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Please note: Although we try to keep these opportunities current and accurate, we do not "endorse" any particular opportunity. These listings are for informational purposes only.

Teaching ELLs in Alabama Schools

Teach In Alabama

The official recruitment website for Alabama's schools, which allows teachers to locate vacancies in every school district in Alabama and appy for free with one online application.

Employment Opportunity at UAB while Studying

Academic Tutor for international students: INTO UAB Learning Resource Center, Sterne Library (2nd floor). About $12 per hour, for about 10-15 hours per week, depending on tutor's availability. Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-8:00 pm. Contact Meghan Gilliland, Coordinator of the Learning Resource Center: meghan13@uab.edu

Teaching ESL to Adult Learners

Atlanta English Institute: A private ESL and test preparation school in Atlanta, Georgia. Instructors must be native English speakers, hold at least an undergraduate degree, and have 2-3 years' teaching experience.

Language Institute of Atlanta: A foreign language and ESL school in Atlanta, Georgia. Offers translation, interpretation, and foreign language business services in over 50 languages.

Atlanta International Language Institute: A foreign language and ESL school in Atlanta, Georgia. Offers language classes in over 60 languages, corporate training, translations and interpretation services.

ALTA Language Services: Translation services, language training & testing, and accent reduction based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Teaching at American Overseas Schools

International Schools Services: Since 1955, the Educational Staffing services of ISS have successfully assisted over 15,000 qualified teachers and administrators in their search for opportunities in 200 American and international schools around the world.

Search Associates: Each year Search Associates uses a personalized approach to place over 22,000 teachers, administrators and interns in international schools throughout the world.

UNI Overseas Placement Service for Educators: The University of Northern Iowa connects international K-12 schools with certified educators without placement fees to candidates or recruiting schools.

Teaching English Overseas

Adventure Teaching: Brunei, Northern Canada, China, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam
Dave's ESL Cafe 
ESL 101
ESL Authority
Go Overseas
K12 JobSpot
Serious Teachers 
Teach Anywhere 
Teach Away Inc.
Transitions Abroad

Teaching English in Central and South America

Carmen Pampa Fund: The Unidad Académica Campesina-Carmen Pampa (UAC-CP) is an internationally recognized college that serves Bolivia's poor, rural, indigenous population through education, production, research, and community service. The College relies on responsible, mature Visiting Professionals to help realize its mission. The UAC-CP, internationally recognized for its unique approach and ability to address and dissipate root causes of poverty, is funded by the St. Paul, Minnesota-based Carmen Pampa Fund (CPF). Based in St.Paul, Minnesota, the CPF provides financial and human resources for the College and arranges for volunteer placements, orientation, and ongoing professional support onsite in Bolivia. CPF accepts applications for volunteer English teaching positions in the College's English Program each academic year. Volunteer teachers (housing is provided, but teachers are asked to contribute a small monthly amount for food) help implement a comprehensive, standardized English curriculum using the American English File series from Oxford University Press. The College also offers the opportunity for teachers to be part of an international team of teachers working to design program standards for testing and teacher instruction. 

Teaching English in China

Adventure Teaching, Inc.

Chinese Culture Center: A non-profit organization offering reputable international exchange programs. Chinese Culture Center exists to foster cultural exchange, learning, and a fantastic opportunity for interested people to experience a brand new culture.


Teaching English in Europe

GoCamp Ukraine: A 2-week volunteer summer camp opportunity in the Ukraine. Placements available each June and August. Accommodation and some meals are provided.

Central European Teaching Program: English Conversation Teacher opportunities in Hungarian and Romanian public and parochial schools. 

Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF): Seven-month placement in French public schools, teaching twelve hours per week. Deadline is January each year for the following school year. Over 1,500 American English language teaching assistants are hired each year. Applicants must be proficient in French, have completed at least three years of undergraduate study, and be between 20 and 35 years old.

Teaching English in Japan

AEON Corporation (teach adults)
Amity English Schools (teach children)
Ibaraki Christian University internship program (for undergraduate students wanting an overseas, English-teaching adventure)

Teaching English in the Middle East

Adventure Teaching: Brunei
English Today Recruitment
International Teachers Plus
Teach Away, Inc.

