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As the world continues its rush to acquire English, the lingua franca of international commerce, diplomacy, and higher education, the bulk of teaching opportunities abroad continue to be for those who teach English. Your primary "credential" is simply being a native speaker of the English language. A bachelor's degree is usually required. Some formal ESL training, whether in TEFL or TESOL, is almost always a plus and in some cases a prerequisite if you have no previous experience. Candidates with advanced training and either a certificate in ESL or a master's degree in TESOL will have greater flexibility and command more pay. The ability to teach ESL may be all you need to obtain a job and a work permit in various countries across Asia and Latin America, and many other English teaching jobs exist in other desirable regions of the globe.

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International TEFL and TESOL Training ITTT: International TEFL and TESOL Training
In-class courses in 30 locations worldwide and highly practical online courses to suit your needs. Get qualified and teach, travel, live and work abroad.
Geovisions Paid Teacher in South Korea with Geovisions
This is a paid position with annual salary of US$20,000-$27,000 based on 30 hour/week (6 days per week). Gain international experience while enriching the lives of students in South Korea. As a native speaker you can become an asset to educational establishments by improving the standard of English in South Korea. Teaching can be an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, while experiencing the rich culture of the Eastern world.
InterExchange Teach English in Through InterExchange - No Teaching Certificate Required 
InterExchange Working Abroad offers a wide variety of Teach English programs in every corner of the world, from teaching in formal classroom settings to private family tutoring. Some programs allow you to earn a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Our current programs include Austria, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Thailand and Spain.
Teach English! TEFL Certification + TEFL Jobs in Mexico with ITTO
TEFL Courses in Spain, London, the Czech Republic, and India with Oxford TEFL
Teach and Travel Worldwide with TEFL Worldwide Prague
Teach English in Argentina with Road2Argentina
Accredited TEFL Certification Courses in 15 countries with Via Lingua
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  Teaching English Abroad Advisor
Articles by experienced experts providing inside tips and resources for those who wish to teach English overseas
Teaching English Abroad
Randall Davis provides a comprehensive introduction to teaching English. He offers expert tips, fine resources and links for anyone contemplating a career in ESL.
Teaching English Overseas: A Stepping Stone to International Careers
Author of the bible on working abroad, The Big Guide to Living and Overseas, Jean-Marc Hachey lists many of the major motivations for teaching English abroad. Jean-Marc suggests that the plethora of ESL jobs may also provide an accessible and satisfying path to other international careers.
Teaching English: Recession-Proof Jobs
Michael G. Hines describes in practical terms why teaching is one of the most recession-proof jobs available in these troubled economic times, as he initiates a series by region on this most common form of work overseas.
Long-Term Jobs Teaching English Abroad
William Nolting and Anthony Hand discuss how teaching English has become one of the most common long-term jobs for post-graduates and provide extensive resources.
John Teaching Is Teaching English as a Foreign Language Right For You? by John Clites
John Clites' introductory column as our TEFL Abroad Columnist, part of an extensive series where he will approach in practical ways issues relating to teaching English abroad based upon his own unique experience.
Where the ESL Jobs Are: Online But Off the Beaten Path
Duncan MacLeod guides you to the many alternative websites where you can search for jobs independently. In A Primer for North Americans Wishing to Teach English, Duncan provides a concise overview of jobs which combine travel, living and work abroad.
Teaching English Overseas: How To Be a Successful Teacher 
Experienced teacher Susan Stephenson describes the preparation, organization, flexibility, and sense of humor she deems necessary to succeed teaching English overseas.
How To Create a Great Web Resume to Get an English Teaching Job 
A.J. Hoge provides practical directions for any prospective teacher of English regarding how to create a great resume when seeking to land a job abroad.
Choosing a TEFL Program Abroad 
Jacy Meyer offers tips for selecting a worthy TEFL program abroad, citing sample experiences in the Czech Republic based upon interviews with both School Directors and graduated working students.
Choosing a TEFL Course Abroad: What to Do Before Starting Your Internet Search
Tiffany L. Hendrix reports that before starting an Internet TEFL program search you must be realize that many jobs teaching English abroad now require an advanced degree from a reputable institution.
Selecting Reputable TEFL Schools Abroad
Jane Mitchell offers seven suggestions when selecting the best ESL schools overseas.
Consider Your Teaching Job Offer Carefully: Bad English Language Schools Can Happen to Good Teachers
Experienced professional Diana Campbell offers practical advice on how to prepare for and hopefully avoid an unpleasant experience as an English teacher abroad.
The TEFL Job Interview: The Ten Most Important Questions to Ask
Jonathan Clark offers practical advice for those seeking a job teaching English overseas.
Top Ten Classroom Tools When Teaching English Overseas
Jonathan Clark provides his top ten classroom tools to use when as an English teacher.
Ten Tips for Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Jann Huizenga provides her top ten tips for the first few months teaching English abroad.
Distance Learning: Travel and Study Abroad to Get Your Degree 
A.J. Hoge has discovered in distance learning an innovative and flexible approach to study abroad, allowing him to travel, live and teach English in Thailand while working to complete his degree in TESOL.
Teaching Abroad: Top Ten Tips for Preventing Nightmare Experiences
Zahara Heckscher offers tips for those teaching overseas to avoid nightmare scenarios, and provides survival strategies to mitigate any such experiences.
Teaching English: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
A.J. Hoge provides some practical tips to avoid and take precautions against the scams or bad work situations those who seek work teaching English overseas may encounter.
Teaching English: Don't Be a Victim
Sarah Kendzior suggests some practical precautions based upon personal experience before plunging into tempting TEFL jobs overseas.
ESL Return to NYC Returning Home After Teaching ESL Internationally: How to Start a New Career by Ryan Allen
One of the loudest complaints extolled by more jaded ESL expats is that international experience does not translate; unless you seek a career in ESL, you are wasting your life. This cannot be further from the truth. In fact, the international experiences derived from teaching can be precisely what separates you from other candidates during a job hunt, or during the graduate school admission process.
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 Teaching English Abroad Participant Reports
We feature below a wide-ranging sample of participants' reports written by those who have traveled long-term and worked abroad teaching English. Teachers describe their experiences while providing inside resources for others to do the same.

