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New Zealand is the land where time stood still, and it is obvious why.

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.

Sheep really do rule New Zealand with an estimated 9 sheep per person in the country, the highest sheep to person ratio in the world. It’s estimated in general only 5% of the living population in New Zealand is human, highlighting the population of wildlife across the country. Away from sheep New Zealand use a lot of their vast green landscape for golf. With more than 400 golf courses across the North and South islands, New Zealand has more golf courses per capita than any of the country around the world!

In fact, over one-third of New Zealand is protected by the government to be preserved and untouched. Allowing New Zealand to keep the stunning scenery and national parks you might be accustomed to.

Rugby is the national sport of New Zealand and they are exceptionally good at it. New Zealand won the first-ever Rugby World Cup in 1987. Winning also in 2011 and 2015 the team known as the All Blacks traditionally have innovated the game with speed, strength and a quick passing game are reoccurring characteristics of the All Black teams.

Water sports are extremely popular in New Zealand as well as other extreme sports. If you love surfing there’s more than 120 km of coastline to enjoy. New Zealand is also home to the first-ever bungee jump venue, in the south island in a popular place called Queenstown.

 

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
    Not required
  • Typical Contract Length
    Monthly
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    January, June, November
  • Visa Info
    Working Holiday visa
  • Typical Students
    Students, professionals
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
    1,300-1,550 NZD
  • Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
    3,350-5,000 NZD

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