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Country Guides

In this category you’ll find articles on each country in the world where there are opportunities to teach English as a foreign or second language. And there are plenty!!!

For each country you’ll find some general info about the place, the kind of qualifications and visa requirements you will need to go and work there, the kind of typical teaching conditions you’re likely to find there and what it is like to live in that country with information about the cost of living, taxation, and so on.

Release Letter (China)

When you work in a school in China your details are registered with the authorities. If you leave this school and want to move to another you must obtain a Release Letter from the school. With this, your new employer will be able to register you. Without it, you will not be able to be registered at the new school and – in the eyes of the authorities –…

Shanghai Favorite for Expats in China

Shanghai (Hu for short, also known as Shen) has again topped the list of preferred cities in China for expats.

The survey was published by the Beijing magazine International Talent Monthly and the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel. Some 72,000 expats participated in the annual survey and again, Shanghai came out on top.

The top 10 cities for expats in China are:

Shanghai
Beijing…

Teach and Travel as an English Teacher Abroad

Do you want to travel the world? Experience what other cultures have to offer? Visit the greatest sights on Earth?

Well English teachers working abroad get to do that.

As a teacher you can work right across the world and experience some incredible places and cultures. Quite simply this article explains how many teachers live their lives, teaching and traveling around the world.

And how…

Teaching English in Afghanistan‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Afghanistan Although English used to be shunned by the Taliban in Afghanistan, it is now the language of choice for a growing number of foreign language schools springing up in a climate of more tolerance in the country. In many schools English is taught from the fourth grade and Kabul University has a dedicated English department. It is recognized that in order to succeed internationally, English is necessary but…

Teaching English in Albania‏‎

Albania is a small country in southeastern Europe struggling to overcome more than 40 years of almost complete isolation. With its chronic unemployment, poor social services and impoverishment it is quite poor by European standards.

The current population of Albania is estimated at 3.5 million, with as many as 700,000 living in Tirana, the capital. Traditionally, Albania has been about 70 percent Muslim, 20 percent Albanian Orthodox (predominantly in…

Teaching English in America

When it comes to teaching English in America (or the Americas as it’s sometimes known), there are two main groups of countries. This page offers an overview of working in America with links to more specific information on each country where you can read about how best to find work, qualifications you need, pay and working conditions along with a little general information on the lifestyle in those countries…

Teaching English in Angola

Angola is a poor country in southern Africa. After independence from Portugal‏‎ in 1975 it entered a civil war which lasted several decades and cost millions of lives and refugees. The war officially ended in 2002 and since then the country is seen as developing fast and growing financially and culturally.

It has a population of roughly 18.5 million with the capital Luanda at about 2.7 million…

Teaching English in Argentina

Argentina is a huge, diverse country. In recent years it has had its fair share of political and economic problems and for many years was in a very poor financial state. There was some recovery but with the current global downturn Argentina is not thriving economically right now. However, this shouldn’t put you off going there as there are still jobs and life can be good there!…

Teaching English in Asia

Asia has some of the major world destinations when it comes to TEFL teaching.

China is the new big player in this field and thousands of English teachers work there from all the English speaking countries (as well as a notable number of non-native speakers as well from other countries). With a longer history of welcoming English teachers, the other big players in this region are South Korea, Japan…

Teaching English in Australia

Language schools in Australia have traditionally taught students from China, South Korea, Japan and other Pacific Rim countries who visit Australia for a few weeks or more to learn English and see the country.

In the early 2000s the slowdown in the Asian economy meant a reduction in the number of students visiting Australia. By 2010 figures showed a decrease of over 20% in the number of students…

Teaching English in Austria‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Austria‏‎ There is always a demand for qualified teachers of English in Austria. It is a stunning country and if you like the mix of healthy outdoor life and historic cities then you are in for a treat! Qualifications for Austria The usual requirements to teach English in Austria are a degree and a TEFL Certificate such as the ICAL TEFL Certificate. The ability to speak some German will…

Teaching English in Azerbaijan‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Azerbaijan
Since independence from Russia, Azerbaijan has been keen to assert its own identity and anxious to learn English‏‎ to engage with the West. In addition, the recent oil boom means that the country has moved a long way in a short space of time. Which is not necessarily a good thing.
TEFL  Requirements & Conditions
The usual teaching qualifications are a degree and a good TEFL Certificate such as the ICAL TEFL Certificate.