 Teaching English in Western Europe
Teaching English in Europe
Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities in Europe.
Teaching English in France: A Step-by-Step Guide to Success 
Amber Foster provides realistic step-by-step advice on how to find work teaching English in France.
Teaching English in Paris, France: Where There is a Will There is a Way
Natalie Faulkner provides practical and realistic tips for finding a job teaching English in Paris, France.
Teaching English in France as an Assistant 
Kelby Hartson Carr describes a unique opportunity for Americans to find work teaching English in France.
Finding Work Teaching English in Italy
Kevin Revolinski provide the key resources.
Teach English in Italy: Insider Knowledge on Landing a Job in a Public School
Emma Bird on her experience teaching at an Italian public school.
Making it as a Freelance English Teacher in Spain
Steven Harold Starry provides an experienced expert's tips on what is required to find freelance work teaching English in Madrid.
Taking a Certified TEFL Course: Is a Teaching Certification Necessary for a Job in Madrid? 
Steven Harold Starry analyzes the pros and cons of taking the various types of certified TEFL courses as a preparation for jobs teaching English in Madrid, Spain.
Freelancing in Spain: Work Permits and Teaching English in Spain 
Victoria Fontana offers her experience acquiring work permits and freelancing teaching English in Madrid, as well as other advice for starting a business and living in Spain.
Teaching English in Switzerland
Catherine Richards reports that finding work teaching English in Switzerland is not easy, but does provide the inside tips and resources.
Teaching English in Germany
Mark O’Neill reports that despite the slow economy, freelancers are in demand.
Teach English in Germany
Holly Munn suggests choosing smaller cities for more job choices.

 Teaching English in Central and Eastern Europe
Teaching English in Central and Eastern Europe
Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities in Central and Eastern Europe.
Teaching English in Russia: Demand for English Teachers Exceeds Supply by Robert Leitch
Teaching English in the Czech Republic by Pearl Harris

