Teacher Resources

Educational requirements for schools

Dynamic Personnel will primarily recruit teachers who are qualified /certified to teach children in their home country. The kinds of qualifications required differ by country but typically include a bachelor’s or masters of education, postgraduate degree /certificate in education, higher diploma in education, diploma in education. Note that South African teachers with only a diploma in education (3 years) who do not have a bachelor’s degree will have extremely limited opportunities.  A minimum of 2 years full time teaching experience at a school is required.

Educational requirements for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Opportunities for TEFL teachers in the Middle East are very limited and mostly only available in Saudi Arabia at tertiary level. A Bachelors degree along with a TEFL certificate would be required along with at least 2 years teaching experience. The other Middle East countries eg UAE, Oman etc require a Bachelors degree in English or Linguistics (no TEFL certificate required) in order to be considered for teaching English.  Our main area for TEFL teaching would be Asia. In Thailand we offer BA degree qualified candidates (any major) a full comprehensive package so no experience is needed. We also offer guaranteed job placement. For TEFL positions in South Korea you would be required to have at least a Bachelors Degree along with a TEFL certificate and 2 years experience.

Countries from which we recruit

We primarily recruit teachers trained/experienced in one or more of the following countries:

All teachers must be completely fluent in English, other nationalities may be considered, depending on qualifications and experience.

Before you apply

When you start the registration process it is recommended that you set aside approximately 30 minutes and keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Have a current resume/CV ready to work from
  • Have a professionally appropriate photo ready to upload (a head shot is ideal; we prefer a professional passport picture). For an example of an acceptable photo click here.
  • Create only one profile per individual. Duplicate applications will hinder your chances to be successfully recruited.
  • Include as many details as possible when completing your application to increase your chances of being considered for a position.
  • Due to the volume of applications received, only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

When to Apply

International schools usually plan on hiring a full complement of staff before the school year starts September and contractual employment between one and three years is offered. Mid-season placements often take place at the last minute due to illness, maternity leave or unexpected resignations. Teachers who are available at short notice in the middle of a school year may be considered by high quality schools, although they usually require more experience. The teacher must be able to go abroad within weeks of the job offer. Teachers can register with Dynamic Personnel at any time during the year. Should you already be contracted for a long period, as it often happens in the UK, South Africa and Ireland, you should register as early as possible. To register click here.

Registration Process

Register and the world is your oyster! Dynamic Personnel’s registration process is designed to capture all essential information as quickly and thorough as possible. After registration a consultant will be able to advise you on suitable and available teaching jobs abroad. Each school has its own requirements; therefore an assessment of your teaching experience is necessary. Your qualifications and dependant status are measured up against the requirements and employment packages of Dynamic Personnel’s list of schools that are recruiting. This process also helps you to prioritise essential documentation, to clarify your expectations and to be considered for a wide range of jobs in one go. Remember: The more relevant the information you give during registration, the better your chances

How to become a Dynamic Personnel Teacher

Registration Process 1) Register Online Click here to register. 2) Pre-screen Details We will pre-screen your details and CV to establish your suitability. 3) Complete Registration Pack A full registration pack will be emailed to all successful applicants for completion. 4) Email Relevant Documentation After completing your registration pack please email copies of the following to admin@dynamicpersonnel.co.za

  • tertiary qualifications
  • transcripts
  • 2 written reference letters (on official school letterhead)
  • police clearance / criminal record check
  • passport
  • passport photograph

If you don’t have all these documents straight away email what you have so long, the rest can follow. 5) We will Match you to the Right Job 6) Interview We will contact you to set up an interview either via Skype or telephonic or in some cases in person. Please make sure you have a Skype account with a webcam. 7) Job Offer and Acceptance If you are successful during the interview a formal job offer will be emailed to you from our office. 8) Attestation Depending on where you have been placed different documents would be required to get attested. This will be discussed in detail with each applicant individually. To register click here.

