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The best countries to teach English abroad in 2021: relocation tips, work visas, cost of living, and more!

Looking for the best countries to teach English? Here are my top recommendations including my personal experiences in teaching, work visa, cost of living, and more!

This post was originally published on March 28, 2015, and was republished to current events. At the moment, the author of this blog post is not teaching English but is helping aspiring English teachers abroad through private consultations and coaching.

Greetings, earthlings. I believe you read my article about the 5 Certificate Courses You Should Take To Finance a Life of Travel and one of the options is to teach English abroad. Today, we are going to talk about your best options.

Tell me, where do you want to go? Before going through the list, pick a country that you really want to live in or travel to for a long time. Have you picked one? I am asking you to do this because I don’t want you to choose a country based on the salary and the cost of living. I want you to develop a positive feeling towards a goal — where do I want to be?

Personal experience in teaching English abroad

As an Asian person, I experienced a lot of discrimination when it comes to this profession but this did not really stop me from pursuing this career. When I first started in 2010, I thought I was inadequate and was not deserving to teach English abroad because of my skin color. In the beginning, I also had challenges in completing my online TEFL courses because I was backpacking. Meaning, I was constantly moving around with no stable Internet so it took me a while to finish the course. Along the way, I also had to purchase my own portable wifi device to keep my classes afloat.

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Private English teaching in Cordoba for an Argentine family.

Through the years that I traveled the world, I stayed with a local family in Jordan where I taught English in private. An Argentine family also hired me as an English teacher for their Disney trip. There were lots of opportunities that came before me because I was able to sell myself as a certified English teacher.

I taught in many countries in the world (short-time) as my traveling was still a higher priority. I did not make this my career but it really helped me see the world because I could teach anywhere I traveled to. In this post, I will share some information on the best countries for teaching English abroad but these are only the countries I visited. I can’t speak for any other countries.

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Let me just clarify that these are not the best countries to teach English as per career standards. The countries included in this list are the ones I have personal experiences in. I did freelancing (no work visa) in some of these countries because my priority was to travel the world. I did not plan to advance in my career as an English teacher although I must be honest, I really did well even if I did not try.

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When I taught English in Colombia, I found it harder to teach because I am fluent in Spanish. I was always translating to students!

To tell you the truth, I never got a good salary in teaching English abroad. In my experience, it seems like this job is meant for white people so even if I am from a great English-speaking nation (the Philippines), I was still offered a lower salary. I was so young when I did this so I didn’t really complain. The most important thing for me was the ability to travel and gallop around the world with an assurance of steady income and jobs everywhere I go.

So if you are going on an adventure around the world and are looking for a steady income to sustain your travels, these are the best countries to teach English. I hope it all works out for you!

#1: Spain

Did you know that Spain is my favourite country in the world? Really. Really. I swear. My life in Barcelona are one of the highlights of my youth! Spain has the highest demand for English teachers in Europe and it is okay if you start here with zero experience. It can be a good training ground! Native English-speaking teachers who work in Spain are encouraged to speak only English in schools so don’t worry if you don’t speak Spanish!

You might also like: Best European cities for digital nomads
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Spain has growing demand for English teachers so you will easily find a job as a native English speaker.

Spain is open to fully vaccinated travelers from most countries, even to the USA. There is no need for quarantine. Curfews have ended and restaurants are open. Spain is returning to its normalcy so you can easily apply for your work visa and or visit Spain to check out the current situation.

Teach English in Spain: quick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in Spain: Bachelor’s degree
  • English teacher salary in Spain: about $14 – $19 USD per hour, depending on experience and position
  • Cost of living in Spain: Expats spend about $2,000 USD per month
  • Work visa in Spain: If hired by a school/academy, the employer will help you with the visa
  • Peak hiring months: September and January
  • Best cities to work: Barcelona, Madrid
  • Facebook Group: English Teachers in Spain

➢ Click here to see all blog posts about Spain

#2: Brasil

Brasil is the biggest country in South America composed of beautiful beaches, rainforests (The Amazon), and a beautiful culture mainly known for football obsession. The biggest carnival in the world is also celebrated in Brasil. The demand for English teachers in the country is booming most especially when they hosted the World Cup 2014 and the upcoming Olympics in 2016.

