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Teaching Nomad


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 the Abu Dhabi, we can 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 of your questions and find the perfect match for you.


1660 S. Albion St.
Suite 826
Denver, CO 80222
United States


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Yes, I recommend this program

Madison Van Doren was my recruiter and oh boy was she amazing! She responded quickly and was on top of contacting any school I had questions about! I could of not asked for a better recruiter! She was quick to answer any question I had and made things as simple as could be. This was a great experience and even went to one of their job fairs. It paid off and everyone there was extremely helpful. The job fair didn't cost me anything and neither did the amazing effort of Madison. I still am in shock that this program is so amazing and is absolutely free. I have a degree in education but from my understanding they even are willing to help you with getting a TEFL. Everyone was extremely professional and made the chore of looking for a job an easy experience. Overall, I am extremely happy I decided to go through Teaching Nomad!

What would you improve about this program?
I do not believe there is really anything to improve on!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching Nomad, and the agent I worked with, Darrah O'Flaherty, have been great. They've been really supportive during the whole process from choosing jobs, interviewing, accepting offers, giving advice, to holding your hand and allaying your fears during the visa process. They are always easy to get in contact with and response time is super fast. I highly recommend Teaching Nomad. The schools I've been in contact with and ultimately accepted a job offer from have been very supportive about the visa process and answering questions about life there in another country and the expectations of the school and new society you will be joining. I have learned so much already! It's an extremely exciting opportunity and I would advise anyone who could do this to do this and to give Teaching Nomad a try.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would start the passport process even sooner! The hold up comes from the visa/authentication process where they have to determine if all of your documents are valid. So order that passport now if you are even thinking of applying because it is never as simple as it seems.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I applied with Teaching Nomad when I decided to leave my current school in the middle east (Ras al Khaimah). I was not ready to go back to the UK, hence I started to look for KG teaching positions in the middle east. Mike Ostrowski was the coordinator I was assigned to, He was very supportive and helped me get a position in a school that fitted me best. Mike was amazing and did not stop until I found a good school. I was very delighted with how experienced and prepared Mike was when he was dealing with my application. He emailed me back and forth and reassured me through out the entire process. Within two weeks of being assigned to Mike I knew I was ging to find the right school due to the effort he put in. Thank you for all your support.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Coming to the UAE and being in charge of 25 students, first day was really scary but i got used to it and now i feel very comfortable with the children.
Yes, I recommend this program

Madison Van Doren was my placement consultant and was AWESOME. She was able to answer ALL my questions I had and helped me a lot with looking for my job in Shanghai China. Madison was able to help me figure out what type of job I want and where in Shanghai I wanted to be located. On my first interview I was offered a job. I am so excited to start my new job in August 2019. The process of applying for job wasn't hard or long and Madison also helped me apply for job as well. I am so grateful to have found Teaching Nomad. I think I am going to love my new job and I owe it all to Teaching Nomad. Thank you Madison and thank you Teaching Nomad for all you help in this process of looking for a new job in a new country. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yes, I recommend this program

When my husband and I were looking for teaching positions in China, our contact Madison at Teaching Nomad was so helpful! We were really nervous about the job search process because we needed to find jobs together and we were planning on doing a decent amount of traveling, so we needed a job with good benefits and good vacation time. Madison really listened to us when we expressed what we were looking for and helped us find jobs at the same school as each other with awesome benefits in the city of our choice. I definitely recommend Teaching Nomad to anyone looking to teach abroad. It made a complicated situation a little less complicated. We are really looking forward to our new positions and plan on using Teaching Nomad in the future as we search for jobs in other countries.



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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Cameron Tatanish

After spending winters during university traveling to Colorado to work at ski resorts, Cameron knew he wanted to keep going to new places to work. He learned about TEFL and now his life in China awaits.

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Why did you choose this program?

I have always been a traveler. It started with road trips to the Smokey Mountains when I bought my first car at 16. It led me to tackle Tourism as a major at my university and take winter jobs in Colorado.