Why Teach Abroad

Teaching is one of the few professions where you can literally work your way around the world, while growing both professionally and personally. You will learn new occupation-specific skills by teaching a new curriculum and being exposed to best practice from fellow teachers who hail from countries around the world. International schools attract a certain kind of teacher, and usually the staff in your new school will be similar to yourself: welcoming, outgoing, open-minded, adventurous, and interested in travel and in experiencing new cultures. Most international schools are private institutions and usually have fewer discipline problems, with smaller class sizes and a more academic focus compared to standard state schools. Of course there will be pressure, such as parents having high expectations because they pay for their children’s education and expect results. But you can relax as well. Through living and working in a new region, you will be able to travel cheaply to nearby countries during weekends and term breaks. Working abroad provides an excellent opportunity to save and invest money. If you are adaptable, open-minded, professional and dedicated, teaching abroad might be just what you are looking for.

Money Matters

So much more than a currency Teachers who are new to the international market are often unsure of how to evaluate international teaching employment packages. They think because they have earned a certain amount in their old job at home, they can expect their new job to pay at least the same. While this is an obvious comparison, it is not the most accurate way to evaluate the financial differences of living and working in another country. The main factors that affect your calculation are:

  • Tax rates: Some countries take more than 50% of your income in tax, whereas some are tax-free. This makes a big difference to your wallet and is therefore very important to keep in mind.
  • Employment packages: Some packages offer free housing, medical coverage, end-of-contract or gratuity bonuses, no-absence bonuses, flights, utility payments, tuition discount for children and more. Some packages offer very few benefits. You should evaluate the entire package as it applies to you.
  • Cost of living: If you have to send money home for loan repayments or mortgage payments, you need to subtract that amount before you do any cost of living calculations.

A typical Middle East package:

  • Tax-free salary
  • Free, furnished accommodation (single or shared)
  • Transport to and from school or a transport allowance
  • Free annual return air ticket
  • The school will obtain and pay for your visa
  • Medical Insurance

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Family Matters

Taking the family along Living and teaching abroad with a family, spouse or partner is more complicated than if you are single. Dependants are usually defined as children for whom you have full legal custody and who are under the age of 18. Most countries will not recognise your parents, siblings or children older than 18 as dependants, even if you are financially responsible for them. Should those who are not recognised as legal dependants have to accompany you, they will need to secure their own visas and rights to work before you will be considered by a school. Do not assume that you will be entitled to free visas, flights, medical coverage and tuition for your dependants, as each school has a different policy. Spouse or partner In most cases a female cannot sponsor her husband to work in the Middle East, he would be responsible to obtain his own work visa. Marriage provides a legally recognised bond between two people and most countries make provision for a visa for your spouse to enter the country and remain with you. Unmarried partners have no such legal bond and must procure their own work authorisation to enter and remain in the country. Schools will usually avoid teachers who have an uncertain personal situation. Same-sex partners In most countries in which Dynamic Personnel operates, same-sex marriages are not recognised. Your same-sex partner will usually have to obtain their own work authorisation. In some countries in the Middle East and Far East, homosexuality is illegal. Financial considerations If your partner has their own employment package, you will not face the same financial difficulties as a teacher who is the sole breadwinner. If you are the main breadwinner, you need to consider:

  • Housing provided by schools is usually a shared or one-bedroom apartment and might not be suitable for a family.
  • Some schools will provide a stipend in lieu of housing, but it is often not enough to cover the rent of even a one-bedroom apartment. This is especially true in the Middle East − stipends usually cover half the cost of an apartment.
  • International schools serving a mainly local population might not be culturally suitable for a child – they may be the only expatriate child in their school, which can lead to adjustment problems.
  • Schools usually do not pay for benefits for family members, such as flights or medical insurance.
  • Not all schools provide free tuition for teachers’ children. Some, especially in the Middle East, provide only a discount and all schools would expect you to pay for uniforms, books, lunch fees, etc. − even if tuition is free.

All things being equal, most schools prefer single teachers who cost them less to support. That being said, there are some “family friendly” schools and advisory projects abroad which are usually open to teachers who have at least three years’ teaching experience.

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