The Best Countries for Teaching English in 2021


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to be here today um yeah as you probably already know what the topic uh
is going to be about today the best countries for teaching english in 2021
because teaching english abroad is not dead it's still pretty much going on the
demand is still high despite the whole global situation and so that's what we're gonna talk
about a little bit today and um yeah i've gathered i've done a lot of
research asked a lot of people who are currently teaching abroad and also from my own experience in south
korea you know what are some great countries for teaching english in 2021
which countries are hiring which countries you know what are the requirements currently because some
countries have some extra requirements regarding the pandemic and things like that
so that's what we're going to cover today and then at the end um or as always you know feel free to
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agree just a format change but still there's a high demand for teachers exactly exactly and a lot of people
think like oh because of all the travel restrictions and everything else going on you can't really go abroad to teach
right now but it's actually not the case so
so you can still go abroad that's what we're gonna talk about today [Music]
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then let's jump in the best countries for teaching english
in 2021 and i prepared a little bit of a visual
for you i always really like to use them if you've seen my lives before you know how it works
so yep the best countries for teaching abroad in 2021
um of course disclaimer this is based on my personal research and opinion things do change
all the time i think everybody's aware of that now things can change very very quickly from
one day to the next so always you know stay up to date do your own research and i highly
recommend you know reading a lot of blogs of people who are currently teaching abroad
and also there's a lot of facebook groups there's like esl teachers in china esl teachers in
latin america and all these different groups those are really really great resources to get um accurate and most recent
information and that's also where i reached out to people and gathered my information from
so i am trying my best to provide you with you know the most up-to-date and uh first-hand
experience information from people who are currently teaching in those countries okay first um i already mentioned a
little bit about myself but yeah i also besides itttt i am a travel writer and also
a content creator under linda goes east um so you can find my own website at and you can find me on social media at linda goes east i am from germany
slash usa so i was born and raised in germany my mom is german and my dad is american
and i finished part of my education in the u.s and since 2015 i am
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the different options and that's obviously also great um yeah moving on
um first a little bit about the demand for english language instruction and if you've seen my lives before
you've probably seen this slide a couple of times i really like to use it just to kind of get an idea of what the
demand is really like and nothing has really changed um since it all started
there's still two billion people speaking and learning english worldwide that's a
huge huge number um and is estimated to continue to grow in the next years so that's really great
um 300 million people are learning and speaking english and china alone so china is the largest market for
teaching english abroad and the chinese government has started in back in 2015
to you know introduce different initiatives to get more english teachers to come to china to
teach in all parts of the country not only beijing shanghai
you know the big cities but also in smaller cities all across the country so
the demand in china is really really big um then i would like to mention
here these different programs that there are there are a lot of government-funded
programs in many different countries that aim at attracting foreign english teachers to come to their countries
um to teach and those are usually really great ways to get into teaching so some of the best known programs for
that are the epic program in south korea the jet program in japan the tapif program
in france and the net scheme in hong kong but there's also many many more many others
and you know countries are continuously coming out with their own programs for attracting english teachers to their
countries so that's really cool if there's anybody watching that maybe
took part in one of those programs epic jet tape of net or any other of those
teaching programs i'd be really interested to know you could leave a comment and um
tell us which program you were in and what country and how your experience
was i think that's always really interesting um yeah and then also really interesting
to know is that 50 of teachers teaching abroad they do stay a second year
so that's sort of great to know for people who want to go abroad so if
50 if half of the teachers stay then it means you know they love it they like it they don't want to go back home
and it also means that it's a it creates a huge turnover each year which is basically
like a revolving door of job openings for all of you who want to go abroad and
teach english so every year 50 of the jobs are opening up again
um so there's always uh opportunities out there for teaching english
and yeah you're right tapif sounds really cool yeah so type it is the program in france
um we do have it on our faq page more information so if you go to faq and then you look for tapif
you can find more information there or you just head to google and go to the tapif to the official tapif page um you can
also find all the information there yeah there's also the cultural
ambassadors program in spain there's a program i believe in the czech republic in
hungary uh in many many countries they have a lot of these programs there's another
one in south korea called the talk program um so there's a lot of options there and
it's great because especially for first-time teachers they really get support
you know in the program because those people working for the programs they do this every year so they know um how it all
works and they are really there for you and guide you so it's great for first-time teachers
to get into a program like this but also depending on the program you know they are competitive
so you do want to look at the requirements and then maybe get additional you know certifications do some
volunteering get some experience and then um you can definitely get in
