TeachAway provides matchmaking services between college graduates who want to teach English abroad (or online) and the schools willing to hire them
Expected pay: Varies widely based on position, country and school
Commissions & fees: NA
Requirements: Over 18; Bachelor’s degree or TEFL/TESL certificate; other qualifications vary
TeachAway serves a matchmaker between prospective teachers and the schools and online platforms that are willing to hire them. The site represents both international schools and online platforms. Most jobs require a college degree; some also require teaching experience or a Teaching English as a Second Language (or Foreign Language) certificate.
Not surprisingly, the pay varies widely based on both the position and the country that it is located in. Online jobs pay less; in-person jobs in countries with a high cost of living pay more. Some jobs also come with housing.
How it works
Teachers fill out an application that includes their name, age, educational experience and the type of teaching job that they’re seeking. It also asks whether you want to be directly contacted by schools and whether you’re looking to take a certification course in Teaching English as a Foreign (or Second) Language [TESL and TEFL]. That application serves as the basis of applying to most of the jobs available here.
There is no cost for teachers to sign up. TeachAway charges recruiters instead. Jobs listed when we checked in January of 2023, included multiple positions in Japan, China, the UAE and throughout Africa.
We found a lot to like in TeachAway’s terms and conditions, which require employers to help workers get bank accounts, work permits, visas and, if they provide housing, a safe place to live.
If you would like to teach English overseas, we think this site is a great place to start your search.
If teaching online is more your style, also check out tutoring jobs with Wyzant.
What their teachers say: (from GoOverseas.com)
My experience in South Korea was amazing. I felt very supported by my recruiting agency, Teach Away. From the initial contact through the application process to my over the phone interview, reviewing and signing the contract as well as physically traveling to join us in orientation in South Korea – Teach Away was there for me every step of the way!
Teaching in China was one of the best experiences of my life. I made so many friends with people from around the world and built lasting friendships that have withstood the test of time. Seeing the genuine smiles on my kids (yes, I call them mine) faces when they saw me each morning was something I will always cherish. I would recommend teaching in China and going through a recruiter made me feel more prepared, as opposed to going to a foreign country and finding a job after the fact.