About Us

Looking for teaching jobs abroad? Edvectus matches western-trained teachers with international teaching jobs. It's as simple as that. 

Edvectus is a friendly, innovative company that combines international teacher recruitment with a learning portal for teachers who wish to improve their teaching skills, enhance their knowledge of international curricula and their knowledge of working abroad.

As an international teaching agency, we specialise in matching internationally minded qualified teachers with appropriate internationally based schools and our unique approach allows our candidates to access carefully developed and moderated online training that will enable them to land their dream teaching jobs abroad. At the same time our clients minimise their risk by hiring teachers who are qualified, screened, trained and informed about their school, their region and the challenges of working abroad.

Our consultants are ex-teachers with international experience and our Learning Portal is a valuable tool that is free to our registered candidates.


Who are we? Meet some of the team.   

London  Office

   

Diane Jacoutot

Managing Director

 

Education:  B.Sc Engineering (USA), MBA (UK)

International experience:  I have lived and worked in the US and the UK and have travelled to over 35 different countries in Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Far East. 

Why international teacher recruiting?  I like the idea that I can help teachers make better choices by giving them well-researched information and guidance based on my 15 years’ experience. I also like helping schools find teachers who are well matched to their needs. I get satisfaction out of a job well done.  I love the fact that I learn something new every day- whether it’s a cultural insight, new market information or changing visa requirements- this job keeps me on my toes. 

My favourite travel memory:   I have two. For work it was when I took a train across the steppes of Kazakhstan. It was both surreal and beautiful. For fun it was renting a seafront house with my extended family in rural Croatia.  In both cases hardly anyone spoke English which is probably what made it so happily memorable. I love a challenge!

 

   

Lisa Bavidge

International Recruitment Consultant

Education:  B.A degree – Media and Communications (NZ) TEFL Certified

International Experience: Originally from New Zealand, I have developed a lifelong love affair with traveling the world and exploring the diversity of different cultures. My international career began in 2000 when I left NZ and spent the following two years teaching in South Korea which I thoroughly enjoyed, as I learnt about Korean culture and developed a taste for spicy Korean soup, tofu Kimchi chigae. Following on from there, I spent two years living in Russia where I taught privately working as a Governess, employed by UHNW Russian families. My time In Moscow was extraordinary and I found the culture and people extremely fascinating and on more than one occasion whilst standing at Red Square covered in snow I caught my breath, overwhelmed at the beauty of where I was living and in total appreciation of mother Russia. Then in 2005 I moved to England, a place that I have become very fond of and I now call this country home.

Why international teacher recruiting?  I began recruiting teachers for International schools in 2006 and immediately I loved it because I understand the journey a teacher takes when embarking on an International teaching career. This includes all the questions, the possibilities, the uncertainties and excitement, the joy and the fear of the unknown  – I have experienced it too and knew I could offer the  wisdom of experience. I also enjoy being of service and helping teachers to take the next step in their lives.  

My favourite travel memory: When I look back at my time teaching and working internationally, I can think of many fun and incredibly favourable experiences. However what anchors these experiences are the people I met along the way. Fellow teachers who I shared the highs and lows, the hilarity and the madness and who are now life-long friends. And the endearing locals in each country who became dear friends and who opened up their culture and country to me. These memories and friendships are what I value the most when I look back at my international travels.

   

Jordan Hunkin

International Recruitment Consutlant 

Education: BA Journalism & Media (UK), TEFL Certified (UK)

International Experience: I’ve lived in the UK for half my life and abroad for the other half. I was born in Rome but grew up in London to American parents and had the fortune to be able to work in the UK, USA, Spain and many different parts of China and Hong Kong... All thanks to teaching!  I love travelling and recently hit my 50th country across Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America, and South America and hopefully will be able to visit Antarctica one day.

Why international teaching recruiting? Teaching abroad was one of the best things I’ve ever done. In terms of job satisfaction. The food I ate, the experiences I had, the things I learnt, the people I met and the friends I made will probably never be matched. When I set out to teach abroad all those years ago I wish the recruiters that I used were as helpful, genuine and knowledgeable as my colleagues here at Edvectus. I’ve worked within other recruitment companies that give good recruiters a bad name and to now have the opportunity to encourage teachers to move abroad in safe hands and find either their dream job, enhance their career prospects or have an amazing adventure felt like the next step for someone who is passionate about education and travelling. 

