Are you looking to travel the world teaching yoga? Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as applying and jetting off to an exotic location with your yoga mat in hand. Once you’ve done the groundwork and have experience, qualifications and insurance under your belt, there are still more skills to learn to land that dream job teaching yoga overseas.
You’ll need to think about how to present your skills in the online sources that yoga studios, retreats and hotels use to employ their yoga teachers.
Here are some of the most commonly-used websites for finding work as a yoga teacher abroad, as well as some handy hints for how you can use them.
YogaTrade exists solely to connect yoga teachers and students together all around the world. This online yoga community hub is the go-to destination for finding positions teaching yoga, both as a paid teacher and in a volunteer capacity.
To use YogaTrade you have to become a member, but it’s a very reasonable $13 per year to sign up. It’s more than worth it for the large list of international teaching jobs – YogaTrade boasts one of the most sizable job directories for yoga instructing positions on the web. Simply sign up and type in your dream destination to start browsing.
If you want to maximise your chances at finding a job teaching yoga overseas, it’s worth putting some effort into creating a thoughtful profile and engaging with the yogi community. Add some photos and descriptions to show off your personality, and give prospective employers a chance to see what your yoga style is all about.
YogaTrade also accepts submissions for their blog, which is another great way to showcase your knowledge and skill set. Write about your experience travelling and teaching yoga, write about a health topic you are passionate about, or share how your yoga journey has shaped your life.
This online yoga job directory is a branch of the popular international job-finding site yourtraveljobs.com. You can browse jobs as much as you want, and signing up for life to apply for jobs through the site costs just €14.99. A pretty small price to pay to be connected to a global offering of yoga jobs!
This site has less of a community vibe than some yoga job depositories, with no blog or forums. However, the interface on this site is easy to use, and you can easily search by keyword or through a simple click on the map. You can also filter out your job search results by whether you want a full-time, part-time, internship, temporary or volunteer position.
This forum is where yogis all around the world post jobs they know about. While it’s not updated as regularly as some of the more established yoga job directory sites, it’s still useful to search for a yoga job via forum thanks to the possibility for feedback by others in the community. This is an especially useful resource for those looking for jobs teaching yoga in Australia.
Want to be your own boss and start your own yoga studio overseas? This resource is the one for you. Rather than lots of listings of volunteer positions and offers to work for free, this site gives you information about yoga spaces for rent and yoga businesses for sale, as well as yoga jobs. There’s also no joining fee, so you can browse yoga jobs and send your CV to your heart’s content. Be sure to personalize your cover letter and CV to show you’ve really read the job listing.
Perfect for the independent yogi and for people who want to set up a yoga studio overseas, this forum will have you swooning at the possibilities. With the right marketing and social media presence you could easily rent a space for a day or two to share your practice with people in a new location.
A lot of the yoga spaces for rent are marketed at those who want to start their own retreat. Well-established locations like a mansion in Mallorca or a bamboo hut villa in Havelock Island, India are just some of the options available to those who want to run a yoga retreat abroad.
You find houses, new friends and concert tickets on Facebook, so why should a yoga job be any different? This forum is a great place for hearing about yoga teaching positions that come up, and it’s conveniently right there your news feed. You can browse for available jobs, or share some information about yourself and what you are looking for. Studio owners or people who know of opportunities may be able to point you in the right direction or offer you a position – this is especially great if you don’t mind where you go in the world. As with any online job forum, be wary of scams and never share too many personal details online!
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