The education…

Teaching English in Bahrain‏‎

The Kingdom of Bahrain is an island country in the Persian Gulf off the Eastern coast of Saudi Arabia‏‎. The name Bahrain literally means Kingdom of Two Seas. It has a population of 800,000 and is a wealthy country with the fastest growing economy in the Arabic world.

The climate is hot in the summer,and pleasant for the remaining eight months of the year. The country has…

Teaching English in Belgium‏‎

TEFL in Belgium‏‎ Belgium is a founding member of the European Union‏‎ and hosts its headquarters. It is a country of 11 million inhabitants which is bordered by the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France. It is also across the North Sea from the United Kingdom. Linguistically the country is divided into Dutch speakers (approx 59%, known colloquially as the Flemish) and French speakers (approx 40%, known colloquially as the Walloons) with a…

Teaching English in Bolivia

TEFL/TESOL in Bolivia Bolivia, often referred to as the “Tibet of the Americas”, is a very poor country where education is a luxury for many of the poorer children who earn their living on the streets from a very early age. The highest concentration of Bolivians is to be found in the administrative capital city La Paz, home to over a million people. La Paz is renowned for its unique…

Teaching English in Bosnia‏‎ and Herzegovina

Bosnia (or to give it its full name, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a relatively new country in the Balkans in South-East Europe which, by all recent accounts, is looking for TEFL teachers as the demand for English grows.

Although situated in Europe, Bosnia is not part of the EU yet so it is relatively easy for Americans and other non-European passport holders to get a visa to work here…

Teaching English in Brazil

The market for English teachers is growing in Brazil. In 2012 the British Council‏‎ began a major initiative to offer free materials and lessons to students wanting to take the IELTS‏‎ test. Undoubtedly they hope to raise enough awareness for the test to make money out of it in Brazil in the future. In the meantime English teachers are needed.

Meanwhile in 2013 Pearson ESL‏‎ invested over $700 million…

Teaching English in Bulgaria

Since the end of Communism Bulgaria, like its neighbouring countries in the Eastern Bloc, has experienced some growth and a push towards westernization. However, the economic crises that has hit hard many of the former soviet satellite states has inevitably affected the ELT industry and teaching salaries are not high.

Nonetheless, language schools in Bulgaria are selective and look for teachers with proven experience or a relevant teaching qualification…

Teaching English in Cambodia

As with many South Asian countries where the economy is poor, well paid teaching opportunities in Cambodia don’t abound.

However, two classes almost at the opposite end of the social spectrum are driving the ELT market in Cambodia. The new affluent Khmers, who want to give their children more opportunities in life by educating them in English, and the less affluent Khmers who want to get better paid…

Teaching English in Canada‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Canada There are a vast number of ESL‏‎ schools in Canada that attract many students from abroad. Students can choose to learn English against the backdrop of an incredible and diverse country. Needless to say, competition amongst schools pushes the standards of each language school higher and higher and teachers need to be very well qualified to apply for teaching positions in Canadian ESL schools. Qualifications Standards are very…

Teaching English in Central America

Central America is a very popular destination for American teachers (but you will certainly find other nationalities there).

Conditions tend to be fairly basic and sometimes you will find schools lack the most essential facilities, especially in poorer districts.

The usual qualifications to teach in Central America are a degree and a good TEFL certificate. In some countries you may also be able to find work without a degree‏‎ although a TEFL…

Teaching English in Chile

In Chile the Ministry of Education is on a mission – at least on paper – to promote the teaching of the English language at all school levels, and steps have been taken to develop curricula and programs that will allow all Chileans to learn English from an early age. Universities are also trying to follow the guidelines set by the Ministry of Education and have made English a…

Teaching English in China

China is one of the major countries where English teachers are in demand. It attracts teachers from many English speaking countries and teaching English‏‎ there is big business.