Favourite travel memory: There are so many to choose from, even when things didn’t go right they have a special memory looking back. My favourite would probably have to be in Salar de Uyuni, amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia. Taking a jeep through the world’s largest salt flats, hiking to the top of a volcano, visiting an island of giant cactuses and sleeping in a hotel made entirely of salt won’t be a place I’ll easily forget.

 

   

Anda Banks

International Recruitment Consultant

Education: BA Chinese Studies (UK), MA Chinese Studies (UK), TEFL Certified

International Experience: I have lived in China and have travelled the region extensively. I taught in Shaanxi province for two years and then spent a year studying Mandarin at Tianjin Normal University. Before moving to the UK to do a degree in Chinese Studies, I taught in Sudan for half a year. Going abroad has been a great opportunity to broaden my horizons and experience different cultures.

Why international teacher recruiting?  Moving abroad can be a life changing decision and can often feel overwhelming. I enjoy working in recruitment because I’m passionate about the service that we provide – well researched advice and guidance. Edvectus only works with reputable schools and I enjoy helping teachers to secure their next positions knowing that they will gain invaluable experience whilst being placed at schools that will take good care of them!

My favourite travel memory: Whilst I have many memories from my travels that I savour, I especially enjoyed the three weeks that I spent backpacking across southern China and Vietnam. Once I reached Hanoi I took a boat to Cat Ba island where I spent two days sleeping on the beach and enjoying the local seafood. 

   

Hannah Brant

International Recruitment Consultant and UK Team Recruitment Coordinator

Education: MA English Literature and Film Studies (UK), TEFL Certified (UK)

International Experience: I was born in London but grew up in Northern Ireland. After graduating I moved to Asia to teach English for six months but ended up working and living abroad for six years. I have taught a range of students from kindergarten to adults in China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Spain. I love travelling and have been to 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. 

Why international teaching recruiting? Moving abroad to work as a teacher was one of the best things I have ever done. I met people from all over the world, made some lasting friendships, gained a wealth of knowledge about Asian and other cultures, and travelled across the globe before returning to the UK. To have the opportunity to now encourage teachers to move abroad felt like the next step after teaching. I am passionate about education and travel and can relate to teachers concerns about making the life changing decision to move abroad. I am excited to help and support teachers in finding the right school and getting them started on their global adventure. 

Favourite travel memory: There are so many to choose from but I’ll mention two that really stand out. The first is camping on the Great Wall of China with my now fiance and a group of friends. We spent the day hiking through the mountains, set up camp on the Wall itself, and the night was spent having a BBQ and Chinese Baijiu whilst trying not to fall off the Wall in the dark. But the best part was watching the sunrise over the Wall and the Beijing countryside. The second was an evening spent in a tiny restaurant in Osaka, Japan. My boyfriend and I had the most amazing food and became great friends with the owner after trying on his Sushi chef jacket, having a broken conversation in English and Japanese and sampling the local sake.

   

United Arab Emirates Office

   

Neil Ollier

Business Development Director

Education:  B.Sc. Plant Biology (UK), PGCE Secondary Science (UK), MREC (UK)

International experience: I have taught in Kuwait for 2 years and have lived with my family in Dubai, UAE for over a decade, during which time I have travelled to many countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

Why international teacher recruiting? International teaching dramatically changed my life both professionally and personally and catapulted me in new and exciting directions I never before considered. Being part of a life changing experience for a teacher wanting to work overseas is a very responsible position to be in, as this is a lot more than sending a teacher down the road for a day of supply, and I love it. Being located in the region where we place teachers has helped me professionally and culturally connect with a wide range of schools across the Middle East which has enormously supported teachers and schools find the right match for each other.

My favourite travel memory:  My goodness, I have so many from which to choose so let me highlight a quick few:  black water rafting in New Zealand, deep sea fishing in the Caribbean, tracking a cheetah in Kenya, joining the Buddhist pilgrimage climbing Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka, accidentally almost selling my wife for 20 camels in Giza. Despite my extensive travel experiences, I just love fell walking in my home country in the Lake District in the UK, can’t beat it!

 

   

Diane (Dee) Brereton

Account Manager- Abu Dhabi Education Council

Education:  B. Ed Hons, NPQH (UK).

International experience: I grew up in London and spent over 20 years as a teacher then head teacher working in London schools. I love travelling and have visited over 30 counties world- wide and always wanted to experience living abroad. I relocated to Abu Dhabi in 2012 as I was given the opportunity to live and work in an international setting: ticking another thing off on my bucket list!  
 
