There is a distinct difference between teaching in New Zealand schools and teaching in the USA.

In this week’s show, we talk about being a teacher in New Zealand with Jo. Jo moved to New Zealand with her family from the US and for the past four years has been working as a primary school teacher at a school near Auckland.

If you are moving to New Zealand as a teacher or if you have kids in New Zealand and have ever wondered what life is like for the teacher you are going to LOVE this show!



Teaching in New Zealand

In this week’s podcast episode, Jo offers a wealth of information about working as a teacher in New Zealand. She also answers lots of juicy questions that have been put to her by the members of our private New Zealand Calling Community who are both teachers and parents.

If you are thinking of moving to New Zealand and would like to be part of our private community then sign up for our FREE 5-day video guide and at the end of the series, you will be told more about the group!


School crossing sign in New Zealand. Being a teacher in New Zealand


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Being a Teacher in New Zealand. Questions Covered:

What’s the difference between private and public schools. Why would anyone pay for a private school in NZ?

I’m only a trainee teacher in the UK so I won’t have my credentials by the time we move. I do however have a learning and teaching foundation degree (equivalent to level 6 on the NZQA). What are the chances of me getting work within the education system while I hopefully finish off my teacher training in New Zealand. 

From a parent standpoint- do kids get homework at primary level, how often and when are they assessed?

How structured is the school day/classroom, how much freedom do the kids have?

Do they learn about wellbeing, mental health, citizenship, sex and relationship education and when? 

What support is there for pupils who are struggling, what stretch is there for able pupils? 

How (and how often) do schools communicate with parents?

From a teacher standpoint – can you reasonably do your job within the working week or is it expected you will do many hours more?

Is CPD (continuous professional development) encouraged/supported, are NZ schools collaborative places to work?

Are teachers trusted and respected as professionals?

What’s the relationship like with parents?

What are the frustrations and what are the best bits?

How similar are schools – are they all variations on a theme, or do they all have their own “personality” so to speak?

What’s the resource situation – do schools provide all the resources, or are the staff expected to?

 Are NZ schools (I guess I’m thinking of high schools here really) cliquey for the pupils, or are they integrated and accepting? 

What do teachers do to help settle immigrant children?

What are the typical differences between low and high decile schools in New Zealand?



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Living in New Zealand. Why 30% Of Immigrants Go Back Home

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We LOVE Housesitting. Want to Try it too? 

If you have been following this podcast for a while, then you will know that we have just returned for six months in Europe and Asia. While we were there, we did a lot of housesitting. We are constantly asked how we did this and if we can share the website that we used. So here it is:

The initial ‘looking part’ is free. You can oggle all of the beautiful houses in New Zeand that are waiting for YOU to look after them. Take a sneak peek here! (As I say, looking is completely free, so gander to your heart’s content).

Then, if you are serious about using Housesitting as a tool to travel the world for free (as we do), you can use my exclusive discount code to save yourself 20% by Clicking here.

Still not sure about paying for a Housesitting membership? Remember that the cost of a yearly membership (approx $80 using the discount code above) will be paid back (and more) on the first housesitting night. It really is that simple!


Behind The Scenes Podcast Episodes

(Where we share the things that are happening in our lives right now).

Episode #1: Meeting Our Teenage Daughter. Life at 17.

Episode #2: Our Son at 20. Homeschooled. No College. Three Jobs.

Episode #3: We Met Online. The Māori Subscribers Who Changed Our Lives.

Episode #4: The REAL Reason We Left the UK.

Episode #5: Quitting School. Now What?

Episode #6. Dealing With The Mistakes You Make Online


Can’t Wait To Travel Again? Here’s Some Inspiring Content For You!

7 Most Beautiful Places on Earth (And Why You Need To Visit Them SOON! 

Japanese Culture. 7 Things You Should (Really) Know BEFORE You Go

How to Travel The World For Free. Or at Least Very, Very Cheap.

Italy Travel (Like You’ve Never Seen Before. In Your Life.)




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