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As over 1.5 billion people in the world continue their 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.

 Best TEFL Certification Programs and ESL Jobs by Region and Country

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Australasia  Chile Russia
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Latin America Czech Republic Thailand
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Featured TEFL Certification Programs and Job Placements

TEFL Training with ITTT ITTT: International TEFL Certification
With in-class courses available at over 30 locations worldwide and a wide range of online courses, ITTT prepares you to teach, travel and live abroad.
Teaching English Worldwide Teach English Abroad with InterExchange — Perfect for New and Experienced Teachers 
InterExchange offers Teach English programs in Europe and Asia, from teaching in formal classroom settings to private family settings as a Home Tutor. Our current locations include Costa Rica, France, Italy, Spain, and Thailand.
TEFL Certificate program Via Lingua International TEFL Certificate Programs
Via Lingua is a worldwide educational organization with schools in numerous locations. Our goal is to equip students with English language teaching skills in a professional, supportive environment. We provide students with teaching opportunities throughout their TEFL career thanks to comprehensive training.
Teach English in Prague Teach and Travel Worldwide with TEFL Worldwide Prague
TEFL Worldwide Prague is a highly reputable American owned school offering the 4-week Internationally Recognized and Accredited TEFL certificate course in the enchanting city of Prague. Become certified and gain the skills to teach English in any classroom abroad. Job placement assistance worldwide. Highly Recommended by their Graduates!
Teaching English in China Teach in China with EF English First
Join our community of over 2,000 diverse, inspiring teachers all across China. Your skills are needed to help grow and shape EF English First for current / future generations of students to learn, grow and enjoy. Teach adults, kids or online at one of our 300+ schools. Full salary and free flights.

Teaching English Abroad Expert Guides

Articles by experts providing tips for those who wish to work teaching English or first take a TEFL course.
Students learning English Guide to Teaching English as a Second Language Abroad by Ted Campbell
10 practical tips in an essential guide, including key resources provided by an experienced expat who has taught extensively in Mexico and South Korea.
Teaching English web resume How to Create a Great Resume to Teach English Abroad: A Guide to Landing Your First Job by John Clites
Our TEFL Abroad columnist explores, in detail, how to land your (first) ESL job, and why preparing the right resume is important for success.
Teaching English in Costa Rica 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.
Teaching English as stepping stone Teaching English Abroad: A Stepping Stone to International Careers by Jean-Marc Hachey
There are many motivations to teach abroad, and the quantity of ESL jobs available around the world may also provide a path to other international careers.
Teaching English online Teach English Online: Your Ticket to Travel the World by John Clites
A very experienced expat and successful teacher of English has developed an online course allowing you to earn income while living abroad or at home. Multi-media guides help you through the steps necessary to build a client base that will pay you to teach conversational English from any location you choose using online tools.

Featured Teaching English Stories

See below 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.

Teach English in Asia and Southeast Asia
Temple in China Teach English in Asia: Finding a Job by Susan Griffith
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.
Teach English in China The Best Countries to Teach English in Asia by Michael Hines
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.
Teaching English in China by location Teaching English in China: Work and Live in a Great Location
Nick and Dariece provide a guide to help you research and find a great city or town in the vast country of China to teach English and live.
Teaching English to children in China A Practical Guide to Finding an English Teaching Job in China
The steps involved in finding the major types of jobs, including a discussion of what is needed to get a work visa.
Teach in Bangkok, Thailand How to Choose Your First Job Teaching English in China
An expert view and practical advice for those who seek to teach English in China for the first time.
Teaching English in Chiang Mai Live and Teach English in Smiling Chiang Mai
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.
Statue of Buddha in Bangkok The 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 experience.
Bridge in Japan Teaching 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.
How to teach English in Japan Teach English in Japan: You Can Do It!
Teaching and living in Japan for over a year was eye-opening for the author, who provides useful resources and inspiration.
Teaching English in South Korea A Guide to Teaching English and Living in South Korea
Linda Dunsmore describes what you need to know to teach in East Asia’s "Land of the Morning Calm."
Teaching and living in South Korea Teach English in South Korea: Own Your Adventure
A snapshot of the world of teaching in South Korea, where the still economically booming and transitioning country is swept up in a fever to learn the language. Resources and tips from an experienced teacher.
Teach in a Vietnam language school Teach English and Living in Vietnam: An Emerging Giant
The guide to teaching and living in Vietnam—where the jobs are almost endless due to demand—described by an experienced author.
Teach English in Vietnam Why You Should Teach English in Vietnam Right Now
By Sam Bedford

