We’re very pleased to receive applications from people interested in working for KE.  Please open our application form below (choose the correct version, UK, USA or Canada).  Then download, and save to your computer.  Return the completed application form as an attachment to us at, together with a cv/résumé, brief covering letter and a photo (optional).  Please make it clear where you are now and how you can be contacted, where you would like to work and in what capacity you would like to work for us.

Download application form for UK

Download application form for USA

Download application form for Canada


1. Please only apply for positions if you already have the right to work in the country concerned: we do not assist people to obtain work visas.

2. All staff should have native-speaker or near-native-speaker competence in English, and should be very familiar with the culture of the country in which they would be working.

3. We carry out background/police checks on all applicants. All offers of employment are conditional upon applicants’ having a clean record with regard to their suitability to have contact with young people, and we reserve the right to cancel offers with immediate effect if any doubts should arise in this area.

4. All historical gaps in your cv/résumé must be explained; please attach a separate note if necessary.

5. Proof of ID and documentary evidence of qualifications will be required at induction.

Please contact us at if you have difficulty downloading the application form, or are unable to complete the fields.

All applications will be considered and responded to, except for:

  • vague enquiries about work in some unspecified capacity in some unspecified location;
  • those which are clearly generic and do not address the specific needs of our organisation;
  • those from people who meet few, if any, of the criteria we specify;
  • those which are poorly presented;
  • requests for information about work visas or assistance in obtaining a visa.

For information about dates, please check the Dates and fees, 2019.  Where possible, we prefer staff, especially senior staff, to be with us for the whole season, though some very short-term contracts may be offered.  Centre Managers should generally be available in the week preceding the start, Directors of Studies for two or three days, other staff for a day in advance.  In some cases, staff will be employees of KE; in other cases, it may be more appropriate for them to be self-employed and contracting their services to us.

Centre Manager, Director of Studies and student mentor positions are residential.  Accommodation is often also available for teaching staff (see the section on teachers).

Rates of pay are dependent on the country, the position, and the number of hours worked.  Our aim is to pitch them at a competitive level.

Our 2019 recruitment season is now under way! We are currently looking for people for the UK in July; for the USA in July; for Canada at the end of July and the beginning of August.  See below for details.

Roles and vacancies (as of January, 2019)


We have positions for Centre Managers and Directors of Studies.

Centre Managers

Most of these positions have been filled by returning staff. We may be looking for CMs for Durham (July 8 – 29) and St. Andrews (July 15 – 29) (with one week’s preparation in advance). Please contact Peter Chapple on for an update.

Directors of Studies

Most of these positions have been filled by returning staff. However, we are looking for a Director of Studies for St. Andrews (July 15 – 29).



If you are interested in any of the opportunities mentioned here, please complete our application form and send this with a brief covering letter and a cv/résumé to We’ll contact selected candidates and provide more information.


We offer a wide range of courses, and therefore need a wide range of teachers.  Here we specify the main areas covered.

The teaching on our ‘majors’ includes 16-18 hours of classroom contact time per week. There may be additional teaching available on our ‘minors’ (5 hours per week).

Teachers may be full-time (assisting with other activities – e.g., study visits – as well as teaching), or part-time (just doing the teaching).  Accommodation at our centres is generally available for full-time teachers, but rates of pay are higher for teachers who are not in residence.

Teachers of specialist academic subjects

(Durham, Cambridge, Amherst, Santa Clara, Kingston)

Durham: between July 8 and 22 or 29
Cambridge: between July 22 and 29

Amherst: between July 15 and 22
Santa Clara: between July 15 and 22

Kingston, Ontario: between July 24 and 30

The ‘majors’ we offer are in:

  • Business & entrepreneurship
  • Engineering & technology
  • Law, society & international relations
  • Medical sciences and psychology

Teachers in the UK may teach for two weeks in Durham (July 8 – 22), then transfer to Cambridge to teach for one week there (July 22 – 29); transport between centres will be provided. The last week in Durham (July 22 – 29), is reserved for students with a somewhat lower level of English, who will choose between Business and entrepreneurship and Engineering and technology only, and have a course focusing on the language needed for study in these areas as well as on the specific subject material. Teachers for this course will need a background in language teaching as well as in the specific subject area.

