What are TEFL jobs?

Every year tens of thousands of people from all backgrounds leave behind their existing life and head overseas in search of fun, travel and adventure. They are able to do this by completing a TEFL certification course that gives them all the qualifications they need to apply for English language teaching jobs in countries all over the world. If you want to join this ever growing number of TEFL qualified teachers, there should be very little that can get in your way.

Where can I teach English abroad?

Among the many attractions of teaching English abroad is the fact that you are free to choose not only the region where you would like to work, but also the specific country or even city. For some teachers the history and culture of Europe appeals most, while others are drawn to exotic destinations across Asia or Latin America. However, before you book your plane tickets you need to be aware that the requirements for foreign teachers vary greatly from one country to the next and these may limit your options. You should do plenty of research on whether any of the following issues apply to your chosen destination.

In some cases, language schools are restricted to only hiring teachers who hold citizenship of a native English speaking country. These are generally considered to be the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. In some countries, it is a legal requirement that foreign teachers hold a 4-year degree. There are limitations on hiring teachers over a certain age in some countries, typically around 55. Across the Middle East region in particular, many jobs are restricted to men only or women only, depending on the gender of the students. Men only positions are typically more numerous. The length of contract you are required to sign can vary from six months in some countries, to twelve months in others. In Europe they might run for nine or ten months, as summers are often taken off.

Which is the most popular region for teaching English abroad?

The huge continent of Asia continues to be the most popular destination for teachers in terms of numbers. Across the region there are a wide variety of diverse destinations to suit everyone, from the high-tech modernity of Tokyo to the peace and tranquility of a Cambodian village, Asia has it all.

Where can I earn the most money teaching English in Asia?

If you are hoping to save money while you teach overseas then more developed countries such as South Korea, Taiwan and China are definitely worth a look. Job opportunities are widespread in towns and cities throughout these countries and the salaries are generally good compared to the cost of living. Due to the high demand for teachers, it is also quite straightforward to secure a job before you leave your home country which provides significant peace of mind for those who are new to teaching and traveling.

What other popular spots are there for teaching English in Asia?

Although Asia's booming economies offer plenty of well paid teaching jobs, most of these will be found in large towns and cities that may not be to everyone's taste. If you dream of relaxing in a hammock amongst swaying palm trees between lessons, you may want to look elsewhere. Thailand has long been a favorite destination due to the culture, lifestyle and climate. You may struggle to save any of your hard earned cash, but you are sure to create many memories that will last a lifetime. Another country worth considering is Vietnam where the demand for English language teachers is growing rapidly and salaries are rising accordingly.

Where are the most popular TEFL destinations in the Middle East?

Although considerably smaller in size than Asia, the Middle East is still one of the biggest draws in the teaching industry. Tax-free salaries and superb benefits await most teachers who manage to secure a position here. However, due to stiff competition for the best jobs you will probably need some experience behind you and many employers will also demand advanced level qualifications. The most numerous job prospects can be found in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, whilst Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar are also worth checking out.

What are the pros and cons of teaching English in the Middle East?

Although you can expect a high salary and great benefits such as paid flights and free housing, you also need to consider the conservative nature of society in most countries in this region. The strict social rules do not appeal to everyone, and female teachers may find it particularly difficult if they are not used to the local culture. However, many teachers quickly adapt to this new environment and many feel that a few inconveniences along the way are more than compensated for financially.

Where are the most popular TEFL destinations in Europe?

With a wonderful mix of modern attractions and centuries of fascinating history, it is no surprise that Europe attracts large numbers of English teachers. Right across the continent there are plenty of job opportunities to be found in diverse locations stretching from the sunny shores of the Mediterranean in the south, to the cooler climes of beautiful Scandinavia in the north. However, there are a few things to consider before you start packing your bags.

What are the pros and cons of teaching English in Europe?

One major drawback of teaching in Europe is the high cost of living. You may be dreaming of life in Rome, Paris or London, but the reality is that a teacher's salary is unlikely to be enough to support a comfortable lifestyle. Another issue is that many countries prefer British English to American English so it can be hard for non-British teachers to land the better paid positions. It is also more complicated for non-Brits to acquire the necessary work permits and visas for popular destinations such as Spain, Italy and France. But don't despair; there are still opportunities for anyone who is determined to hunt them down.

Should I consider teaching English outside of Western Europe?

For many teachers the best solution is to look towards Central and Eastern Europe. Compared to their western neighbors, many countries in this region make it far easier for non-Europeans to obtain visas and work permits. The cost of living is also considerably lower making it possible to live comfortably and even save some cash while you work. The most popular destination is the Czech Republic which has plenty of job opportunities plus a fun and laidback lifestyle. Other countries with a growing market for English teachers include Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.

Is Latin America a good option for teaching English abroad?

This vast region stretches from the US/Mexico border in the north, all the way down to the wilds of Cape Horn in the south. Although large in area, Latin America does not offer the huge job markets and high salaries that can be found in other parts of the world. However, what it does offer is an abundance of natural beauty and endless opportunities for adventure.

Where are the best TEFL destinations in Latin America?

Chile has long been one of the hottest destinations for English teachers in South America. Here you will find plenty of jobs on offer and some of the best salaries in the region. Due to its popularity you can also expect stiff competition when applying for the best paid jobs so you may need to look towards lesser known markets. Countries such as Colombia and Ecuador have a steadily growing demand and are well worth a look. Traditional favorites such as Argentina and Costa Rica are also still popular, although the competition for jobs is very high and the balance between salaries and the cost of living can make it hard to live comfortably. There are many other beautiful countries to explore across Latin America but most only have a small market for English teachers. The bottom line is that teachers don't come to this region to earn their fortune; they come to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Where can I teach English abroad as a non-native speaker?

Many of the world's biggest and most lucrative markets for English language teachers are restricted to native English speakers only. Destinations such as Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, are all great options for native speakers but not for thousands of other qualified teachers whose first language is not English. But don't despair; there are still plenty of exciting destinations all over the world where non-native English speakers can confidently apply for teaching positions. In countries where restrictions on nationalities are in place, the term 'native English speaker' generally refers to teachers from the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Other countries where English is widely spoken, such as India or the Philippines, are generally not accepted.

Where can non-native speakers teach English in Asia?

As the market for English language teachers is huge right across Asia, there are plenty of opportunities for non-native English speakers. One of the most popular options is Thailand which has a fascinating culture, world famous cuisine, stunning tropical beaches, and a consistently high demand for teachers year-round. To be eligible for a work permit you need to reach a certain standard of English, either 600+ on the TOEIC test, or 5+ on the IELTS test. A four-year degree is also necessary. A TEFL certification is not an official requirement but it is likely to improve your employment chances as a non-native speaker. Another popular option in the same region is Cambodia. Here there are even fewer restrictions making it a good choice no matter where you were born or what qualifications you have. Salaries are not typically large when compared with some neighboring countries, but it offers a good chance to gain valuable classroom experience while living in a rich and vibrant culture. Although non-native speakers do not qualify for a work visa in China, the huge market for teachers means there are always options to be explored. Teachers from all over the world will find employers willing to bend the rules in order to fill vacant positions. One common method is for the employer to provide a business visa, although this does mean you are working illegally and liable to be deported if caught.

Where can non-native speakers teach English in Latin America?

Latin America has endless opportunities for non-native English speakers as most countries have few official restrictions and plenty of available jobs. A TEFL certification is usually required, but as long as you are in the country ready to work, that is generally the only thing needed to guarantee employment. There are significant markets for language teachers of all nationalities in countries throughout the region, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

Where can non-native speakers teach English in Europe?

Options for non-native speakers to teach English across Europe are generally quite slim. However, teachers who have a passport from a country within the European Union may be in luck as they are free to work in other member states without a permit. One possible option for non-Europeans is Turkey, although a four-year degree is required and you may also need some previous teaching experience. The best approach is to arrange a Skype call so you have an opportunity to convince the employer that your language skills are sufficient for the job.

How can I improve my job prospects as a non-native English teacher?

If you are a non-native English speaker there are a few things you can do to increase your employability. Although it is not an official requirement in every country, gaining a TEFL certification will improve your teaching skills and show potential employers that you are serious about being a language teacher. Another effective way to impress employers is to show them that you have previous experience in the classroom. Before leaving home you can volunteer your services in community centers or language schools to practice your skills in a genuine classroom environment. Being able to prove your English language ability is also highly recommended. Showing an employer that you have a high score on either the TOEFL or IELTs tests could go a long way toward convincing them of your suitability for the post. Similarly, by meeting the employer in person or over Skype you have the chance to demonstrate your language skills and dismiss any concerns they may have regarding your accent.

Can Americans teach English in Europe?

When researching your options for teaching English abroad, you may come across articles stating that it is difficult or even impossible for Americans to find work in Europe. However, the good news is this is simply not true, as there are plenty of great opportunities for American teachers in many countries throughout Europe. Due to the huge numbers of people learning English in Europe, there simply aren't enough teachers from within the EU to fill all the available positions. To meet this demand, language schools across the continent look towards native English speaking Americans who possess a TEFL qualification. Every year thousands of US citizens find teaching jobs in major cities such as Rome, Madrid, Berlin, Moscow, and Prague.

Where can Americans teach English in Europe?

In Western Europe there is a strong preference for British English in some countries, and excessive bureaucracy also makes it harder for US citizens to legally find work. However, countries such as Italy, Spain, and Germany all offer large job markets and good opportunities for non-EU teachers. The French and Spanish governments even operate programs to recruits classroom assistants for their public school systems. Eastern Europe is perhaps the best region for non-EU citizens to find work as it has a strong demand for TEFL qualified teachers, and also a lower cost of living than many countries in the west. The Czech Republic has long been a popular destination, while countries such as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Russia also having growing markets. Another country that is well worth considering is Turkey. As it is not a member of the European Union, Turkey is a great option for American teachers as there is no bias towards teachers from EU countries. It also has a great climate and a fascinating culture that blends both European and Middle Eastern influences.

When is the best time for Americans to find English teaching jobs in Europe?

The majority of jobs in Europe are filled following a face-to-face interview, so it is essential that you are on the ground in the country of your choice at the right time of year. For most language schools across Europe, the main hiring season runs from September to October. During this time, thousands of schools are looking to fill positions that were vacated at the end of the previous school year. January is also a good time for job hunting in many countries. Exceptions to these hiring periods include Russia and Turkey, where schools tend to hire at any time of the year.

What visas do Americans need to teach English in Europe?

For countries such as Turkey, Russia and Poland, it is generally necessary to apply for a work visa in advance from within your home country. Elsewhere, the norm is to simply arrive in your country of choice on a tourist visa. In some countries, including hotspots such as Spain and Italy, it is common practice for teachers to work with nothing other than a tourist visa. This is not technically legal but is extremely common and there are rarely any repercussions for foreign teachers. Alternatively, in countries such as Germany and the Czech Republic, you will have a work permit processed locally once hired. Another option is to enroll in a language study program in your chosen country. Often this will include a student visa that allows you to work up to a certain number of hours per week.

What are the start-up costs for teaching English abroad?

For anyone planning an adventure teaching English overseas, the amount of cash needed to cover the initial start-up costs is an important question to consider. As with any move there are certain expenses that cannot be avoided, although these will vary depending on where you plan to teach. In most cases the basic start-up costs will include:

  • Obtaining TEFL certification
  • Travel costs to your chosen country
  • Funds to support yourself until your first payday

How much does TEFL certification cost?

The cost of obtaining TEFL certification can vary considerably depending on the style of course you choose. At ITTT our least expensive online option can be completed for under $200, while an in-class course will typically cost between $1500 and $2000, not including flights, accommodation, meals etc. However, you should not base your choice of course solely on the cost, as there are fundamental differences to consider.

What are the pros and cons of online TEFL courses?

