“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 with finding 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 thousands of teachers and are proud of the many positive comments we’ve had and really enjoy hearing about our teachers’ adventures abroad.

Free service
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.

Annie Yang
Annie YangRecruitment Consultant
I was born and raised in Taiwan and moved to the States for high school and college. I studied Economics and minored in Psychology in Los Angeles.

I had the pleasure of teaching English online to children and adults. I also worked at a test prep institution helping Taiwanese kids to attend schools in the States. My previous experience as a B2B sales and marketing manager allows me to combine my skills in recruiting and teaching into being a recruiter at Gold Star.

I love hip hop dancing, reading, traveling, and working out at the gym during my free time.

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Jim Althans
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.

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Jeannie Tsai
Jeannie TsaiRecruitment Consultant
I was raised in Belize, with my sister Jessica. We left after graduating high school and moved back to our motherland Taiwan, where I obtained a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business.

For 5 years, I taught English to students of all ages, it was thoroughly enjoyable. Now I’m recruiting passionate teachers and placing them in reputable schools. Knowing that I helped them get there is rewarding.

Outside of work, I like to play sports and board games, bike along the river, or socialize with my friends and family.

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Nick DeVries
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.

Alvin Yang
Alvin YangBusiness Development Manager
Growing up in a small town in California, I mostly trekked the hills during the summer heat and huddled by the fireplace in winter waiting for Christmas. I developed an interest in Psychology as well as reading business case studies, and therefore devoted my college years to pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies to combine both.

My prior work experience in the English language learning industry involved both teaching a range of students from kindergarten to retired professionals as well as attaining various new clients. Teaching interactively and building confidence was a very rewarding experience from seeing an individual’s growth.

My role now as Business Development Manager and Marketing Specialist involves reaching out to new schools and understanding how to best provide suitable teachers. It lets me know I am making a positive impact for students where it’s most needed. It is also my goal to market each partnership with various channels and resources to attract the most suitable professionals.

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Jolyn Peng
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.

Aidan Wang
Aidan WangConsultant
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.

Mission Statement

“Contribute positively to global education and cultural understanding by connecting gifted educators with exceptional schools.”

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“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.”
Luke Bosworth
“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.”

Paula Marcu
“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.”
Matt Fletcher
“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!”
Thomas Caley
“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

Gold Star TEFL Recruitment

221, Zhong Xiao East Road
Daan District
Taipei
Taiwan

Gold Star TEFL Recruitment

20/F, Central Tower
28, Queen’s Rd.
Central
Hong Kong

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