cool oh yeah you did maria cool yeah you did write a blog post
about argentina for our blog yeah i remember that we were in contact great
cool yeah our itt blog is also a great resource like maria or other of
our some other of our graduates they do write blog posts for us and we have a lot of content about
recently we published some posts about a uh australian girl teaching
under the jet program in japan so that's really really interesting you should check that out it's also blog
[Music] okay yeah oh you've been trying to get
into talk okay but because of cobit so what was that like they just stopped
um they didn't hire as many people for the talk program because of cobit or
what was the reason i'd be really interested to know because i have a friend and she um works
for the epic program and she was still able to get here um but that was august
so i don't know when you were when you were trying to come
hi thore cool sorry watching from philippines we have a lot of people from
the philippines that's awesome thanks so much okay
then um that was sort of the introduction now i would like to start talking about specific countries
um for teaching um abroad in 2021 and we have an answer
from chibi just wanted to say that yep they drastically cut how many they were taking yeah
yeah that can happen i'm sorry to hear that but you know the
things things are looking up in south korea as well so you should try for the next intake
for sure okay so first up we have a surprise surprise
china okay like i mentioned earlier china is the biggest market for teaching
english abroad um so uh
yeah no wonder it still is uh in this list as well and i do want to say i ordered these
countries alphabetically so there's no particular order just alphabetically
um so why should you go to china besides uh it is
an amazing country i also taught english in china i lived in china a total of a year and a
half i absolutely loved it um [Music] and yeah it's a beautiful country lots
of different scenery lots of different places to see in one big country it's really easy to travel around by train
high high-speed train or domestic flights you know it's really great so you have everything if the mountains you
have the beach you have forests you have deserts i mean it's really great
um but they also have a lot of attractive benefits for teachers such as free accommodation paid airfare
and an end of year end of contract bonus for many teachers the salaries are also
not that bad um between 1000 and 2500 u.s dollars
and um especially considering um the the local cost of living
this salary really goes a long way and you're able to save a lot from your paycheck as well and the
opportunities for most teachers in china are at public schools kindergartens boarding schools universities and
international schools the requirements generally are a bachelor's degree
two years of teaching experience and a tefl certificate of at least 120 hours
um and i have a question about this here does our nationality affect our chances
of working in china so china is still one of the countries that don't have this
um policy that they only hire native speakers so you can still find positions if you
are not from an english-speaking country um especially in smaller cities so i
feel like cities like beijing and shanghai like the super competitive ones there they might only hire native
english speakers but also not only um so you can definitely still find positions
in china even if you're not from an english-speaking country um and yeah some kobe 19
info and maybe uh chibi knows a little bit more about that so maybe you can also
leave a comment but basically there is a 14-day quarantine and you also need a pu letter so that's
kind of a new thing since it all started with covid that's sort of an invitation letter
that you need to get and that's typically what your employer would um get for you but um
so that's a new document that you are um allowed to enter because basically
tourist visas um have been suspended so tourists
tourism doesn't really happen in china right now so they're not really letting people in on a tourist
visa so in order to get your work visa you need this pu letter yeah
and that's about china um yeah definitely highly recommended
there's a lot of opportunities in china and once you are in china you know you can build your network and
eat you know move on to even greater opportunities over there so yeah
let me take a sip of my coffee and maybe we get a comment
anybody taught in china before is anybody thinking about going to china um i would love to know and maybe chibi
since you are are you still in beijing it'd be interesting to see or hear some experiences
but yeah i also have a lot of friends in china and they say you know it's pretty much back to normal life there so um you just have to go
through quarantine and get this pu letter but they are hiring and their the demand is really really big
okay all right so okay so you taught there for two and a half years cool and then you left in august okay
and that's when you wanted to come to korea okay got it maybe it was because
um you came from china that they didn't let you in because i think they banned anyone
coming from china that time in coming to south korea
so nobody from china could enter like who was in china okay oh i lived in china as a child cool
nice thinking of going back yeah i mean china is a great place i
really want to go back i still have my 10-year visa but i can't go right now
oh that wasn't it okay they just cut the numbers of okay got it all right i'm interested in
teaching in china cool what about the celery yeah so here
um just turning the comment back off salaries are usually between 1 000 and 2 500 us
dollars um this always depends you know in your background your experience your
qualifications and what type of school you work at and like i said before the local cost
of living um the local cost of living really because it's so low your salary will go
a long way [Music] all right oh hi
uh thanks for tuning in i remember jamila right because i always said ja ja jamila okay
could you post a website for the english course please the basic one i see different
tesla courses on cool so i mean you i think you mean tesol courses
but tesla is cool too um yeah so the basic one sure
let me get that link for you uh one second so that's basically the 120
hour course that's sort of the um the basic one to get and from there you can build on with
other qualifications like additional qualifications um also from itt and uh
additional specializations and so on so i'm pasting um pasting the link right
now to the 120 hour tefl course for you