Online courses offer an affordable way to obtain TEFL certification, and they can be completed in your spare time without any loss of income. They can also be completed from any location worldwide that has an internet connection. However, most employers insist on TEFL certification of at least 120 hours, so the cheapest options are unlikely to be sufficient for securing a well paid job. Also, online courses do not include any practical teacher training or teaching practice with real students, something that might put you at a disadvantage in a competitive job market.

What are the pros and cons of in-class TEFL courses?

The big advantage of an in-class TEFL course is that you receive direct instruction from a highly qualified and experienced teacher trainer. During the course you will also have the opportunity to practice your skills in a genuine classroom environment with real students of English. However, the higher cost of attending an international TEFL training center can be prohibitive for some potential teachers. Completion of an in-class course also requires attendance for a 4-week period which might not always be possible.

Will I have to pay for my own airfare when teaching English abroad?

Heading off to teach English abroad will often involve a long and costly flight to your chosen destination. However, in countries where it is normal to hire teachers in advance from within their own country, many employers routinely provide free airfares. This is common practice in much of Asia and the Middle East, and less common in Europe and Latin America.

What will I have to pay for on arrival when teaching English abroad?

Once on the ground you will need sufficient funds to see you through until you receive your first pay packet. If you are heading to Europe or South America, it is likely that you will travel there before starting the job hunting process. In this case you should budget for around two weeks to find work, plus a further month until your first pay day. During this period you will need to cover your initial accommodation, a deposit and one month's rent for an apartment once you have found a job, as well as groceries, transport costs, and phone credit. The sum required will vary depending on country and lifestyle, but you should budget around $2000 to $3000 in Western Europe, while Eastern Europe should be roughly half that amount. Those heading to Latin America could get by on as little as $750 to $1000. If you are heading to Asia or the Middle East there is a good chance that you will already have secured employment before departure. In this case you will need the funds to see you through the first month of work only. Many employers in these regions also provide free or subsidized housing which can further reduce your expenses.

Who will my students be when teaching English abroad?

The age, background, and motivation of the students in your ESL classroom will vary greatly depending on where you are teaching and the school or institute you work for. You could have a class full of university students, hotel workers or even high flying business executives. Alternatively, you might work in a government school teaching a class of children aged anywhere from five to sixteen. Each of these groups has its own characteristics, and different teachers have their own preferences. Just remember that by completing a reputable TEFL certification course before you head off abroad, you will learn all the skills required to deliver effective and enjoyable lessons to almost any group of learners.

Will I be teaching adults when teaching English abroad?

A large percentage of teachers working in ESL classrooms overseas will find their classes are full of adults of various ages and backgrounds. This is particularly true across Europe and Latin America as few countries in these regions allow foreign teachers to work in public schools. Subsequently, most teachers work for private language centers that either conduct classes on their own premises or send teachers to work with company employees directly onsite. The students in your classroom could come from many different walks of life such as employees of cross-border businesses, workers in the tourism and hospitality industries, university students planning to study overseas, or individuals who simply want to have a better understanding of English language media such as music, books, movies and television. When working with adult students it is worth remembering that the vast majority will have work or study commitments during the week so you should be prepared to work evenings and at weekends.

Will I be teaching young learners when teaching English abroad?

Unlike much of Europe and Latin America, Asia has a huge market for teaching ESL to young learners. In countries such as South Korea and Japan, there are government programs in place that recruit large numbers of foreign teachers to work within the public school system (other countries including Spain, France, and Chile have similar programs on a smaller scale). Summer jobs working with young learners in English language camps are another area that is popular in many parts of the world. In some countries it is also common for parents to send their children for extra language instruction on top of what they receive during school hours. Many thousands of teachers work in private language academies in countries such as China and South Korea where the majority of lessons are conducted in the late afternoon and early evening. As well as general English instruction, many students also attend these lessons looking for help in passing the English language college entrance examination known as TOEFL.

Can I also earn extra cash as a private tutor when teaching English abroad?

As well as working in a government-run school or a private language academy, many teachers across the world turn to tutoring private students to top up their income. If you decide to branch out into private lessons you can choose to limit your services to certain groups or you can mix things up across all ages and backgrounds. Just remember that the rules and regulations regarding private lessons vary from country to country so it is wise to do your research before you get started. Your main employer might also have some concerns if you decide to poach their students for private lessons away from the school.

What types of school hire English teachers abroad?

While teaching English abroad you could find yourself working in a wide range of schools, institutes, academies, colleges, universities, camps and other settings. The most numerous opportunities, particularly in Europe and Latin America, are generally found in private language schools. State-run schools also offer a high number of teaching positions, particularly across Asian countries.

What are the pros and cons of teaching English in a private language school?

A significant percentage of all ESL teaching jobs are located in language schools that are privately owned by individuals or independent companies. These can range in size from a single room school with one teacher, to large chains spread across several countries. Many of these private schools provide general English instruction to all ages and abilities, while some may specialize in teaching young learners or teaching business English. Although conditions vary from one school to the next, you should expect to teach somewhere between 25 and 30 hours per week, with a further 10 to 15 hours of planning time. As many schools cater to students looking to study after work or school, you should also be prepared to work some evenings and weekends. Class sizes can be anywhere from a single student up to 15 or more. Private schools in Europe and Latin America generally cater to the adult market, although the number of schools aimed at young learners is increasing every year. In contrast, Asian countries generally have a larger number of schools specifically created for young learners.

What are the pros and cons of teaching English in a public school?

Certain countries also provide the opportunity to work as an English teacher in public or state-run schools. The majority of these positions are found in Asian countries such as South Korea and Japan, although there are a smaller number of openings in Europe and the Middle East. The role of the teacher in these settings is usually to work as an assistant or in partnership with a local teacher, following a typical school routine from around 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. In order to qualify for a position in a public school in most countries, you will need to be a native English speaker with a four-year college degree. In return you can expect to receive a good salary and other benefits such as health insurance and paid holidays. Many positions also include paid airfares to and from the country and assistance with accommodation. Recruitment for these positions is usually completed from within your home country, around six months before the start date.

What are the pros and cons of teaching English in a summer camp?

Working in an English language summer camp is a popular option for many ESL teachers as it involves short periods of work so you are not tied to a long contract. Teaching jobs in summer camps generally consist of four to six weeks working with children of various ages. Camps can be found throughout Asia and Latin America, although the most numerous opportunities are found within Europe, particularly Spain, France and Italy. Recruitment is often aimed at younger teachers under 30 years of age, with the majority of positions filled locally. Some camps do also recruit online so it is worth checking out a range of ESL recruitment websites.

What are the pros and cons of teaching English in a university?

If you are a TEFL certified teacher who has professional teaching experience and high-level academic qualifications, you may be eligible to work in universities in some countries. Although small in number, these positions allow you to work with advanced level language students and typically offer a higher salary than public schools or private language centers.

What are the pros and cons of teaching English on a voluntary basis?

Volunteering as an ESL teacher is a very popular option as it allows you to visit fascinating parts of the world that are generally less travelled. It also offers a unique opportunity to provide a valuable service to children and adults who would otherwise have little chance of accessing language instruction. Many volunteer positions are on a short term basis ranging from one week to two months, although longer stays are also an option in some instances. Charitable organizations offering language teaching positions can be found in many developing areas of the world including Asia, Latin America and Africa.

How do I apply for TEFL jobs online?

If you are looking for a job outside the country you are currently in, then using online searches is a common option. There are many job boards online that post available positions from countries worldwide. The majority of these jobs will be in regions where the demand for teachers is so high that employers are happy to hire teachers without the need for a face-to-face interview. These are most likely to be found in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Once you have found a job or several jobs that interest you simply fill in the application form online or send in your CV/resume and wait for a response. If successful, the next step will probably be an interview via Skype or even telephone.

What are the pros and cons of applying for TEFL jobs online?

The great benefit of this method is the security you get by having a job already in place before you leave your home country. On the downside there is always a risk in accepting a position without actually seeing where you will be working or meeting your fellow staff members. The best advice here is to ensure that the contract is very clear on important issues such as salary, working hours, contract length and issues involving early termination of your employment. In the worst case scenario that the job is not all you hoped it would be, you will at least be in a good position to look for new employment from within the country.

What are the pros and cons of using a TEFL recruitment company?

Another popular option for ensuring you have a job before you leave your home country is to apply via a recruitment company. Many employers, particularly in the Middle East and Asia, use outside recruitment companies to fill their available teaching positions. The upside of this method, apart from job security on arrival, is that it can reduce much of the hassle involved in organizing the whole process including visas, work permits and other paperwork. The downside is that a small proportion of these companies are less than reputable so you should always do your research and ensure that you are clear on all the terms of the contract before signing.

What about national TEFL recruitment programs?

Also worth considering are government sponsored programs that operate in some countries. The two most popular programs are the JET Program in Japan and the EPIK Program in South Korea, both of which recruit large numbers of teachers every year to work in state schools. These programs tend to be quite competitive so you will need to meet certain criteria to have a chance of being accepted.

What are the pros and cons of applying for TEFL jobs locally?

Being in a country where you are looking for work clearly has many advantages over applying from abroad. This approach generally provides many more options than you will find online and also allows you to visit the school and talk to current teachers before you make any decisions. Applying for jobs locally can be a great way to land a job in any country worldwide and is realistically the only way in certain regions such as Latin America and parts of Europe where few jobs are posted online. Unfortunately this approach does require adequate funds to see you through to your first paycheck, and it is hard to know how long that might be.

Should I take a TEFL course in the country where I want to work?

If you are not yet TEFL qualified it is worth considering an in-class TEFL certification course in the region where you are keen to work. This will allow you to get used to your new environment and also research the local employment market whilst becoming qualified. Most course providers will also include some level of job hunting assistance that can prove invaluable in kick starting your teaching career.

Should I use more than one method of TEFL job hunting?

Of course, you are not restricted to using only one method of finding a teaching position. Once you have decided on a region you can sign-up for a TEFL course in that area, contact recruitment companies to see if they have any openings and also send off your CV/resume to jobs you have found online. The more options you explore, the better chance you will have of landing the perfect teaching job to suit your plans.

Should I pay for a job placement teaching English abroad?

When looking for jobs teaching English abroad you will inevitably come across various agencies offering guaranteed job placements for a fee. On the surface this could look like a convenient way to start your new career as it removes the need to send job applications and to attend interviews. However, there are several things to consider before you hand over your hard earned cash for a service that you might not need.

How strong is the demand for English language teachers across the globe?

The market for English language teachers across the world is simply huge. According to some estimates there are as many as 1.5 billion people learning English worldwide. In China alone there are thought to be up to 300 million people currently learning the language. With such an incredible number of students, it is no surprise that there are hundreds of thousands of teaching positions available every year. In fact, the number of vacancies far outweighs the number of teachers in some areas. Due to this strong demand, you should have little trouble finding a suitable position without having to go through an agency that charges a fee.

What are the down sides of a TEFL job placement?

By paying for a job placement you can seriously limit the choices available to you. Not only will you have a limited say as to the country, town, and neighborhood where you end up living and working, you will also have to accept the salary provided and the hours you are expected to work. You could potentially find yourself with insufficient hours or salary to live comfortably, or be overworked and paid significantly less than your colleagues. Whether you plan to live overseas for just a few months, or see it as a long-term plan, working in an environment that isn't right for you could quickly turn your dream into a nightmare.

What kind of school do you want to teach English in?

Another serious point to consider is do you want to work in a school that is happy to hire teachers without meeting them or even speaking to them first? If you would prefer to work in a school that only hires teachers of a professional standard, then you need to be able to choose which jobs you apply for. Applying for multiple positions in the area where you want to live will allow you the freedom to pick the specific position that is right for you. If you decide to pay for a placement you lose this freedom of choice.

What are the hiring seasons for teaching English abroad?

As demand for ESL teachers is continually high in many parts of the world, there are several countries where you can realistically expect to find employment at any time of the year. However, some regions and individual countries have specific seasons when the majority of hiring is done. If you have particular areas where you want to work as an EFL teacher, it is important that you are aware of these seasons so you can plan your job hunting strategy effectively.