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Before the World Cup, I did English training for hostel staff in some hotels in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Business owners want to be fluent in English as the tourism of the country grows every year.

Teach English in Brasil: qmuick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in Brazil: I did freelancing here so I have no info if you want to work in a school
  • Average English teacher salary in Brasil: $800 – $1,500 USD.
  • Cost of living in Brasil: Breakeven. Brasil is one of the most expensive countries in South America. The monthly cost for an expat is around $1,249 USD.
  • Work visa in Brasil: I only went here on a tourist visa but when it was time to apply for my work visa, it was really complicated and hard that I did not dare go through it.
  • Peak hiring months: March and August
  • Best cities to work: Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
  • Facebook group: English Teachers in Brazil

If you’d like to know more about teaching English in Brasil, my good friend Eduardo has a company and he started it in Brasil! Go get in touch with him via Instagram, @edujesuis.

➢ Click here to see all blog posts about Brasil

#3: China

Home to 1.3 billion people, China is probably a country that has a biggest demand for English teachers. I myself prefer to live in China because it is a very enchanting destination. I’ve been told that you should live in China at least once in your life and I believe teaching English is the best opportunity to see the country.

See also: What’s it like to live in Nanjing, China

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Teach English in China: quick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in China: Bachelor’s degree but I only submitted a TEFL certification and TESOL. They will also ask for a criminal background check from your home country.
  • Average English teacher salary in China: around $2,800 USD per month for English teachers with 2+ years experience
  • Cost of living in China: around $1,656 USD per month but some English teachers in China get free housing.
  • Work visa in China: The employer will help you with the visa/paperwork.
  • Peak hiring months: All year round for TEFL jobs; May to June for schools
  • Best cities to work: anywhere in China, really! Just make sure you choose the city that you will also like (i.e. lifestyle, expat communities, etc)
  • Facebook Group: English Teachers in China

My friend Richelle taught English in China for a long time. For tips, you can follow her on Instagram, @adventuresaroundasia. I got most insider tips on teaching English in China from her!

➢ Click here to see all blog posts about China

#4: Czech Republic

Surprised? I was too! You might think how is that possible with a very small population but the Czech Republic is becoming an investment hub in Europe hence the demand for English teachers is rising. If medieval times are your thing, then this country is the best place for you. It’s also (slightly) easy to obtain a visa here! Czech Republic is also one of the European countries that has a cheap cost of living.

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Many private language schools in the Czech Republic require TEFL or CELTA certification.

Teach English in Czech Republic: quick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in Czech Republic: Bachelor’s degree in English or a related field + TEFL or CELTA certification
  • Average English teacher salary in Czech Republic: $700 – $1,200 USD per month
  • Cost of living in the Czech Republic: You can easily live with $1,000 USD in the Czech Republic so your salary will just break even.
  • Work visa in Czech Republic: long-term visa (Visa-D) which will allow you to stay in the country for 6 months.
  • Peak hiring months: September and January
  • Best city to work: Prague
  • Facebook Group: Jobs for Foreigners in Czech Republic

#5: Chile 

Known as the second safest country in South America (next to Uruguay), Chile is a great place to teach English because there are enough jobs and the demand for teachers are getting higher. Though the cost of living is very expensive, you might consider it because Chile offers some of the best natural wonders of South America.

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Teach English in Chile: quick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in Chile: Bachelor’s degree + TEFL or CELTA certification
  • Average English teacher salary in Chile: $500 – $800 USD per month
  • Cost of living in the Chile: $800 USD per month
  • Work visa in Chile: Most Universities will help you with the visa paperwork
  • Peak hiring months: March to July
  • Best city to work: Santiago
  • Facebook Group: English speaking people in Chile

#6: United Arab Emirates

Well, you know, it’s a business hub and the oil capital of the world so yes, the demand for English teachers is very high. The pay is really good, however, you have to have at least 5 years of experience to be able to land a teaching job in Dubai. Basically, pay is based on experience. God, I love Dubai! This city will teach you a lot of things! The thought of living there makes me shiver!

