opportunities on the horizon.

Here’s 12 popular ISR Articles sure to help you make an informed decision:

16 thoughts on “Last-Minute Overseas Teaching Positions

  1. I wouldn’t take a job in the worst places: US (also due to little understanding of how to act in a pandemic) and Brazil. Both with fascist governments and unrest making both places bottom on my list. Many countries in Asia and Africa are very safe, if you can get in.


  2. Remember, every year you are out of the US you lose about $1200 a year in Social Security plus a few hundred dollars a year in your state retirement system. Sooner or later you will hit retirement age,, that is when this money is really important. Anything but a state retirement and SSI will eventually run out. But SSI and state retirement goes on until you and your spouse dies. Worth considering.


  3. Covid was a lucky strike for me, since I had aged out of Europe and had no wish to work in the US. I applied to one of the better-paying IB schools in CDMX, and the first interview with the vice principal on a Monday led to two more in quick succession and the contract was signed on Friday. You may have heard hideous things about the ongoing rise of Covid in Mexico, but be careful what you believe, because at the entrance of every shop, school or outdoor restaurant in a decent neighborhood you will (by law) have your hands and shoes sanitized, and your temperature taken – this has added up to some 4 times a day for me. There are still plenty of jobs going in Latin America, so don’t hesitate to give it a try.


    1. Great info. Mexico City is fascinating to me.
      What do you mean by “aged out of Europe” please? At what age, do they stop considering candidates?
      I will be applying later this year for Aug 2021.
      Thank you.


    2. Anonymous, this platform will no longer allow me to send you a direct reply. I have no idea why. But I applied for many IB school positions in the EU and was close to getting them until They learned I was over 65, so that’s the limit. At most schools in Mexico and Latin America, however, there doesn’t seem to be any age limit at all. The money is not great, but it is so cheap to live in Mexico you won’t feel it!


  4. I would be extremely cautious about accepting any new positions overseas for September. We do not yet know where Covid will be. There are schools dropping teachers, cancelling contracts, paying only part of the salary. Stay put. January may be a better time to move.


    1. I agree with this statement. I returned to the states because I was about to be retrenched or reduced in salary by 50%. Of course the school said that they hoped it would be temporary but I couldn’t take the chance economically.


  5. There could be some opportunities. That is for sure. I must say that as much I want to get back overseas and out of the United States, where the death rate from Covid-19 is climbing almost unchecked, there are a few places in the world I would avoid. This especially since I could end up in need of medical attention for the virus and I might not be able to get the life-saving care. Something to consider.


  6. Don’t accept a new position at this time. I’m stuck in a country in northern Europe with closed borders, no airline reimbursements. No flights home and if I could get on the cost of three months salary. Stay in a country, your home country, where you have citizen rights. At this time international teaching is a risk unless you are already based at a school and have prior experience that you are OK. Also the crazy medical mandates of countries that think foreign nationals are the bringers of disease. If you don’t want compulsory vaccination, and other highly intrusive medical tests think twice but first ask for the list of medical testing items, you might be surprised what is required.

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    1. I’m sorry to hear that it is so difficult for you. I hope the situation for you improves soon. Do you feel comfortable giving the name of the country? I think of Scandinavia when I hear “northern country” but I would be very surprised to hear of any country in Scandinavia enforcing the conditions that you listed above.
      Take care and be well.


    2. I believe Sweden is the country. I have some Swedish colleagues at my school who, after repatriating, cannot get out as Europe won’t take them and they can’t get to where they are going without flying through Europe, which won’t allow them to. Sweden went with the herd immunity model, which turns out to be a bad choice (yet I remember when many pundits were touting it as the way to go). My colleagues from the other countries around Sweden are experiencing no such problems.


    3. Sweden does do not pay much, tax is very high, as is cost of living. The majority of deaths in Sweden were in elderly care homes and immigrant community but mortality lower than US and Belgium per one million. Their annual flu mortality is very high most years in northern Europe. The countries with crazy medical requirements are slavic. Look at or ask the school for a list of tests and do a general search expat requirements regarding vaccinations. They have volunteers being vaccinated at trial stage but the first compulsory, will likely be foreign workers as there is an historical fear of foreigners.


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