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Guide to teaching English Abroad

Are you looking for ways to make money while traveling? For a job with a good salary, flexible hours, accommodation included (in most cases). Become a teacher and enjoy great job satisfaction. You’ll be responsible for guiding the academic and personal development of your students. If you’re patient, creative, and organized, this might be the right job for you.

While teaching can be challenging, this career is also rewarding.

Guide to teaching English abroad:

Qualifications needed to teach English abroad:

  • Must be a Native English speaker from Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • Must have a Bachelors degree in any field, some countries and schools will accept your application if you don’t have a Bachelors degree,
  • Must have a Teaching Certificate, some schools or programs will arrange this for you too.


  • TEFL is for teaching English in non-native English speaking countries to speakers of foreign languages.
  • TESL is for teaching English in native English speaking countries to speakers of foreign languages.
  • TESOL is for teaching English in both non-native and native English speaking countries to speakers of foreign languages.

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Best Countries to Teach English

Asia is a popular region for new teachers, since salaries are better than Europe & South America and in most cases work experience isn’t required. Teachers in Asia earn between $1000 – $3000 per month, depending on the school, teachers’ qualifications and country. Popular countries to teach English include South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, and China

Teachers in the United Arab Emirates earn the most lucrative salaries and they don’t pay tax as UAE is tax-free. Most schools hire only teachers with experience and qualification in education is usually required.

Pros of Teaching English abroad

  • The Asian country contracts offer much more assistance than European/South American programs, including housing and/or housing allowances and airfare.
  • Paid vacation
  • Monetary bonuses (sometimes offered for contract extensions).

Cons of Teaching English aboard

  • Monetary penalties (such as for early termination of contract)
  • Restrictions on tutoring privately, outside of your job (if this is something you’re interested in doing for extra money).
  • This isn’t a long term job as most contracts are for 1 year.
  • Beware of recruiters (agencies), there are a lot of agencies that offer to help you find work in exchange for fee. Not all agencies are equal and legit, some will create fake visa documents and you will end up having legal trouble like these South Africans who were arrested in China. It’s important to do your research.

Where to find teaching abroad opportunities

Volunteer Programs

Do some good while saving money on accommodation and food. With organizations like – Worldpackers, and WWOOFing

Exchange Programs

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