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Outbound Teachers

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”     -Mark Twain

Teacher Exchange Opportunities

Alberta Learning sponsors several international exchange programs for teachers.  Please download this document from Alberta Education for further details.
Alberta Education/Alberta Teachers' Exchange Programs

Alberta Education Provides school year exchange opportunities in the following locations:


  • Quebec
  • British Columbia
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • New Brunswick
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Nova Scotia
  • Newfoundland and Labrador

International School Year Exchanges for Teachers

  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Germany
  • China
  • Denmark (short term job shadow) 
  • Switzerland 
  • Australia (calendar year)

Please visit the Alberta Education website for further details.

Angel Fire - This is a great Web page provides some useful tips for teachers who are considering going on a teacher exchange.

Canadian Educator Exchanges - The Canadian Education Exchange Foundation is a non-profit foundation which handles both student and educator exchanges. International educational exchanges offer educators and their students an opportunity to broaden their understanding of one another's cultures, customs and languages. Exchanges are rewarding, but there are some factors you need to consider prior to applying to the program.

International School Services - This site provides information on fairs and teaching positions overseas.

Second Language Opportunities for Educators

  • Do you want to learn or improve your second language skills??
  • Did you know there is funding to do so??

Click below for ideas and courses and sources of funding.

Language Learning Opportunites for Alberta Educators (2009)
Study, Courses, Exchanges, Financial Assistance  and Professional Development

Visit the Alberta Education website

International Teaching Opportunities

Queen's International Job Fair - Queens University in Kingston, Ontario provides information about teaching overseas and job fairs.

The International Educator - The International Educator provides information for teachers considering going to work in International Schools around the world.

European Council of International Schools - Learn about teaching opportunities from the European Council of International Schools (ECIS)

Search Assoicates - This is a Canadian agency that places teachers in international teaching positions.

Department of National Defence DND - The Department of National Defence hires Canadian teachers on a loan of service agreement to teach Canadian students in Belgium and The
Netherlands.Click on then Education and Training and then Teacher Recruitment. 

Deadline for application is usually November 1 of any given year. 
Direct link

Council of International Schools - This link lists all permanent and frequently occasional international teaching jobs that might arise due to pregnancies , emergencies etc. Your can select the areas of teaching preference and then hunt for a job that might suit you.

International Supply Teachers ITS - IST is an organization with handpicked, experienced, emergency supply teachers ready to substitute in any international school with a week's notice!
IST provides short to medium term supply/substitute teaching positions in quality international schools offering British, US and IB curricula.
IST responds immediately to requests from international schools who have had an emergency vacancy and need supply/substitute teachers. IST teachers cover all grade levels K-12 and all international teaching subject areas.

Red Deer Teachers' Experience Overseas

Read about Red Deer teachers who have taught overseas.

  1. Rob Porkka taught for the Department of National Defence from 1989-92 in Baden Soellingen, West Germany and from 1998-2000 at AFNORTH International School in Brunssum, The Netherlands.
    The following article appeared in the Red Deer Advocation on November 21, 2009 on the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
  2. Amanda Stamp. a Spanish teacher at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, spent 3 weeks last summer volunteering at an orphanage in Guatamala. Read about Amanada's experiences here:  Amanda Stamps story.pdf