okay all right this is a great question how much chinese would we have to know to
teach english in china so this is a question that we always get a lot do you need to
have to know the language of the country that you want to go to and teach in and the answer is no you don't have to
know the local language because you are going there as the english teacher so when i came to korea or also before
that i taught in china i did know chinese because i studied chinese in school
but um it wasn't necessary in my job everyone at the school speaks english
and you're supposed to only speak english with your students um but yeah it helps like tv says yeah
it helps a lot it helps a lot like in your daily life for you personally for getting around
and you know maybe getting rapport with like your boss and stuff like that if you know a little bit of the local language
but um it is not a requirement also in my school in korea they also um
they had like an english-only policy so you're only supposed to speak english in school and with your students
okay okay leslie is asking is there an ideal age employers look for in teachers or
age range you should be in for china or in general so china has a retirement
age i believe it's 60 so if you're over 60 and you want to go to china it might be
problematic um and it also kind of depends on you know the individual school the employer
technic or basically there's this thing where for younger teachers they kind of prefer
uh for younger students sorry for younger students like kindergarten they prefer like younger
uh teachers because they think they're more energetic they have more energy to handle the little kids um and then for older
students or adult students they would prefer older teachers but this really depends on you know the
individual school and your experience and um all this stuff so
okay hi litan leighton has a question do they accept accept people of
non-native of non-native teachers who have sufficient skills yes i'm just mentioned that a few
minutes ago they do in china they do hire people from uh
anywhere um there is no particular uh law or rule about that so if you have
your tefl if you have a bit of experience perhaps um if you have maybe
an english proficiency certificate um then you can definitely get hired and
i highly recommend you tune in on tuesday lighten for my colleague lisa's life
she's a non-native english speaker and she has taught in china and she's teaching online and she knows
a lot about that and i think this would be really interesting to you
okay let's move on to the next one so china and then we have colombia
so other part of the world colombia yeah colombia is one of those places that are considered emerging
markets in the efl field um there's a huge
huge demand for qualified english teachers nowadays in colombia most of the jobs for
teachers can be found in private schools and or private schools they typically pay the
best and then you also get extra benefits such as housing stipend and health insurance so that's
really great there salaries um as it is in latin america the salaries are not the highest
but also the cost of living is not the highest there um so in colombia the salaries range
between 700 and 1000 us dollars per month and what a lot of teachers do they take
on private uh tutoring students you know to private tutor
to sort of top up their salaries so that's what a lot of people do there um for columbia you do need to be a
native english speaker and you need to have a college degree and a tefl certificate
and there's also no quarantine required anymore but again things change all the time so
it might change again so just check that information before
you go obviously yeah but anybody um taught in colombia before
i don't think i think we have a lot of people like be based in uh asia but
yeah colombia is a good option if you're interested in
latin america the demand is very high i'm just waiting if somebody's because
there is a 20-second um uh lack or a gap between me talking and then you
seeing it live or on facebook
so i don't want to jump too quickly if we get any questions or comments about it but um i think looks like we're good
okay also how cool is this place i don't know where it is the picture it
is colombia but i don't know which place in colombia it looks amazing if anyone has been there let me know
beautiful i sadly have not been yet okay then i'm moving on i think
we're not getting any comments about this one now
okay then germany
oh okay let me go back to columbia then now there are some comments coming in sorry okay
pizza says does an associate degree count as a college degree or do you mean a ba yeah sorry a bachelor's so most of these
are four-year four-year degrees there is a talk program in korea where you can do this
one after two years after an associate degree yeah but user yeah usually when i say
college degree i mean bachelor's degree sorry
gwendolyn how does the salary compare to the cost of living in colombia um yeah so the cost of living living in
colombia is very low so you will definitely be able to save a
bit however there is no there are no extra benefits there so you would have to pay for your own
housing and things like that so it can be a bit rough so that's why a
lot of people do a lot a lot of teachers there you know do top up their salary with the extra teaching extra
tutoring that they do and things like that okay
yeah i'm you know i'm trying my best thanks so much for answering so many questions
i'm trying my best i have two laptops here um so on one laptop are the slides
and um then on my this laptop is like for the comments of the camera and stuff so
sometimes it can be a little hard and difficult to you know manage everything but i'm trying my best i don't wanna you
know leave anybody out so okay okay now germany um
and we actually i did a live two or three weeks before uh or two or three weeks ago with um
someone at itt grad and she's currently in germany so if you're interested in
you know moving to germany teaching there you should check out that live it's with um life of brit brittany you can find it on our
youtube or on our facebook page and then you can watch that it's really interesting
um yeah so germany is on the list it was uh on many different lists for 2021 so i
included it here even though europe is a little problematic right now um but yeah why go to germany
you can find jobs in a variety of settings so they can be freelance part-time or even full-time yeah in a
wide variety of settings so i am from germany i was born and raised there and i went to
special like language schools and stuff and we did have esl teachers there and um
so they um are from they were from i had american teachers british teachers
