The TESOL industry in New Zealand is quite active and the greatest demand comes from a large number of Asian students who come to the country to learn English. There is also some demand for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) with Korean and Japanese high school students who are looking for exam preparation for high school. Enrolments appear to be increasing and demand is somewhat seasonal – so you will find more work between the months of February – May and July – October.
However we see very few EFL positions in New Zealand advertised in the UK national press. If you wish to travel to New Zealand to look for work on the spot, the best idea would be to arrive with the February or July start dates in mind. Obviously you are in a stronger position if you are an Australian or NZ national, but there are still possibilities for those that aren’t. We have heard from several freelance teachers who have travelled through the country and said that work is quite easy to come by, with particular demand in Wellington and Auckland.
New Zealand and Australian residents can work in NZ without any visa documentation. Other nationalities can obtain a working visa, which last for 9 months. However UK citizens can apply for a limited number of 12-month working visas, providing they are under 30. This should be done through the New Zealand Embassy (see Useful Contacts).
Job prospects for those over 30 are not as good, as an employer has to be able to prove that there are no New Zealanders that could fulfil that position. For further details on work restrictions or conditions, see the New Zealand Immigration Service website.
On applying for TESOL positions, it is generally advisable to send a passport-sized photograph along with a CV, covering letter and possibly copies of degree/EFL certificates. You can find more information here on TEFL interviews.
Our recommended course options for New Zealand are:
Alternatively, combine all these into our 300-hour TESOL Professional course