One of the teachers appointed may also be interested in taking the ‘minor’ which we offer: our arts and culture-based course 'Expression and Impression'.

Teachers should be experts in their field, and have teaching experience. Postgraduate students may apply, provided they have relevant experience. The aim of these majors is to introduce the subjects to students who might be considering them at university level, and to excite and inspire them. The style of teaching is definitely not lecture-based: you must have an ability to encourage active participation on the part of the students.  You should also be very much aware of the opportunities open to students in your area of expertise, and keen to discuss these.

It’s likely that some returning teachers will fill certain positions at certain centres.

Teachers of EFL with an academic focus (Cambridge, St. Andrews)

Cambridge (July 15 – 22)
St. Andrews (July 22 – 29)

This is one single, two-centre programme, and teachers travel with the group between centres. This programme is different from our standard programmes: students are from a university in Taiwan.

You should have TEFL qualifications and experience.

Teachers of critical thinking (St. Andrews, Santa Clara)

St. Andrews (July 15 – 29)
Santa Clara (July 22 – 29)

You should have a good grounding in critical thinking, experience of teaching it (or a very closely related subject – e.g. philosophy), and an ability to make classes stimulating and participatory.

Teachers appointed may also be interested in taking the ‘minor’ which we offer: ‘Building confidence, speaking up’.

Teachers of academic language skills (St. Andrews)

St. Andrews (July 15 – 29)

You should have a strong background in EFL and experience of teaching academic language skills (EAP).

Teachers appointed may also be interested in taking the ‘minor’ which we offer: ‘Building confidence, speaking up’.

Teachers for the KE courses 'Prepare for the future': Study skills, Research skills and 'The challenge of the future' (Cambridge, Amherst)

Cambridge (July 1 – 22)
Amherst (July 8 – 15)

You should have had experience in working with high school students, aged 15-16 (for the Study skills course); or in helping students, aged 17-18, with research skills. In both cases, experience with the IB Diploma would be an advantage but is not essential.

For 'The challenge of the future', you should have a future-oriented outlook and a passion for the subject matter.

Teachers appointed may also be interested in taking the ‘minor’ which we offer: 'Practical leadership and teamwork'.

Teachers for preparatory classes for SAT and ACT (Santa Clara)

Santa Clara (July 22 – 29)

Teachers should be experienced in teaching to both tests.  Sometimes job-sharing is possible in the case of teachers having particular linguistic or mathematical strengths.

Teachers appointed may also be interested in taking the ‘minor’ which we offer: ‘Building confidence, speaking up’.

Experts in university application procedures

Having relevant knowledge and background would be a very valuable additional asset at any of our centres (and probably combined with a teaching role in another area).  Alternatively, we may engage people to attend just to conduct a few one-hour seminars.  We are certainly keen to hear from anyone who has something to offer in this regard.

Student mentors

Student mentors are generally current or recent students of host universities or universities visited.

Student mentors (all centres, all countries)

UK (most positions are multi-centre and involve travelling with students between centres; a number of weeks within the period July 1 – 29)

Amherst (July 8 – 22)
Santa Clara (July 15 – 29)

Canada (commencing on July 22 or 25, concluding on July 31 or August 2)

You should preferably be a current or recent student at one of the institutions hosting our programmes or visited.  Your role is to accompany the students and to introduce them to various aspects of campus life.  You will also lead a variety of activities, and an ability to run a team-building session will be a huge asset.  You also have the chance to conduct news reviews and tutorials with students, and may also help to lead seminars – so an interest in teaching is a definite plus.  You will also be asked to accompany students on airport transfers. People with relevant experience may also be considered as teachers for our ‘minors’ courses.

Mentors with a little more organisational experience may consider taking on the role of senior student mentor with responsibility for co-ordinating the work of the team.

There may also be special roles in the UK (based in Cambridge) and in Amherst for a mentor to take on specific responsibilities for co-ordinating airport transfers.