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Enjoy the professional challenges of world ranked education system, combined with a lifestyle you won’t find elsewhere.

Imagine a place where you can work to the highest professional standards, then in half an hour or less be relaxing on a beach, hiking through beautiful native bush, pounding down a mountain bike track or just chilling with friends in your back garden over a fine New Zealand wine. That’s what you can look forward to when you bring your skills to New Zealand.

Living life to the full - Joy's story of teaching in New Zealand (03:03)

The one thing I knew, I definitely wasn't in England was when we saw ... Wild dolphins!

Hi there - I'm Joy Yallop, from the UK, and I've moved to Auckland and I'm now working at Avondale College.

I decided to move to New Zealand once I met my husband. When I first met him we both said what we wanted to do in life, and we both wanted to move abroad. 

When we started looking into it, it was Australia or New Zealand, but moving to New Zealand, there's no animals that want to eat you ... - so that was a massive bonus. 

You only live life once, so we're just going to do it! and if it didn't work out then you know, what's the worst that can happen? We could - we would go back home.

I did the SKIT teacher training course, so that's teaching in classroom, full-time really? Then the NZQA said they didn't recognize it, so I was really heartbroken - but, on the website there was a discretionary pathway where you could apply.  You had to provide a lot more evidence and then it comes back and I was approved, and I was on the Teaching Council. So there still is hope - if I can do it, then everyone else who has done my qualification can do it.

I really enjoy it here in New Zealand and at this school, this is the only school I've worked at - Avondale College - it's huge! I've never worked in such a big school in my life.
I only know like a hundred and twenty out of two thousand eight hundred ... but with my classes, I can build good relationships with them, and I feel like they really appreciate you. 

I met Joy in London last year. I was interested in her CV, and I was interested in persona, but what really sold me was when she started talking about students - and she lit up.
And that was the bit that where I was sold because I thought, "You bring that to the classroom, and the students are going to be fascinated and engaged in what you're doing
and the results will come."

So when we come here, we obviously didn't want to buy because housing prices are very very expensive here. So we're renting a place at the moment. We're staying in a suburb, um - Kingsland - which is a great area near the city, but also a great location to get to work every day, and I get the train.

Me and James, I feel like we're, we're keeping more fit now because we are walking, we're doing loads of treks, and then if the weather's nice, we'll normally like go for a walk on a beach somewhere, try to go somewhere new.

But you know, we've come here for that better way of life that lifestyle, and now that we've been here nearly a year I am so grateful and I really, really appreciate everything that we've done and knowing that my family has been so supportive every step of the way. That's been a great help.

If you've never travelled before - like myself, I haven't emigrated especially to the other side of the world, Although you might be really anxious in moving ... You just need to do it.

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Professional satisfaction

New Zealand offers an excellent education system. For example, in what the UK’s BBC called the “biggest ever global school rankings”, the OECD in 2015 put us comfortably in the top 20 nations for the quality of our schools.

New Zealand teenagers perform above the OECD average for reading literacy, maths and sciences, and all eight of our universities come in among the top 500 QS World University Rankings for 2017/18.

Laypeople are certainly impressed. New Zealand's school quality ranked 9th in the 2017 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey - that's ahead of Canada, The United States, United Kingdom and Australia. 

You’ll be working in an education sector that is admired internationally - and in fact attracts over 130,000 students annually from overseas countries, making education our fourth biggest export earner.

Better Life Index | OECD

QS World University Rankings 2017/18 | Top Universities

Expat Explorer Survey 2017 | HSBC

If you want to teach in early childhood services or a school in New Zealand, there is a process to follow that involves four different NZ government agencies.

Shortages in education

Early childhood centre managers and school principals at both primary and secondary levels are reporting difficulties in recruiting teachers, especially in maths and sciences, and particularly in Auckland. At the tertiary level, university lecturers and post-doctoral fellows currently feature on the Government’s skill shortages lists. It’s a good time to be exploring the possibilities of working in education here.

If you are a teacher, you are encouraged to visit a hub (link below) that provides an overview of the process for coming to New Zealand to teach.  You can find out if you are eligible to teach in New Zealand, and it outlines the recommended route to take through the process, including what documentation you need to collect before you arrive in New Zealand. Four New Zealand government agencies are involved in the process: New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Education Council (registration), Education Payroll, and Immigration New Zealand. As an overseas trained teacher, you will need to be extremely competent in both written and spoken English.

Come and teach in New Zealand | Ministry of Education

Skill shortage lists

If your job is on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, the work visa application process is likely to be faster. You may even be able to apply for a resident visa.  However, if your teaching role is not on a shortage list and you are offered a job, for example in one of our schools, you can also apply for a visa.

Skill shortage skill checker | Immigration New Zealand


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Visa options

There are various types of visas that you may be eligible to apply for. Work visas are for a temporary stay in New Zealand, but some can lead to residence. Resident visas, such as the Skilled Migrant Category, allow you to stay indefinitely and enjoy more of our state-funded public services.

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