Start By Getting Your Certifications and Building Your Portfolio
Before starting your journey as a traveling yoga instructor, you need to have your certifications. Studios around the world ask for various credentials, so it is important to know which certifications your desired studio requires and obtain those before applying.
Once certified, you will need to build up a portfolio of teaching experience. Building your repertoire at your local studio and finding your niche as a yoga instructor will make you more marketable to potential employers.
Additionally, the first thing many employers will do during their hiring process is Google your name, and what they find is up to you. Having a strong digital portfolio that includes a resume, business website, social media platforms, and other online media can add to your credibility. Having a strong digital presence is especially important when applying for international jobs because employers may not have the chance to meet you in-person before making a hiring decision.
How to Find Jobs Teaching Yoga Abroad:
After building up your portfolio and digital presence, the next step is finding opportunities to teach yoga around the world. Great places to look for international yoga instructor jobs and exchanges include:
Yoga Work Exchanges
If opportunities such as “substitute needed to teach yoga at a beach resort in Morocco” or “yoga teachers needed on a Thai island, live in furnished villa” sound enticing, yoga work exchanges may be your preferred opportunity to travel and teach yoga. These networks enable yoga professionals around the globe to connect and fill openings ranging from temporary substitution jobs to full time positions. These networks include:
Teach Yoga at Resorts and on Cruise Ships
Teaching at resorts and on cruise ships are also great options for those looking to teach yoga abroad. Many hotels and cruise ships have their own hiring portals for yoga and fitness instructors; if you have a specific hotel or ship in mind, the best place to start will be that company’s website. If you are open to opportunities anywhere in the world, using a networking website to find job openings may be your best bet. Some of these include:
- FitnessProTravel, where you can significantly cut travel costs by teaching yoga and other fitness classes at hotels and on cruise ships
- NRG2GO offers cheap vacations across America and the Caribbean in exchange for teaching yoga and other fitness programs
- AllCruiseJobs.com has a specific section of their hiring portal for sports and fitness-related jobs on cruise ships
- Cruiseshipjob.com helps you find long-term and permanent employment on cruise ships, rather than short-term vacation packages and teaching opportunities.
Teach At Yoga Retreats
Teaching at international yoga retreats is another option for traveling yoga instructors. Yoga retreats and festivals happen around the world, so start your job search with where you would like to visit. These retreats attract yogis from many countries to hone their practice in a new location. A few places to look for yoga retreat and festival jobs include:
- Goddess Retreats offers health and wellness retreats for women in Bali and Japan
- Anamaya Retreats specializes in balancing health, meditation, exercise and nutrition in their Costa Rica-based retreats
- Samahita Retreats, which focuses on health and wellness in a beautiful beach-front location on the Thai island of Koh Samui.
At Cody, we believe in chasing your passion and following your practice wherever it takes you. To get started on your journey as a traveling yoga instructor, start your action item list of things to do in preparation. Our video on minimalism will help you organize your vacation planning before embarking on your travels!