What are the hiring seasons for teaching English in Asia?

Language school season: year-round. Across much of Asia there is such high demand for English language instruction that private language schools often hire throughout the year. This is generally the case with all the most popular destinations in the region for teaching English abroad such as China, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Taiwan.

Public schools: One of the biggest employers of teachers in the state-run sector is South Korea. Each year thousands of native-English speakers are hired through the EPIK Program to work in schools across the country. Interviews are conducted during the spring and early summer for positions starting in August and September, while some schools also recruit later in the year for positions starting in January, February or March. Another popular option is Japan's JET Program which requires applications to be filed by December 1st for positions starting in the autumn of the following year.

What are the hiring seasons for teaching English in Europe?

Main language school season: September/October. Secondary season: January. During these windows large numbers of teachers leave their positions across the continent, creating a huge demand for new employees. As many as half of all ESL teachers in Europe are estimated to leave their post during the summer months, making this a great time to be on the ground, ready to attend interviews for positions starting in September and October when the new school year begins.

Public schools: The number of opportunities available in the state-run sector is considerably lower in Europe than in Asia, although there are government programs in place in Spain and France. Applications for these programs need to be filed by March for positions starting in September. Exceptions: There are some countries in the region such as Turkey and Russia who tend to hire throughout the year rather than during specific seasons. If you are looking to work at a summer language camp, these positions are usually filled during the previous winter/spring.

What are the hiring seasons for teaching English in the Middle East?

Language school season: year-round. There are typically no specific seasons for hiring teachers in language schools across Middle Eastern countries.

Public schools: In countries such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar, recruitment for public schools (as well as private elementary/high schools, colleges and universities) takes place during the spring and early summer for positions starting in August and September. Some schools also recruit later in the year for January, February or March start dates.

What are the hiring seasons for teaching English in Central America?

Main language school season: June/July. Secondary season: January/February. As competition is often quite high for the best positions in Central America, it is recommended that you are in the country of your choice during the relevant season, ready to conduct interviews in person. Exceptions: In Costa Rica many schools conduct interviews during December for teaching positions starting the following January, while schools across Mexico generally hire at any time of the year due to a high demand for language instruction.

What are the hiring seasons for teaching English in South America?

Main language school season: February/March. Secondary season: July/August. To ensure you have the best possible chance of securing a good position, you should arrange to be in the country of your choice during these hiring seasons as employers typically prefer to interview in person.

How can I avoid scams when looking for TEFL jobs?

Due to the anonymous nature of the internet there are always a few unscrupulous characters looking to make easy money, and the world of ESL job recruitment is no exception. Although the overall quality of schools and the contracts they offer varies greatly, the truth is that most advertised jobs both good and bad are totally genuine. To avoid the small percentage of positions that are not what they seem, it is recommended that you always follow a few simple rules.

How can research help me avoid scams when looking for TEFL jobs?

The single best defence against job scams is to ensure you thoroughly research the teaching market in your chosen destination. If you are fully aware of the typical salary, expected benefits, working hours, and normal visa requirements, you should have little trouble spotting potential scams. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true then it most probably is. Once you have found an advertised job that catches your eye there are a couple of simple checks you can do online. An internet search of the school name might quickly identify any well known scams via blacklists, blogs, and ESL articles. Often scammers will use the name of a well known school in their advert so you should also check the email address provided against the one advertised on the genuine school's website. A common trick is to use a similar address with a different domain, such as [email protected] instead of the genuine school's address - [email protected]

Should I ever send upfront payments when applying for TEFL jobs?

Although there are some genuine programs that require an upfront fee, you should be wary about sending money to an employer before you leave home. Some of the most common scams involve bogus employers requesting money upfront for plane tickets, visa fees, security deposits etc. Some employers will expect you to pay for your own airfare and then reimburse the money once you start work, but no genuine employer should ask for flight money upfront. A bit of research regarding the cost of visas in your host country will also help you to avoid being overcharged in this area.

Should I be wary if an employer doesn't request an interview?

As the jobs you are applying for are most likely in a different country, a face-to-face interview might be difficult. However, thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices it is now possible to video chat in most situations. If a potential employer is not keen on a video interview or even a phone call it is wise to assume it is not a genuine job offer.

Should I ask to speak to a current employee?

Another effective strategy when applying for teaching jobs is to ask to speak to a foreign teacher who is currently working at the school. If they refuse it should raise a few concerns. As well as putting your mind at ease regarding scams, speaking to a current employee should also give you a good picture of the general working conditions at the school and what to expect if you decide to take the job.

How will ITTT help me find a job teaching English abroad?

At ITTT we offer all course graduates extensive help with finding suitable teaching jobs in their country of choice. As the need for English language teachers is very strong in many countries worldwide, those who are serious about living and working overseas should have little trouble finding a teaching position that suits their plans. To help you through the process we provide a variety of services including:

  • Access to our database of potential employers
  • Exclusive leads on unadvertised jobs
  • Advice on constructing a high-quality CV or resume
  • Advice on writing cover letters
  • Assistance with planning trial lessons for job interviews

What is the success rate for graduates finding jobs after a TEFL course?

It is impossible to provide a figure for how many of our graduates find work after completing their course as there are many factors to consider. A significant number of our trainees are already employed as teachers before they start a course, while others are not looking to find work until a later date. All we can say is that the vast majority of our graduates who take advantage of our job support services go on to find work teaching English at home or abroad.

How soon after completing a TEFL course will I find a job?

As soon as you begin your training course you will be in a position to start applying for jobs that require a TEFL certification. Some trainees are able to find work before they have even completed the course, while most should be able to secure employment within a few weeks of finishing their training.

How do I prepare for an interview for teaching English abroad?

The worldwide market for teaching English abroad covers dozens of countries and many types of employer. In some situations it is normal to complete the recruitment process before leaving home, including an interview conducted via Skype or phone. However, in many of the most popular destinations employers prefer to recruit their teachers via face-to-face interviews on the school premises. While each interviewer will have their own criteria for choosing the right candidate, there are a few simple steps you can follow to give yourself the best chance of securing the job.

What are the basic things to remember for a TEFL job interview?

It is said that it only takes seven seconds to form a first impression, so it is vitally important that you get the basics right to avoid blowing the interview before it has even got going. Rule number one is simple: don't be late. As obvious as it may seem, many potential positions have been lost due to basic timekeeping. On arrival, introduce yourself to the interviewer and don't forget to smile. Politeness can go a long way and a simple smile can demonstrate confidence, positivity, and an outgoing nature. All of these positive traits will be absorbed by the interviewer before you have even sat down. One of the major things the employer wants to know is 'are you serious about teaching and will you see out the length of the contract?' By being enthusiastic about the position, the school, and the country you are in, you will help to allay the employer's fears and hopefully land the job at the end of the interview process.

How should I dress for a TEFL job interview?

The word to remember here is professionalism. Regardless of the location, any job teaching English abroad should be taken seriously, particularly when it comes to dress. It might be a sweltering day outside, but turning up for an interview in shorts and t-shirt is almost certain to lose you the job. For men, a suit is ideal but a collared shirt with tie is also fine in most situations. For women, a business suit, smart dress, or knee-length skirt and blouse are recommended. Long hair should be tied back and tattoos and piercings discreetly covered.

What language should I use in a TEFL job interview?

As part of the interviewer's job is to gauge how you would perform in the classroom, it is important to consider your language carefully. Always speak slowly and clearly using the same language that you would use in front of your students. Don't forget that the interviewer will most likely be a non-native English speaker, so don't try to be too clever with your vocabulary. Although many teaching jobs will involve using only English in the classroom, learning a few basic words of the local language is another way of making a good impression during an interview. Don't overdo it, just a simple 'hello' and 'goodbye' in the native language of the interviewer is likely to be appreciated.

What cultural issues should I be aware of during a TEFL job interview?

Brushing up on the local culture and customs before arrival could help to avoid committing a major faux pas during the interview. Many cultures have potential pitfalls surrounding handshakes, how to sit, hand gestures etc. Although minor issues are likely to be overlooked, showing you have made the effort to find out about the local customs will certainly be in your favor.

What are the most common questions to expect in a TEFL job interview?

The employer will certainly want to form an impression of who you are as a person, so expect questions such as: What do you like to do in your spare time? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in five years? If the job is outside of your home country you can also expect some questions regarding how you will adapt to a new environment. Typical questions might include: Have you travelled abroad before? What cultural differences have you encountered on your travels and how did you cope with them? Why do you want to work in this school/country? This last question provides a great opportunity to make a good impression so don't be afraid to flatter the interviewer regarding their home country or place of work.

What work related questions should I expect in a TEFL job interview?

Your previous work history is certain to come up so you should be prepared to answer questions about your past responsibilities, what you have learned from each position and why you want to leave or have left your last job. If you are an experienced teacher these questions may include: What ages and language levels have you taught? What course books have you used in the past? Have you experience using teaching aids such as interactive whiteboards, video and DVDs etc? Other questions in this area will also be relevant to new teachers who have completed a TEFL certificate course. How would a one-to-one lesson differ from teaching a group? How would you approach a class that had mixed language levels? How would you deal with a disruptive student in the classroom? If you are also able to relate any of your answers to specific occasions in the classroom then your credibility will be greatly enhanced.

Is there such a thing as a typical TEFL job interview?

Due to the nature of international English teaching, every job interview will be different. They could be face-to-face, on the telephone or via Skype and can last anywhere from ten minutes to an hour or more. If it is a face-to-face interview you may also be expected to teach a trial lesson there and then so it is advisable to ask about this in advance and to ensure you are fully prepared. As with any job interview, if you look and act professional and are well prepared with solid answers to a wide range of typical questions, you have a good chance of landing that dream job.

What questions should I ask a TEFL employer?

Due to the huge number of English language training providers operating in countries all over the world, it is inevitable that there are some that are badly run. The good news is that by asking a few simple questions you should be able to avoid the jobs you don't want and greatly increase your chances of landing the right position to suit you. Questions you should ask the employer during an interview include:

  • What tasks will I be expected to undertake outside of normal teaching hours? (You may be expected to write reports, attend staff meetings, consult with parents, produce lesson plans or undertake lunchtime duties etc. Some schools will pay for these extra responsibilities and some will not).
  • What is teacher turnover like at the school? (This can be a good indication of how well teachers are treated. Although teachers do often change jobs, you should be wary if no one stays for more than one contract).
  • What kind of classes will I be teaching? (This may require a few questions to get a full picture of what your classes will be like. What is the average class size? What age are the students? Is the curriculum set or will I have to prepare my own?).
  • What is the payment schedule? (It is essential to know what the starting salary is and whether there is any set policy for pay increases. You also need to know how and when the salary is paid so you can ensure you have the funds to cover your stay until the first paycheck arrives).
  • What teaching resources do you have? (Is there access to internet connected computers, printers and photocopiers? If so, are they free to use? Do the classrooms have interactive whiteboards, overhead projectors or plain whiteboards? Is there a budget to cover any extra materials you want to include in your lessons?).

Where do schools interview and hire English teachers in advance?

Throughout the world a significant percentage of ESL teaching positions are filled locally via face-to-face interviews. However, there are many countries where recruitment is typically undertaken in advance from within the teacher's home country. This method of securing a position is particularly convenient for newly qualified teachers and those with little or no experience of international travel. The application process is usually conducted via email, while interviews take place via Skype or phone.

What are the benefits of getting a TEFL job in advance?

Securing a job in advance usually means you will receive assistance with obtaining the necessary visas and work permits. Employers may also provide financial assistance with airfares, health insurance and accommodation on arrival. One drawback is the time needed to complete the recruitment process, including obtaining visas etc, can sometimes be up to six months or more.

Which countries in Asia hire English teachers in advance?

