Teaching Nomad - Teaching opportunities in China

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Teaching Nomad is your connection to great teaching opportunities in China! American owned and operated company with offices in both Shanghai, China & Denver, Colorado. We are the definitive source for teach abroad in China.

Since 2011 we've been vetting schools in China and helping people like you connect with only the best. We have schools hiring for every subject, in 40+ cities. Whether you want to teach English in Shanghai or Biology in Xi'an, we can probably help!

We take a lot of pride in connecting dedicated teachers with great schools all over the country. Teaching Nomad has programs for teachers of all experience levels including Professional educators, Experienced ESL instructors and Beginner teachers. Our clients include International schools, Language training schools, Primary/ Middle/ High schools and kindergartens.

Register with us today to be connected with a dedicated placement consultant who can answer all your questions and find the perfect match for you.

Highlights
  • Very competitive pay
  • Free housing or allowance
  • Benefits (health, flights, bonuses)
  • Personal placement consultant to walk you through the process
  • Opportunity to get your TEFL for free

Questions & Answers

Generally speaking, English language teachers in China need to be from native English speaking countries, while teachers of a different subject like Math or Science can be from non-native countries. That said, there are always exceptions but if you want to teach English, I would suggest to apply to schools directly.
Hi, thanks for stopping by! Unfortunately we are unable to find the answer to your question. We recommend contacting the program provider directly to learn more about eligibility requirements. This link will take you right to their contact info: http://www.teachingnomad.com/ .
Generally the age cut-off is 58/59 years old for the main countries we recruit for, being China and UAE. You may want to research other, potentially less developed countries as these requirements may be more relaxed.
Unfortunately we cannot currently accept applications from Filipino teachers.

Reviews

96%
based on 195 reviews
  • Benefits 9.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.3
  • Facilities 9.4
  • Safety 9.4
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Kathryn
10/10

Wonderful, Helpful Consultants

When the job I had originally been offered fell through with just a couple of weeks to go before the start of the semester, Teaching Nomad was extremely helpful finding a replacement. Within just a couple of days, I had several more offers, and eventually found something that was even better.

My consultant, Sophia, was so helpful and professional. She really took my experience and preferences into account and found potential jobs that were all great matches. I will definitely work with Teaching Nomad again in the future if need be.

Yes, I recommend this program
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ROBIN
10/10

Awesome Site

"Teaching Nomad" is an awesome site if you wish to get a teaching job overseas. Within two
weeks of contacting them, I was presented with several job opportunities to which I could apply to. Within three weeks, I was interviewed and hired for a job in the specific city that I had requested. My consultant, Mike Ostrowski, was very friendly, professional, and helpful. He guided me through the entire process and has continued to provide me with useful information to make my move and transition easier. I highly recommend this site.

How can this program be improved?
No improvement needed
Yes, I recommend this program
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Janaline
10/10

Very Professional

Teaching Nomads was super helpful. They got me positions that matched all my criteria and helped me through the process very professionally. I have previously done this on my own, which is very time cunsuming and can get quite frustrating. But after once using Teaching Nomads, I will definitely be using their expertise and help again! You tell them what you want and they do all the leg work in searching for positions that match. You also know that there is someone out there willing to answer all your questions and that they know what they are talking about.
Very friendly, helpful and professional!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Casey
10/10

Fantastic group of helpful people

I wouldn't be teaching abroad if it weren't for the dedicated staff at Teaching Nomad.

They continually sent me job opportunities, set up interviews and follow-ups, gave great advice throughout the process, and helped me verify the legitimacy of the places I wanted to teach.

I had the privilege of working with Sophia Isis, a wonderful mentor that offered patient and persistent guidance. As a result of her help (along with the other folks at Teaching Nomad), I landed a job in Shanghai at well above market rate. Thoroughly looking forward to my year in China.