The country’s English language teaching industry is estimated to be worth over 2 billion USD with more than 300 million Chinese studying English. It has only really emerged in the past 10 years or so and is still in the…

Teaching English in Colombia

You can find near-perfect weather, lush produce and tasty food, an easy-going lifestyle and sociable people if you’re working as an English teacher in Colombia.

But what about the crime rate, violence and drug problem? It’s probably just not what you think it is and that’s why there are so many foreign English teachers living and working in this amazing country.
Your Safety in Colombia

One…

Teaching English in Costa Rica‏‎

A good level of English‏‎ is amongst the requirements of many employers in Costa Rica, consequently Costa Ricans attend English courses on regular basis to improve their chances of landing a good job. Needless to say this creates a demand for English teachers. English lessons are compulsory in primary schools and a priority elsewhere. Requirements & Conditions As for qualifications, a degree and a TEFL Certificate are the usual requirements and will…

Teaching English in Croatia‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Croatia‏‎ Croatia is a beautiful country in central/southwest Europe in the Balkans. It has a population of about 4.5 million with Zagreb being the capital and largest city (pop. 800,00). After the breakup of Yugoslavia and the Croatian war of Independence, the country was internationally recognized in 1992. The economy since the war has slowly recovered and nowadays Croatia is a popular destination for tourism and has a growing…

Teaching English in Cuba

English jobs are available in Cuba but with the current state of the economy, preference for jobs is often given to Cubans. One way to overcome this is to be qualified and a native speaker; jobs then, can be found.

One possibility is going to Cuba with a volunteer organization who can arrange the job and placement. One possibly worth contacting is Grupo de Especialistas en Lenga…

Teaching English in Cyprus‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Cyprus Working as an English teacher in Cyprus means holding a degree and a TESL/TEFL Certificate, which is a pretty standard set of qualifications for the industry, but then experience is also required in most places. Teaching children in Cyprus is big business as parents want to get their little ones ready for state school – they start leaning English in public schools when they are around 9…

Teaching English in Denmark

TEFL in Denmark English is taught in state schools from an early age and it is something of a de facto second language in Denmark. Many Danish citizens study English as a hobby, so there are a number of adult education colleges that cater for this. These institutions look for confident and engaging teachers who can keep students involved in lessons rather than teachers who have many formal qualifications. So while…

Teaching English in Dubai

Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates (the UAE), a federation of 7 small states or emirates in the The Middle East.

For more information on teaching conditions in Dubai and the UAE, please visit: Teaching English in the UAE‏‎.
Dubai Infographic
In the meantime, if you want to check out a few major differences between life in Dubai and the UK see the infographic here created by John…

Teaching English in Ecuador‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Ecuador The best English schools in Ecuador (often in the captial, Quito)require their teachers to have a TEFL Certificate such as the ICAL TEFL Certificate Course. Understandably, Ecuadorians want to make sure the person they will be paying for their English lessons has some relevant training. If you have a TEFL/TESL Certificate and/or relevant teaching experience, most schools will employ you even without a degree. It is also possible to…

Teaching English in Egypt

TEFL/TESOL in Egypt Egypt is situated in North Africa. It has a population of 83 million and much of its income derives from tourism where English‏‎ is required. Finding Work Demand for English teachers is high in Egypt but finding a teaching job for a foreigner is no longer easy given that many positions are now filled by Egyptian graduates who are fluent in both English and Arabic‏‎. The basic qualifications…

Teaching English in Estonia

TEFL/TESOL in Estonia A relative newcomer to the European and international stages, Estonia is an old country with a very young outlook, and is the perfect place to see the beauty of the Baltic area while teaching English. The most northern country of what are known as the Baltic States, Estonia lies at the apex of three major regions in North-Eastern Europe. To its immediate north lie Finland and the…

Teaching English in Europe

Europe, for TEFL‏‎ teachers, can be divided into several distinct areas. These sometimes overlap. For a list of individual countries and the TEFL situation in each of them, see below.
English-Speaking Countries
In other words, the United Kingdom and Ireland‏‎. There is a demand for English teachers here, mainly dealing with short-term groups of foreign students who come for a short course to learn English. Usually jobs are filled by…

Teaching English in Finland

Although it has a very high standard of living and often ranks highly on quality of life scales, Finland nonetheless is not a particularly common destination for TEFL teachers.