uh irish i also think new zealand australia really from anywhere um
so there's definitely a market there most positions you know are in large cities such as frankfurt
very international munich berlin hamburg cities like that and yeah salaries they
vary greatly so that's one thing there's no specific number i can tell you there
because some jobs are freelance some are part-time full-time it also depends on do you work for a company do you work
for school so things like that um the requirements
are also kind of strict so that's why it's difficult it can be difficult to get there so
a lot of companies they do prefer german language skills even if it's just basic
language skills also a bachelor's degree a tesla certificate then some uh
only hire people with a eu passport because they just don't want
to deal with the lengthy visa process for people from other countries
um but australians new zealanders and canadians they can apply for a working holiday visa
so that's a great option um about colbit so you do have to self
isolate for 10 days if you are arriving from
um from a specific country so excuse me so um
there is a list of countries that are considered like risk countries and if you arrive from one of
those countries then you need to self-isolate for 10 days
so that's what it's like right now but as i said it's changing all the time so
be sure to you know check up on that
all right let me take this question again from live which countries take teachers from no
from the non-native celta qualified okay so which countries take non-native
english speakers with a celta a lot of countries and i recommend
because this presentation is kind of about something different now um and also things change all the time
i'm pasting this link here to our faq uh page and you can find an article
about exactly your question there um so look out for that and like i said tune in on tuesdays for
my um for my friend lisa or my co-friend and co-worker
lisa who is a non-native english speaker and she knows a lot about this stuff as well
so i recommend that all right so can teachers from asian
countries apply for a job in germany um you know generally
yes and there are schools and companies who will sponsor visas but it is not the norm so it might be
difficult yeah but if you have all the other qualifications you know german language
skills bachelor's degree a tefl certificate and they really want to hire you they
like you they like your teaching then definitely it's possible so you know if
you see a job offer and that's you know goes for everyone and every job offer even if you don't uh
fill fulfill all the requirements stated on the job offers still apply because
you never know you know some job offers just have ridiculous requirements that nobody
there's no person like that maybe and so they know that too the companies and the schools so if you
fulfill like 80 of the requirements then you know you still might get the job so you never know
okay moving on to japan
yeah japan is also a very very big um [Music] country for english teaching
i have many friends who have taught in japan who are thinking about teaching in japan
who are in japan and like i said we recently published some blog posts from an itt
grad who is currently teaching in japan so check that out on our blog
um japan also has attractive benefits uh paid airfare housing health insurance
and a contract completion bonus similar to china in korea and some of
the highest salaries to be found anywhere in asia so that's usually between 2 000 and 6
000 us dollars so depending on what kind of school you work at you can make a lot of money in japan
and there there's the jet program so that's a teaching program like i mentioned at the beginning
that places foreign english teachers into public schools in japan it's a really popular program very well
established one of the oldest teaching programs out there and it's really really great
so that's a great way to get to japan i believe you cannot choose where you want to teach so if you
apply for the jet program that's usually kind of how those programs go you can't like choose where you want to teach some
might allow like a preference like oh i my preference is kyoto
or tokyo but it doesn't mean that you can pick and choose and end up there um but you might
because they are competitive and yeah a lot of people do want to go to tokyo and those you know big cities so but you
might end up in a more rural town um yeah then the requirements
are usually you need to have a degree and again it's a bachelor's degree a four-year degree in any subject so it doesn't have to be
english it doesn't have to be tefl or tesol or education or things like that it can be any
uh major you need to be fluent in the english language so also it doesn't say you need to be a
native english speaker it doesn't say you need to be from an english-speaking country it says you need to be fluent in the
english language so that's a great opportunity for people from everywhere and um you need to have a
strong desire and willingness to pass on your language knowledge to your students that's usually what they say especially
the job program that's like their mission okay then in the some coveted info about
japan they also have a 14-day quarantine and the quarantine costs are mostly free
um so they are either paid for by the school by the employer
um or you know they're they you might work out a deal like 50 50 um because the costs etc
okay um irma asks is there a big chance that an
individual with no teaching experience but with a degree and tefl
a and tefl t-cell certificate can be hired in any country yeah so actually the majority i would
say the majority of um tefl tesol esl teachers going abroad
they don't have any teaching experience a lot of them are fresh out of college and so um they get hired i didn't have
any teaching experience i was hired most of the people that i know had no
prior experience per se um so it's definitely possible
for sure you probably get a higher salary like when i first taught in china and
then i came to korea and i had experience from like teaching experience from teaching in china i did get a higher
salary in korea so that was nice um but i still work with a lot of people there
in the school that had no prior experience so yeah definitely
so experience is usually in some countries it is required but typically it's just a bonus you know
um something that sets you apart and something that can get you a higher salary
okay let's see what's next mexico
yeah i see a lot of my american friends are actually uh in mexico some are teaching there i
also know a girl she's sort of a digital nomad she's there so mexico is really great especially for