Asia has several popular destinations where schools typically prefer to recruit teachers from within their home countries. China is now the undisputed leader in ESL recruitment, with tens of thousands of jobs available every year. When securing a position in advance you can expect to have your airfare paid for and housing arranged for the length of your contract. You can expect similar benefits when applying for positions in South Korea, another major employer of native English speakers. Two other popular destinations that typically hire in advance are Japan and Taiwan. Both offer good salaries, although other benefits may vary from one employer to the next. A smaller number of teaching positions are also available in Indonesia, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Although employers in Thailand and Vietnam generally prefer to interview face-to-face, interviews can often be arranged in advance via phone and email.

Which countries in the Middle East hire English teachers in advance?

The oil rich nations of the Middle East are well known for offering some of the best salaries and other benefits to be found anywhere in the world. The majority of these positions can be arranged in advance, however, competition is very high so only those with experience and advanced qualifications are likely to be successful. The largest market is Saudi Arabia where tax-free salaries, paid airfares, health insurance and free housing make for a very attractive package. The United Arab Emirates is another popular option that offers similar pay and benefits. Other destinations worth considering include Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. These countries have less numerous opportunities than the 'big two', but positions can typically be organized in advance and the salaries on offer are still very competitive.

Which countries in Europe hire English teachers in advance?

The majority of ESL positions across Europe are filled locally, so being in the country with your TEFL certificate and resume in hand is still the best approach in most cases. The main exceptions are Russia and Turkey where many employers do look to hire in advance from overseas. Also, in France and Spain there are government-run programs that place teachers in state schools. Applications can be made online in March for positions starting the following September. There are other popular destinations in Europe where ESL positions can sometimes be secured from outside the country. The Czech Republic has long been one of the top teaching locations in Europe, while countries such as Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania are all home to fast growing markets. Even if a position cannot be secured in advance, you may be able to organize interviews before leaving home.

Which countries in Latin America hire English teachers in advance?

ESL positions in Latin America are primarily secured via face-to-face interviews. However, there are a few countries where a significant number of positions are advertised internationally. Chile probably has the largest number of paid jobs in this category, as well as a government-run scheme for volunteering in public schools. With a large population and close ties to the USA, Mexico is another good option to explore. Brazil is also worth checking out due to its rapidly expanding economy and increasing importance on the world stage.

How long are TEFL contracts in Europe?

The most common contract in European schools is for an academic year that generally runs from September to June. The great thing here is you will have a couple of months off during the summer break to travel or earn some extra cash working with private students or at a summer camp. Summer language camps are very popular across much of Europe and usually run for 4 to 8 weeks, providing a great opportunity for short term work. Three and six month contracts can also be found in some countries but these are less common than the usual full year contract. If you are keen on a short term deal you will need to do plenty of research to locate them.

How long are TEFL contracts in Asia?

Once again the most common contracts are for one year; this could either be a full twelve months or for an academic year. The academic year does vary considerably depending on the country and type of school so this could begin in January, May or September. Short term contracts are also available in smaller numbers across the region but you will probably need to be in the country to have a good chance of securing them.

How long are TEFL contracts in Latin America?

Similar to Asia, most countries in this region prefer to offer one year contracts that either cover the school year or a full twelve months. Once again, the start of the school year does vary from school to school so you will need to do some research before you make any firm plans. Some less developed countries in the region also offer short term contracts and volunteer based work, which may be a good option for those looking for adventure and to get off the beaten path.

How long are TEFL contracts in the Middle East

Countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar offer some of the most attractive contracts to be found anywhere in the industry. Paid airfares, free housing, paid holidays and a tax free salary are just some of the benefits available, although you will probably need to sign for 12 months or even two years to land the most lucrative positions. Shorter contracts may also be available in some of the region's smaller countries.

Can I cancel my contract early when teaching English abroad?

Of the tens of thousands of ESL teachers working in countries all over the world, the vast majority do see out the length of their contract. However, there are always going to be some teachers who decide that the best course of action is to terminate their contract early. Whether it's due to an emergency at home, problems with work colleagues or poor working conditions, if you feel you have to leave you are perfectly at liberty to do so.

Will there be any consequences if I cancel my TEFL contract early?

For teachers who are employed on an hourly contract there should be few consequences to worry about. This would apply to a large proportion of teachers across Latin America and Europe who are working without a work permit and are subsequently under no real obligation to their employer. However, for those who have signed a salaried contract that specifies pay and other benefits such as housing, airfares, and vacation pay, there are likely to be some consequences to think about before handing in your notice.

What consequences can I expect if I cancel my TEFL contract early?

For many teachers working in countries across Asia and the Middle East, signing a written contract of one year or more that specifies salary and other benefits is standard practice. If you have to break your contract early you will not be eligible for return airfares or any other travel expenses that were specified, and if you leave within the first six months you might have to pay back the cost of your initial flight. Teachers on salaried contracts are also likely to be on a work visa that will be revoked once you quit your position. In this situation you generally only have a few days to leave the country so it is important to have your affairs in order before terminating your contract. In an ideal world it is best for both the teacher and the employer if work contracts are honored to the end, however, in reality, unforeseen circumstances can arise. If you feel you have no choice, being professional and providing your employer with as much notice as possible will generally lead to a smooth and trouble free exit.

Do I need a degree to teach English abroad?

As a result of government restrictions and official requirements for visa applications, there are a variety of countries where it is hard for teachers to find a job without having a 4-year university degree on their CV/resume. However, if you are able to be flexible and are willing to look for employment in areas where the demand is high and restrictions are less rigorous, TEFL qualified teachers without a degree can still have several great destinations to choose from.

Will a TEFL certificate help me get a job if I don't have a degree?

To increase your chances of landing a position in the country of your choice, it is highly recommended that you first complete an internationally accredited TEFL certification course. Those who are TEFL qualified will find they have a big advantage over non-qualified teachers in most countries worldwide.

Where can I teach in Asia without a university degree?

Cambodia is one of the fastest growing markets in Asia and there is no requirement for teachers to possess a degree. Salaries are modest when compared to some other countries in the region, but it is well worth considering if you are looking for an adventure that is slightly off the beaten track. Other countries with similar conditions include Vietnam and Indonesia.

Where can I teach in Latin America without a degree?

Although the typical salary in this region can be small when compared to countries in Europe or Asia, the cost of living is generally very low and there are few restrictions on those without a university degree. The majority of positions are located in large cities, although some coastal resorts and other tourist areas might be an option. Countries that have a significant demand for teachers in this region include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. There are several other countries with a smaller yet growing demand such as Colombia, Ecuador, and Uruguay.

Where can I teach in Europe without a degree?

Although there are several countries such as France and Germany that do have requirements for teachers that include a 4-year university degree, there are still some good options for those who do not possess one. Spain and Italy are both very popular destinations that have no official requirements for degrees. Other good options include the Czech Republic, Turkey, and Russia.

Can I teach legally in China if I don?t have a degree?

Until quite recently the answer would have been yes, as schools in China generally don?t care whether their teachers have a degree or not, and this still hasn?t changed. What has changed is the government has tightened the rules on who is eligible for a Z (work) visa which is what every teacher needs to work legally in the country. The simple truth is that you now need a degree in order to get a Z visa, so the answer is NO, you can?t teach legally in China without a degree.

Can I teach in China with a different kind of visa?

Teachers who don?t qualify for a Z (work) visa can enter the country on a different visa such as an L (tourist) visa or an M (business) visa. However, these do not allow you to work legally as a teacher and if you are caught you could face a hefty fine, deportation or even a stint in jail. Because of the huge demand for foreign English language teachers in China, recruiters and agencies go to great lengths to get teachers to come to the country whether they are legally allowed to work or not. If you do not have a degree and come across adverts online from agencies saying you can work on a tourist or business visa in China, ignore them because you will end up working illegally and taking a very big risk.

If schools are happy to employ people without a Z visa is it really that risky?

It is true that many schools across China will happily take on teachers without a degree because there are always so many vacant positions to fill and not enough teachers to go around. They do this on the assumption that getting caught is unlikely due to the huge number of schools the authorities have to cover. However, while some schools may get away with it, many do get caught in random raids by police looking for illegal workers. This scenario would be a very unpleasant way to end your Chinese adventure.

Is there any other way for teachers without a degree to work legally in China?

If you have your heart set on teaching English in China, there is an alternative way to do it if you don?t have a degree. By applying for an X (student) visa you are able to work part-time in an internship role. Although an internship doesn?t pay as well as a regular teaching job, you will still earn enough to live on and you will gain a huge amount of classroom experience that will set you up for higher paying jobs in the future. Unfortunately, the X (student) visa is only valid for six months, but you might be able to extend it once it runs out.

Do I need a university degree to teach English in Spain?

This is one of the most common questions asked by those who dream of living and working in Spain, and the answer is NO, you do not need a university degree to teach English in Spain. There is no legal requirement for English teachers to have a degree and demand is so high that most employers are also unconcerned about your degree status.

What are the requirements for teaching English in Spain?

Most employers in Spain prefer to hire native English speakers as this is what local students are generally looking for. However, simply being a native speaker does not mean you make a good teacher, which is why employers also generally require their potential employees to possess a TEFL certificate. This applies to language schools and people looking to hire a private English tutor.

Can I get a visa to teach English in Spain?

Native English speakers from within the EU (British and Irish) are free to live and work without restrictions in Spain. For other nationalities it is not quite so straightforward. Many Canadians and Australians are eligible for a working holiday visa which allows them to work for a set period of time. It is recommended that you check out the most up-to-date requirements of this option via the Spanish embassy in your home country.

Many people learning English in Spain are keen to learn from Americans as the accent is very popular with the younger generations in particular. Unfortunately, it is notoriously difficult for Americans to get their hands on a work visa. Despite this, a large number of people still come to Spain on a US passport and work as English language teachers on nothing more than a tourist visa. While this is technically illegal, it is still commonplace and rarely causes any problems. One legitimate way for US passport holders to work in Spain is to obtain a student visa which allows you to work a certain number of hours a week while also studying Spanish.

Who are the main employers of English teachers in Spain?

Private language academies in the big cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Valencia are the main employers of teachers in Spain. However, there has been a growing shift towards private tutoring in recent years, which is particularly great news for Americans who are only able to get a tourist visa. As private tutoring is usually conducted in the student?s own home there is little chance of getting into trouble with the local authorities.

How to teach English in Asia?

If you are looking for the widest choice of English language teaching jobs, look no further than Asia. Across the continent you will find countless opportunities in a wide range of fascinating countries, although the requirements do vary from one to the next. Some countries are only open to native English speakers and others will require a university degree, however, there are still plenty of jobs out there for anyone with a TEFL certification.

How do I get a job teaching English in South Korea?

Teaching English in South Korea has become increasingly popular over the last decade and it is no secret that the country offers some of the best salaries for foreign teachers to be found anywhere in the world. English teachers in Korea can expect to earn between $1,500 and $3,000 per month and it is certainly possible to save up to half of this depending on your lifestyle. On top of the basic salary, you can also expect other benefits such as paid airfares, free housing and an end of contract bonus.

What are the requirements for teaching English in South Korea?

Unsurprisingly, the high salaries and good benefits on offer have led to a high level of competition for the best positions. If you have any teaching qualifications and experience in the classroom, you will find you have the pick of the available jobs. However, thanks to a continually high demand even those without experience will have little difficulty finding work as long as they meet certain criteria. Only native English speakers and passport holders of certain English speaking countries are eligible, namely the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and South Africa. Applicants also need to hold a degree in any subject, as well as a TEFL certificate for those looking to work in a government school.

What Kind of school will I work in teaching English in South Korea?

In order to recruit enough teachers for its many schools across the country, the Korean government runs the EPIK Program. This option can be an excellent way to find a guaranteed teaching position in a stable school before you leave your own country. Alternatively, you can find work in private language institutes, universities and even international schools. Whichever kind of school you choose, you will need to provide the following documents in order to gain a work visa: a criminal background check, an apostilled copy of your degree, sealed university transcripts, a copy of your signed contract and a personal health statement. It is worth noting that it can take some time to get the paperwork in order so you are advised to start the process several months ahead.

What is the best way to apply for jobs teaching English in South Korea?