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Teach English in UAE: quick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in the UAE: Bachelor’s degree, employment contract, health insurance, TEFL or CELTA certification
  • Average English teacher salary in the UAE: $1,500 – $5,000 USD
  • Cost of living in the UAE: $1,500 – $2,500 per month
  • Work visa in the UAE: Employer(s) will help you with the visa paperwork
  • Peak hiring months: February to June
  • Best city to work: Dubai and Abu Dhabi
  • Facebook Group: Teachers in UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah)

My friend Heather taught English in Dubai for over 5 years! You can get in touch with her via Instagram if you have questions about teaching English in Dubai. Her Instagram is @girlseeksbeach.

#7: Colombia

One of my goals in this South American journey is to live in Medellin, Colombia not because of the high pay offered to English teachers but because of the great community of expats and teachers living there. The support system is just amazing! Additionally, Colombia has the best weather in South America (except for Bogota) because it’s almost summer/spring all year round!

Related: The digital nomad guide to Medellin, Colombia

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Teach English in Colombia: quick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in Colombia: TEFL or CELTA certification
  • Average English teacher salary in Colombia: $700 – $1,000 USD per month
  • Cost of living in Colombia: Most likely between $500 – $800 depending on your lifestyle
  • Work visa in Colombia: I did not need a work visa in Colombia. I was only there for a 3-month gig (private teaching)
  • Peak hiring months: January, November, and December
  • Best city to work: Medellin and Bogota
  • Facebook Group: English Teachers Colombia

➢ Click here to see all blog posts about Colombia

#8: Japan

Like China, Japan has also a high demand for English teachers in Asia. Japan is a country very rich in culture and the food is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. There is no proper adjective for the beauty of this country. It’s indescribable! Additionally, teaching English in Japan will give you the best credential when moving to another country.

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Teach English in Japan: quick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in Japan: Bachelor’s degree, TEFL or CELTA certification
  • Average English teacher salary in Japan: $1,700 – $5,000 USD per month
  • Cost of living in Japan: between $1,600 – $2,800 per month
  • Work visa in Japan: Your employer can assist you with the work visa though I did private teaching there with kids. I worked online with a company first and my students there hired me as a private teacher
  • Peak hiring months: January to April
  • Best city to work: Tokyo, Osaka
  • Facebook Group: English Teachers in Japan

➢ Click here to see all blog posts about Japan

#9: Turkey

If you’re looking for another English teaching trend but with a different cultural feel, Turkey is your best option. Turkey is in between the Middle East and Europe so living here will make your travels really exciting!

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  • Requirement in teaching English in Turkey: Professional TEFL certificate (120 Hours). You’ll have more chance of getting work if you took the 140-hour combined TEFL courses/certificates, especially if you do not have a teaching experience
  • Average English teacher salary in Turkey: $500 – $1,150 USD per month
  • Cost of living in Turkey: about $600 USD per month
  • Work visa in Turkey: I did not apply for a work visa since I was qualified to teach English abroad. It all depends on your teaching experience
  • Peak hiring months: August/September and December/January
  • Best city to work: Istanbul
  • Facebook Group: English Teachers in Turkey

#10: Costa Rica

Beaches, mountains, rainforests, sun all year round — who doesn’t want this?! The lifestyle in Costa Rica is definitely enticing for many because of its laid-back vibe. To be honest, I didn’t like Costa Rica a lot but I feel that it’s a good place to visit for the short term.

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I had bad experiences traveling in Costa Rica that does not have anything to do with safety. Just the feel, in general, that’s why I haven’t published any story about it on my blog. Costa Rica is already an English-speaking nation but you will still be able to find teaching jobs here but the salary is not that high.

