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    Nick Kendell

    Nick Kendell

    Senior Associate

    51 Mary St
    Launceston, Tasmania 7250
    +61 3 6331 1692

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    Region: I would love to hear from interested teachers living in Australia and New Zealand, or international teachers (not previously registered with Search Associates). Email me today (use icon above) to find out how I can help you achieve your dream of teaching overseas.

    Fair Organizer: Melbourne, Australia

    Nick Kendell is the Senior Associate for Australia and New Zealand. Nick has also taken over the organization and running of the Australasian Fair in January each year. Nick started his international teaching career in 1995 and has since worked across 3 different continents. He began at the Hong Kong International School where he held a variety of positions in the Upper and Lower Primary schools. After spending 9 1/2 years in Hong Kong, Nick moved back to Australia to take up a Deputy Principal role at Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston, Tasmania. After 4 1/2 years in this role, Nick moved to Cairo in 2008 to become the Head of Primary at the New Cairo British International School. He completed his time in Cairo and returned to Australia in July 2011.

    Nick and his wife Paula (also a teacher) run the Australasian Search office and together they bring the experience of over 25 years in international schools.

    With his very recent experience as a school administrator, Nick provides a unique perspective to the Search team and will be a valuable resource to both candidates and schools.

    All candidates previously registered with Rob Graham (or Gavin Allen) who wish to re-register with Search should contact Nick's team at

    Paula Kendell, Executive Assistant

    Kendell, Paula

    Paula Kendell worked in Hong Kong at Hong Kong International School in a variety of teaching roles, the most recent of which was as a Physical Education Teacher for Students from Reception to Year 2. 

    Paula was then invited to coordinate a 4 year old program at a prestigious British Kindergarten in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong. 

    After having two children of her own, Paula designed and operated her own private play school in Hong Kong for children aged 18 months to 3 years. 

    On her return to Tasmania Paula worked as an Early Childhood teacher and music specialist for Kindergarten children in a school that utilised the Reggio Emilia approach to education.

    Her most recent role in Cairo was as a PYP classroom teacher in a British International School. Paula taught Reception age children for 3 years and worked on the development of a Literacy strategy for Early Childhood Education.

    Paula provides a very realistic view of life internationally and she is willing to offer advice, counsel and share her wealth of experience with candidates and schools. Her experience and expertise in many different educational settings and her love of learning, enable her to fit easily into the Search Associates team

    Together, the Kendell's committment to personalised service and their recent experiences in schools make them an ideal couple to run the Australian and New Zealand branch of Search Associates

    Office: 613 63311692


    Search Associates Australia/New Zealand News:

    Nick will be attending the following conferences and job Fairs. He would love you to stop by if you will also be in the area.

    EARCOS Conference (East Asia Regional Council of Schools) November 1-3, 2014

    Search Leadership Fair- Bangkok, November 3-5, 2014

    Melbourne Search Fair January 3-6, 2015

    Search Bangkok Fair- January 8-11, 2015

    Nick will also be visiting schools in Cambodia, Indonesia and Bangkok over the coming months. If you are currently teaching in these countries and would like to touch base with Nick, please contact him at


    Candidate News: We would love to post your stories on our facebook site in order to help educate other candidates about different countries and schools. If you would like to contribute, please email us with some details of your experiences and include a photo if possible. There are some examples to look at already, but basics would include information about relocation, school, local environment/ people and staff. If you are already writing a blog, we can simply upload it.

    The cost of registering with Search Associates is US $225 for teachers living overseas. (GST will be added for teachers living in Australia)

    We advise using Bank Transfer (no fees within Australia) or credit card (phone: +61 3 63311692). PayPal is available below. Their fees of 2.5% are included under 'shipping and handling.' Please note: Overseas teachers - If your PayPal account is set as an Australian PayPal account, you will be charged GST, so please pay in Australian dollars, not USD.

    Bank transfer : ANZ Bank ($250 AUD for Australians).

    Account Name: Search Associates Australia/New Zealand Pty Ltd.

    BSB: 017042 Account number: 261384794

    Please put your NAME IN THE MESSAGE and send us an email with the Transfer Reference number.

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    Registration for 2nd fair
    Australian Registration
    Overseas Registration

    Each year Nick conducts Seminars in various locations around the region.

    These Seminars are an ideal way to find out more about Search Associates and also about living and teaching in International Schools.

    Interviews are held following the seminars to meet candidates individually, in order to get to know them and be able to recommend them personally to recruiters.

