Open young minds, develop your career and travel the world!

Looking to teach outside of your own country? For over 60 years, the international school community has come together through ISS, the first non-profit to connect qualified educators with international schools. Our longevity in the field and innovative approach help you make a world of difference in the lives of students and their communities around the world.

One of the hundreds of exciting teaching opportunities in the ISS system could be your next dream job! Join us online for an iFair® in March or May.


Join our community and access our on-line database, which hosts a wealth of schools and resources to help you find the position that’s perfect for you. With a platform for your resume, multimedia, and documents, create a dynamic online presence through which schools will connect with you.


Eager to strengthen education for children around the world? Once your candidacy has been approved and your membership is activated, discover the global openings ISS offers. Explore our jobs database or attend one of our recruitment conferences/job fairs to interview with schools worldwide.

Distinctive Qualities of ISS Recruiting Services

Limitless access

Once you are an active candidate, you have complete access to our database of vacancies at hundreds of school around the world. Active members are also able to attend any ISS event free of charge - no invitation required and no limits on attendance!

Cutting Edge Tools and Technology

The ISS portal provides you with a host of tools to assist you in your job search, including detailed profiles for every school, salary/benefits info, and the ability to upload and manage documents. Our innovative “Best Match” technology promotes your profile to international school recruiters and highlights you for open positions that match your background.

Proactive Assistance

We care deeply about the work we do and take pride in our exceptional, caring customer service. Our team knows that the job hunt for a competitive international position can be stressful, so when you need that personalized help during your journey, we’re there by your side!

A Vibrant, Purposeful Community

ISS recruiting memberships are valid for two years or until you find a job overseas, but ISS support goes far beyond this initial recruiting cycle. When you come on with ISS you are joining a family of educators with a purpose - making a world of difference. You are encouraged to participate in one of many ISS Communities, and when looking for you next position -- we want you back!

ISS Membership Process

The investment to open a file for candidates new to the ISS community is $195. This membership is valid for two years or until you find a job overseas, whichever comes first. Returning ISS alumni pay only $75 to renew their file.

We encourage our candidates to apply early with us in the summer and fall. These candidates get “ahead of the game” by creating an active profile, polishing their professional dossier, and making sure everything is perfect before schools come knocking.

However, enrollment is open all year, and it is never too late to apply!

  • 1 Before joining ISS:
  • 2 Fill out the online application, and submit all of your materials.
  • 3 ISS reviews your application to make sure you meet basic criteria, and then conducts a full review to prepare your profile for recruiters. The team will contact you with any questions as your application is reviewed.
  • 4 Once you're approved – you’re ready to begin the search! Use our online database to search for jobs or attend a job fair.
  • 5 ISS will be there every step of the way to ensure the process runs smoothly, from the start of your application to your first day at your new school and beyond. Meet the team to find out who will be helping you in your search!
  • 6 Whether you are near or far, stay involved in the ISS community! Attend one of our professional development opportunities, or chat with us through our social media channels.
  • 7 Embark on the experience of a lifetime!


Are you ready for ISS? Finding out is easy.

You're one step closer to enjoying the experience of a lifetime. The guide below provides clear, concise requirements for teachers, librarians, counselors and administrators alike.


      • 1 Master's Degree
      • 2 At least 2 years of current full-time counseling experience in K-12 environment (highly preferred) offering a US, AP, International or IB curriculum (college or university level counseling, community counseling and counseling internships do not count)
      • 3 School Counseling Certification from the Department of Education in your State/Province/Country


    • 1 Master's Degree
    • 2 At least 1 semester of internship experience as a school counselor
    • 3 School Counseling Certification from the Department of Education in your State/Province/Country (issued before the time you would go abroad)

    • 1 Master's Degree in Library Science
    • 2At least 2 years of current full-time Librarian experience in a K-12 environment (preferred) offering a US, AP, International or IB curriculum (College/university level and community librarian experience do not count towards this requirement)
    • 3 Librarian Certification from the Department of Education in your State/Province/Country


    • 1 Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree
    • 2 And one of the following:
      • At least two years of current full-time teaching experience in your own K-12 classroom offering a US, AP, International or IB curriculum (college/university level teaching, language school/ESL experience, tutoring, and volunteer work do not count towards this requirement).
      – Or –
      • Teaching Certification from the Department of Education in your State/Province/Country


    • 1 Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree
    • 2 At least one semester of student teaching experience.
    • 3 Teaching Certification from the Department of Education in your State/Province/Country (issued before the time you go abroad).

Documentation: Things You’ll Need

Please ask your references to use our confidential evaluation form. It is easy for them to do, and very important for you to have in your file. Remember, as soon as you submit your application, these referees will be contacted - make sure they know it’s coming!

You must provide contact information for the three individuals who write your references:

If you are a recent graduate:

  • University field advisor
  • Mentor teacher(s)/supervising teacher(s) with whom you did your student teaching
  • A professor, other mentor teacher or relevant supervisor.

  • If you are already a teacher:
  • At least one administrator, Assistant Principal or above, from your current position and
  • Two other administrators who supervised you in positions you've held within the past seven years

To create a well rounded profile, ISS encourages all to add additional references, who have been supervisors, to each file. While three is the minimum, candidates can always add more - and are encouraged to do so!

If you have a spouse/partner who is not a teacher, we require a Partner Statement. This document serves as your spouse/partner's introduction to international school recruiters. It is not a cover letter or resume. This document should be completed whether or not your spouse/partner will accompany you overseas. When you submit your application, our system will email your spouse a link to complete this form.

What supplemental materials can I include?

  • Professional Profile Photo
  • YouTube, Animoto, or Prezi video - check out videos prepared by other ISS alumni!
  • Personal resume
  • Reference list
  • Philosophy of education and/or ISS Personal Statement
  • Colleague, parent and student recommendations
  • Examples of your classwork

While these materials are optional, recruiters do enjoy viewing them to get a multifaceted sense of who you are. A fun video about yourself or a beautiful sample of your classwork can only help you stand out as someone a school would love to have!

Copies of official transcripts can be scanned and uploaded.

If you are a senior in college, not yet graduated:
Official copy of your transcripts from your university, up through your current semester (official copy of your transcript with degree awarded will be required upon graduation)

If you have graduated
Official transcripts of your highest degree earned

Teaching/librarian/counselor/administrator certifications from the Department of Education or government office in your State/Province/Country

Because we had both built up good portfolios in the ISS system, the quality of discussions with recruiters ended up being better. By the time we began interviewing with schools, we were able to hone in more quickly on certain elements of our experience, and the school could take more time to see if we were a good fit for the school culture. We really appreciate this about the ISS system and will come back to you for our next job search!”

- ISS teaching couple from Seattle

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