What are the Hiring Seasons for TEFL Abroad?

Knowing when the peak hiring season is can be critical in ensuring you get hired to teach English abroad in competitive TEFL destinations.

Teaching English in Europe

Language school hiring seasons:
Primary: August/September Secondary: January

Many TEFL teachers leave their positions over the summer, creating huge demand for new teachers to in Europe to fill these TEFL jobs as schools begin new sessions in September and early October.

There are also many opportunities to work in TEFL summer camps in Europe, which usually begin to hire students around the start of the year. As an exception, Turkey and Russia hire all year round.

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Teaching English in Central America

Language School Seasons:
Primary: June/July Secondary: January/February

Many schools in Costa Rica will interview in December for TEFL positions beginning in January. Whereas the demand for TEFL teachers in Mexico is high enough that language schools are hiring year-round.

Teaching English in South America

Language School Seasons:
Primary: February/March Secondary: July/August.

Summer ends in February kicking of the first hiring season. Second hiring season is after the mid-year holiday break.

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Teaching English in Asia

Language School Hiring Seasons:
In Asia, the enormous population and emphasis on learning English as a foreign language has created a TEFL job market exponentially larger than those in Europe and Latin America, and for these reasons TEFL teachers are hired all year round!

For those interested in teaching English in South Korea, public schools typically interview and recruit TEFL teachers during the spring and early summer for August and September start dates. Some public schools will also recruit English teachers in the fall for positions that begin in January, February or March.

In Japan, the Jet Program, which recruits approximately 4,000 English teachers from native English speaking countries annually requires that applications be submitted the first of December for positions beginning the following autumn (interviews will follow).

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Teaching English in the Middle East

Language School Hiring Seasons:
Positions are open throughout the year for those looking to find a TEFL job in the Middle East.

In countries such as the U.A.E., Qatar and Saudi Arabia, public and private schools for children, as well as vocational schools, colleges and universities typically interview and recruit TEFL teachers during the spring and early summer for August and September start dates.

Some public schools will also recruit TEFL teachers in the fall for positions that begin in January, February or March.

In developing Arab countries like Morocco, Egypt and Jordan, some language schools hire in advance, but most jobs will be found local in-country.

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TEFL Certification Timeline Guide

When you book an accredited TEFL course with TEFL Org you have up to 6 months to complete you online TEFL course, although most students take a lot less time; around 6-8 weeks is common. Your classroom TEFL course is completed over just two or three days. After you have completed your online feedback you will receive your official TEFL certificate within 21 days.

You can start applying for TEFL jobs as soon as you enrol on your course and many of our TEFL students already have a TEFL job lined up and waiting for them before they complete their TEFL course.

TEFL Jobs Centre

All of our TEFL students have exclusive access to our TEFL Jobs Centre, with TEFL jobs all around the world which are only open to our graduates to apply for. As employers are always approaching us looking to hire our graduates, new TEFL positions are regularly being updated and added to the site. You will have a lifetime access to the site, so no matter where you are in the world, or what time of year, you can log in a find a job teaching English abroad.

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