Teach English in Costa Rica: quick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in Costa Rica: Native proficiency + TEFL certificate
  • Average English teacher salary in Costa Rica: $600 – $1,000 per month
  • Cost of living in Costa Rica: If you know how to speak Spanish and can jive with the local life, you can easily live with $700 USD per month. If not, the average expat expense is about $1,200 USD per month
  • Work visa in Costa Rica: The employer will help you with this
  • Peak hiring months: All year-round for private schools
  • Best city to work: San Jose, Central Valley, Cartago and Heredia. But very ugly cities. Puerto Viejo is great but I am not sure if there’s not a lot of opportunities. I love Heredia too!
  • Facebook Group: English Teachers of Costa Rica

#11: South Korea

Personal growth, saving and career-building are best achieved in South Korea because of its wonderful opportunities. Like most Asian countries, the demand for English teachers in South Korea is over the top! This country is not an English-speaking nation and going to good Universities is quite expensive. The culture of Koreans is to go to an English-speaking country (like the Philippines) and learn University there.

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The Philippines’ medium of instruction is English so South Koreans easily learn English because it’s their environment. Plus, an expensive University in the Philippines is not really expensive for Koreans because of the high cost of living that they are used to. Being fluent in English guarantees a high-paying job in South Korea so this is everyone’s priority in University.

Teach English in South Korea: quick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in South Korea: Bachelor’s degree in English or similar, native proficiency + TEFL, CELTA, and TESOL certificates
  • Average English teacher salary in South Korea: $1,350 – $3,000 USD per month
  • Cost of living in South Korea:$1,500 – $1,800 USD per month
  • Work visa in South Korea: The employer will help you with this
  • Peak hiring months: March and September
  • Best city to work: Seoul, Busan
  • Facebook Group: ESL Teachers in Korea

#12: Ecuador

The jungle, the mountains and the beaches are one of the reasons that enticed me to work in Ecuador as a primary teacher two years ago. Though the country’s currency is in dollars, you will find everything very cheap! Ecuador is one of the cheapest countries in South America, next to Bolivia.

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Teach English in Ecuador: quick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in Ecuador: Schools prefer a bachelor’s degree, but it is not required
  • Average English teacher salary in Ecuador: $500 – $800 USD per month
  • Cost of living in Ecuador: between $741 per month
  • Work visa in Ecuador: Employers accept tourist visa but it is very important to have a working permit in Ecuador
  • Peak hiring months: February to March and July to August
  • Best city to work: Quito
  • Facebook Group: English Teachers Ecuador

➢ Click here to see all blog posts about Ecuador

#13: Thailand

Ahhh, the land of smiles! Thailand is a tourist hub in Asia and most backpackers who come here found themselves staying to teach English. The cost of living is very cheap and you can live elegantly with the pay here. Well, it still depends on your lifestyle.

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Teach English in Thailand: quick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in Thailand: Native speaker, 4-year degree and TEFL/TESOL certificate
  • Average English teacher salary in Thailand: about $1,000 USD per month
  • Cost of living in Thailand: You can easily live off $800 USD a month if you know how to interact with locals to find the cheapest rental homes
  • Work visa in Thailand: English teachers who wish to work in Thailand should apply for a Non-Immigrant B visa before arriving the country. Once you are in Thailand, you need to process your work permit.
  • Peak hiring months: September and January
  • Best city to work: Bangkok
  • Facebook Group: Teachers in Thailand

➢ Click here to see all blog posts about Thailand

#14: Mexico

I currently live in Mexico and I had the opportunity to teach English here back in 2013. Mexico has one of the cheapest cost of living in Latin America and the demand for English teachers is quite high. Even if they are very close to the US, unfortunately, Mexico is not an English-speaking nation. There’s still a lot of small towns and touristy cities here where people don’t speak English