people from the us because it's so close to the us not too far away but still you know a
whole different vibe obviously and how gorgeous is this permit i've
always wanted to go there so cool yeah so why go to mexico most teaching jobs they
don't include healthcare but your fm3 visa and that's the visa
that you will need um that the work visa there will give you access to the national health care system so
that's really great and some schools will also cover your 290 dollar visa fee requirement um
apart from that there's not much benefits going on in mexico um tefl jobs in mexico also
they range from public and private schools uh to offering private english lessons
to teaching business english to employees of mexican companies so business english is very big in mexico
because of the close relations with the us they have a lot of business english opportunities so if that's something
that you're interested in i highly recommend looking into mexico because in asia you can still find
business english opportunities but um it's mostly targeted at children so that can be anything from
kindergarten to elementary middle school high school university um i have also taught
um i've also taught business english to at companies in south korea but those
were not full-time things those were like part-time um seasonal kind of things
but you can still find them the salaries in mexico they range between
210 and 1070 us dollars per month so this is a huge gap obviously um so it really depends you
know what kind of company you work for uh your experience you know
this is what is for every job usually so
how your require your qualifications your experience your background all things like that play a role but
also consider the lower cost of living in mexico then the cobit info
um so travelers are allowed to enter mexico without any quarantine
restrictions when you enter the country the officials posted at the airport terminals will
monitor your health along with a regular temperature screening so you don't have to go into quarantine
right now i think you had two before but then they changed it back so um yeah this is really great news
um requirements are typically a four-year degree or be a native english speaker so it
doesn't say anything about nationality because gwendolyn asked is it harder to work in mexico as an
asian national so the requirements say a four-year degree or be a native english speaker so it
doesn't really say anything about nationality so you are definitely welcome to apply and
yeah and a tefl certificate is also required usually and gwendolyn
has another question do we need the business english certificate to teach business english
um no you don't need it to teach business english but if you
have never taught business english before um it's definitely helpful and you know
it's also just an additional qualification to have in your portfolio to sort of stand out
to um you know have better chances among the competition so those kinds of things so that's why i
definitely recommend it i also did the business english course and i found it to be really helpful actually
for sure okay
next up south korea yeah i'm smiling because i am in south korea
but yeah um south korea continues to be a great um destination for teaching
english abroad also in 2021 there are also a lot of attractive benefits in south korea like
paid airfare paid housing the pension scheme which you basically pay into the
national pension scheme and then when you leave korea you get all of that money back
so depending on how long you stay it's a couple thousand dollars that you then get um in addition to your end of
contract bonuses and all of that so that's really nice um south korea also has some of the highest salaries to be found anywhere in
asia between 1 600 to 2 400 u.s dollars
and um there's like we said earlier the epic and the talk program
so again those are two um government-funded programs that place teachers into public schools in south
korea the requirements are usually a bachelor's degree in any subject so again it doesn't have
to be education it doesn't have to be in english my bachelor's degree was in management
business management and um i would still hire a tefl certificate
but for south korea it's you need to be a passport holder of certain english-speaking countries so
to get this e-2 that's the e-2 teaching visa you need to be from either canada the
u.s um the uk ireland south africa uh australia or new zealand
so those seven um however there are workarounds so if
you're not from one of those countries there are certain workarounds south korea also has a work and travel
visa for many countries there's also creator visas you could get and
there's other options for long-term visas or if you you know we're a student here
and you graduate things like that so there's different kinds of options
um all right and oh covet forgot the covet 19 info by
korea it's also 14 day quarantine that everybody has to go into
and the quarantine costs are also mostly free so typically how it works when because
you get paid housing so your housing is already lined up before you
come and you have a permanent visa when you enter so people who have a
permanent long-term visa they can quarantine at home and since you already have a house lined up you
can quarantine there instead of at a hospital or a government facility and then it doesn't cost you
anything and you also get like a little depending on where you teach in what province or city you get like a
covet uh starter pack thing with like food in it and masks and
um yeah like necessities um when you first arrive
and i know i know a couple of people who have gone through that um of course it's really hard you know
two weeks in quarantine i mean it's hard anywhere but imagine you're like new in this new country that you've
always wanted to go to and you have to sit in your apartment for two weeks and you can't go out
um i don't know i just thought it's really horrible but um yeah you know you go through it you have
this little starter pack and um yeah then you start teaching
and so yeah it's really good um let me go back to some questions
okay mouza mozaware asked when china will start issuing visa and what
are the latest news to go to china i just talked about that in the beginning so
um you could re-watch that part but basically um china is issuing visas
for teachers right now you just need in an additional document called a pu
letter which is an invitation letter and usually your company or the school they will get that for you
okay um okay kenny asks how do country
countries hire teachers for international teacher job and covet situation by video calling zoom meeting
