Why do you want to be an English teacher? For some it is the chance to experience new cultures and to travel to places they never dreamed of seeing. For others it’s an escape from the rat race, the opportunity to get away from the daily grind of the 9 to 5 office job. Whether you are looking to travel the world while paying off your student loan or are simply looking to change down a gear, there is a place in the world for you. In Thailand there are plenty of jobs available throughout the year up and down the country, and while Bangkok is a frenetic hub of energy the rest of the country is very laid back. With some of the best (and cheapest) food in the world as well as some magnificent beaches, Thailand is definitely the place for those that value an easy going lifestyle over the mighty dollar.
Another place ideal for the relaxed lifestyle hunter is the Czech Republic. The salaries are generally low here but so is the cost of living. It also offers great access to a number of activities such as snowboarding and skiing in the winter and mountain biking and trekking in the summer, not to mention its exquisite architecture and fascinating history. Costa Rica is an ideal base for those seeking the beach life. With its friendly population and stunning natural environment, Costa Rica is the perfect place to escape the rat race. For those more focused on earning serious cash while teaching, the following three countries should be of interest. South Korea is a great place to start teaching and earn a decent salary while doing so. Many jobs will offer to pay your airfare and pay a bonus at the end of the contract, and previous teaching experience is not necessary. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are two countries that offer some of the highest TEFL salaries. You will need previous teaching experience and an undergraduate degree to work here, but the financial rewards are excellent. Lastly, Vietnam offers perhaps the best mix between lifestyle and earning potential with a low cost of living and relatively high salaries for English teachers. There are also plenty of pristine beaches and lush mountain ranges and a fascinating history and culture to enjoy.
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