Although many people find jobs by simply applying to online adverts from within their own country or by travelling to Korea and applying to schools in person, another popular way to find a job is to register with a recruitment company. There are countless agencies and organizations that specialize in finding foreign teachers to fill positions in schools all over the country, all at no charge to the teacher! You also don't need to stick to just one agent, contact several recruiters to ensure you get a wide selection of positions to choose from.

How do I get a job teaching English in China?

The popularity of China as a destination for English language teachers has steadily increased in recent years, and it is now right at the top of the list with an estimated 100,000 foreign teachers working in the country each year. As a result of an extraordinary economic boom, Chinese parents are more willing than ever to spend thousands of dollars on their children's English education to give them the best chance of success in the future. With over 300 million people learning English across the country, China's insatiable demand for English language teachers looks set to continue.

What are the benefits of teaching English in China?

As there are often more job opportunities than there are teachers to fill them, schools are willing to offer very good salaries and other benefits to attract teachers. Salaries vary depending on the type of school and its location, but you can expect to earn between $1000 and $2500 per month. You may also be offered some attractive extras such as free accommodation, paid airfares and an end of contract bonus. As the cost of living is relatively low, you should be able to live comfortably and also save a considerable amount during your stay.

What are the requirements for teaching English in China?

The largest job market is a network of private language schools that can be found in every part of the country. There are also plenty of opportunities to be found in public schools, kindergartens, boarding schools, universities and international schools. However, in order to qualify for a visa that allows you to work legally you will need to meet certain criteria. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and two years teaching experience, plus a TEFL certificate of at least 120 hours if you plan to work in a private school. It is worth remembering that each province has its own set of rules and these can change regularly so we recommend you check the latest regulations before you book your plane tickets.

Where should I teach English in China?

As China is so vast you also need to decide which areas you would prefer to work in. The cities of Beijing and Shanghai have long been popular with foreigners as they offer the best salaries and a high level of facilities. However, the cost of living has risen sharply in recent years and rapid expansion means that navigating your way through these mega-cities can often be a daunting task. The good news is there are plenty of smaller cities with thriving job markets and lower levels of development where you can live comfortably and enjoy a more authentic Chinese experience.

What is the best way to apply for jobs teaching English in China?

The majority of teachers have a job organized in China before they leave their home country. A quick online search will reveal dozens of recruitment agencies offering to make all the necessary arrangements for you. Whilst many of these are genuine there are inevitably some that are less than reputable so it is vital that you do as much research as possible before signing a contract. One solution to avoid potential problems is to apply direct to individual schools. An online search for language schools will reveal a large number of potential employers that you can email with a cover letter and your CV/resume. If you are already in the country, you will have a distinct advantage as you can visit schools and speak to current teachers before you agree to anything. Whatever approach you take, with plenty of research and a little hard work you are sure to enjoy a fantastic adventure teaching English in China.

How do I get a job teaching English in Japan?

Japan has been a popular destination amongst English language teachers for many years due to its widespread job opportunities, good salaries and fascinating culture. Whilst there are other countries in the region where the cost of living may be lower and the wages a little higher, nowhere provides such an incredible mix of modern development and ancient traditions as you will find in this extraordinary country. If you are looking for excitement and adventure, look no further than Japan.

What are the requirements for teaching English in Japan?

In order to work legally you will need to be eligible for a work visa. The good news is that the criteria is not as tough as many other countries as you simply need to possess a degree in any subject. The only other qualifications you need are fluency in the English language, a professional approach and a strong desire to pass on your language knowledge to your students. As Japan is a popular destination you will find that competition for the best jobs is quite fierce so it is also advisable to complete a TEFL certification course before you leave home. TEFL certification will not only increase your chances of landing a good position at a reputable school, but will also ensure you have the skills and knowledge to confidently step into the classroom on your first day.

What kind of jobs are available teaching English in Japan?

English teaching jobs in Japan generally fall into two main categories, assistant language teacher (ALT) in a public school or English conversation teacher in a private language academy. The role of an ALT in a public school is to work alongside a Japanese teacher to deliver English lessons to students at either junior or senior high school level. Teachers generally work normal school hours from Monday to Friday and enjoy plenty of public holidays. In contrast, private language academies generally operate as night-schools where children and adults attend to improve their language skills in their own time. Private school jobs usually involve evening and weekend work but unlike public schools you get to run your own classroom. Salaries are similar for both types of work and you can expect to earn between $2000 and $3000 per month depending on location, position and current exchange rate.

What is the best way to apply for jobs teaching English in Japan?

One popular way to find work in Japan is via the government sponsored JET Program that is designed to place several thousand native English speakers each year into public schools as assistant language teachers. Applications are required in November for start dates around August the following year, and although participants have no say over where in the country they will be placed, competition for places is very strong. There are also several independent recruitment companies that offer an alternative route into the Japanese teaching market, in both the public and private sector. If you are lucky enough to be in the country when you are looking for work you will find yourself in a very strong position as face-to-face contact is highly thought of in Japanese culture, whilst those with extra qualifications and teaching experience will also be able to apply for higher positions in international schools and universities.

How do I get a job teaching English in Thailand?

Thailand is firmly established as one of Asia's must-see destinations and is a favorite stop for many on the traditional backpacker trail. For those who want to stay on for an extended visit the good news is that there is a healthy demand for English language teachers in many parts of the country. Although wages may not match those found in some of the region's teaching hotspots, you can still earn enough to live a comfortable lifestyle and to enjoy all that this beautiful country has to offer.

What are the requirements for teaching English in Thailand?

In the past it was almost the norm for teachers to work under the table without a proper work permit, however, those days are largely gone and you now need to have the necessary paperwork in place if you want to earn a good salary. To be granted a work permit you need to possess a degree in any subject and we also recommend that you complete a TEFL training course before applying for jobs. Although it is not a legal requirement to teach in Thailand, schools increasingly expect their teachers to hold TEFL certification and many insist upon it. As well as opening up a wider jobs market with a higher earning potential, TEFL training will also give you the specific skills and knowledge you need to feel confident when you enter your own classroom for the first time.

What kind of school will I work in teaching English in Thailand?

The majority of teaching positions are found in government schools or in private language academies. Government schools offer a fixed routine that usually runs from Monday to Friday with plenty of public holidays spread throughout the year. Private schools generally pay slightly more but working hours often include evenings and weekends as students are normally attending in their own free time. Teachers with additional qualifications and significant experience will also have access to international schools and universities which offer higher salaries and greater responsibility. If you find that your salary is not going as far as you would like, private tutoring is widely available and offers a great way to earn additional income in your spare time.

What is the best way to apply for jobs teaching English in Thailand?

Although it is entirely possible to organize a teaching job in Thailand from the comfort of your home country, either via a recruitment company or by replying to individual job posts, it may not be the best approach. Only a small number of employers advertise their positions online as the majority prefer to hire people who are already in the country. Appearance is highly important in Thai culture and a local hiring policy is the simplest way for employers to find out if you are suitable for the job. This policy is also good for the teacher as you can go from school to school to meet the staff and check out the facilities before you sign a contract.

When is the best time to apply for jobs teaching English in Thailand?

As demand for qualified teachers is strong throughout the year there is no specific best time to look for work in Thailand, although December and January are probably the quietest months. Generally you can arrive at any time of year and start knocking on doors and arranging interviews straight away. The largest number of job openings can be found in the bustling capital Bangkok, whilst Chiang Mai in the north and Phuket in the south are also popular teaching spots.

How do I get a job teaching English in Vietnam?

Vietnam is one of several booming destinations for teaching English in Southeast Asia. In recent years the demand for teachers has grown enormously and the salaries on offer have also improved due to increased competition among schools looking to employ the best teachers. Teachers who have spent time in Vietnam overwhelming say it is a great place to live and work.

What are the requirements for teaching English in Vietnam?

In order to get a work permit to teach English legally in Vietnam you will need to be a native English speaker with a bachelor?s degree. Many employers will also insist on a TEFL certificate of at least 120-hours duration. Some jobs at the top end of the pay scale will also require some level of classroom experience, although these are relatively small in number. Even if a job is advertised as experience required, it is not always necessary if you are able to sell yourself well on your CV/resume and/or in an interview.

Who are the main employers of English teachers in Vietnam?

The majority of teachers in Vietnam are employed by private language schools. There are hundreds of these all over the country, with the largest number in the two biggest cities, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Some provide general English classes for adults or young learners, while some also offer English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses, such as test preparation, Business English, and English for Tourism. There are a smaller number of jobs in English-medium universities and public schools, although previous experience is usually required for these positions. Private tutoring is also common. Some teachers are able to amass enough students to make it a full-time job, but in most cases teachers private tutor a small number of students to top up the salary earned from their main job.

What are the visa requirements for teaching English in Vietnam?

Some schools in Vietnam will tell you that it is fine to work for them with only a tourist visa in your passport; however, this is completely illegal and should be avoided as you run the risk of a fine and deportation from the country. To work legally in any school you require a business visa and a work permit, both of which are normally arranged with the help of your employer. If you are able to arrange a job before leaving home, most of the paperwork can be sorted before you arrive. However, the majority of jobs in Vietnam are not advertised in advance so most teachers arrive on a tourist visa and then apply for the necessary visa and work permit once they have found a suitable job.

What is the best way to apply for English teaching jobs in Vietnam?

Heading to Vietnam on a tourist visa and then looking for work is generally the best approach as it allows you to get a feel for the country before committing to a job. It is advisable to travel around to find the city or town that suits you best and to meet potential employers before signing on the dotted line. Just remember, if you choose this approach it is vital that you bring all the necessary documents with you, such as your TEFL certificate, university diploma and criminal background check. It is also a good idea to check with an embassy or consulate before leaving home to make sure you have the most up to date information on visa requirements.

When is the best time to apply for English teaching Jobs in Vietnam?

Private language schools have no fixed semesters as such so they tend to hire at any time of the year. You can do some research before you leave home and you might even be able to arrange a Skype interview, although most employers generally prefer a face-to-face interview. If you plan to work in a public school or university, the school year begins in August or September. For these positions you should start applying around three months before this, although vacant positions can come up at any time so it is always worth keeping an eye on job boards, forums, and individual university websites etc.

How do I get a job teaching English in Hong Kong?

As it is a modern, vibrant city where English is a common language and most luxuries and comforts are available, Hong Kong is naturally a popular destination among TEFL qualified teachers. The city is a cultural melting pot where almost every language on Earth can be heard and there is an impressive number of major skyscrapers dominating the skyline, two reasons why it is sometimes referred to as the New York of the East. Due to its popularity, Hong Kong has strong competition for the best teaching jobs, so to have a good chance of landing one there are a few things you need to know.

What are the requirements for teaching English in Hong Kong?

There have been government guidelines for employing foreign teachers in Hong Kong for some time; however, these have not been rigorously enforced until recently. These days it is very difficult, and ill-advised, to find a job in the territory unless you have a university degree and two years teaching experience or a TEFL qualification. Your degree can be in any subject, while the TEFL certificate needs to be at least 120-hours in length. Other than these basic requirements, each individual employer is free to set their own prerequisites for teaching applicants.

Who are the main employers of English teachers in Hong Kong?

There are a small number of job options in universities, but these will require a high level of qualifications and experience. A master?s degree in English, TESOL or linguistics will probably be expected, as well as a teaching certificate and a minimum of two years teaching experience. If you meet the required standard, the pay and benefits should be very good.

For the majority of teachers, a private language center is the most likely employer. There are plenty to choose from that cater to children of various ages, as well as some aimed at adults. The majority of students use these schools in preparation for external exams. The prerequisites for these jobs are generally in line with the basic government requirements of a bachelor?s degree in any subject, and a TEFL certificate or two years of teaching experience. Although it is not a necessity, native English speakers without strong accents are often preferred.