How can this program be improved?
No problems with this service

The only thing I can think of was a little difficulty with uploading documents to the website, but this was quickly addressed by dutiful staff
Yes, I recommend this program
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Fiona
10/10

Fantastic Support and Security

From the offset, my experience with teaching Nomad was great, I would highly recommend my placement consultant Yiqin Zhu. She really made the whole process very easy and tailored everything to my needs. I can't thank her enough for the amount of hard work she put in to finding me a suitable position. Even after I got my teaching position, the support doesn't stop. Teaching Nomad have some of the largest range of teaching positions and highest paid positions. Trying to secure a safe and suitable teaching position in Asia can be an overwhelming experience at times but having a company like teaching Nomad on your side really takes the pressure off and they are always there to answer any questions, worries and give advice.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kris
10/10

Teaching Nomad's real assets - the Placement Consultants

I stumbled upon Teaching Nomad's website simply by chance while searching for an ESL position in China and was enticed through the name alone and more so after reading the mission statement. From the moment of registering I was quickly contacted by my personal Placement Consultant, Lauren Klein, who remained in my corner every step of the way. What can I say to you Lauren, you did a great job of searching for positions suited to my specific requirements and background and your dedication and massive effort and excellent and continuous communication will not be forgotten. My trust and confidence in Teaching Nomad was exemplified through its professional website, vast job advertisements and professional business operations but to be totally honest, my overall positive experience and opinion of Teaching Nomad was all down to the hard work of my consultant, Lauren Klein.

How can this program be improved?
N/A
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kaila
9/10

Great and Reliable

Teaching Nomad has been great every step of the way from the introduction, helping me prepare my documents and advising me on different job applications that would be a good fit. They have always been available to help, prompt with response and very friendly and helpful. I have been hired to teach English through a job they recommended and I look forward to starting in a few months. They have also made it clear that they are there for support throughout my job. I looked at several companies and they are by far the most professional.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Pele
10/10

Thank you Teaching Nomad

Job hunting in China can be quite overwhelming. Perhaps surprisingly, this remains true whether you are searching for your first job in China or your fifth. Thanks to Teaching Nomad and Mike Ostrowski I was placed at a really amazing school that was a terrific match for me. My preference in schools was very specific, they found exactly what I was hoping for. Mike was extremely helpful and guided me throughout the entire interview process. It was definitely a pleasure to work with him, and I would recommend Teaching Nomad any day!

How can this program be improved?
No improvements needed
Yes, I recommend this program
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Elias
10/10

Great Services

My consultant Ali Jaramillo always assistant Ed in finding the best possible positions that are available to work in China. At a time that I reconsidered moving abroad they still took the initiative to assist me in finding a school that fit my specific requirements. Ali goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that teachers get the best positions that fits their personal critter is in fulfilling the best possible experience that can be made from teaching abroad. Teacheingnomad also provides the ease of authenticating all the documents which can be a huge hustle if the paperwork is not filled correctly.

Yes, I recommend this program
Elana
10/10

Thank you Teaching Nomad!

We have dealt with Teaching Nomad for four years, and each time they exceed our wildest expectations. Sophia, Brett, and the team have been fantastic throughout, and we can't thank them enough for their hard work and dedication. Teaching Nomad cares about their teachers, and Sophia continued to check in and help us throughout the process. Her advice, support, and guidance are much appreciated. Teaching Nomad is the only recruiter that we trust with our teaching careers.

Teaching Nomad is simply the best :-)!

How can this program be improved?
N/A
Yes, I recommend this program
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Patrick
9/10

Amazingly Patient and Supportive Job Finding Agency

I found a job through teachingnomad within three months. They are amazingly supportive and patient with the documentation requirements for finding a job. They also offer many courses for teaching certification and in some cases send the documentation for verification for you! I was also updated frequently by their staff. If you want to teach abroad I really recommend teachingnomad, they make finding a job convenient and easy.

How can this program be improved?
I see no problems.
Yes, I recommend this program
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David
10/10

World's Best Recruiter

Teaching Nomad assisted me in every step of the way to find a suitible fit teaching English abroad. I requested that we find a teaching program that would pay for my TEFL entirely. My recruiter Jayne D went above and beyond assistiting me with this. She even proofread a few emails for me that I was nervous about sending to the school that she had set me up with.

Thanks to Teaching Nomad and the awesome support I am now living the dream.