 Teaching English in Asia and Southeast Asia
Jobs Teaching English in Asia
Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities in Asia.
Teach English in Asia
Michael G. Hines offers a practical overview and description of the requirements for teaching English abroad in Asia, breaking work visa requirements down by country.
Teaching English in Asia: A Rewarding Way to Travel Abroad and See the World 
Lucia Novarra provides an overview on opportunities for work in Asia teaching English.
Teach English in Southeast Asia
Michael G. Hines offers a practical overview and description of the requirements for teaching English in Southeast Asia, breaking work visa requirements down by country.
Teaching English and Living in Japan
Lindy Sinka provides a practical overview of what is involved for those who decide to teach English in Japan as an expatriate.
Getting Started Teaching English in Japan
John Sheldon elaborates on the three most common types of jobs to be found in Japan.
Teaching English in Japan: The Internet Job Search
A.J. Hoge provides tips for making the best use of the Web in order to search for and land a good job teaching English in Japan.
Point Your Mouse Cursor to a Job in Japan
Celeste Heiter offers inside tips for teaching English in Japan and how to find them via the Internet.
Live, Learn and Teach English in Japan
Christopher P. Cotter provides resources and inside tips for those wishing to teach English in Japan.
Japan's JET Programme: Join Japan's Leading ESL Training and Job Placement Program
Laura Mann on provides insides tips on teaching English in Japan with this unique program.
Teaching English in China
Smitha Murthy offers practical advice on finding a job teaching English in China while warning about possible pitfalls.
How to Choose Your First Job Teaching English in China
Gregory Mavrides, PhD offers an expert overview and practical advice on how to go about the process of selecting your first Job Teaching English in China.
Teaching English in China: Choose the Right Place and School
Eve Bergazyn reports on the various types of places and schools in China to teach English.
How to Find the Perfect Job Teaching English in China by Charlotte Turner
Teaching English in China: Jobs Abound with Minimal Requirements by Adam Worcester
Teaching English in Taiwan
Newley Purnell offers a thorough description of the lucrative jobs available teaching English in Taiwan, and provides tips for enjoying its rich culture
Teaching English and Living in Korea: Take a Camp Job for a Month to Check it Out by Lindy Sinka
Teaching English in Korea: Public Schools are a Great Option by Wayne Johnson
Living and Teaching English in South Korea by Jalel Marti Sager
Teaching English and Living in Thailand: Do Your Homework Before Choosing a Job Abroad by Lindy Sinka
Statue of Buddha in Bangkok Teaching English and Living in Bangkok by Nathan Edgerton
Bangkok has a high demand for English teachers in many different types of schools, from corporate training centers to small private schools to public schools with 50 students per class. There are opportunities for beginning teachers as well as those with more experience...
Living in Thailand or Taiwan Live and Teach English in Thailand or Taiwan? A Guide to Choose the Best Country for You by Michael Plews
Fortunately for anyone with experience who is trying to compare the merits of these two unique countries, both currencies now have a very similar exchange rate... We will make a comparison, inherently somewhat subjective, of some of the key aspects of each country that can make living and teaching a memorable and rewarding experience...
Teaching English in Thailand: The 10 Day Job Search 
A.J. Hoge tells you how to find jobs teaching English in Thailand within 10 days of stepping off the plane. A.J. follows up his primer for finding work with Teaching English in Thailand: A Typical Day in a Teacher's Life.
Freelance Teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand  
A.J. Hoge provides practical inside tips for setting up a freelance business teaching English.
Teaching English in Chiang Mai: A Step-by-Step Guide  
Wayne Johnson provides an insider's guide to teaching English in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Living and Teaching in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Top tips and resources by one who experienced the bustling city of HCMC as an English teacher.
Teaching English in Malaysia
Emile Alexander Dodds reports on the type of work available for English teachers in Malaysia.

 Teaching English in Latin America
Teaching English in Latin America
Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities abroad in Latin America.
Teach English in Latin America
Michael G. Hines offers a practical overview and description of the requirements for teaching English abroad in Latin America, breaking work visa requirements down using two countries—Brazil and Costa Rica—as examples.
Teaching English and Living in Brazil Remote Knowledge: Teaching English on Location in South America by James Burt
The continent has long been attractive for English teachers eager for new experiences involving such activities as Samba music, mountain trekking, and other long, hot summer nightlife pleasures while earning a living teaching English to the locals. But unlike certain global areas with a much more rigorous application, interview, and hiring process that involve visas or housing appropriations, many countries in South America often utilize less a rigid system of employing teachers...
Teaching English and Living in Mexico as a Mex-Pat
Jonathan Clark provides inside tips on finding work teaching English in Mexico, and offers a variety of perspectives from the many mex-pats.
Teaching English in Costa Rica: How to Prepare
Geraldeen Woods offers advice on preparing for and finding work teaching English in a country where teachers are in great demand.
Teaching English in Costa Rica
Laura Dulin provides inside tips and many valuable resources for finding a job teaching English throughout Costa Rica.
Teaching English in Ecuador: Adventure Awaits at Latitude Zero
Newley Purnell relates his joyful experience teaching English in Ecuador.
Teaching English in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cara Pulick writes about the many options to teach.
Teaching English and Living in Brazil Teaching English and Living in Brazil by John Clites
There is a very high demand for English teachers in Brazil, and that demand will only increase in the foreseeable future. Demand is fueled by a number of factors: flourishing tourism, expanding international trade, a burgeoning oil and gas industry, and the looming World Cup and Olympic Games...
Work Teaching English in Ecuador by Christopher Sacco
Teaching English in Santiago, Chile: Inside Tips for Finding a Job by Heidi Resetarits

 Teaching English in the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean
The Eastern Mediterranean: English Teachers in Demand 
Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Teach English in the Middle East
Michael G. Hines offers a practical overview and description of the requirements for teaching English abroad in the Middle East, breaking work visa requirements down by country.
Teaching English in Istanbul: A Cultural Crossroads by Andrew K. Burger
Teaching English in Saudi Arabia by Scott Zimmermann

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