Have you had the experience of a lifetime studying abroad?
Are you itching to get back overseas to live, travel and
perhaps learn a foreign language?
Do you want to gain international work experience for your
resume while getting paid to live in a country like Thailand, or Germany, or
If you want to live in a country like Italy, Argentina,
Japan or Russia – or one of 75 other nations for that matter - the field of teaching
English abroad provides hundreds of thousands of opportunities for English
speakers from all backgrounds to work and get paid to live in a foreign
With more than 500 million people enrolling in English
language classes around the world each year, the demand for English teachers
worldwide is so high that tens of thousands of recent college graduates from
the U.S. and other English-speaking countries get hired to teach English abroad
And guess what? You
don’t have to have a background in education, professional teaching experience
or even a college degree to get hired, though a TEFL
certification provides the training and qualifications most language
schools around the world seek when hiring English teachers.
Needless to say, if you are considering moving halfway around
the world to live and teach English in Taiwan, Germany or Mexico, you’re going
to need to research your options and address basic questions including:
can I teach English abroad based on my own personal background and
- What type
of TEFL certification and training do I need?
- Do I
need a college degree to teach English in Mexico, China or Japan or
are salaries and benefits for English teachers in different countries?
- How do
I actually find jobs and get hired – do I need to line up a job prior to
my departure, or can I find jobs in my destination country upon arrival?
Answers will vary from country to country; getting a job to
teach English in Peru will be a very different process than getting hired to
teach English in Japan, Turkey or Dubai.
To help you sort out your options, answer your questions, and assist you
in learning more about opportunities teaching English around the globe, here
are some great resources worth looking into.
out this Country
Chart, which compares teaching English in more than 50 countries
worldwide by salaries, hiring requirements, hiring seasons, interview
procedures, visa regulations and more.
ESL job boards like www.daveseslcafe.com,
www.eslemployment.com and www.eslbase.com feature job listings for
teaching English in dozens of countries around the globe and feature
forums where English teachers around
the globe share their experiences and insights. Other major web
portals with extensive information include StudyAbroad.com.
more in-depth personal accounts and insights check out the index of more
than 100 blogs, interviews and articles from actual people teaching
English around the globe on www.internationalteflacademy.com. You can also find many great videos on YouTube and through Google or
any search engine that provide informative and often colorful perspectives
on what it is like to actually teach English abroad, such as the one below:
International TEFL Academy website features an index of more than 150
articles and FAQs about all aspects of teaching English abroad and TEFL
certification, from salaries and hiring procedures to visas and housing
in an overpriced coffee or smoothie and hit up the local bookstore or your college
library to browse the travel
section. Just flipping through
travel guides can provide a great mental picture and a general idea what
different countries offer in terms of history, culture, food, recreational
opportunities and more. LonelyPlanet.com also features
great country profiles with loads of information about living and
traveling in more than 150 nations around the globe.
it is written primarily for a British audience, Susan Griffith’s Teaching
English Abroad is a fantastic resource featuring hundreds of pages
of country profiles, listings for schools and other potential employers
and tips for teaching English in all regions of the world.
Like any major endeavor in life, moving abroad to teach
English can be incredibly rewarding, but to enjoy the most exciting and
fulfilling adventure possible, you should research thoroughly and plan ahead. Good luck!