Why use an agency to teach overseas
Deciding to teach and live overseas is a choice that you have to make on your own, but you need not go through the application and placement process alone. Using a local (South African based) agency like SA-Recruitment, to secure you a position in a school will come at no extra cost and it will make the whole process easier and safer!
Let us break it down for you.SA-Recruitment will know what is required of you for every step of the application process. We will therefore be able to provide you with a detailed explanation of the application, documentation and placement procedures. This is going to cut down on the amount of research you must do and will help you better prepare yourself for what is to come.
Consider for a moment how far away you are here in South Africa from schools in the Middle East and China, factor into this time zones, potential language barriers, school staff’s crazy schedules and not to mention that you have not gone through this process before - this makes it tricky to effectively communicate with the school and to get your questions answered. So, if you need to ask an urgent question - you may have to wait a while. Using an agency gives you the freedom to easily to ask as many questions as you like, and if they can't answer them, they will get in touch with the school for you.Paperwork is the other headache when applying for teaching positions overseas; legal work visas have very strict paperwork requirements, and this is not something you want to get wrong as it could jeopardize the entire process.
Using a reputable and knowledgeable agency helps tremendously with this as they will guide you through the process so that valuable time and money is not wasted. It is also much easier to ask your agent questions related to this process rather than trying to get hold of someone at school.One of the major pros of working with an agency is their well-established network. An agency will have strong relationships with good, reputable schools in the Middle East and China that are safe and abide by legal visa processes.
This means that you will be hired legally and not run any risk of being scammed and your recruiter will know which school will suit you best and they will be able to negotiate a good package for you.All of these connections make agencies a wealth of knowledge. They should be able to provide you with travel tips; tips about the school; contact details of other teachers they have placed in your school; location information and more! They will also be able to fully prepare you for your Skype interview with the school.By developing a relationship with an agency, you will be able to come back to them at the end of your contract and easily apply for a new position.
Remember, the agency should not charge you for their services in securing you a teaching position. There will be costs for you related to paperwork e.g. authentication of documents, police clearance certificates etc. but no agency should charge you a fee for securing a teaching position for you.
For more information on the application process and how to secure a teaching position in the Middle East and/or China, please feel free to contact us:
firstname.lastname@example.org +27 21 100 3145