or video conferencing you know this um was also the case before covet a lot of countries hire
in advance from when you are still in your own country and then it usually goes
like a skype interview um so that's not really new or because of cobit
that's been going on before as well so you do a skype interview and sometimes you also have to teach a
mock lesson so they would give you a topic you have to teach this and this and this uh you know
prepare a 20-minute mock lesson and teach it so that's also or sometimes you need to record it and send it to
them things like that yeah okay then we have a question from mahdi
is it the teacher who chooses the course book and what to be taught or is is it the school's responsibility
um so this depends on the school um the schools that i worked at so in china it
was more like the school that i worked at there they did have course books but you could also
you know put create your own lesson plans and your own activities and stuff
um and at the school that i worked for in south korea they provided
everything they had a very outlined curriculum at that school because it was a national
chain so the idea is that all of those schools do the same thing
every week basically and it needs to be in line with all the other schools in the country so we knew
exactly what we had to do and when and what page and which worksheet etc
so it depends some schools um they you know want their teachers to create
their materials and their curriculums and stuff like that um and other schools they give you
everything so it depends yeah
okay next up thailand yeah thailand
why go i think the picture already speaks for itself um yeah i i really want to go there
um also most teachers in thailand they work at government schools or in private language academies most
positions are also found in the bigger cities as it usually is in bangkok in
chiang mai in the north or in phuket in the south and the salaries in thailand usually
range between 800 to 1 000 us dollars per month again consider the low cost of living in
thailand compared to the west and your salary will actually go a long way the requirements for
teachers coming to thailand is typically having a um four-year degree in any subject
again it doesn't have to be in english it doesn't have to be an education etc and they usually want a tefl
training course of at least 100 hours so our 120 hour course
is the best pick for that combat info so they either have a 10 or 14 day quarantine so i think it was
14 before and now they turn it down at 10 or they're thinking about turning it
down to 10 or it depends on the person i'm not quite sure so uh check that out and the quarantine
costs are not always free so usually you would have to pay for it uh you would have to quarantine and yeah
cover the costs or you can work out a deal with your school and your employer
oh irma cool thailand is my first pick awesome yeah
it's awesome there's a lot of opportunities there um we at itt we get a lot of job offers for thailand
you can check our job section um there's a lot of thailand offers
cool all right then kenny asks my friend owns a hast indian nationality they
planning to move to singapore he's looking for teacher job in singapore what kind of degree is required and
laws okay um i don't have singapore in this presentation right now but um i actually
heard from somebody from singapore that they are hiring but it is harder to get a
work visa in singapore right now so i'm not quite sure i would recommend
that your friend reaches out to the local embassy or consulate in singapore
to make sure he gets the most up-to-date information because from what i've heard it is
getting harder and the country is pretty much still isolated i don't think anybody can
really leave and enter at the moment and like i said it's harder to get this work visa right now in singapore
okay chibi says thailand can allow associates too okay cool my friend had an associate's
in english she's been teaching there for over three years okay so maybe because she had an
associates in english because the bachelor's degree is in any subject so perhaps it's
because she had an associate's degree but it was specifically english and it also probably depends on
where it is so if it's um i don't know if it's like one of those big cities bangkok chiang mai or phuket or if it's
like some other maybe smaller town then probably they would maybe uh tune their requirements down a bit
not quite sure that's interesting that's great to know cool
sorry just looking at the comments there's a couple more about thailand
okay all right so does thailand only accept a degree connected to teaching no so you can have a degree in any
subject a four-year degree in any subject but um like chibi just said that her friend
is teaching in thailand and she has an associate's degree so that's two years but that associates degree was in
english so what i'm thinking is that she her friend got the job because she
has associates in english but the four-year bachelor's degree can be in any subject it doesn't
have to be english or education or teaching so i hope that answers the question
keshav asks do all countries need tefl training so there are a lot of countries where
it's where a tefl certificate is not a requirement um but it is sort of getting
to a level where a tefl certificate is becoming a standard and everyone who doesn't have one will
stand out or you know lack something so we always definitely recommend getting a tefl
and most of my friends who are teachers abroad they have a tefl
or they started out teaching and then you know the laws changed or the uh the
regulations environment um just changed and then they got a tefl certificate
later um so yeah
okay antonio asked hi i've just arrived here hi thanks for
joining is it mandatory to have a college degree to teach as a tefl so in many countries it is required to
have a four-year degree to teach yes in many countries but there are still countries um
that where it's not a requirement and for that i recommend um checking out our faq page because
there is a list of countries and i'm pasting the link right now into the comment box you can check it out faq and there you'll find information about
which countries um hire teachers without a degree because it is also possible
okay oh hi tiata hi good to see you what other countries
are you going to talk about well let's see i think there's only one more left actually because it's alphabetically
we're already a t or two actually wait two okay
yeah next united arab emirates so another part of the world different we're traveling all around the
world today so why go to the united arab emirates
