Top Ten TEFL Destinations

China, our first place country, has the largest demand for English teachers in the world and an abundance of teaching jobs for newly qualified and experienced teachers alike. As such, salaries and benefits vary considerably, but experienced and qualified teachers can expect good pay and benefits that can include paid accommodation and airfare.

In second place, South Korea has long been a popular destination for English teachers. The salary and benefits you receive here are generally better than elsewhere in the region and newly qualified teachers can expect to earn enough to be able to save a substantial amount every month. Benefits include paid airfares, free accommodation, end of contract bonuses and medical insurance.

At number three, Japan offers very good salaries in a thoroughly modern country. It has been a popular country for English teachers for some time and remains in the top ten despite the recent economic slowdown. The Japanese government runs the JET program which places teachers from English speaking countries in state schools around the country.

In fourth position is Taiwan with a strong EFL market and good salaries compared to the rest of the region and a low cost of living. Demand is highest in the teaching English to children market and anyone thinking of teaching in Taiwan should consider taking an additional specialised course in teaching young learners.

At number five, Thailand offers plenty of opportunities for newly qualified teachers in a wide range of teaching environments, from teaching in state schools, private language institutes, hotels and many more. The quality of life is the main draw for teachers coming to Thailand with hundreds of beautiful beaches, friendly locals and delicious food.

Our sixth place is taken by Spain, another popular holiday destination. English is taught from primary school upwards so there is a strong demand for English teachers. There are few, if any, additional benefits offered to teachers but some schools may provide free Spanish lessons for their teachers.

The Czech Republic is in seventh place and is a popular draw for those wishing to experience historic Europe and the beautiful architecture that Prague has to offer. Beyond the capital, there is plenty to see and do in the Czech Republic and while salaries drop the further away from Prague you head so does the cost of living.

At number eight, Mexico is a popular choice for teachers from North America. Jobs can be found in universities, private language schools and businesses, and they are usually available year round.

Popular with experienced TEFL teachers, ninth place United Arab Emirates offers some of the best pay and benefits in the world for English teachers. The downside is that this is no place for newly qualified teachers. Positions here usually require at least two years prior teaching experience as well as a university degree in a related field and often a post-graduate qualification.

In tenth place, Colombia's popularity as a TEFL destination has been growing in recent years. As with Mexico it is a top destination for teachers from the USA and Canada. With a recent economic boom, more and more people have been looking to learn English to enhance their employment options and the demand for teachers is strong. The pay isn't as high as in some other countries and there are not any additional benefits to speak of, but it is a beautiful country with friendly locals and plenty of opportunity for adventure.


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