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Teach English in Mexico: quick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in Mexico: University degree and TEFL or TESOL certification
  • Average English teacher salary in Mexico: about $600 – $1,000 USD per month
  • Cost of living in Mexico: Small towns are expensive while cities like Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca City and La Paz are cheap. You can live in these cities for $800 USD per month. You can also check out my post about the best places to live in Mexico to see your options.
  • Work visa in Mexico: I have a digital nomad visa in Mexico but if you are to work as a teacher in a University, you need to apply for a work permit. The employer usually takes care of that
  • Peak hiring months: September and January
  • Best city to work: There are opportunities in most Mexican cities. Even in small towns!
  • Facebook Group: English Teachers Mexico

➢ Click here to see all blog posts about Mexico

#15: Vietnam

Probably one of the best Asian countries to hone/start your English teaching career. Vietnam is beautiful, laid-back, and won’t give you too much stress of living in the city.

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Teach English in Vietnam: quick facts

  • Requirement in teaching English in Vietnam: University degree and TEFL or TESOL certification (120 hours). If you do not have a teaching experience, 140 hours is recommended
  • Average English teacher salary in Vietnam: about $1,200 – $2,000 USD per month
  • Cost of living in Vietnam: $746 USD per month
  • Work visa in Vietnam: Employers can take care of this but it’s pretty easy
  • Peak hiring months: All year round
  • Best city to work: Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi
  • Facebook Group: English Teachers in Vietnam

➢ Click here to see all blog posts about Vietnam

In the opening of this article, I asked you to think of a country where you want to live. Was it on the list? If not, what’s your pick after reading and why did you choose that country? It would be really great if you can share your thoughts in the comment box below!

Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak, and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. In no particular order, her favorite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv.

Comments

  • Natalia Roman
    April 6, 2015

    Hey!
    I really love all your post, they are so nice and make me want to travel immediately haha!
    I’m a Mexican fan of yours and I really want have contact with you as son as possible because I have something very important to ask and propose so please as soon as you contact me the better 🙂

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    • Eric Froiland
      December 8, 2015

      The salaries in Colombia are much much lower than what is quoted, maybe 1/2 or 1/3!

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      • Travelman32
        December 11, 2016

        Not if you find the right job. Been here for 2.5 years and been making between 4 and 4.5 million a month for the entire time I have been here….The people (in Bogota) on the other hand…meh…But any way, better off to stay at home where that kind of salary is more plentiful.

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    • paula
      July 3, 2017

      Hello I’m female, my Is it Paula.
      Is it ok to speak with you via skype.

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  • April 7, 2015

    Great article. We’re completing our first year of travelling and thinking about South America trip soon. After that we want to spend a year teaching English – somewhere.

    This is reassuring to read because everything I’ve read about South America was it’s badly paid, expensive to live (obviously depends where). So not as bad as I thought 🙂

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  • April 7, 2015

    I completely agree that Spain is awesome, though most employers are reluctant to help with visas! Best to come with a program like the Ministry or BEDA programs if you want to be legal!

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  • April 13, 2015

    As a inhabitant of Eskisehir in Turkey, I highly recommend the English Language Schools in Eskisehir. Easy to get the job, full of students (called students’ city in Turkey) and cost of living is lower than $500 per month. Plus, living standards are sometimes higher than any other city in Turkey. 😉

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  • carmela
    April 23, 2015

    Aahh Colombia! I go accepted for an English teaching internship there three years ago but the plans fell through. Now my inbox is filled with invitations to apply to Colombia again but ah, the plane ticket is too expensive for now. Soon, soon.

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    • Travelman32
      December 11, 2016

      Where are you from? There are tons of low cost airlines here…But hopefully it is not in Bogota where you are going.