Perhaps it’s the weather (often cold) or perhaps it’s the food (lots of fish) but it doesn’t seem to attract the same numbers as other countries despite it being a pretty amazing place to live and work…

Teaching English in France

France is without doubt a beautiful country; laid back and vibrant at the same time. It attracts many visitors from abroad, a lot of whom fall in love and decide to stay there forever and the country is home to expats of all nationalities.

Having said this there is sometimes an issue with anti-English attitudes; if you know French or at least can learn the basics before…

Teaching English in Germany

Germany is a beautiful and diverse country. It is clean and dynamic and life ranges from large industrial cities to some of the most unspoilt and gorgeous countryside in Europe. It is very regional, also, and traveling around you will find great variations not only in the landscape and cityscapes between regions but also the character and attitude of the locals.

As regards teaching English‏‎, generally speaking…

Teaching English in Greece

Greece has traditionally been a popular destination for first time teachers. Although some years ago there were thousands of British and Irish teachers in the country (plus a few other nationalities) due to the recession and declining birthrate the number of teachers needed has slowly declined.

However, there are still jobs to be found. The pay is not fantastic, but it is an amazing country to live…

Teaching English in Haiti

TEFL/TESOL in Haiti Haiti is mostly known for a history of political instability and more recently the 2010 earthquake, but there is still a thriving industry of English teaching and there are certainly jobs to be found there for the right kind of TEFL‏‎ teacher. The country itself is something of a peculiarity in the American continent as it is one of only two countries where French is spoken as an official…

Teaching English in Hong Kong

TEFL in Hong Kong Hong Kong is a thriving metropolis and officially part of China. It was ruled for many years by the British and this, combined with its status as a major port, makes English an important language there. The opportunities for TEFL teachers are great and many expats live and work there, often combining teaching English with other activities. Qualifications for Hong Kong Unlike many other countries in…

Teaching English in Hungary‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Hungary English language schools in Hungary usually require applicants to hold a TEFL certificate such as the ICAL TEFL Certificate and have at least one year’s teaching experience. However less qualified native English speakers can still find work, albeit for a lower pay. As a member of the European Union‏‎ it can be difficult for non-British/Irish teachers to find work teaching here. See Teaching in the EU for more…

Teaching English in Iceland

Iceland is a small country with a population of about 300,000.

Until 1999 the first foreign language taught in schools was Danish (Iceland was part of Denmark for 500 and shares a great deal of background, values and culture with Denmark). However, due to globalization and the dominance of English a decision was made to make English the first foreign language in schools. (Although Danish is still…

Teaching English in India

TEFL/TESOL in India India is the largest democratic republic in the world with a population of just over 1.2 billion people. The official language of India is Hindi with the second official language being English. However, there are a many regional languages (numbering millions of speakers) and especially in smaller cities and towns neither Hindi nor English can be heard. Although there is a good demand for English teachers jobs tend…

Teaching English in Indonesia‏‎

Indonesia is a large and heavily populated country comprising some 17,508 islands with a population of 230 million people. It consists of many diverse ethnic, linguistic and religious groups (with a majority Muslim population).

Working there you’ll enjoy a typically tropical climate. The capital is Jakarta (pop 8.5 million) which is the cultural and administrative heart of the country whilst Bali is one of the major…

Teaching English in Iran

TEFL/TESOL in Iran‏‎
Slightly larger than Alaska, Iran is a Middle Eastern country with a strategic location on the Persian Gulf, which is a vital maritime pathway for crude oil transport.

Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979. Today’s population is 98% Muslim, divided between Shi’a (89%) and Sunni (9%).

