Frequently Asked Questions

No. ESL Job Exchange is a completely free service for anyone who is searching for ESL teaching job opportunities. Sign up, create your online resume and begin searching and applying for jobs!

No. ESL Job Exchange is purely an exchange between candidates and employers in the ESL industry. All jobs listed are legitimate jobs listings from employers seeking ESL teachers for their organization. Presently, we also publish jobs listed on aggregate sites such as

We are not affiliated, nor do we recruit for any employers at this time.

Yes. Registering an account helps both you and any prospective employer easily connect and move through the hiring process if there is mutual interest. When you create an account on this site, you will be able to create a profile, add your education and work experience and upload your resume. You will also be able to apply to current jobs listed on this site, and allow these employers to view your profile and resume to determine if you meet their hiring criteria. Employers whose jobs you have applied to will be able to communicate with you as part of their selection process. We do not sell your information or make it available to any third parties outside of this site. Only employers with a valid account on this site may be able to contact you if they intend to consider you for a job opening. This may also include recruiters that employers have retained to assist with their recruitment process.

To ensure that jobs are kept up to date we limit the duration a job listing will stay active. An employer can list their job for up to 30 days. If the job is not filled, the employer has the option to re-list the job for another 30 days. ESL employers tend to shortlist and interview candidates as and when they receive applications. Therefore, there may be instances when an active job has already been filled, but the employer has not yet marked the job as filled.

New jobs are added regularly, so please visit the site regularly to stay updated with job opportunities that may interest you. When you register an account, you can also set up job alerts for any type of job search or category. This way, you will receive an email notification when there are any jobs that match your alert criteria.

When you submit your online resume, it will remain active for 365 days from the date you publish it. You will receive a reminder to update your resume and re-list it closer to the expiry date. We do this to ensure candidates keep their resumes up to date and to maintain a site with active job seekers.

While not every country requires a university degree or TEFL certificate to be legally employed as an ESL teacher, it is increasingly becoming the case where working without either of these will limit your prospects for finding legal employment in this field. Even if a country has no specific requirement to have a formal education or TEFL qualification, most top paying employers will expect candidates to have these as a minimum.

As ESL Job Exchange aims to focus on quality employers in this industry, you should expect that  having a university degree as well as a TEFL certification will be the minimum for most employers on our job board.

If you do not yet have a TEFL certification, you can obtain your qualification from one of the TEFL certification course providers we recommend. We have carefully reviewed each of these providers and genuinely believe these to offer the best qualifications in the industry.

Note: We receive a small referral fee when you enroll in a course with these providers by clicking through a referral link on this site. We appreciate your doing so as it helps cover the costs of running this site.

All jobs listed on this site have been moderated to ensure they are from legitimate employers or recruitment agencies. However, it is possible for a fraudulent job listing to get through our filters. If you have discovered a fraudulent listing on this site, please let us know immediately.

When applying for a job and communicating with an employer about the job opportunity, we recommend the following:

  • Do not send any sensitive information via email such as your passport or other identification. If you must do so for your employer to arrange your visa application, strike a line through the copy of your identification as well as your identification number to prevent anyone from using the identification fraudulently.
  • Do not accept any employment offer that does not include the proper visa and work permit arranged by the employer. You should always ensure you enter the country on the proper visa and that your employer assists you with the proper documentation to apply for the visa from your country of residence. Some countries allow you to enter on a tourist visa, extend the visa and apply for a work permit. In these cases, ensure you have a formalized contract from the employer before traveling, and also do your due diligence by communicating with other teachers who are working for that organization. You may request their email addresses from the employer. If the employer refuses to share their contact information, this may be a red flag to consider about working with this employer.
  • Do not ever send money to a prospective employer for any reason. Many fraudsters use job boards fronting as employers, and will ask you to transfer funds to them to process your visa, promising that the funds will be returned to you on your arrival to the country of employment. If you discover such a job listing on our site, please let us know immediately.

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