Why international teacher recruiting? I relish being part of the journey that enables teachers to realise their dream and ambition to live and work abroad. It is an opportunity that has the potential to change the way you think, act and experience life. I having made the move myself I understand that it is a little daunting but my role is to provide suitable opportunities that are the right fit for those who wish to work abroad.

My favourite travel memory: The joy of being stuck in camel traffic on my way to visit a school. Unfortunately I did not capture this moment on film but the memory of it is imprinted on my mind and still makes me chuckle when I think about it. 

   

North America Office

 

Sara Young

Recruitment Manager

Education: BA Business Administration (USA), MBA (AUS), TEFL Certified 

International experience: After completing my Bachelor’s degree in Louisiana (USA), I moved to Thailand where I became TEFL certified and began teaching English to adult learners. I lived, travelled and worked in Southeast Asia for 5 years. In 2013, I moved to Melbourne, Australia, where I completed an MBA at Monash University and enjoyed the Aussie life for 2 magnificent years! Since then, my Belgian partner and I have moved to Boston, where we appreciate the cold winters and love the warm summers, but also travel and take new adventures at every opportunity! 

Why international teacher recruiting? Teaching abroad changed my life. I wish Edvectus had been around when I made that decision because the amount of support and help one receives for making such a life-changing move is unbelievable. Teacher recruiting for me is a way to help those who are looking to make that change and I want to be there to share my experiences and help teachers along their own, unique path.   

My favourite travel memory:   When I was living and working in Thailand my mother came to visit me. It was the first time she’d been out of the USA and, in fact, she had to get a passport just for the trip! That moment when I first saw her at the airport will stay with me forever. Yes, of course, we were happy to see each other, but the fact that she had made it all the way to the other side of the world, of which, she had done all on her very own, made me so proud and I could tell it made her feel the same. We had an amazing time together and she ended up coming back for an even longer visit! 

 

   

Katie Landry

International Recruitment Consultant 

Education: BA History & English Literature (CAN), TEFL Certified

International experience: After participating in an exchange to Geneva, Switzerland at 16, I’d had a taste of international travel and was hooked! After university graduation, I moved to South Korea to teach English, and later did the same in Hong Kong. I love exploring new places and have been lucky enough to travel extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas, with a long list of places still to go!

Why international teacher recruiting? Living and working abroad can open so many doors both personally and professionally, as I know firsthand! It can also be a daunting process, and I’m thrilled to make the transition a little bit easier for the teachers that I work with, so that they may start thriving in their new countries and teaching roles as soon as possible. Since I had such a great experience teaching internationally myself, it’s something I feel I can wholeheartedly recommend to others- and I love that I can stand behind the work Edvectus does with both its schools and teachers! 

My favourite travel memory:  In Phong Nha, Vietnam, a friend and I convinced a hostel employee to take us exploring on a on his day off. We spent the day winding through the mountains on motorbikes to take in the breathtaking views, sliding around in a pitch-black mud cave with only headlamps to guide us, and swimming to and exploring a secret (and unbelievably beautiful!) grotto. We finished off the day in hammocks overlooking the rice paddies at sunset, eating the best peanut noodles I’ve ever had.

 

   

Jing Wang

International Recruitment Consultant 

Education: B.A. International Hospitality Management (FR), MBA (CAN)

International experience: I am originally from Beijing, China, but I lived most of my childhood years in Bucharest, Romania. After pursuing my undergraduate degree in France, I worked and lived in different countries in Europe as well as in the US and Canada. After completing my MBA, I had the wonderful experience of teaching Business Strategy to students in China.

Why international teacher recruiting? I have always been passionate about education, lifelong learning and international cultures. With a previous background in recruitment, teacher recruiting was the ideal career choice blending all of my interests and experiences towards helping others discover their own adventures. 

My favourite travel memory:  Although I loved so many of my travels, my favourite so far would have to be backpacking through China with my husband. We spent 4 weeks travelling by train from Beijing down to the South, then towards the West where we hiked Tibetan mountains covered in snow. There, we met herds of yaks and learned about the local bird and plant species. All along the way, we immersed ourselves in the local culture, ate local food and met other travelers along the way who had lots of interesting stories to share.

Australasia  Offices (Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong) 

   

Abby Gormack

Account Manager - Asia Pacific 

Education: BA (Hons) History & American Studies (UK), PGCE Secondary (History) (UK)

International experience: I am originally from the East Yorkshire in the UK but moved to Sydney, Australia 9 years ago. The plan was to move for 2 years and then go home... I love travel and experiencing new places and at last count I think I have been to 24 countries for either work or pleasure. I hope to experience many more for both reasons.