because it's a really interesting place and 90 of the population there is
comprised of expatriates from all over the world so i think that's really interesting i
would love to also teach there for like a year or so it'd be really cool seems like a very
inter or multi-cultural environment and i think that's what attracts a lot of people there
and also it has a lot of attractive benefits like paid airfares the furnished
apartments health insurance and a contract completion bonus like a lot of the asian countries that
i've mentioned and also actually the middle east has the highest
efl salaries anywhere so you can make between 2 500 and 5 500 us dollars per month
and that is tax free so that's a huge incentive for many people
to go to this region to teach um the requirements are typically a
little bit strict um so a bachelor's degree
um also in any subject but it's definitely preferred if it's in english or education tesol etc
a tefl certification of at least 100 hours and they usually also want previous
teaching experience so this would be a great region or country to go to after you've already
taught somewhere and then sort of as a next step if you're looking to
go to a new exciting place and make a lot of money some cobit 19 info so to enter the uae
you must present a negative result of the pcr test so the covet test if
your test result is positive you must stay in isolation for 14 days but if your test is negative you don't
have to go into quarantine so that's also really good
yeah tiana says it's too hot yeah i think it's it can be quite hot
but there's also really nice beaches so i think it's really nice
i missed south korea yeah you just missed it but um you can just rewatch it it's um well
it's alphabetically so just where you can figure it out in the timing i recommend you watching it
all right taylor says non-natives can also apply or is it just for native speakers
yeah so being a native speaker is not a requirement in the united arab emirates um they look for your qualifications
your degree certifications and if you are a non-native english speaker um you know they probably want a
english proficiency certificates like a cambridge certificate or an ielts or
things like that so that's what i recommend to get
okay then we have vietnam and this is the last country
we're going to talk about today why go so most teachers in vietnam are
employed by private language schools they don't really do public they don't really hire in public
schools and most positions can be found in ho chi minh city and in hanoi
again in the biggest cities of the country salaries also not quite bad between 1 200 and 2
000 us dollars per month also again low cost of living means the salaries will go
a long way um usually for vietnam you need to be a native english speaker
you need to have a bachelor's degree and many employers will also insist on a tefl or tesol
certificate of at least 120 hours duration so that's what that looks like i know a
couple of people who are currently in vietnam and um yeah they also told me there is a
14-day quarantine and um the quarantine costs are also not always free i spoke to some teachers
where the school covered the quarantine fees and some who had to pay for it
themselves um but it also wasn't that expensive so it's definitely doable
or actually some teachers told me that in vietnam they worked out a deal where
um the quarantine costs to be taken from your first salary something like
that so then your first salary would be a little lower um and they kind of work it out that way
but um they're definitely still hiring in vietnam and uh demand is also really high
uh yeah chibi says yay vietnam oh looks like you're interested in a lot
of places cool how can you decide i mean they're all so awesome totally get it
oh tana says this one is on my list too cool yeah vietnam is really popular and
i know a lot of people there and they love it they love it um there's also so much to see and do
i mean this one is in hoi on which is also beautiful a beautiful place hit also
very hard um they had some typhoons i believe or like some
lana typhoons floodings in hai on and also because of cobit and tourism
that pretty much i think nobody still can't really enter vietnam on a tourist visa
so this city in particular has been hit very hard recently and um such a beautiful place
such a shame um okay irma asks
how about non-native english speakers is there any possibility to be hired in vietnam
yeah um i do believe so um even though the requirements do say
be a native english speaker but um again if your certifications
are you know on top you have your degree maybe you even have a degree in education and teaching you have your
tefl maybe you have more than 120 hours maybe you have teaching experience then
you can still find a position in vietnam for sure yeah okay
so this was the last one um
yeah now i'd like to know where do you want to teach is there any country i didn't mention where you'd like to teach
a lot of people want to go to china korea vietnam japan um i was thinking about doing a
live about like teaching in asia in specific and in particular specifically in asia
is that something you would be interested in um i was also planning on doing a live
specifically about teaching in korea um if that's interesting to you let me
know also anything else you would like to see in our live we're always looking for new ideas you know
chibi says taiwan too yes i also heard taiwan is really good right now um i just didn't want to mention too
many asian countries um i just wanted to get a
little bit of a variety but taiwan is definitely also a great place right now
also tiana says my top two is south korea and japan cool yeah those are usually
those are usually the two that people have a hard time choosing between i get this question quite a lot should i
go to south korea or japan or china like those three i kind of usually um the problem
gwendolyn says yes i tune in for a teaching in asia video i'm currently living in malaysia
cool okay that's cool um i don't know too much about malaysia
but um maybe you could let me know how the esl market is in malaysia and we can kind of
exchange some information and make something interesting that'd be really cool
because we do sometimes get um job offers in malaysia so i do think there is also demand but
it's not one of those big ones that you hear about all the time like china and vietnam and thailand and korea
but i really really love to know okay irma says i would probably teach in
thailand or vietnam yeah and they're like neighbors right they're next to each other they have a
border you could easily if you teach in thailand you can go to vietnam you can go to anywhere yeah i would like to go there