A third major option is to teach in state run schools via the Native English Speakers Scheme (NET). These jobs are open to native English speakers or fluent speakers who have a degree and a TEFL certificate or teaching qualification. This is a very popular scheme so those with previous teaching experience or a teaching related degree may well have a distinct advantage when applying for a position. You will also earn more as salaries are based on qualifications and experience. If you prefer to teach young children, it is worth noting that these positions almost always go to female teachers in Hong Kong.

What are the visa requirements for teaching English in Hong Kong?

The standard work visa required to teach legally in Hong Kong is known as the Z visa. The school should be able to sort this out on your behalf, but if they say they can?t or make excuses then you should think twice as it is probably a sign that they are not an officially registered school. The requirements for the Z visa are basically the same as most teaching positions i.e. a degree in any subject and either two years teaching experience or a TEFL certificate.

What is the visa process for teaching English in Hong Kong?

Your employer will act as your sponsor for the visa and should take care of most of the paperwork for you. To start the process you will need to supply scans of your passport, evidence of your degree, and a copy of your teaching certificate or evidence of your previous teaching experience. Using these documents the employer will be able to obtain an invitation letter and a Foreign Expert Certificate which will be sent to you in your home country.

Once you have these documents, you need to visit a Chinese embassy or consulate and make a visa application. You can also pay an agency to take care of this part of the process for you. As long as all the paperwork is in order, you should receive your Z visa within a week. The Z visa is essentially to allow you to enter Hong Kong and it must then be converted to a residency permit within 30 days of your arrival. Please note that a basic background check will be required. As long as you have a reasonably clean criminal record there should be no problem. Also, teachers over the official retirement age in China might find it difficult. This is 60 for men and 55 for women.

How do I get a job teaching English in Taiwan?

The government of Taiwan recently announced an ambitious plan to make the country bilingual Chinese ? English by 2030, something that offers a big increase in opportunities for English language teachers in the coming years. Along with the buoyant job market, other great attractions for teachers are the high salaries and extra benefits, a low cost of living, the warm and tropical climate, and a well earned reputation as one of the friendliest nations in the world.

What are the requirements for teaching English in Taiwan?

You have to be over 20 years old and be a native English speaker with a passport from the USA, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia. A university degree in any subject is also necessary. Although a TEFL certification is not a legal requirement for jobs or work visas in Taiwan, most employers prefer their applicants to possess one, particularly if they have little or no previous classroom experience.

Who are the main employers of English teachers in Taiwan?

Private language schools are one of the biggest employers of foreign teachers in Taiwan. Jobs are available at anytime of the year and most contracts are for a 12 month period. These schools often run kindergarten classes in the mornings and then classes for older children in the afternoon and evenings. As demand for teachers is generally very high, no previous experience is typically required for these positions.

There are also positions available in government run schools, but these are far less common than private schools and prior teaching experience is generally required. However, if you can land a public school job you will be rewarded with a better salary and benefit package than those offered by private schools. Unlike private schools, public schools operate a typical school day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cram schools, also known as Buxibans, are private schools that specialize in enhancing student?s English skills that will help their admission into the best universities. These schools offer additional classes outside of normal school hours and are known to be highly competitive and to offer a very high standard of education. To reflect this, the hiring requirements are particularly tough and generally include prior teaching experience, some knowledge of Chinese and a two to three year commitment to the school. Teachers are given in-house training once employed and will receive generous salaries and bonuses.

Other options include universities and private tutoring. University jobs are small in number but they offer less working hours and a higher salary for those who are lucky enough to secure them. A high level of qualifications and previous experience are a must for these positions. Private tutoring is not easy to do full time in Taiwan as you are only allowed to work for the employer who secured the employment letter for your visa. However, many teachers are able to top up their main salary by offering private tutoring with students from the school where they work. This needs to be discussed with the employer first to avoid any problems.

What is the visa process for teaching English in Taiwan?

In order to apply for a work visa you will need to secure a job first. Once you have been offered a job you will receive an Employment Letter that allows you to apply for a visa to initially enter the country. Once in Taiwan, you have to apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) within 15 days. Your employer should provide all the help you need with this process.

In order to get the ARC you will need a basic health check that allows you to then apply for a work permit. Once again, your employer should take care of the paperwork for you. The work permit should arrive within 7 to 10 days. Once you have your work permit, you then need to apply for a resident?s visa. Once that is completed you can then take the final step of applying for the ARC which acts as your Taiwanese ID. Although this whole process sounds complicated, your employer should take care of most of the paperwork on your behalf.

Where are the best places for teaching English in Taiwan?

Taipei, the capital city, is the number one destination in terms of job numbers and salaries. The city also has a large expat community that can be a real help to teachers who are new to foreign travel. Taichung is the country?s second biggest city and also home to a good job market for teachers. The city is known for its high quality schools, natural scenery and cooler climate. Other cities such as Kaohsiung, Taoyuan, and Tainan are also popular places to live and teach.

How to teach English in Europe?

Across Europe there are several countries that attract a large number of EFL teachers every year. Some make it hard for foreign teachers to work legally, while others are much more open. By doing a bit of simple research you should be able to find the countries that offer the best prospects for your personal circumstances.

How do I find a job teaching English in Spain?

Spain has long been one of the top destinations in Europe for teaching English abroad. Thousands of teachers from all over the world head to Spain every year, drawn by the promise of a relaxed lifestyle, a beautiful coastline dotted with sandy beaches, and the opportunity to learn Spanish while living in a modern, international city such as Madrid or Barcelona. If you are serious about living and working as an ESL teacher in Spain, the first thing you will need to do is complete a TEFL certification course. Without a TEFL certificate you will find it difficult to secure a well paid teaching job anywhere in the country.

What is the best way to apply for jobs teaching English in Spain?

Thanks to a government recruitment program it is possible for a relatively small number of teachers to secure a job in Spain from within their own country. However, the vast majority of teaching jobs are filled locally by interviewing face-to-face. For the best chance of success you should simply jump on a plane to your city of choice and immediately start applying for vacant positions. The thought of heading overseas without a job waiting for you might be a little scary, but don't be put off as the high demand for teachers means you are virtually guaranteed a position if you are well prepared and determined to succeed.

When is the best time to apply for jobs teaching English in Spain?

In order to take advantage of the main hiring season, you should plan to be in Spain by mid-September. At this time of year there are thousands of vacant positions waiting to be filled for the upcoming school year. Early January sees the beginning of the secondary hiring season that lasts throughout the month.

Where are the best places to apply for jobs teaching English in Spain?

Although Spain is a large country, the vast majority of teaching jobs are located in a handful of big cities. The largest number of jobs can be found in Madrid where the peak hiring season is early October. Other major cities such as Barcelona and Bilbao are also home to significant job markets.

What visa will I need to teach English in Spain?

As Spain is a member of the EU, people from other EU nations do not require any form of visa or work permit. This is great news for citizens of the UK and Ireland in particular, as being native-English speakers who are visa free means they are highly employable. For non-EU citizens, securing a work visa can be a long and complicated process so many teachers simply stay and work on a basic tourist visa. Technically this is illegal, although it is common practice for thousands of teachers every year and is unlikely to cause any problems. If this does not appeal, then another option for non-EU citizens is to apply for a student visa. To obtain the visa you will need to sign-up for a government approved training course, typically a Spanish language course. Once you have secured the student visa you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.

How much money will I need to start teaching English in Spain?

Finding a job in Spain usually involves job hunting once you have actually arrived in the country. For this to be viable you will need enough spare cash to see you through until your first payday. On average most people should be able to secure a job within a couple of weeks so you should budget for at least four to six weeks of living expenses. This equates to between $2000 and $3000.

What can I do to ensure I find a good job teaching English in Spain?

Although few employers in Spain advertise and recruit from abroad, it is still worth checking online ESL job forums before you leave. Even if you cannot secure a job, you might be able to line up some interviews in advance. Once you arrive in Spain, it is time to get busy contacting as many schools as possible in your chosen area. The Madrid Blue Pages is a useful reference guide for finding contact information, as are the Yellow Pages, English and Spanish language newspapers, and online searches. To enhance your chances of securing an interview, it is important that you send a professional looking CV/resume and cover letter to potential employers. It might also be an advantage if you have them translated into Spanish. Another good idea is to buy a phone or SIM card on arrival so you can provide a local contact number. Finally, always make sure you present yourself in a smart and professional manner when meeting employers, as anything less is guaranteed to ruin your chances of landing a dream job teaching English in Spain.

How do I find a job teaching English in Italy?

Italy is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for teaching English abroad. With a fascinating history, Mediterranean climate and an easy going lifestyle, it is no surprise that it is the number one choice for a large number of prospective teachers from all over the world. The most important thing to know about teaching English in Italy is that you will need to be TEFL certified. Employers across the country almost always insist on their teachers having completed a reputable TEFL certification course prior to applying for a teaching position.

What is the best way to apply for jobs teaching English in Italy?

Although it is sometimes possible to secure a teaching position from within your own country, the vast majority of positions in Italy are filled locally following a face-to-face interview. The best advice is simply to head to Italy and start your job search on the ground with your CV/resume and TEFL certificate in hand. It may seem daunting to head overseas without a job lined up, but the demand for teachers is high enough to all but guarantee success for those who are prepared in advance and determined to take the initiative.

When is the best time to apply for jobs teaching English in Italy?

To ensure you have the best choice of teaching positions it is crucial that you arrive in Italy at the right time of year. The main hiring season across the country takes place in September, so this is the ideal time to hit the ground running. During the summer months thousands of teachers who worked the previous year either head home or move on to another destination, creating a large number of openings for new arrivals. Another option is to arrive at the beginning of January to take advantage of the secondary hiring season.

What visa will I need to teach English in Italy?

The good news for citizens of EU countries is that they do not need any kind of visa or work permit to legally teach English in Italy. Subsequently, teachers from the UK and Ireland have a significant advantage in the job market. Unfortunately for non-EU citizens, work permits are difficult to obtain for teaching English in Italy. However, this doesn't stop thousands of non-EU teachers working in the country every year on a basic tourist visa. Although not strictly legal, this practice is extremely common and rarely causes any problems for the many that choose this option. There are other options open to non-EU citizens that prefer to have everything legal and above board. One option is to apply for a student visa which also allows you to work under certain conditions. To obtain the visa you will need to enroll on a government approved course such as an Italian language course. A second option open to citizens of Australia, New Zealand and Canada is to apply for a working holiday visa. This option allows you to work in the country for up to one year but is usually restricted to those between 18 and 30 years of age.

How much money will I need to start teaching English in Italy?

As you will need to be on the ground in Italy to begin your job search it is vital that you have the finances in place to see you through until you receive your first paycheck. Realistically you should budget for a minimum of four to six weeks living expenses, including accommodation in a budget hostel, which equates to around $2000 to $3000.

What can I do to ensure I find a good job teaching English in Italy?

Although most teaching vacancies in Italy are filled locally, it is still worth checking out online job forums before you head off. Once on the ground, the best approach is to simply contact as many schools as possible to enquire about vacant positions. Contact information for schools can be found via an online search or through the local Yellow Pages. Teachers already working in the area can also be a valuable resource when looking for work. There are several things that you can do before and during the interview process to give yourself the best possible chance of securing a position. Firstly, make sure you have a professional looking CV/resume and cover letter that have been translated into Italian. Business cards can also be useful for handing out to prospective employers or private clients. On arrival, it is a good idea to purchase a phone or SIM card so you have a local number for employers to contact you on. Finally, don't forget to dress the part, as nothing will ruin your chances quicker than by turning up to a job interview in Italy looking anything other than smart and professional.

How do I find a job teaching English in France?

France is the most popular tourist destination in the world by visitor numbers, and it is equally popular with those looking to teach English abroad. With so much to offer, from history and culture to fashion and cuisine, France is the dream destination for thousands of ESL teachers every year. As with most countries in Western Europe, employers in France expect their prospective employees to possess a TEFL certificate. If you arrive without one, you are likely to have a tough time in the job market as most of your competitors will be TEFL certified.

What is the best way to apply for jobs teaching English in France?

