With over 2 billion people in the world continuing in an insatiable rush to learn English, the lingua franca of international business, technical jobs, diplomacy, and higher education, most job opportunities abroad continue to be for those who teach English. Your primary credential is simply being a native speaker of the English language, but a bachelor's degree is often required. Some formal training, such as a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification, is almost always a plus or a prerequisite, especially if you have no previous experience as a teacher.
Your ability to teach English as a second language (TESL) may be all you need to obtain a job and a work permit in various countries across Asia and Latin America, and many other ESL jobs exist in desirable locations worldwide. Remote teaching English over the internet continues to be a more common way to work through programs, agencies, or through direct contacts.
How a TEFL Certificate Abroad Leads to a Teaching Job by Linda Dunsmore
An experienced teacher provides practical recommendations and tips for gaining a TEFL Certificate overseas as a path to English teaching jobs worldwide. With the demand for teachers still very strong, there are so many great options.
Below are featured stories written
by those who have traveled and lived long-term in some of the
most popular countries to teach English.
Teachers share their experiences and provide tips with resources
to help you live and teach abroad successfully.
English in Asia and Southeast Asia
English in Asia: Finding a Job by
An expert on work abroad and author of a classic book
on teaching English abroad provides an overview of
the many job options in Asia, along with rich resources.
Best Countries to Teach English in Asia by
Many nations in Asia share a desire to learn English
and most are experiencing a strong demand for teachers.
From South Korea to Vietnam, most Asian countries
are in racing to get their population to learn the lingua
franca of globalization.
and Teach English in Smiling Chiang Mai, Thailand
Voted one of the friendliest cities in the world,
Chiang Mai is an ideal place to dip your toes into
the world of teaching. The relaxed environment and
low-key attitude make for a gentle introduction to
TEFL for those just getting their feet wet.
Guide to Teaching English and Living in Bangkok
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
English in South Korea: Own Your Adventure
A snapshot of the world of teaching in South Korea,
where the still
country is swept up in a fever to learn the language, and where many travel writers have started their life overseas.
Resources and tips from an experienced teacher.
English and Living in Japan
A practical guide by a teacher experienced in countries
across Asia. The author provides you with detailed
inside tips and resources you need to find a job.
English and Living in Mexico
...I was still looking for a job. I had long thought
about trying to live overseas and I knew that teaching
was a great vehicle for doing so, so I enrolled in
a 1-month crash course in Teaching English to Speakers
of Other Languages (TESOL) to figure out how to do
English and Living in Morocco
Author of a fine book on Morocco, Lucas M. Peters
describes what you need to know to teach English in
a beautiful land, with very hospitable people, where
jobs are ever increasing.