About Us – Gold Star TEFL Recruitment Jim
“It’s one thing to find a new job. It’s another thing to find a new job, in a new country, where they speak a new language.”
Gold Star TEFL Recruitment
Gold Star TEFL Recruitment is a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher recruitment agency, specializing in assisting English teachers find the best teaching jobs in China and other Asian countries.
Founded in 2009, we strongly believe in providing an honest, professional and supremely effective job placement service for our teachers. Over the years we have helped hundreds of teachers and are proud of the many positive comments we’ve had and really enjoy hearing about our teachers’ adventures abroad.
We make a fee from the schools, which means we are able to offer a completely free service to teachers. There are no fees whatsoever and absolutely no salary deductions.
Christine LuRecruitment Consultant
I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. I went to university and studied English Literature and Linguistics. Before working as a recruiter, I taught English to students from Taiwan and China for almost two years while translating subtitles for Netflix on the side.
I love my job as a recruiter! It’s a life-changing job. We are recommending the schools we really believe in, which are suitable for each teacher’s personality and situation. It’s super rewarding seeing teachers experience the time of their life abroad! I’ve visited some of the teachers in China and we became good friends.
My other passions outside of work are surfing, camping, river-treking, and anything in nature!
Jim AlthansFounder & CEO
In search of adventure and a meaningful job, I began my teacher training in the UK in 2003 and then moved to Fuzhou, a coastal city in China, in 2004 where I taught English and explored a completely unique culture and way of life. Following that, I also enjoyed my time teaching in Egypt and going on weekend campervan trips through the deserts, before moving back to China, this time Wenzhou, to work as Director of Studies of a language school.
In 2009, I set up Gold Star TEFL Recruitment and since then have been committed to helping teachers find jobs with exceptional schools. When I’m not doing that, my main passions are rock climbing, drinking Belgium beer, skateboarding and exploring Asia.
Jessica TsaiRecruitment Consultant
I was raised in a small country, Belize, in Central America. After graduating high school, I moved back to my motherland, Taiwan, to pursue my Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science. I then earned an Advanced TESOL certificate and gained 3 years in-class and online teaching experience to students from kindergarten up to adults.
I am currently a recruiter at Gold Star and I find this to be very rewarding. Watching an applicant move from the beginning stages to securing employment gives me a sense of achievement.
In my free time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, going to the gym and hanging out with my family, friends and my pet corgi.
Nick DeVriesWeb Developer
I am a computer nerd with a green thumb and a knack for marketing. I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Florida Southern College for a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. After college I moved to work for the Chicago District Golf Association as a turfgrass researcher.
After growing a lot of grass I moved back to Grand Rapids to work as web designer. Working with a team of designers expanded my skills to include print, catalog, and email.
I am currently a freelance web developer based in Taipei, Taiwan. I enjoy running, surfing, studying Mandarin, and reading books.
Justen WuBusiness Development Manager
I spent my childhood in New Zealand for six years and then returned to my homeland Taiwan. Previously, I was working at an online English education school, doing sales and marketing where I built a wide range of experience to provide the best service possible to our clients.
I am currently devoted to the position of Business Development Manager and Marketing Specialist. My primary goal is to partner with schools that offer the very best working environments for our teachers.
I love exploring incredible places in my spare time and I have a passion for river trekking, canyoning and wild hot springs.
Jolyn PengGraphic Designer
I lived in Ivory Coast until I was 13, studied arts in high school, then majored in graphic design in university. I’m fluent in French, Chinese and English.
After many years of working in all types of industries, jobs I wasn’t really happy with, I finally got the courage to go back to my roots and started working for myself. I became a freelance graphic / web designer. I have never been happier and more satisfied with what I do. Design is my passion.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Gold Star since the beginning. My other passion is traveling. When I’m not traveling or working, I like to watch movies.
I am from the Southern part of Taiwan but I grew up attending American schools, and I went to California for college. Shortly after I moved back from the States, I started working as a recruiter at Gold Star.
My favorite part is hearing back from them after they’ve been teaching for awhile and learning about their new lives and the exciting stories they have to tell. After almost 5 years as a recruiter, I have since taken on the role of an advisor for the company. My main interests are bike riding, going to the gym, reading, and restaurant hopping.
“Contribute positively to global education and cultural understanding by connecting gifted educators with exception schools.”
How it Works
Choose from hundreds of jobs based on your preferences for student age and location
Our recruiters will answer any questions and set up Skype interviews for you with the schools
3. Start Work
Once you have accepted a job offer, your work visa is processed and then you begin work
4. Free Service
The entire recruitment process is completely free of charge. We make a fee from the school so you do not pay us anything, ever.
Years of experience
Teachers on our database
Fee for teachers
“Gold Star TEFL Recruitment conducted themselves with professionalism and consideration at all times. They made the process of applying to various schools across China seamless. Even when positions became available they didn’t pressure me in any way to take them. They wanted to make sure that I made the right decision that best suited me.”
“I first came across Gold Star TEFL in early 2013 when I was looking for teaching jobs in China and I could tell from the start that Gold Star was different from all the others in a positive way: very professional and very resourceful. I soon signed for my first job in Shijiazhuang.
This summer Gold Star helped me again find a job in Shanghai, I’m now teaching university students Monday to Friday.”
“I searched the web for some agencies and websites that could help me and Gold Star really stood out! They helped me with my application and gave me a variety of cities to choose from. The most helpful factor was the contacts they keep with the teachers they have placed. I was able to contact some teachers already in the schools and cities I was interested in and really helped make my decision an easy one.”
“Gold Star were fantastic. My recruiter, Jessica, was professional, helpful and in constant correspondence with me. This company is highly recommended for serious teachers looking for a great job in China, 5 stars!”
“Gold Star TEFL Recruitment is a professional foreign teacher recruitment agency who are working really hard to connect great employers and awesome teachers. I had a lovely experience working with one of the most diligent representatives Jessica, and I would be more than happy to continue our cooperation in the future!”
Zoe Zhang, Beijing Foreign Studies University
“I have worked with Gold Star TEFL Recruitment for 4 years and found them to be the most professional and competent recruitment outfit in the ESL industry. Time and time again Gold Star went above and beyond to support the recruitment needs of Wall Street English. As both a recruiter and supervisor for Wall Street English I found their efforts and results to be of the utmost value. This is a creative team that provides quality and quantity candidates on a consistent level.”
Carlos Cortes, Wall Street English
“In my time working with Gold Star TEFL Recruitment I have been consistently impressed with the service they provide. As a school they take time to understand our needs and place the right teachers with the right school so everyone is happy and no one’s time is wasted. This is thanks to the hard work of Jim, Christine, Jessica and all at Gold Star who are happy to listen, quick to answer emails and genuinely look out for their candidates. We’ve had many Gold Star teachers joining us over the years and I hope to have many more joining us in the future.”
Mike Taylor, York School of Foreign Langugages
“It’s been a pleasure working with Gold Star TEFL Recruitment! We’re continually provided with a range of candidates which has helped us with staffing our schools. Working closely with Christine, Jessica and Jim has been great and they always provide a personal quality to their ways of working and communicating. Having worked with many agencies, I can easily say that they are up there with the best. Any schools that are looking for recruitment options, look no further than Gold Star. “
Robert Frankland, American Eagle Institute
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