Also known as the better half of ESLstarter! Before co-founding this agency, Claire worked as a TEFL teacher in Thailand, Taiwan and South Korea. Claire is addicted to fiery hot Thai cuisine and Bangkok's mad weekend market of Chatuchak!


Phil is the other half of the founding members of ESLstarter. Having spent several blissful years delivering English grammar lessons to bemused looking Thai, Taiwanese and Korean students in a broad Yorkshire accent, Phil decided it was time to help others achieve the dream of teaching in the far-east.


Russ brings a wealth of TEFL experience to the table and when not talking teaching, can often be spotted on a lone surfboard braving the freezing North Sea. Russ has taught in China, Japan and South Korea.


Lauren is a big fan of sashimi and an even bigger fan of pondering the intricacies of the Korean language. She lists her favorite Korean experience as an autumn stroll through Seoraksan national park followed by a spot of karaoke.


Hayley taught English in Korea for over 3 years and loves to travel! She's spent time on 7 continents including a 10 day stint in Antarctica!


Mindy counts her favourite travel destinations as Korea, Cambodia and Croatia in that order! As a veteran teacher of English in Korea, Mindy is a fountain of useful information on teaching in the Far East!


Once a long-time resident of Scotland, Sally now calls sunny South Africa her home. A huge fan of the South African wilderness, she lists one of her favourite things to do as a trip to the Kruger National Park to spot the “Big 5” with her two sons.

Contact us

For general enquiries please email us on:

Skype: eslstarter
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UK: +44 (0) 161 818 2191
US: +1 209 348 9814

Claire picking up an award at the Greater China Awards 2015

Who are we and what do we do?

Interested in teaching English abroad but unsure how to go about it? ESLstarter is the perfect place to start.

We understand that while teaching abroad is an exhilarating prospect, there are also a multitude of questions and uncertainties to be addressed both before and during your transition overseas, which is where we come in. Our experienced team of advisers will assist you, providing as much information as possible to make sure you know everything you need to know before you embark upon your teaching adventure abroad.

From helping you secure the position you really want and guiding you through the visa process, to assisting you with travel arrangements and a comprehensive aftercare service once you arrive in your host country, we will be there for you every step of the way.

ESLstarter are an official recruitment partner of the public school program (EPIK) in South Korea. We also offer teaching placements in Thailand, teaching internships in China, Vietnam and Argentina as well as volunteer teaching programs in India, Nepal and Ecuador.

Making your teaching transition abroad unforgettable, for all the right reasons, is what ESLstarter does!