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Top Jobs, TEFL Certifications, Guides and Stories

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.

TEFL Certification Programs and ESL Jobs by Region and Country

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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.

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