Iran’s economy relies on the oil sector (which provides 85% of government revenues). However despite the great fortunes…

Teaching English in Iraq

TEFL/TESOL in Iraq
The recent turbulent history of Iraq is well known. However, for the past few years the country has been trying to rebuild and part of that process has involved education including English language teaching.
The American Embassy in Baghdad, for example, runs a scheme to train Iraqi teachers to teach English.
Although some areas of the country are still very unsafe (for both locals and visitors) the northern autonomous Kurdistan region…

Teaching English in Ireland

Ireland is a beautiful country with a healthy tourist industry attracting thousands of foreigners every year. People visit Ireland not only for its natural beauties and historical heritage but also to learn English where English is spoken.

NB for simplicity, we are talking about both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as “Ireland”.
Where to Teach
The majority of English language schools are in the capital…

Teaching English in Israel

When you start your expatriate life in Israel, you will join around 7.7 million people currently living there. The majority of the population has settled in the coastal plain, along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Considering the country’s urbanization rate of over 90%, it shouldn’t surprise you that the most populous areas are the three cities of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Yafo, and Haifa.

Israel is a predominantly…

Teaching English in Italy

Italy is one of the most popular destinations for TEFL teachers in Europe. It offers beautiful landscapes, clean and well presented cities plus almost unrivaled heritage and a wealth of cultural history. Thousands of foreign TEFL teachers work in Italy and this article explains what you need to do to join them.
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Teaching English in Japan

Japan has one of the lowest scores on international English tests and has taken steps in recent years to improve English language teaching at schools with increased instruction and greater use of native English speaking teachers alongside Japanese teachers in the classroom.

Having said this, jobs are more scarce now than they used to be and in recent years it is becoming harder to find work in…

Teaching English in Jordan

Jordan is a country spanning the southern part of the Syrian Desert down to the Gulf of Aqaba. Jordan shares borders with Syria to the north, Iraq to the northeast, Saudi Arabia to the east and south, the Gulf of Aqaba to the southwest, and Israeland the West Bank to the west. It shares control of the Dead Sea with Israel. Much of Jordan is covered by desert…

Teaching English in Kazakhstan‏‎

According to the Lonely Planet Guide, Kazakhstan is the ideal country for those who “enjoy remoteness, wide open spaces, lunar landscapes, long hypnotic train rides and horse sausage!”

With a size comparable to that of Western Europe, the Republic of Kazakhstan is the ninth largest nation in the world, extending east to west from the Caspian Sea to the Altay Mountains, and north to south from the…

Teaching English in Korea

Korea is an East Asian territory that is divided into two distinct and very different countries: North Korea & South Korea. Both sit on the Korean Peninsula.

There are many, many thousands of English teachers working in South Korea. Although they are mainly American, you can find many different nationalities here. In general you’ll need a degree and a good TEFL Certificate to teach in the south…

Teaching English in Kuwait‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Kuwait‏‎ Kuwait is a small but very cosmopolitan country with workers and expatriates from many different countries living there. There is a thriving EFL market for the right kind of teacher. Living Conditions Kuwait is not necessarily the most interesting country to teach in when it comes to nightlife, going out, cultural experiences and so on. It does have a couple of museums and sights but it is…

Teaching English in Laos

TEFL/TESOL in Laos Laos (capital Vientiane) is the poorest and least developed country in South East Asia so it definitely is not a place for teachers who wish to earn well and put money aside. However, if what appeals to you is Laos’ culture with its Buddhist thinking, attitudes and behavior, or Laos itself, a landlocked, mountainous country, widely covered by largely unspoilt tropical forest, then getting a job as a…

Teaching English in Latvia‏‎

Generally speaking, the demand for native speakers – with or without qualifications – is increasing in Latvia and the other Baltic States. However, the economic hardship that still prevails here means that relatively few paid opportunities exist for expatriate teachers. Although ordinary people are very keen to learn English, they cannot afford to pay for a course of English lessons. These countries are desperate to develop economic links with the…

Teaching English in Libya

WARNING
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to Libya due to the ongoing fighting, threat of terrorist attacks and kidnap against foreigners from ISIL-affiliated extremists, and deteriorating security situation throughout the country. British nationals in Libya are strongly urged to leave immediately by…

Teaching English in Lithuania

The southernmost of the three Baltic States (the others being Estonia and Latvia‏‎) Lithuania is perched between three separate European cultures and for the TEFL teacher offers a wealth of new cultures and experiences.