If you apply for a position offered by the government-run teaching assistant recruitment program, it is possible to make all the necessary arrangements from within your own country. However, the vast majority of independent employers in France prefer to do their interviewing and hiring on a face-to-face basis. The best advice it to head straight to your chosen destination and immediately begin applying for jobs on the ground. Although this may seem a little daunting, the demand for English teachers is strong enough in the major cities to virtually guarantee success for those who take the initiative.

When is the best time to apply for jobs teaching English in France?

Although private tutoring can be arranged at anytime of the year across France, the best time to find a full-time position is towards the end of summer from late August to early October. During this period, employers look to fill the thousands of positions that were vacated by teachers at the end of the previous school year. There is also a secondary hiring season that runs throughout January.

What visa will I need to teach English in France?

If you are an EU citizen you do not need a visa to live and work in France. Native-English speakers from the UK and Ireland subsequently have a significant advantage when looking for teaching jobs. For non-EU citizens, it is famously difficult to secure a work permit so the majority of teachers simply stay and work on a tourist visa. While this is technically illegal, it is conducted openly and is rarely an issue for the many thousands of foreign teachers who choose this option every year. If this method does not appeal, there are alternatives for non-EU citizens. If you sign-up for a government approved French language course you could be eligible for a student visa. A student visa allows you to work a maximum of 20 hours per week, while also learning a new language in an authentic environment. Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders between 18 and 30 years old can also apply for a working holiday visa. This option allows you to live and work in France for up to twelve months, although there are certain restrictions so you should contact your nearest embassy to see if it suits your plans.

How much money will I need to start teaching English in France?

In most cases, those looking to work in France will need to arrive in the country before they are able to actively seek work. To ensure you have the funds to last until you receive your first paycheck, it is recommended that you have a budget of at least $2000 to $3000.

What can I do to ensure I find a good job teaching English in France?

The best approach to job hunting in France is to contact as many potential employers as you can find in the local area, even if they are not advertising vacant positions. Contact details for schools and language centers can be found using the local Yellow Pages, via a simple online search, or by speaking to teachers who are already working in the area. Rather than emailing employers and waiting for a response, it is best to visit them in person with your CV/resume in hand. It can also help if you have a French language copy of your resume and cover letter to leave with them.

Can I earn extra money working as a private English tutor in France?

Inexperienced teachers might initially find it difficult to land a full-time teaching job, so many look towards the private market to supplement their income. Private tutors are in high demand in the big cities, particularly those who have a good grasp of the French language. By actively promoting your services via notice boards, local newspapers, and by word of mouth, you should have a good chance of attracting multiple students for private lessons in their own homes.

How do I get a job teaching English in Greece?

With long summers and mild winters, countless sandy beaches, a laid-back lifestyle, great food, and hundreds of islands to explore, Greece has been a popular teaching destination for many years. However, due to economic problems in recent times there has been a reduction in the number of teaching jobs on offer across Greece. This reduction means that employers are now more picky about who they choose to fill vacant positions. Also, it has become increasingly difficult for non-EU citizens to obtain the necessary work visa after recent changes to immigration laws. The combination of these factors means that many employers will only employ teachers with an EU passport or any other legal right to work in the country. Most teaching jobs will also require a university degree and a TEFL qualification.

Who are the main employers of English teachers in Greece?

The big employer of foreign English teachers in Greece is the national network of language schools known as frontistiria. There are over 6,000 private language schools all over the country that belong to the network, so there are always vacant positions on offer. The majority of the classes provided by these schools are aimed at business professionals, although many also have classes for school children of various ages looking to brush up their skills for external exams etc. It is common for teachers in language schools to top up their income by taking on private tutoring work outside of their normal working hours.

What are the visa requirements for teaching English in Greece?

The majority of teaching jobs are taken by citizens of EU countries (particularly the UK and Ireland) as they do not need a visa to live and work long-term in Greece. Other passport holders will be issued with a 90-day tourist visa on arrival which does not allow you to work legally (although a small number of employers will take on teachers with only a tourist visa). In order to convert your tourist visa to a work visa you will need to find a school that is willing to sponsor you. This is not easy in the current economic climate, but it also not impossible if they like what you have to offer.

What is the best way to apply for English teaching jobs in Greece?

It is very difficult to arrange teaching jobs in Greece from outside the country. Employers overwhelmingly prefer to hire their teachers following face-to-face interviews that might also involve teaching an example lesson. To have the best chance of finding the right job for you it is important that you are in the country at the peak hiring times of the year. The main hiring window is at the start of the school year in September, while there is also a secondary window in January.

The best approach is to research all the language schools in the area where you want to live and work and send them a copy of your CV/resume in advance. Once you are in the country you should follow up by visiting each school to introduce yourself and to make a good impression. Most contracts run for 10 to 12 months, although some schools may offer shorter terms if necessary.

Where are the best places to find English teaching Jobs in Greece?

You will find language schools in most parts of the country, although the largest numbers are unsurprisingly located in the capital city, Athens. Other cities that also have a strong demand for teachers include Larissa, Patras, and Thessaloniki. Popular tourist destinations are another good place to look as English language skills are highly important for people looking to work in the tourism sector. Islands such as Corfu and Crete are both popular locations.

How do I get a job teaching English in Portugal?

Portugal has a booming tourism industry which is one of the main reasons why there is a strong demand for English language teachers across the country. Unfortunately, Portugal?s economy is currently quite weak so teacher?s salaries are not particularly high. However, it is the local lifestyle that attracts people to this corner of Europe rather than the pay scale. If you want to teach English in Portugal you will need a university degree and a TEFL qualification. Most employers also expect at least one years teaching experience, although a TEFL course that includes practical teaching practice is often accepted instead. Your level of experience will generally determine the salary you are initially offered and contracts usually last nine or twelve months depending on the type of employer.

Who are the main employers of English teachers in Portugal?

There are two main employers of foreign teachers in Portugal, state run schools and private language institutes. Public schools are quite difficult to get into as teachers generally need a good knowledge of Portuguese to be eligible. Salaries are also not particularly high and you might also be expected to do extracurricular activities with no extra pay. For these reasons, most foreign teachers in Portugal tend to work for private language schools. These usually pay a higher salary than public schools and some also include free housing or a housing allowance.

Private tutoring is another possibility, either part time to top up your main salary or full time if you have a visa that allows you to live and work freely in the country. Most students who look for private tutoring are simply looking for a native English speaker to help them brush up on their conversational English, which can be a fun and stress free experience for both the teacher and the student. There are also several volunteer programs operating in the poorer parts of Portugal that offer a good chance to gain classroom experience.

What are the visa requirements for teaching English in Portugal?

In many cases, employers will only consider EU nationals to avoid going through the process of organising work permits for their teachers. Native English speakers are also preferred meaning that the majority of positions are taken by teachers from the UK or Ireland. Other nationalities can find work in Portugal, but it will require finding an employer who is willing to sponsor you which is not easy at the current time.

What is the best way to apply for English teaching jobs in Portugal?

Most employers try to complete recruitment for the new school year by the end of August so you should start your job search in June or July to ensure you have the most options to choose from. A smaller number of jobs also come up in January. You can start your search by checking out online job boards and teaching forums where many schools advertise their vacant positions. You should also search the websites of individual schools and language institutes in the areas where you would like to work. It is a good idea to email schools directly, even if they don?t appear to be advertising any jobs, as this can often lead to interviews if they are impressed by your CV/resume. It is also important to negotiate your contract, as employers will often try to get you to sign on as cheaply as possible. Any extra pay or additional benefits such as a housing allowance will go a long way to improving your quality of life during your stay.

Where are the best places to find English teaching Jobs in Portugal?

Portugal?s capital city is home to the largest number of schools looking for foreign English teachers. Lisbon is also a modern, cosmopolitan city that is a very popular place to live and work. The country?s second city, Porto, is also very popular with expat teachers as it has a rich cultural vibe and a more close-nit feel than the capital. Other cities to consider include Braga and Coimbra. The bustling resorts of the Algarve are also worth checking out if you want to be close to the beach and other tourist attractions.

How do I get a job teaching English in Hungary?

Hungary is a teaching destination that is rapidly growing in popularity due to a strong demand for English language proficiency and a low cost of living. As the demand for teachers is very high, it is possible to get a job without any qualifications or experience. However, the more you can offer employers, the better chance you have of getting the most sought after jobs that pay the best salaries. A TEFL certificate is generally expected by most decent employers, particularly one that included practical teaching experience. If you are a native English speaker, you will also have a good advantage, as will those with a degree and/or previous classroom experience. If you choose to follow the CETP program (see below), you will need to be a native English speaker with a degree.

Who are the main employers of English teachers in Hungary?

There is a wide variety of potential employers to look out for in Hungary, including state run primary and secondary schools, private language schools, universities, and individual businesses. There are also good opportunities to work in private tutoring on either a full or part time basis. Many teachers take advantage of this demand to add to their main income outside of normal working hours.

The Central European Teaching Program (CETP) is another great option for anyone looking to live and work in Hungary. The program places teachers in schools across the country where they act as conversational teachers working alongside the existing staff. There is an initial placement fee for this program, but teachers still get paid a local salary and receive free housing for the duration of the contract. One attraction of this option is that it can all be arranged in advance before leaving your home country. It also provides you with a great deal of classroom and life experience that will look great on future job applications.

What are the visa requirements for teaching English in Hungary?

As Hungary is an EU member, teachers with an EU passport do not need a visa to live and work in the country, but the employer will still need to organize a labor permit. All other nationalities require a work permit and a residence permit. The process for this has improved significantly in recent times and the employer should sort out most of the paperwork for you. If you are going through the CETP system, you will need to provide a notarized copy of your degree, a general health certificate from your doctor stating you have no communicable diseases, and a negative TB test result.

What is the best way to apply for English teaching jobs in Hungary?

Unless you are involved in the CETP program, you will most likely need to be in the country ready to interview for jobs prior to the new school year that starts around the 1st of September. Many schools also take on new teachers at the start of January. Employers typically prefer to interview in-person and a trial lesson is commonly expected. Positions organized via the CETP system are arranged in advance, so you will not need to interview at the school on arrival. Teaching contracts generally run until the end of the school year in June.

Where are the best places to find English teaching Jobs in Hungary?

The magnificent capital city of Budapest is home to the majority of teaching jobs in Hungary as it has by far the largest population in the country. The city is a major travel hub for exploring the rest of the country and the wider region during your stay. It is also where the best salaries are found, although the cost of living is higher than in many other parts of the country. It is worth noting that the CETP program usually looks to place its teachers in smaller cities outside of the capital. Other popular destinations include the cultural capital of Debrecen and the historic city of Miskolc.

How do I get a job teaching English in Turkey?

Turkey is famous as a crossroads between Europe and Asia and it is fast becoming known for its booming market for foreign English language teachers. Demand is very high in all the big cities and tourist resorts as English language skills are becoming more and more important in many fields of employment. Although it is possible to find a teaching job with no qualifications, these positions are likely to be with less than reputable employers who pay at the bottom end of the local scale. Most good teaching jobs will require a TEFL certification, while some may also ask for a degree and/or previous experience. It is worth noting that many employers prefer their teachers to have completed an in-class TEFL course that included teaching practice rather than an online course.

Who are the main employers of English teachers in Turkey?

Private language schools are the biggest employer of foreign teachers in Turkey. There are hundreds, probably thousands, of these spread all over the country, ranging from large international chain academies to small independent schools. Most language schools cater for adults looking to improve their English skills in order to find work in the tourism industry and for those who need business related English in their current job. Language schools generally pay an hourly rate rather than a fixed salary.

Universities and private schools are two other options to consider. These typically pay the best salaries and often offer other benefits and good working conditions. However, these positions are small in number and will normally require a high level of qualifications and experience.

What are the visa requirements for teaching English in Turkey?