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  • Iveta
    April 25, 2015

    Czech Republic included !:) I ve spent 5 years in Prague since it is my home country and yes, you can easily live by 600USD per month, or try Brno, smaller student cozy city and lot cheaper;)

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  • May 1, 2015

    Hello Ms. Trisha! I saw mine on the list! South Korea! 🙂 However, I am a nurse, and I know I can speak English above average level. But I haven’t taken any formal or certificate courses to teach English. I read your article about that. By any means, do you have an idea if there are centers in S.Korea that doesn’t need those certificate courses as their qualification? I am Pinay and taking courses are a financial challenge for me 🙂

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  • Junel Ayala
    May 6, 2015

    Wow! Just resigned from my contact center job, and I was able to check on this blog. I was planning to work/ travel abroad and you just gave me an idea. Thank you. By the way- it’s Spain.

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  • Jen Adrienne
    May 6, 2015

    Hi Miss Trisha, I’m really interested in teaching in South Korea but I got disheartened when I found out they only entertain applicants from native English speaking countries for public school positions. But I’m still hopeful for other teaching jobs available. Do you know a good school or someone who could help me find one? Anything would be great help 🙂

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  • May 7, 2015

    Among the list, I will be comfortable in Vietnam since I’ve been there last July. The place and the people are nice and it’s true that it’s really cheap.

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  • May 14, 2015

    Reading this post really excites me. Traveling and working abroad are really the things I wanted to pursue. I had worked already in Uganda and Qatar bu I am still craving to work in a few countries in South America.

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  • May 15, 2015

    Great post Trish!! I teach English here in Japan. In reality though, it’s very tough to work and live here if you’re single and alone, paying for your own rent and such. Generous companies are hard to come by who include place of stay as part of the package. Generally, the $3,000 with pension and apartment are offered to those With Education Degree and experience. Many people think it’s easy to get a teaching job here, but in reality, it’s very tough, considering that most, if not some companies, only like to hire “true” native English speakers. Socks, but it’s true.

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    • March 25, 2016

      I agree accommodation is rarely included and most teachers make closer to $2000 a month. The average salary is 250,000 Yen and even that is getting lower in some places. Japan has the most competitive market in Asia. High demand and a low supply of jobs.

      You need to be a native English speaker to teach in most places.

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  • September 4, 2015

    Well this post has made my feet itch big time! I’m considering teaching in both South Korea and Colombia and it’s great to see how feasible it is to save money while working in these places! But now i’m dreaming of Dubai too…. I’m 5 years maybe!

    Do you know anything about teaching English in Peru? Another destination I was considering for the South American leg of my adventure!

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  • aya
    October 4, 2015

    Hi,

    I am just curious but did you learn the local language during your stay? Or does it just help to speak English?

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  • J
    October 13, 2015

    It would be nice to add in which countries you need to be a native speaker in order to teach. Some countries, such as South Korea, are very strict on this.

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  • October 22, 2015

    I enjoyed your list of places to teach. In terms of money, I’d have to go with the Middle East or Korea. They’re by far the most lucrative if you want to save more than a couple thousand a month.

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  • January 10, 2016

    I agree that Spain and the Czech Republic are great places to teach English. We also loved living in Barcelona for 4 years and are planning to settle down in Spain soon and maybe even open our own school. I would also add Poland to the list. In most places you don’t need any teaching experience at all as long as you can speak good English (or if you are a native speaker) and you’ll earn good money (usually between $750-1250). Plus, the cost of living is low, so it’s worth considering.

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  • M Smith
    February 3, 2016

    Sadly, many of these countries do not hire older teachers. Find out about age limits before you apply.

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  • April 12, 2016

    Your article was so insightful…thank you!!

    -Pete

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  • Kat
    August 3, 2016

    Nice read. I have taught English in Japan, Peru and now in Abu Dhabi. By far, the most money I have made is in UAE. Not only is my salary good, but my accommodation is also paid for by my employer. There are education requirements, as stated, but I didn’t need five years of experience. To make this money, you absolutely must have your full teaching certificate though. And, you usually need to be hired through a recruitment company.