too and like in a beach town that'd be really nice yeah dreaming dreaming germany is my first
option cool nice yeah germany is great
it can be quite hard to get into there but um not impossible so you might have to uh
you know really plan i mean the bureaucracy i am from germany so the bureaucracy
is crazy um so you might have to fill out a lot of paperwork might take a long time but
eventually you might be able to get there so i keep my fingers crossed for you
okay but definitely the countries that i'm learning the language for so china korea japan so wait are you
learning chinese korean japanese and thai is that what you're saying that's cool
wow you're very talented chibi also says cambodia seems cool yes
yeah and cambodia is also one of those emerging markets or actually yeah the demand is
really really big right now okay tiana says i would like to know
more about the food and culture in south korea or the best cities in south korea
yeah so if you're interested in that i highly recommend checking out
that's what i usually write about because i am in south korea and i usually write about stuff like that on
my personal blog so if you're interested in that um yeah go check that out
and i might prepare a live session about south korea in particular
or asia all right gwendolyn says most malaysians
in the cities speak at least basic english but there's still a pretty big demand for english teachers especially
for children who move from the public to private or international school system great cool okay
yeah nice okay i'm gonna look more into malaysia and also somebody
asked how about india i'm also gonna look more into india um what i hear about india is that a lot of
the positions are like volunteering um
so yeah that'd be also maybe a good life about volunteer teaching because that's
also the case sort of like in africa there is a lot of demand and there are opportunities
but they're mostly volunteering um and i think most people they just want
to make some money or like that's part of it i mean you need some money right to live and
survive and travel so but yeah volunteer teaching is also a good um
topic actually good information yeah i hope so you know
trying my best okay all right so now this is my um christmas
gift to you because this is my last life before christmas and that's why i'm trying to be a little bit festive today
you know wearing red having a good little bow in my hair um yeah just a little bit of a
holiday spirit but yeah my gift to you
is 30 off so i am pasting the link into the
comments um so you can click on that
and apply for a course or you save it you know if you're not quite sure which course to
take save this link and when you're ready um you can apply through this link and
get 30 off um and that's yeah that's a lot that's the best deal
out there we usually never give out 30 so this is something very special
all right uh oh good question one more from tiana how can someone get teaching experience before going
international so there's a couple of ways one thing you can just start tutoring people in your vicinity
so if even if like it's a sibling or someone from your family or from your neighborhood um
you could tutor um you could also you know if you're like active in a church
community or some other kind of community you could get some tutoring there um then another option would be
online teaching you could you know take up some online lessons here and there and teach there's so many
different platforms out there some that are also very flexible in terms of teaching hours
and i think i called it lisa her life on tuesdays about teaching online um so you could tune into that
so yeah there's a couple of ways
gwendolyn says thank you so much this was so informative thanks thanks also for the information about malaysia um you know we're trying our
best but we also obviously don't know everything and things always change as well and so i'm very
grateful to also you know learn from you guys because like you said you live in malaysia so
that's great to get first-hand experience from people who actually live there so that's always nice
maggie says thank you very much for the valuable information i'm considering japan
cool yeah and we actually then you should read um check out our blog
we actually had a girl her name is maddie it's funny maggie and maddie and she's
teaching um in japan under the jet program and she wrote a few articles on our blog so that might be interesting
to check out um yeah that's
blog it's the first one or the second one it's like about
um jet jet programming teaching in tokyo and stuff so that's really cool
yay chibis is nice looks at business english chris yeah awesome so that's one of the
specializations that we do and i always recommend the specializations you know they're
not that many hours they're really quick and easy to do you know um they don't take forever
but they're very informative you learn a lot you can obviously save all the
information from the course you can always have it on hand and they're just a great addition um to
your professional portfolio so i highly recommend it
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kinds of things so um also vietnam is on there thailand
a lot of countries in asia last year i've been to nepal and bhutan um very very interesting if
that's something that interests you check it out i would highly appreciate it and yeah i think we're ending it here
now thanks so much for watching um i see a couple of people that you know are
turning into regulars so i'm very very happy about that because you know that's always nice to see
familiar faces people who like what we're doing and um i think last time somebody said we
are a big tefl family and uh yeah i think that's really what it's turning into and i i love it i
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so i think i'm gonna sign off i will be back after christmas so i won't see you again
before christmas i wish you very very calm and happy holidays wherever you are
however you're celebrating i know this year it's very different for me as well um
and um yeah i'll see you after christmas don't forget to tune in on tuesday uh to
my co-worker lisa who is a non-native english speaker and who talks a lot about that
side and how you can have a successful career as a non-native english speaker
and i think on tuesday she's talking about specifically about teaching online so if that's something that interests
you um tune in and yeah oh you're so sweet
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and um i'll see you guys after christmas please tune in again uh it was really
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