Teach English in Latin America
Street in Colombia Teach English in Latin America: Finding a Job
An expert on work abroad and author of a classic book on teaching English abroad, Susan Griffith provides a resource-rich overview of the many options in Latin America.
Afternoon in Oaxaca Teaching 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 it.
Costa Rica waterfall Teach English in Costa Rica: Where, When, How
A story and many valuable resources useful for finding jobs teaching in Costa Rica.
Brazilian seaside Teaching English and Living in Brazil
The demand for English teachers in Brazil, including beautiful Rio, is quite high, reports one who has taught in the country for many years..
Girl in Ecuador Teach English in Ecuador: Adventure Awaits at Latitude Zero
An adventure as a teacher in Ecuador with practical advice and resources.
Teach English in Buenos Aires Teach English in Argentina
A guide to the various opportunties to teach in Argentina. Work can be found in Buenos Aires, Bariloche and other cities where the demand for English teachers is greatest.
Santiago, Chile How to Find Jobs Teaching English in Santiago, Chile
Practical insider tips to get a teaching job in a city for those qualified to teach, usually requiring a B.A. and a TEFL certificate, which call also be acquired on site.

Teach English in Western Europe
Teaching in Granada, Spain Teach English in Europe: Finding a Job
Expert and author Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities for teaching in Europe.
Teaching in Granada, Spain Teach English in Spain: Open Up Opportunities
An experience on the Teach in Spain program with CIEE transformed the life of Sagan Pope, led her to 5 years in the country and to success thereafter.
Teaching English in France Inside the Paid Teaching Assistant Program in France by Sarena Tien
A rare opportunity for Americans to find work abroad teaching English in France. Use your stipend to travel, explore the culture and learn French.
Teaching in Spain as an assistant Teaching in Spain with the Language and Culture Assistants Program
A detailed guide to a rare opportunity to find paid work teaching English in Spain. Use your stipend to travel, explore the culture, and learn Spanish.
Assistant teachers in Spain Teaching English in Spain
The many advantages of working as an English language assistant in a program sponsored by the Spanish government.
Teaching Assistant in Avignon, France How to Find Work Teaching English in Italy
Practical tips and resources for finding and landing jobs teaching English in Italy. With EU regulations quite strict for long-term work, you must do your research.

Teach English in Central and Eastern Europe
Teach English in Prague, Czech Republic Teach English in Central and Eastern Europe: Finding a Job
Expert and author Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities in Central and Eastern Europe.
Bridge in Prague Teach English in the Czech Republic
What is involved in teaching in the new Czech Republic, part of the EU, as described by a long-time teacher.
Moscow, Russia Teach English in Russia: Demand for Teachers Exceeds Supply
The many options for jobs teaching English in Russia.

Teaching English in the Middle East, Africa, and the Mediterranean (Non-European)
Morocco blue street The Mediterranean: English Teachers in Demand
Expert and author Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities in the Mediterranean.
Riding camels in Morocco Teaching 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.
Istanbul, Turkey Teach English in Istanbul: A Cultural Crossroads
The great demand for teachers in the lively "Queen of all Cities" in Turkey.
Art park in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Working, Living, and Teaching English in Saudi Arabia as a Woman
Salaries are notoriously high in Saudi Arabia. Teaching as a woman presents unique challenges but adapting and thriving is quite possible.

TEFL Certification at ITTT
Teach English with WorkingAbroad
Teach English Abroad with TEFL Worldwide Prague
Learn to Teach English with Via Lingua
Teach in China with EF English First
Teach Abroad with TIEOnline
China Teaching Jobs with Goldstar Recruitment
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