Take Your Education Career Overseas To Broaden Your Cultural Horizons

Bryn Bonino
4 min readJan 8, 2019

Have you ever wondered how you can take your education career to another country? If you are a languages and humanities educator, you have probably thought about it, or you have already taught abroad. I myself started my education career in Rome, Italy (quite some time ago). I recently looked into what it would take to make a leap back across the Atlantic… or Pacific… or the equator. Below are a few things that I found out.

Start Your Search Early

One of the first resources that I found in my research was the article titled, Taking The International School Route: What You Need To Know To Get Started On An Overseas Teaching Career. Aside from being flexible and crossing all my t’s and dotting all of my i’s, I was surprised to know how early international schools will do their hiring. Think starting a full two semesters ahead of time in order to secure a position. This makes more sense when you learn that many contracts at international schools are for two years. You can often tell within a first year if a position and location is a good fit or not. This means that people who are don’t feel like they are a good fit for their position may give advance warning of their departure, well before their contract expires.

Search Associates

Search Associates is an agency that will put you in touch with a wide network of international schools. They require you set up a complete application before you can see what openings schools are looking to fill. This means that you need to fill out standard job application questions. But you will also have to upload the official transcripts for your degrees, get an FBI background check, and ask your current and past employers to fill out an evaluation form. In the process, a consultant will work with you and guide you through how to format your resume and write a personal statement to give you the best chances of getting an interview. The preparation process is intense, but the attention from the consultant is personalized and extremely edifying.


ISS-Schrole are two companies who have recently joined forces to create a larger base of schools in their network. The registration process is a bit quicker than…

Bryn Bonino

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