So you want to teach yoga abroad?
You want the ability to travel internationally & to do what you love- to teach yoga.
Fortunately, there are many places looking for traveling yoga teachers as the industry is currently booming… Unfortunately, it’s an over-saturated market.
On the bright-side there are many ways to make yourself stand out & kick ass.
So what are you waiting for?
Move your asana & let’s get started!
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Questions to Ask Yourself…
- Who do I know that could help me find a yoga teaching job abroad?
- What climate do I see myself working in (Hot or cold climate? Studio that is inside/outside? etc.)
- What type of yoga do I want to teach?
- What time of the year do I want to teach? How many months do I want to spend internationally?
- What is my worth? Do I have bills to pay? Am I o.k. teaching for room & board only? How will I make an additional income while being away?
- How much do I expect to travel while living in that country?
Create a Kick Ass Yoga Teacher Resume.
- Sign up for a free account with Canva – they give you beautiful design templates for free (or a small price).
- Resume Includes:
- A photo of you to add personality
- Mission as a Yoga Teacher
- Past teaching gigs
- Workshops & Training
- Only include related jobs & experiences! A.K.A. Don’t include your job at the mall.
If you don’t have teaching experience, go & get it by teaching your friends & family.
- Consider adding travel experience if you’ve already been to the country where the studio/resort is located.
For Pitching Yourself: Create a Kick Ass Services Spreadsheet
- Services Spreadsheet includes:
- Your yoga teaching style
- Services & Workshops that you’re offering to bring to the organization
- Pricing – Can say something along the lines of:
- $x to cover my airline ticket
- $x per class taught
- $x for the entire trip
- It’s truly up to you & what you feel you are worth.
- Schedule Availability
Finding a Potential Yoga Teaching Gig Abroad…
- It’s best to find a job with someone who you already have a connection with. There is less competition & you can negotiate for a better deal.
- This is how I got my gig abroad. A friend told me they knew of a fitness retreat center that needed a sub yoga teacher for the summer. I sent the fitness retreat center an email pitching myself to the owner!
- Yoga Trade
- Your work will most likely be work/trade meaning that you simply work for a room & food.
- You can view job titles for free but you will have to pay an annual fee of $24 to view jobs & apply.
- Yoga Travel Jobs
- Yoga Travel jobs is another platform that connects yoga teachers with yoga jobs throughout the world.
- I like the Yoga Travel Jobs lists “work exchange” “volunteer” or “paid job” next to the job’s description. This makes it easy to filter jobs based by compensation.
- Fitness Pro Travel
- Typically short-term gigs (1 week)
- You will teach yoga at the resort that you’re staying at. For compensation, you will receive your accommodations at a discounted price.
- The site offers several different membership options.
- Work Away
- You typically work for room & board.
- This platform is for finding all types of work throughout the world.
- Cold Call
- Create a kick ass resume and sound confident. Then pitch yourself to studios, festivals, resorts, and anyone else that will listen! LEARN HOW TO PITCH YOURSELF HERE.
- Other places to check out:
- Cruise Lines – Search around & check out their job opportunities.
Questions to Ask a Future Employer…
- What will my compensation be? Will it be upfront or distributed throughout my time working? Is it based a fixed price, per class, or per student?
- Do I need yoga teacher insurance? Will the studio pay for it?
- Will I need to obtain a visa to work internationally?
- Is there reliable WiFi where I’ll be living/teaching? This is especially important if you plan on making money online as a digital nomad.
- How many classes will I teach per day/week?
- Is there another teacher that I can take classes from? This is nice to stay inspired & healthy in your own body.
- What is the studio like? What supplies does it have?
- What will my living quarters look like? Will I live alone or with another person? Will I live on-site or somewhere nearby?
- Will I have weekends off? Will I have adequate time off to travel the country in my free time?
- What yoga experience does the clients typically have?
- How many students can I expect per class? Will I be teaching during the high or low season? Will I receive compensation based on per class &/or number of students that attend?
Yoga Teacher Insurance:
You may need liability insurance while teaching internationally.
- The Yoga Journal Teacher’s Plus Insurance will cover you for up to 30 days while abroad.
- Sign up for it here.
- Ask your employer if you are covered under their liability insurance.
Finding International Yoga Teacher Insurance is a pain. Yoga teacher insurance is a Western World concept. I’ll continue updating you as I find answers.
Confirm Your Work:
I wish that everyone was good to their word. But truth is, we’re all humans & mistakes happen.
This past year, I pitched myself to an old employer to teach at their New Years Eve Festival. They happily agreed & we began talking contracts, they told me they were working on it. I pitched that my compensation be enough money to cover a flight down to Panama during New Years. Prices were dramatically rising so I decided to book a ticket in good faith; I had worked with them before & trusted them. Well, two weeks after hearing no word, they sent me an email cancelling our agreement – to go with someone local & cheap. My ticket was non-refundable & I lost a ton of airline miles & money. This is a lesson that I am happy to have learned early on.
Confirm your gig with a contract in writing before you take action!
The contract should include:
- start/end date
- duties (amount of classes/ workshops)
- compensation (flight stipend, room & board, food, etc.)
- cancellation policy (what would happen if one party were to back out)
The contract may not be enforceable, but it’s better to have than have not.
Is there anything that I forgot to address? What else confuses you about teaching yoga abroad?
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