Thanks!!! 10/10

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jeremy
10/10

Making a Stressful Process Easy and Painfree

I came across Teaching Nomad almost by accident as I was searching for teaching positions in China. I came across an opening on their website, and almost by accident, signed up and made an account. That very same week, I received a personal email from a placement consultant, Mike, from the company to set up an interview during which he asked me very informed questions about my qualifications and experience. Following that, Mike guided me through uploading all of the necessary documents for my application, and then HE sent out my application to jobs that fit exactly what I was looking for. It only took a few days before I began to hear back directly from schools Mike sent my information to in order to set up interviews. Needless to say, I now have a position set up that is beyond anything I could have hoped to find on my own. Teaching Nomad, an entirely free service for the applicant, may seem too good to be true, but it really is that great. I have serious doubts I could have navigated the overseas job market successfully if not for the support of Mike from Teaching Nomad.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Shinaaz
9/10

Good things come to those who wait

After a few months of stress and just being unhappy in the UAE (my first abroad teaching experience), I signed up with TeachingNomad to explore teaching in China. I have friends who have been in China for years, and have only heard good things. That being said, I was still sceptical about taking just any job after the terrible experience in the UAE.

Sophia has been an absolute star- from start to finish. After our initial conversation, she regularly sought out jobs that was suitable and always checked in to see whether or not I had interviewed with the school. She forwarded much needed resources and information in preparation for my interview as well.

After a successful interview, I let Sophia know that I have been sent an offer letter. She still continued to keep in touch and make sure I was getting all the documentation sorted etc.

It has really been an absolute pleasure working with Teaching Nomad, and Sophia specifically. I cannot thank her enough for taking the time to check in and give advice. Even now, almost 2 months since arriving in China she is still checking in that we've settled and that the school is great.

I am having such a great time in China, and loving teaching once again. The school is great and everyone is extremely helpful and friendly. I am so hapoy we made the decision to leave the UAE and continue our overseas adventures in China.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Christina
3/10

Dropped the Ball

Looking over reviews of Teaching Nomad on here, it seemed like this company knew what they were doing, yay!

However, my personal experience wasn't so great. A job I was placed at backed out of our contract last minute, and my consultant at TN was suddenly unresponsive. After multiple emails, I finally got a response from the owners, and they picked up the ball again. I was able to secure another position at a different location.

Once I arrived to China, though, TN didn't seem to care that the school-provided housing was much different from the pictures and website they'd sent. It was atrocious-- urine and mold and cockroaches and pungent smoke for the first two weeks. Then the "free accommodation" that was in my contract turned out to be untrue: I had to pay about $1200 USD per month, though the school reimbursed about half of this each month later, and I had to take out a loan from the school for the housing deposit (about $3,000 USD)-- another unexpected and unpleasant surprise.

I had a more serious issue as well, which I won't go into detail here, but was shocked at the lack of compassion in the reply from my TN contact: "I am sorry to hear that it seems you are in a bad situation." Then never followed up.

After this experience, I realized why professional educators pay other (reputable) companies. It's because they vet the schools and work for you. TN works for the school to place you and then they're done. If you've never taught before and aren't a career educator, maybe it won't be as bad, but, especially if you're a woman, I would not recommend this company.

How can this program be improved?
More local resources for expats, better understanding of where and what they're sending their teachers into, transparency and honesty.
Response from Teaching Nomad

It's very disappointing to us that Christina would give a negative review of Teaching Nomad after we spent probably 3-4X more effort trying to help her than the average candidate.

The mistake that we made was continuing to work with this candidate as long as we did. She says "A job I was placed at backed out of our contract last minute, and my consultant at TN was suddenly unresponsive". What actually happened was that the school waited 3+ months for her to send her employment documents which she never did, at that point, the school canceled her contract.

We decided to give her another chance and placed her with a very well recognized, accredited international school in Xiamen. I won't divulge her personal details but the school let her go soon after arriving. We've placed many happy foreign teachers at this school.

Teaching Nomad is not perfect and we are truly invested in continuing to improve the support and opportunities that we provide our candidates. We are always open to suggestions and we make every effort possible to ensure the satisfaction of our candidates. We believe this shows in the overwhelmingly positive reviews here on GO.

No, I don't recommend this program

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