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 or USA).  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


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, 2020.  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 2020 recruitment season is now under way! We are currently looking for people for the UK in July-August and for the USA in July.  See below for details.

Roles and vacancies (as of January, 2020)


These positions have now been filled.

Centre Managers

These positions have now been filled.

Directors of Studies

These positions have now been filled.



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 critical thinking, study and research skills & 'challenge of the future' course

(Cambridge, Amherst)

Cambridge: between July 6 and 27

Amherst: between July 13 and 20

The ‘majors’ we offer are in:

  • Critical thinking
  • Advanced skills for study and research
  • 'The challenge of the future'

One of the teachers appointed may also be interested in taking the ‘minor’ which we offer: Building confidence and/or Leadership & teamwork

You should have a good grounding in critical thinking (or possibly philosophy) and in teaching advanced study/research skills to teenagers.  The teacher taking the ‘Challenge’ course will encourage students to consider likely developments in future years and their impact on study and careers – a range of teaching backgrounds could be appropriate.

Your classes need to be stimulating and participatory. The style of teaching is definitely not lecture-based: you must have an ability to encourage active participation on the part of the students. A willingness to assist with other activities (e.g. study visits) is preferred.

Teachers of specialist academic subjects

(Durham; Cambridge; Amherst)

Durham: between July 13 and 27

Cambridge: between July 27 and Aug 3

Amherst: between July 13 and 20

The ‘majors’ we offer are in:

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

One of the teachers appointed may also be interested in taking the ‘minor’ which we offer: university-related work (interview prep, personal statements etc)

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.

In the UK, we would prefer if these teachers are engaged for 3 weeks (2 weeks in Durham, followed by 1 week in Cambridge). Transport from Durham to Cambridge, and to or from home, either at the beginning or the end, will be included.

Teacher of EFL for a closed group of university students


Cambridge: between July 20 and Aug 3

A strong background in TEFL is sought, with some experience of assessment. Teachers should have a TEFL/TESOL qualification awarded after the equivalent of a one-month, full-time course with substantial practical experience.  Most of the teaching is at a high level, so an ability to teach more advanced students and appropriate experience are prerequisites.  A willingness to assist with other activities (e.g. study visits) is preferred, as is the desire to take a few classes outside the strict realms of EFL.

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 6 – Aug 3)

Amherst (July 6 – 20)

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.