Why international teacher recruiting? I really enjoy working with the schools in South East Asia and the Far East and connecting with people from different countries. Learning about countries I’ve never been to and learning about different cultures – even just through interactions with local or expatriate staff working in a school – is fascinating to me and keeps me constantly interested in my job. The feeling of placing someone in their dream job or of introducing someone to the next exciting chapter in their lives is really good and I love it when teachers let us know about their experiences or write a blog we can read.

My favourite travel memory:  Sampling the obligatory Singapore Sling in the amazing Raffles Hotel in Singapore with my sister on a round the world trip. It was just before Christmas and the streets and malls were lit up and decorated within an inch of their lives, so despite being extremely warm it did feel very festive. A close second would be a work trip to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia where we visited a school in the Highlands just outside the city. The views were spectacular and the lush green hills (complete with monkeys) were an amazing contrast to the city. 
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Lauranne Croot

Recruitment Manager 

Education: BEd. (NZ), Diploma in Teaching Primary (NZ), Associate Trinity College of London in Speech and Drama (UK)

International experience: I have travelled to over 30 different countries throughout the Middle East, Europe and Asia.  My first overseas trip was to Japan as an AFS Exchange student when I was 15 years old.  This was an amazing cultural opportunity living with a Japanese host family and gaining firsthand experience of the Japanese lifestyle and culture.  As a recruitment consultant I have been very fortunate to visit a number of countries that I otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to visit.  The highlight of every one of these trips is visiting the schools and the teachers we have placed.

Why international teacher recruiting? I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work for a London Education recruitment agency after first registering with them for teaching work.  As I had a fabulous experience teaching overseas in London Primary schools, I wanted to be able to give more teachers the same opportunity I had and advise them on the exciting International teaching positions that are available.  Teaching around the world is such a fabulous way to develop  your professional and personal skills, all whilst being well paid and continuing in your teaching career.  Through teaching and travelling, I have made lifelong friends.

My favourite travel memory:  I have so many that I could list but my favourite and most memorable has to be travelling with my father through Eygpt.  I can highly recommend the early dawn hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.  Simply magical as was the sunrise at Abu Simbal.  Vietnam is a very special place too.  I fell in love with the Vietnamese cuisine and culture. 

Pearl Leung 

Business Development Manager, China and Asia Region

Education: Diploma in Travel (NZ), Bachelor of Education – Primary (Montessori) (NZ)

International Experience:  I was born in the UK and grew up in New Zealand. I moved to Shanghai  for my first international teaching experience and instead of returning to New Zealand I had the opportunity to work in Hong Kong where I am now currently based.  I have always loved travelling and experiencing different cultures so living in Hong Kong gives me convenient access to travel the world!   


Why International Teacher recruiting? Having had the wonderful opportunity of working and teaching internationally I hope to be able to help other teachers have a positive experience.  There are several factors to take into account when considering which school and location to choose as not all schools are the same.  I really enjoy working with schools in the Far East and South East Asia because it gives me the chance to explore different locations and to find schools that would be a good fit for our teachers.

My favourite travel memory: When I had lunch at the Hakka village in Balik Pulau (West coast of Penang Island).  It is my most memorable experience because you can only get to the restaurant and museum by the owner’s 4WD jeep up the very narrow path to get to the top of the hill.    

South Africa 

   

Helga van Niekerk

Recruitment Associate

Education:  B Cur (Nursing Education and Community Health)

International experience: My international experience is slightly different as I was born and raised in Zimbabwe to British parents but have settled and raised my own family in Cape Town, South Africa. I have travelled to various parts of Africa, Europe and the Middle East and enjoyed experiencing different cultures.

Why international teacher recruiting?  I never knew that international teacher recruiting could be so very satisfying. Helping South Africans from all corners of our country to try and find teaching positions in the Middle East has bought out the best in me. I love the opportunity of connecting with a wide range of teachers from our rainbow nation and taking their application from email stage to an impressive international portfolio, which I can then pass onto my consultant colleagues. I love being the information gatherer, finding out about the teachers and identifying their strong points. I love being the Edvectus ‘go to’ person in South Africa and being able to champion the cause of South Africans within the company. 

My favourite travel memory:   It has to be trying to create snow angels with my husband at the top of Jungfraujoch in Switzerland. 

   

 

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