TEFL Country Guides
Your guide to teaching English abroad
Asia boasts the hottest of TEFL hotspots around the globe. The demand for English teachers is high, and language schools are willing to offer ample pay and incentives to native-speaking EFL teachers. At the end of their contract, many teachers leave with thousands of pounds saved up. Whether it’s the bustling metropolises of China and Japan, or the easygoing spirit of Thailand and Indonesia, Asia has plenty to offer EFL teachers.
With its breathtaking scenery and diverse cultures, teaching English in Latin America is sure to be an adventure. Business English is gaining in popularity, so schools like teachers with business experience or a specialised Business English certificate. Whilst individual tutoring can be very lucrative, many teachers begin teaching at a language school and then transition into private lessons once they’ve gained valuable classroom experience.
The demand for TEFL teachers is especially high in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly for teachers with specialised certificates in teaching Young Learners. While salaries in Europe typically won’t let you save loads of money, you still will be able to cover your living expenses with a bit left over. If you’re not interested in a long commitment, you can fnd work easily at summer language camps throughout Europe.
Finding TEFL work in the Middle East can be difficult, but not impossible. Single women, in particular, are at a disadvantage in strictly Islamic nations. Because of the great differences between Western and Middle Eastern cultures, language schools tend to hire teachers with some experience in the Middle East. Middle Eastern language schools are more likely to hire experienced, native English speakers with excellent qualifications.