Teach English in New Zealand

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How to Begin Teaching in New Zealand

Boasts Volcanoes, Fjords, Mountain Ranges, Forests and Beaches.

New Zealand has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine.

New Zealand is the land where time stood still, and it is obvious why. Its spectacular natural beauty boasts volcanoes, fjords, mountain ranges, forests and beaches. The fact that it only has about 4.5 million inhabitants means that it is a land of wide open spaces, peace and quiet, and a lot of sheep!
New Zealand is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoorsy types, but also for those just looking for somewhere a bit off the beaten track. From bungee jumping, sky diving and abseiling to whale watching, stargazing and thermal spas, New Zealand really has something for everyone. It boasts an impressive wine region of 120 vineyards and their Pacific Rim cuisine is unique – sampling the seafood, lamb and cheese is a must for any foodie.
New Zealand is a melting pot of cultural activities. Her history is an interesting mix of British colonialism and traditional Maori, while more recently, Australian, Asian and European cultures have influenced modern-day New Zealand. This cultural mix has resulted in enough museums, art galleries and performance events to satisfy even the most enthusiastic cultural tourists.

Teaching Opportunities

New Zealand may not be first on the list for most TEFL teachers but if magnificent landscapes, a relaxed atmosphere and a well-established TEFL environment are what you are looking for, then consider New Zealand: the home of Tolkien’s Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings. 
New Zealand regularly features very highly in the world ranking for education systems, so education is very important and teachers are well respected. Even though New Zealand is an English-speaking country, the TEFL industry is well developed thanks to the many Asian learners who decide to visit New Zealand to learn English. Most teaching opportunities are in the bigger cities of Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, but there are a few more remote opportunities too. While there are a few language schools to work at, many schools need teachers for summer camps for Asian schoolchildren. A degree is not required but is preferred.
Schools don’t provide accommodation or flights, but will be able to help you to get settled. The New Zealanders are famed for their generosity – just make sure to support the All Blacks!



Teaching Requirements

Degree Requirement Typical Contract Length Peak Hiring Seasons Visa Info Typical Students Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
Not requiredMonthly January, June, November Working Holiday visa Students, professionals NZD 1300 – NZD 1550 (£1000 – £1500) NZD 3350 – NZD 5000 (£1665 – £2500)
January, June, November
Working Holiday visa
Students, professionals
NZD 1300 – NZD 1550 (£1000 – £1500)
NZD 3350 – NZD 5000 (£1665 – £2500)

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