Teaching English in South Korea

Adventure Teaching 

Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village: Full-time English language teachers are needed for a unique teaching opportunity in Daegu, South Korea. The Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village (DGEV) is maintained through a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (Wisconsin, USA) and Yeungjin University (Daegu, South Korea). The purpose of the Village is to offer additional training to students of all ages in the usage of the English language in an experiential learning environment. Full-time teachers commit to a 12-month contract and teach five days per week. Plane tickets, room and board and four weeks paid vacation inlcuded. Minimum requirement: Bachelor's degree

GA Education
ESL Nomad 
Star Teachers 

Teaching ESL Online

Highway to English: Tutor small groups of students online via webcam. ESL certificate or degree required.

iTutor Group: Tutor small groups of highly-motivated adult Chinese students online via webcam. 4-year university degree required, TESOL/TESL certificate or equivalent required, at least one year of teaching experience, and ability to teach at least five peak hours and weekend hours.

Principles & Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program:  http://www.tesol.org  TESOL Inc., in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, offers an online certificate program designed for the inexperienced or experienced online English language teacher or course designer. Continuing education credits are available at no extra cost.

Skooli: Online tutoring space where qualified tutors can connect with students.

VIP KID: Earn $14-22/hour teaching English online, one-on-one to Chinese children. Flexible hours, no lesson planning or grading. In 2017 Forbes ranked VIP Kid #1 in its "Top 100 Work from Home Companies".

Programs that Offer Certificates for Teaching EFL Overseas

Please note: In response to frequent inquiries regarding the availability of certificates for teaching overseas, we provide the following listings solely for informational purposes. We do not endorse any of these companies, nor can we attest to the quality of their programs. Please also note that these courses cannot be used in substitution for UAB courses on the ALSDE checklist.

TESOL Core Certificate Program: A 140-hour online training program designed and conducted by TESOL, Inc. The certificate program is designed for current or prospective teachers and administrators worldwide who have less than two years in English language teaching experience. Participants can choose to focus on teaching adults or young learners in English as a second language (ESL) and/or English as a foreign language (EFL) environments. 

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults): Cambridge ESOL centers offer a full-time 5-week course and part-time courses of varying lengths after which students earn an internationally-recognized initial qualification for teaching English to adults overseas. CELTA claims to be the most widely recognized English teaching qualification in the world and most often requested by employers.

CIEE TEFL Certification: 130-hour online TEFL course followed by a practicum abroad.

International TEFL Academy: Four-week TEFL courses in 25 international locations or 170-hour online TEFL class.

The International TEFL Corporation (TITC): TESOL online courses or residential courses taught in international locations, ranging from 60 to 470 hours.

Language Corps: TESOL training and certification programs, some with guaranteed paid jobs, in international locations. Offices in 85 countries that help secure job placement.

Volunquest: Live, study and work in beautiful Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Scholarships available for a 170+ hour TEFL course with a concurrent 6-month commitment to teach in public primary schools (January-July or July-December). Requirements: 18 years or older, high school graduate. Program scholarships available for applicants with an undergraduate degree, ages 20-30, upper intermediate-level Spanish ability.

Other Types of Opportunities

Peace Corps: The Peace Corps has a number of opportunities that would appeal to recent graduates. Some assignments involve teaching English as well as working beyond the classroom developing health projects, school gardens, sports teams, theater and music groups, local libraries, computer labs, and other imaginative projects. Like all other Peace Corps assignments, Volunteers receive a living allowance, full medical coverage and other benefits, including future graduate school fellowships. Application deadlines are generally in early Spring. See also Education Degrees for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards (DA) in Teaching Research Program for U.S. Teachers: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright DA program provides an opportunity for K-12 teachers from the United States to conduct research and engage in other professional learning experiences abroad for three to six months. Fulbright Distinguished fellows complete individual inquiry projects on a topic relevant to education in the United States and the host country, take courses at a host university, and share educational practices with colleagues. Applications accepted annually in December-January.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program: Sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the prestigious Fulbright Program offers post-graduate fellowships for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools in multiple disciplines and around the world. 
Applications open May 1 each year and the deadline is August 1 for the following year's fellows.

ETS Educational Testing Service: Become a scorer for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The training process and test scoring is done completely online, so scorers can live anywhere in the United States and can work part-time. Jobs are posted as they are available, so check the site frequently if you are interested.

