TEFL Hiring Seasons
Your Guide to TEFL Hiring Seasons
While CELTA certified teachers are able to find work year-round in most countries, for some there are peak hiring seasons for most regions that you may want to factor in, so that you don't turn up, say, in Madrid in the middle of August, when everyone else is out of town on the beach...
This is particularly important when going for jobs in the primary or secondary school systems, or university environments. To get a sense of hiring periods direct from the source search the advertisements in our Jobs Center
Hiring Season: September to October (primary)
Hiring Season: January (secondary)
Government sponsored programs usually require the submission of applications in March, ready for a September start, or December for January starts.
Like any grammar point, there are always exceptions to the rule: Russia, Turkey, Hungary and Georgia typcially hire year-round.
Recruitment to work on European summer camps is kicking off earlier each year, we've see advertisements as early as March for June/July work
December and January tend to be quiet. There's a detailed country by country list available here .
Hiring Season (primary): June-July
Hiring Season (secondary): January-February
Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico tend to be year-round.
Hiring Season: February-March
Hiring Season (secondary): July-August
Generally year-round for private language schools
South Korean public schools hiring season: March-May for August/September start dates, private schools year-round
Japan JET program requires applications in by the first of December for October starts
Taiwan kicks off after Chinese New Year and also in July and August.
Thai contracts tend to start in October and May.
China all day, every day
Generally year-round, however Gulf states do interview in March-May for August and September start dates.