    Recruitment fairs are held once a year in Melbourne, Australia. Recruiters from around the world fly in to interview candidates for existing vacancies.

    NOTE: Attendance at an information seminar and an individual interview are usually a prerequisite to attending the Recruitment Fair in Australia or New Zealand, and candidates must be fully registered to be invited.

    Please contact Nick to find out more -

    2014 Seminar Dates 
    Seminars will be subject to sufficient numbers in attendance
    Auckland September 27, 2014 September 27- 29, 2014
     Christchurch October 3, 2014 October 3-5 2014


    20 September, 2014
    20-22 September, 2014
    Brisbane 7 November, 2014 7-9 November, 2014
    Sydney 24 September, 2014 September 24-26, 2014
    Please send preferred interview time via email. Payments must be made prior to the seminar. We recommend PayPal, bank transfer (within Australia) or credit card by phone (+61363311692).
    Kiwis (no GST)
    This is a thank you note Search Associates and specifically, a 'you are amazing note' for Nick Kendell. I would like to say that, from the very first time I spoke to Nick which was in between flights on his way back from Cairo ( he had had not even reach Australian soil), he was gentleman of his word, he was sincere, and had great integrity and professionalism.

    Nick replied to my many, many, many questions both quickly and with great detail. I had already investigated time and effort into collecting information about different international school programs. Also researching how some of the contracts worked but I need to say I really had only just touched on the tip of the iceberg.  Nick is a wealth of information about all those little things that add up and he fills in many of the blanks.

    I was concerned about being able to secure a position because this was my first time in the “circuit”, but Nick kept reassuring me that everything would be fine and that the “right” position would come along. His was very helpful with continuous positive and informative feedback on the choices that I was making.

    While in Sydney to attend the Search information session and have my interview, Nick was informative, friendly, down to earth and made me feel comfortable. The informational session was very explanatory and it was a nice way to meet other teachers that are also looking at international positions.  Nick also made the interview process unintimidating and an affirming experience.

    It is hard to express how grateful for all of Nick’s efforts and I believe he truly gives a service that is above and beyond the call of the role.  If I was to apply for another position again my first choice would be Search Associates, so thanks to the Nick for making my first international school position a smooth and pleasant one, I am now looking forward to my new job in Shanghai in January.


    You may be asking yourself the question, why use Search Associates and how can Nick Kendall help?  Our answer would be, why wouldn’t you?  Nick has been such a friendly and amazing associate to work with over the past few months.   He has been a positive force behind us securing amazing positions in a fabulous international school.  From the first moment of meeting Nick, we were confident that he knew what he was doing.  He has the experience and knows the international school scene very well.  What has impressed us the most is his regular and open communication where he is always ready to answer questions, support and be optimistic.  We would definitely love to work with Nick again and we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him!  

    Michelle and Robert 

     Nick Kendell is a high-quality Search Associate. His incredibly
    professional work ethic ensures he responds quickly to emails, phone calls
    and at the Sydney Fair, he worked overtime to listen to and advise
    candidates. He paid close attention to my individual needs and offered
    objective and honest feedback. Since the Fair, he has maintained regular
    contact with me and been available to give advice at the drop of a hat. My
    wife and I are very appreciative of Nick and have highly recommended
    Search Associates to colleagues wishing to teach internationally.


    Thank you so much for your great advice and tips. I will definitely take them on board as I know I will be embracing change and challenging myself to the fullest. I want to say a huge thank you to you personally and to Search Associates for the personal touch that you have shown me .Thanks for going the extra mile. Your support has been fantastic no matter how trivial my questions have been. I have appreciated it! I will always recommend Search Associates highly to anyone interested in teaching overseas.




    Please contact Nick Kendell for more information on the following services:

    Head of School and Administrative Searches

    "Working with Nick Kendell of Search Associates has been a pleasure and has resulted in an excellent outcome for Vientiane International School.  From the beginning, Nick was professional, helpful and ready to help guide our search committee.  He was always available to answer our questions, and his knowledge of both our school and the international education world was invaluable.  Nick made the search process much easier and took a lot of the stress out of the search.  I would be delighted to work with Nick and with Search Associates again."                Meagen Baldwin - Board Chair, Vientiane International School.                                                                                                                     

    EMCEE for Principal Meetings/ Conferences  

    "Nick Kendell is entertaining and informative. He keeps to time and has everything running smoothly." Steve King