To work legally in Turkey you will need a work and resident?s visa. When looking for work it is advisable to try and find an employer who is willing to do most of the paperwork for you and pay the fees involved. Just be sure what you have agreed to when you sign your contract. If the employer is not willing to pay the visa fees it is not usually a deal breaker as the total fee amounts to around $200 per year.

What is the best way to apply for English teaching jobs in Turkey?

For jobs in universities and public schools it is best to start your job search during the summer months in preparation for the new school year. For the majority of jobs in language schools there is no fixed hiring time as jobs can become available at anytime of the year. It is advisable to start looking for work a couple of months before you intend to get on the plane. Many employers advertise positions online which allows you to locate opportunities in advance. However, some employers will still expect to interview face-to-face so it helps if you are able to head to Turkey to complete the recruitment process.

Where are the best places to find English teaching Jobs in Turkey?

By far the biggest market for foreign teachers in Turkey is Istanbul. The demand in the city is huge and it also offers a modern, comfortable environment for teachers who are new to working abroad or simply like their comforts. The capital city Ankara also has a good demand for teachers, as do other big cities such as Izmir and Adana. Coastal resorts are always a popular place to look for work as demand is there due to the tourism industry and the lifestyle is often more laid-back than inland cities.

How to teach English in Latin America?

Many TEFL qualified teachers head to Latin America as it is a region that promises endless opportunities for adventure. Teaching jobs are abundant in many areas and there are rarely any restrictions on who is eligible to apply. Whether you are a native English speaker or not, and whether you hold a degree are often irrelevant in many countries. Several countries also have clear structures in place for obtaining an official work permit, while salaries are typically high enough to afford a comfortable lifestyle.

What are the requirements for teaching English in Latin America?

Unlike some other popular regions for foreign teachers, there is generally no requirement for teachers in Latin America to possess a college degree or to have extensive experience in the classroom. However, most employers will expect their teachers to have completed a reputable TEFL training course. Although an online certificate is often sufficient, many employers prefer to hire teachers who have completed an in-class course as these should include teaching practice with genuine students in a real classroom.

What is the best way to apply for jobs teaching English in Latin America?

A relatively small number of jobs across Latin America can be secured from within your home country by visiting online job boards and then interviewing over the phone or on Skype. However, the vast majority of employers typically prefer to hire teachers who are already in the area. The most common approach is to decide where you want to live and work and then simply head there and start applying for jobs in person. Although it might seem daunting to head overseas without having a job in place, it is common practice in this part of the world.

When is the best time to apply for jobs teaching English in Latin America?

To give yourself the best chance of finding a suitable job it is important to be aware of the peak hiring seasons in your country of choice. Throughout much of South America the best time to look for teaching jobs is during February and March, and again in July and August. In contrast, Costa Rica and other Central American countries have their peak hiring season in January. Although peak hiring seasons for schools and universities are dictated by term times, you will also find that jobs with private language academies, business English employers, and private tutoring are available at anytime of the year in many areas.

What visa will I need to teach English in Latin America?

As Latin America covers a large number of countries, visa procedures inevitably vary considerably from one to the next. To be certain you have the most up-to-date information it is advisable to visit the embassy website of your host country before making any final plans. The most common practice in the region is to enter on a tourist visa that is typically valid for three to six months. From within the country, you can then apply for a work permit or simply work without a permit and renew the tourist visa every few months by crossing the border into a neighboring country. While teaching without a work permit is technically illegal in most countries, it is common practice in much of the region and rarely causes any problems for the teacher or employer.

How much money will I need to start teaching English in Latin America?

Before you jump on the plane it is essential that you have the finances in place to see you through until you receive your first paycheck. The majority of employers pay on a monthly basis so you should budget for at least six weeks of expenses including accommodation, meals, and transport. Most countries in Latin America have a relatively low cost of living so you can get by on a lot less than you would need in your home country, however, you will still need somewhere between $1,000 and $2,000 to see you through until payday.

Why should I apply locally for jobs teaching English in Latin America?

As mentioned, most employers in the region prefer to hire locally rather than advertising positions online. Although this scenario can be a little scary as it means leaving home without having a job in place, it also has its advantages. Firstly it will greatly enhance your chances of being hired as you will be immediately available to start work. It also allows you to evaluate the school that you are applying to before agreeing to take the job.

Where should I look for jobs teaching English in Latin America?

Your choice of destination will have a large impact on the number of options open to you. While you may dream of working at a beach resort with swaying palm trees and soft white sand, the competition for jobs is likely to be very fierce. By heading to major cities such as Santiago in Chile, São Paulo in Brazil, or San Jose in Costa Rica, you will have a huge number of potential employers to apply to. Once you have compiled a list of schools in the area simply visit them in person and drop off a CV. By contacting twenty, thirty, or even more schools, you should find you are able to choose the position that suits you best.

What are the benefits of teaching English in Mexico?

Mexico offers huge potential for English language teachers. Due to its extensive trade links with the U.S.A. there are many options in the field of business related English, particularly in major cities such as Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Puebla. As a popular international tourist destination there is also a strong demand for teachers within the tourism industry. World famous resorts such as Acapulco, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta have a significant number of openings year-round, although competition is typically very fierce in the most desirable locations.

What are the benefits of teaching English in Chile?

Chile has been a popular destination for English language teachers for many years due to its stable economy, good salaries, and healthy job market. Unlike some other countries in the region, teachers in Chile are generally able to secure a legal work permit, as well as a salary that provides a very comfortable lifestyle. The vast majority of jobs are located in and around the capital city Santiago, with smaller markets in other areas such as Concepcion and Valparaiso. Although jobs may be found online at any time of the year, the most common way to secure a position is to head there during the peak hiring seasons of March/February and July/August to interview in person.

What are the benefits of teaching English in Costa Rica?

As the English translation Rich Coast suggests, Costa Rica is considered one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world. Famous across the globe for its stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and exotic wildlife, Costa Rica offers a unique opportunity to live and work in a tropical paradise. Although the average salary is relatively low and you are unlikely to save much during your stay, you should still earn enough to live comfortably and to enjoy all the highlights of this wonderful location. The peak hiring seasons within the country are January/February and June/July.

What are the benefits of teaching English in Argentina?

Second only to Mexico in tourist numbers across the Latin America region, Argentina attracts huge numbers of visitors every year due to a fascinating mix of natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage. A large number of foreign teachers also arrive every year as there are plenty of job openings to be found in the capital Buenos Aires. A significantly smaller market may also be found in cities such as Cordoba, Rosario, and Mendoza. The vast majority of employers prefer to hire from within the country so you should plan to arrive during the peak hiring seasons of February/March and July/August.

What visa do I need to teach English in Costa Rica?

The majority of foreign English teachers working in Costa Rica have no more than a tourist visa in their passport. Unlike many other countries, it is technically legal for teachers to work without the need for a work visa. For many nationalities, including Americans, Canadians, and most Western Europeans, tourist visas are issued on arrival in the country. Visas are valid for 90 days and can be renewed by crossing a border to a neighboring country and then simply crossing back to receive a new one.

What should I do on arrival in Costa Rica?

When entering Costa Rica it is worth remembering that you are not legally allowed to work on a tourist visa until you have registered for a tax number from within the country. To avoid any unnecessary problems at the airport, you should avoid mentioning your intention to work and declare yourself to be a regular tourist if asked. Also, it is not a good idea to arrive with bags full of teaching paraphernalia in case you are randomly searched by customs officials. By arriving as a normal tourist you should have no problems entering the country.

How do I get a tax number for teaching English in Costa Rica?

In order to work legally on a tourist visa you need to register for a tax number at a government office known as the Tributacion. All you need to register is a copy of your passport and your local address in the city where you are registering. You do not need to wait until you have secured a job before applying. Once you are issued a number, you need to visit a print shop to obtain a book of receipts. Whenever you receive a payment you simply rip out a receipt and hand it over to your employer. The threshold for paying taxes starts at $8,000 per year so many teachers end up paying none or very little. In addition, many teachers and their employers find there are ways to avoid paying tax even if you do cross the threshold.

Can I get a work visa to teach English in Mexico?

Mexico is an increasingly popular destination for teaching English abroad as it has a huge job market and it is possible for most foreign teachers to obtain a work visa. Another reason for its popularity is that foreign teachers do not need to possess a four-year degree or be a native English speaker to secure a good quality position. As long as you have completed a TEFL certification course with a reputable provider you are eligible to apply for a work visa. With this official stamp in your passport you will be free to enjoy all the fantastic culture, stunning beaches, and bustling nightlife that Mexico has to offer.

What are the requirements for a work visa to teach English in Mexico?

There are very few restrictions on who can apply for a work visa for teaching English in Mexico. Passport holders from all countries except North Korea and Iran are eligible and there are no age restrictions. No teaching experience or a college degree is necessary, but you will require a TEFL certificate. The only other requirement is a formal offer of employment from a local employer on official school paper. Please note that regulations can change at any time so we recommend you check with your nearest Mexican Embassy for the current requirements prior to departure.

What is the visa application process for teaching English in Mexico?

First you need to find a job that suits your plans and obtain an official offer of employment from the school. You can then fill out an application form which can be found on the Mexico immigration website. Within one or two weeks you should receive confirmation and a request for further documentation. The requested documents need to be submitted along with the application fee (currently $90). Required paperwork (subject to change):

  • Copies of passport pages
  • Tourist visa that was issued on arrival
  • Three passport photos
  • Proof of residence (apartment, guest house, hostel etc)
  • Copy of your TEFL certificate (apostilled)

What happens once I have applied for my visa in Mexico?

Once you have submitted all the necessary documents you will receive a NUT number which allows you to track your application online. As soon as you receive clearance for the visa you are required to collect it from a consulate outside of the country within 15 days. At this stage there is also a final fee to pay (currently $290). You then have 30 days to re-enter Mexico to activate the visa. The work visa should be valid for 12 months and can generally be easily renewed each year.

Can I get help with my visa application in Mexico?

As the application process can be confusing and is often subject to change, many people use a third party to help them through it. There are plenty of legal establishments that will complete the process for a fee or better still your future employer will often be used to dealing with work visa applications. In some cases the school will also cover the cost of the whole application so you should confirm this during the job interview.

What is the English Opens Doors Program for teaching English in Chile?

As Chile is one of the most stable and prosperous countries in Latin America, it has long been a popular destination for ESL teachers. Jobs can be found in advance via online job boards or by interviewing in person from within the country. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the popular English Opens Doors Program (EODP) that places foreign teachers into schools across Chile on a volunteer basis. Participants on the scheme work as teaching assistants with the aim of improving the English language skills of children ranging from 10 to 18 years old.

What are the requirements for the English Opens Doors Program?

The EODP is a highly respected program that is sponsored by the Chilean Ministry of Education and the United Nations Development Program. The program is open to native or near-native English speakers between the ages of 21 and 35 (applicants outside this age range are assessed on an individual basis). Applicants also require a bachelor's degree and sufficient finances to pay for transportation to and from Chile, as well as living expenses during their stay. Any teaching qualifications or experience of international travel will also be taken into consideration when applying for the program.

What does the English Opens Doors Program involve?

If accepted in the program you will be placed into a public school where you will work under the guidance of a local teacher. Placement areas are decided on many factors so personal preference cannot be guaranteed, although you can specify your preferred destination during the recruitment process. A typical work week involves 24 hours of English teaching in the classroom, plus 11 hours of extracurricular activities. The students in your classroom could be aged anywhere from 5th grade (10-11 years old) to 12th grade (17-18 years old). For more information please visit the official EODP website.

What are the benefits of the English Opens Doors Program?

The main benefit of this program is the chance to live and work in a fascinating environment that provides invaluable classroom experience and a huge potential for adventure and personal development. While the EODP is a volunteer scheme, it does provide some additional benefits for its participants.

  • All housing costs are covered if you choose the homestay option
  • All meals are also included
  • A monthly stipend of 70,000 CLP (currently $110)
  • Week-long orientation course in Santiago
  • Free transport within Chile
  • Free health insurance
  • Free online Spanish course
  • No visa fee


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