ETS ELL Summer Institute Internship: A paid summer internship to help prepare TOEFL, TOEIC or K-12 test materials for ETS in Princeton, New Jersey, 6-8 weeks in July/August. (See the testimonial below by a former UAB MAEd/ESL student.) The application deadline for each summer is the end of March. "I spent last summer in beautiful Princeton, New Jersey item-writing for the TOEIC. I cannot say enough good things about my experience or the individuals I worked with. ETS is very global...you will meet people from all over the world! They are supportive, friendly, and glad to have you there. The work atmosphere is low-key, in fact, the campus is on acreage with nature trails, ponds, etc. If you enjoy creating the samples for the application, you will enjoy the work. I had an amazing, fun, summer that I won't forget. I highly recommend this opportunity."
Angela Adams, Graduate Student, UAB's ESL Teacher Education Program; Team Leader, Latino After-School Program, Hoover City Schools, Hoover, Alabama

NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship: The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship increases access to global training and experiences by providing global education professional development opportunities for P-12 public school educators. Fellows participate in a 12-month professional development program that includes in-person workshops, online coursework, webinars by leading experts, peer learning, and an international field study experience. Ideal applicants are those educators who have expertise and/or a deep-seated passion for advancing global competency and preparing students to thrive in the interconnected global age. Applications open each Fall. UAB ESL alumna Hannah Rodgers was a 2018 Fellow - read about her experience.

National Geographic Society Grosvenor Teacher Fellows: The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is a professional development opportunity for Pre-K-12 educators made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. An annual competitive application process is used to select educators and host them aboard Lindblad Expeditions' voyages for a life-changing, field-based experience. Through this opportunity, Grosvenor Teacher Fellows bring new geographic awareness into their learning environments and communities. UAB ESL alumna Sarah Hicks was a 2016 Fellow - read about her experience.

Rotary Peace Fellows: Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellowships (50 master's degrees and 50 professional development certificates) are offered on a competitive basis at Peace Centers in leading international universities. Fellows are chosen from countries and cultures around the globe based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution during their careers and through service activities. See the website for specific programs, locations, and applications. Applications are available in February each year with a 1 July deadline.

English Language Fellow Program: The English Language Fellow Program sends experienced U.S. TESOL professionals on paid teaching assignments at universities and other academic institutions around the world. As a U.S. Department of State public diplomacy initiative, Fellows are cultural ambassadors that promote English language learning and mutual understanding through cultural exchange. Fellow projects are 10-month (typically September-June), full-time positions for professionals with a graduate degree in English language teaching and classroom TESOL teaching experience. In return, the program provides professionals with a platform to build skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL careers. Fellow receive a generous benefits package, including a stipend. Applications open each year in early fall, with a priority deadline of December 1. 

International Humanity Foundation: Volunteer English teaching positions with a small stipend are available working in orphanages and schools in Kenya, Thailand, and Indonesia. IHF's mission is to educate impoverished children - activating their highest potential - and educate global citizens, through real life experiences, about the realities of impoverished communities, the value of other cultures, and the many responsibilities of running an international NGO.

Study Abroad and Study Abroad Scholarships

UAB Office of Education Abroad: Establishes, administers, and facilitates high-quality education abroad opportunities for UAB students to prepare them for success in the globalized world. Study abroad programs, student organizations abroad, student conference travel abroad and U.S. passport services.

UAB Department of World Languages and Literatures Scholarships: Study abroad scholarships available through this UAB department.

Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Immersion Abroad Services (FLSAS): Offers different programs for different age groups and interests in 25+ languages in 40+ countries.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: A U.S. Department of State grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. Open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Boren Awards for International Study: Boren Scholarships fund study abroad by U.S. undergraduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Boren Fellowships fund research and language study proposals by U.S. graduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

German Academic Exchange Service: The world's largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and researchers.

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants: The program is intended to diversity study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education, especially in support of high-achieving, low-income students. The Travel Grants are to be used towards travel to and from the country of study and within the region, enabling students to make the most of their international experience.

GoAboad.com: Directories of over 17,000 opportunities abroad including study abroad, internships, volunteer opportunities, teach abroad, language schools, and more.