How To Find a Job in East Timor as a Foreigner

Jesus Backside Beach, East Timor

Jesus Backside Beach, East Timor 

East Timor or Timor-Leste is a country located in Southeast Asia. The official languages are Portuguese (thanks to having been colonized by the Portuguese) and Tetum. I speak Portuguese and am always a fan of the Portuguese-speaking countries as the people tend to have more fun than people in former French colonies. If you don’t believe me, go to Mozambique or Angola and check out the nightlife. You will not be disappointed.

Ok, if you have a burning desire to work in East Timor, I say, go for it. Job opportunities won’t be easy, but you can’t score if you don’t shoot.

Without further ado, below is a selection of resources for searching for employment opportunities in East Timor as a foreigner.

General Job Search Engines and Classifieds

With the sites below, you can expect to get a 0.5 to 1.0% response rate (people who will respond back to you to whom you sent your application/CV.) Nevertheless, I encourage you to give these sites a try as you never know what you will come up with or what connections you can make from a simple e-mail or application.

  • Unofficial East Timor Blog: This blog has an excellent listing of job opportunities in East Timor. If you are really serious about going there, check out their East Timor e-book as well.
  • CareerJet: I’m sure you are probably familiar with CareerJet. They have job opportunities in East Timor.

Teaching English

Teaching English will be a possibility (if you are a native English speaker that is). All of the sites below are pretty similar and have a massive amount of teaching English job options around the world. Browse through each of the sites for any East Timor job opportunities. Also, be sure to check out this cool table from the International TEFL academy that shows how much money teachers can expect to make in various countries around the world.

  • ESL Employment: Not the most beautiful interface, but who needs a pretty website when you have so many English teaching job options to choose from.
  • Total ESL: Also an overly busy interface but a wealth of job postings for teaching jobs abroad.
  • ESL Cafe: Dave does a great job in compiling some of the best job openings from around the world.
  • Tesall: Big teaching jobs aggregator.

Overseas and Expat Job Portals

  • Go Abroad: I’ve always been a fan of GoAbroad. In fact, on the visa information portion of my website, you will find where I have linked to their global embassies directory. They have a good job portal too.
  • Linkedin: Last but not least, this huge professional social network is a resource for building contacts in the field and location of your interest.

There you have it. The best places to find jobs in East Timor as a foreigner. For information on visas for East Timor, be sure to check out my East Timor visa page.

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