I had never been out of North America or Central America and decided it wasn't enough anymore. During my senior year, I saved all my money for a two-week trip to China. I spent time wandering amongst the skyscrapers in Shanghai and hiked along the Li River -- I fell in love.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I worked with International TEFL Academy in getting my certification. They had an excellent course that I gained a lot of knowledge and experience from as well as post-graduate country guidance.

They helped with my next steps as far as finding a job, and what I should be prepared for. They got me in touch with Teaching Nomad, my recruiter. They have taken care of everything since and been involved in interview setup, negotiations, and been in touch all the way to the start of my contract.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

A lot of emails! Also, communicating with a lot of different cultures. From the start, you are speaking to people about the experience and journey you are about to set yourself on. The days on the way to your start seem to be more about sharing stories than anything else.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Funny enough I think it was just medical concerns. Would I have insurance? What happens if I need to go to the E.R. during my contract?

I actually expressed this concern to my recruiter and he ensured that the interviewer had this conversation with my companies and they all reached out explaining how they would take care of me.

Is there time to travel as much as you thought?

Yes! Most programs offer short work weeks as they know you want to travel, but also make sure you save money. Separate your contracts a month or two apart and go enjoy the world!

Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Mike Ostrowski

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Associate Placement Consultant
Mike grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to China after seeking a change of scenery in his life. After working as a teacher for some time, Mike moved into teacher recruitment in order to help provide prospective teachers with the same awesome experience that he had.
Mike Ostrowski

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory would probably be when I took an ATV tour of the countryside surrounding Phonm Penh, Cambodia. It was my birthday, and it was hands down one of the coolest things I've ever done.

The people living in the countryside live to completely different standards than what most Americans might be used to, and they don't exactly have a lot of material possessions. However, I learned that happiness does not always come from what sort of iPhone you have, or how much money is in your bank account, but really it's about the experiences and people you surround yourself. I got some time to interact with the countryside people, and they all seemed so polite, friendly, fun-loving, and were happy with simple things.

Not to mention, on the way back, it started storming and I ended up traversing through mud and flowing water all with lightning in the background. I came back to my hotel caked with mud really feeling like I just took part in a Die Hard movie or something. One for the memories for sure.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Since working for Teaching Nomad, I have definitely become more outgoing, since I speak to so many different people on a daily basis. As a former introvert, I'm very happy with how much I have grown. Since I speak with so many different people, I have also grown to appreciate all the different sorts of people that exist in the world, and really no two people are truly the same. Everyone has their own goals, dreams, backgrounds, and all of that combined makes them into the unique person that you see before you.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One of the teachers that I had placed moved her entire family to Shanghai to take her teaching career overseas. I still keep in regular touch with the family, and they are very grateful for the job and the opportunity that I helped them get. She told me that after living back home for such a long time, they now are in love with the lifestyle, friends and experiences they've come to know in China.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Well, we do have some jobs in Saudi Arabia that pay almost $60K USD per year, so that would be awesome. As a teacher, I'm not qualified for that, so I think being able to experience the culture pretty much anywhere in the Middle East would be something interesting for me, as I haven't really traveled out that way yet. It's much different from Asia, and I think it would certainly be another eye-opening experience.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

There's lots of recruitment companies out there, but part of what makes Teaching Nomad unique is the fact each member of our staff has significant experience either living or working abroad, and we all love to travel. We love to go above and beyond to share our own experiences in hopes that our teachers can have similar experiences and enjoy it just as much as we do.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think the biggest factor that makes any company successful is customer service. Anyone can sell a product, but it takes something special to provide on-going support, help with problem solving and overall customer satisfaction. At Teaching Nomad, our database continues to grow, but quite a few of our teachers come back year after year for a new job simply because we keep in touch with them, help them through issues, and even get to know them outside of the normal client to customer interaction.

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