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Overseas Employment Information for Teachers
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The Department of State does not employ teachers for assignment abroad. However, we have put together a list of organizations which do provide opportunities to teach in elementary and secondary schools and which recruit or employ a rather large number of teachers.

American-sponsored overseas schools are independent, non-government schools sponsored by Americans or in which American citizens have considerable interest. Although the relationship between our American embassies and the various schools overseas may be close, the schools are private institutions, responsible for hiring their own teachers and staff. Generally, the schools are not joined together under any administrative umbrella, each does its own hiring and establishes its own qualification requirements and application procedures. Salary levels and benefits vary from school to school.

Many of the American-sponsored schools overseas contract with private organizations in the United States to assist them in the recruitment process. The schools also frequently send representatives to stateside teacher recruiting fairs to locate qualified staff for anticipated vacancies. Included on this web site are addresses of some of the organizations that assist in recruiting staff for overseas teaching positions, and, if pertinent, the dates and locations of their recruiting fairs.

The Department of Defense operates a school system for the benefit of dependents of U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. Recruitment of teachers for schools at military bases overseas is handled by the Department of Defense Educational Activity Office.

In addition to communicating with recruiting organizations, you might also correspond directly with schools located in the city and country of your specific interest. Addresses for schools overseas can be obtained from the Fact Sheet on individual schools.

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