4 Considerations for Teaching Overseas in January

So you’ve been thinking about teaching overseas for a while and you’ve finally decided that you definitely want to do it. Now you’ve decided, you want it to happen right now, if you wait any longer something might come up and you may never do it! With the majority of international schools adopting the September through June academic year, is it possible to start a new overseas position in January?

The simple answer is yes, but, there are a number of things to consider. The following is written with the UK market in mind but you can apply it to your own market and relevant notice periods.

1.   Your notice period

To be available for January, teachers in the UK need to have already handed in their notice (31st of October for a December finish). If you have not already done so, then the next possibility would be to hand in your notice for April. However international schools extremely rarely employ people with an April start date so if you have missed the deadline for January, then it is best to wait until August 2017.

2.   How will it affect your school and class/es to leave mid-year?

Although international schools sometimes need a teacher for January, they don’t want to feel that the teacher is leaving their current school or class in the lurch mid-year. A supportive reference from your current Head teacher will be essential to reassure them this is not the case.

3.   Are you really ready to go?

January vacancies can come up very last minute, an unsuccessful probationary period, a teacher visiting home at Christmas and not returning, illness, etc. This means that schools often require that someone jump on a plane within weeks, maybe even days ( visa permitting), of having a job interview. Do you need to rent your house? Do you need to sort schooling for your children? Do you need to sell your car? If the answer is yes, again, it may be better to give yourself the longer lead in time for an August start.

4.   Have you found the ‘right’ opportunity?

Most international school contracts are two years, the minimum is usually a year. To leave a contract any sooner will reflect badly on your CV and future job applications so it is really important to get this move right. Because January is mid-year for most schools there are, generally speaking, far fewer January positions available than August. If you find an opportunity that ticks every professional box for you for a January start then great; but if not, don’t rush in to a decision when waiting those extra few months will afford you a much higher volume of choice.


It is entirely possible to start a position in January and Edvectus currently have a number of opportunities at excellent schools with this start date for 2017. Just bear the above in mind, and if January isn’t going to work for you, don’t hesitate to contact us for August positions instead. The good news is that schools are already interviewing for August next year, this peaks in January/February. So you can know you have a position sorted which will curb the excitement, but have time to plan carefully. Either way, whatever start date, it will be a pleasure to help you find your dream overseas teaching position. 


By Lisa Ichane, Recruitment Manager at Edvectus based in London



Val Wesselink

20 November 2016

This site is great. We have been teaching in the UK for 9 years, SA for 6, Tanzania for 2 1/2 (had to leave as new president clamped down on visas) and now India and have only just discovered this website and it is by far the best I have seen with brilliant information covering all aspects. We are South Africans and find that were are not really catered for on other sites but even Police Clearances are covered her. Well done. We will sign up as the school we are at the moment has not come up with contractual obligations like global health care, no contracts as yet, salaries paid late and it does not look good on your CV's to hop around but sometimes outside factors influence this. Does Edvectus look after teachers once they have obtained a job - by that I mean if you find a school does not meet their contractual obligations do you take them off your books? Many thanks for a great website.

Reply from Evedecus

20 November 2016

Hello, Val. We have a close working relationship with all of our client schools. If a school didn't meet their obligations, or if they didn't fulfill the contractual agreements for any teacher whom we placed with them, we would discontinue business with them. Our first priority is quality. We seek to work with quality schools and to provide quality candidates for those schools. Since everyone here at Edvectus has a background living/teaching abroad, we feel that our services are more complete and direct than other agencies. We strive to provide a high level of service and honesty is a big part of that.

BettyJane Bryant

25 November 2016

Greetings, I've been reading through your online material. Do you ever hire someone for the summers? Just a brief note about me. I am a seasoned teacher holding 2 certificates. Special Education preschool through grade 12, and general education preschool through grade 8. Although at some schools they have had me teach high school electives. I have taught in California and presently in Alaska. In California there were 152 languages spoken so I was exposed to many cultures in my classrooms. In Alaska I have taught Athabaskan Indians, Yupik, and Eskimo populations. I have lived in cities, hubs and remote isolated villages. Flexibility and thinking outside of the box are characteristics that help me in each situation to guide my students to success as life long learners. Looking forward to hearing from you. BettyJane Bryant

Reply from Evedecus

25 November 2016

Hello, BettyJane. We very rarely have summer positions as most of our jobs are contracts for one or two years during the normal school year.

Kemille Gordon-Davis

03 December 2016

Hello, I am interested in taking up a job opportunity in January. I am however wondering if it is too late now. please advise me

Reply from Evedecus

03 December 2016

Hi Kemille, can you send your resume to teacher@edvectus.com? We'll take a look and contact you with more information.

Jean-Claude Djereke

10 December 2016

I am interested in teaching French abroad. I have been teaching in the USA (high school and university levels) for 3 years and I am willing to have the same experience in a different environment. Starting in January 2017 would be a good idea but if you prefer that I should start later, I don't mind. Best regards! Jean-Claude


17 December 2016

Good Day Lisa I am interested in a teaching position at an international in the UAE for August 2017 start date. I am a South African female teacher with a BACHELOR OF EDUCATION DEGREE FOUNDATION PHASE AND A BACHELOR EDUCATION HONORS DEGREE. Kind Regards Verna

Reply from Evedecus

17 December 2016

Hello Lisa. Send your resume to teacher@edvectus.com and we'll take a look.

Yogadevi Govender

15 January 2017

I am a single mum. It's been my son and I since he was 18 months. He just completed his studies. He did Consumer Science Food and Nutrition. He is 22 and unemployed at the moment, hence he is dependent on me. I want to take him along with me. I am sure he will soon find employment in the hospitality industry there. How do i go about sorting this out? Thank you

Reply from Evedecus

15 January 2017

Hello, sending us your resume is the first step. We'll take a look and contact you with more information and to discuss your options.


06 February 2017

highly interested in teaching in UAE

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