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  • August 20, 2016

    Thanks for this list ! I am a teacher and this now gives me food for thought. Currently looking at Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

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  • September 28, 2016

    My daughter wants to take the Teflon course in Prague. She is 23, with a two year old and husband and has been accepted into the Teflon school there for four weeks. She has no degree or experience. How reasonable are her chances to teach there? And is the pay reasonable?
    kimberly raiser kimberlyraiser@hotmail.com

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  • Alexis
    October 1, 2016

    Thanks so much for this article, it was really helpful! I’m looking at teaching in Asia (Korea, Japan, Vietnam) but where do I go to apply for each country? Is there one central location or does each country have a separate center to apply through? Thank you!

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  • ESL
    October 5, 2016

    I agree with the countries you listed here. I actually taught in South Korea for awhile and it was a high-paying job. It is actually still a high-paying job until now.

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  • October 29, 2016

    This is a kickass post!
    Loved it! Complete guide of where, when and how much. Thank you for sharing this to help other travelers to know all about English teaching.

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  • Femi Okedara
    November 6, 2016

    Comment… Nov.6,2016 I am interested in becoming one of your freelance teachers in Asia.Pls tell me how to go about it.Thank you sir.

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  • javi
    November 6, 2016

    This is a very helpful article . I hope there are lots of opportunities for Filipinos as well. 🙂

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  • LaShon Poitier
    December 3, 2016

    Wow! I just thought about this a couple of weeks ago and now I can’t stop! I’m having a hard time choosing what country I want to start first. I’m mad that I did not do this a long time ago. I’m in my early 50’s and hoping that countries will accept me inspite of my age. Also, I heard that China is prejudiced against blacks. How true is that to your knowledge. Please be honest. Wanna know what i could be facing.

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  • January 21, 2017

    Hi Trisha,

    May I ask how do we get certification to teach English? Do we need to get it here first in the Philippines?

    Thanks,
    Claire

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  • Carol V.
    February 3, 2017

    Hi Trisha,
    Great article! I have been researching this topic a lot. My country of choice is Spain, specifically Madrid (love European futbol team Real Madrid) and want to learn Spanish. I hear getting a work VISA is impossible if you aren’t in the EU (I am from the U.S.). As far as teaching English, I wonder if this will change since England is leaving the EU or if us Americans will have a better chance. What are your thoughts on this from your experience. Will the only way I get a job in Spain is to be illegal? 🙂
    Thanks for your time! Great site!

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  • Kathryne
    April 14, 2017

    HI! What is it about China that you liked so much for an EFL job/living?? I’m trying to narrow down my job search and any insight would be helpful 🙂

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  • May 23, 2017

    Hi Trisha! Have you been to Taiwan and Myanmar? Those two are my “goal countries” where I can teach English and live a few months.

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  • Dwayne Ricardo Warrior
    October 10, 2017

    I enjoyed reading your post. I am currently teaching in China . I am thinking about teaching in Costa Rica Chile or Colombia. I had a few questions I wanted to ask you. I want to make the most money possible. I am considering making my next destination my home. I am concern about crime and healthcare too.

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  • Ozzychka
    May 21, 2018

    Could anyone possibly suggest a South American country where you could teach English without a degree? Still get a reasonable salary and work permit…please drop me a message

    Thanks in advance

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  • kin
    June 3, 2018

    I am from Philippines, is it really safe to travel in China? ??

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  • Jeff
    May 31, 2019

    Thank you for the article. Can someone suggest some recruiting firms that will match us with an English teaching job?

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  • lakshmi priya Pampati
    October 16, 2019

    This was such an informative post! Got to learn more about the topic and gained an insight in!Thanks for sharing this post. Amazing read and a great post!

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  • Rohnak Swain
    December 18, 2019

    I want to get a job as an English Teacher in Secondary school and I am an Indian person I have
    1. Bachelor of Arts degree,
    2. Master of Arts in Sociology,
    3. Bachelor of Education Degree,
    4. Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication
    and
    5. Masters of Arts in English
    from Indian Universities how can I get a job in Europe as well as citizenship after naturalization which is my ambition. Please suggest me as career advise along with name of countries that is suitable for me to reside in along with my family.

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