While slightly more challenging for finding work than its near neighbor, Estonia, Lithuania offers a rewarding stay for those who can successfully negotiate it.

To the north lie the Scandinavian countries, while…

Teaching English in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a small country in Europe with just over half a million people. A large proportion of the population is foreign born and this has contributed to a strong multilingualism and a cultural pluralism which are evident not only in its customs and celebrations but also in the country’s architecture, its concert halls, museums, galleries, cultural centers, etc.

Luxembourg pays special attention to language education and…

Teaching English in Macedonia (FYROM)

Macedonia (FYROM or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) became independent in 1991. It is a landlocked country bordered by Kosova, Serbia, Bulgaria‏‎ and Greece‏‎ (with whom it has strained relations, partly due to a dispute over its name).

The largest city and capital is Skopje with a population of about half a million people. Overall there are about 2m people in the country. Following independence was…

Teaching English in Malaysia

Malaysia offers many employment opportunities to English teachers. The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur and this is where the majority of jobs are.

The Malaysian government have recently set up a number of new initiatives to raise the overall standard of English teaching in the country and they are currently looking to employ more English teachers in this sector.
Requirements to Teach in Malaysia
Most jobs…

Teaching English in Malta

Malta is a small group of islands about 80km south of Italy‏‎; it is one of the world’s smallest states and also one of the most densely populated with about 370,000 inhabitants. It is part of the European Union‏‎ and so teachers wanting to work there stand a much better chance if they are from the United Kingdom or Ireland due to visa and work permit issues.

There are…

Teaching English in Mexico

Mexico is a beautiful country with some amazing cities. Its proximity to the USA‏‎ makes it a very popular destination for American teachers, many of whom work on tourist visas returning home periodically to have them renewed.
Qualifications
Along with a a degree employers will often ask for a TEFL Certificate such as the ICAL TEFL Certificate. A few employers will ask that the certificate be apostilled‏‎ although most will…

Teaching English in Mongolia

Mongolia is a former communist country that lies between Russia‏‎ and China.

This article looks at opportunities for TEFL teachers there.

It famous for Genghis Khan and its nomadic culture but Mongolia is also a modern country, developing fast.

The country’s population is somewhere between 2 and 3 million, with at least half living in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. A sizable proportion still live a traditional nomadic…

Teaching English in Montenegro

Montenegro (which means Black Mountain) is a very small country in the Balkan region of Europe. It’s on the sea and has borders with Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania.

Right at the outset we have to say that the chances of finding work here teaching English are not that great. The main stumbling block appears to be its size: there are less than ¾ of a…

Teaching English in Morocco

Morocco is located on the north west corner of Africa against the Atlantic and south of Spain‏‎. It has a population of 32 million with major cities being Rabat (the capital, pop 630,000) and Casablanca, largest, busiest and noisiest city of just over 3 million inhabitants.

The climate is Mediterranean which becomes more extreme as the country merges into the Sahara. There are also the high Atlas mountains…

Teaching English in Myanmar (Burma)

Do you want to teach English in Myanmar?

This article looks at what you need to work as a TEFL teacher there. You’ll find out about the qualifications you need, how to find work, the pay and the teaching conditions, and also a little bit about the lifestyle and culture you can expect to find while you are working there.
A little bit about Myanmar
Myanmar (formerly called…

Teaching English in Nepal‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Nepal Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia and is one of the world’s youngest republics. It is bordered to the north by the China, and to the south, east, and west by India. Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and the country’s largest city (about 2 million). The country itself has a population of about 30 million. Almost 100 different languages are spoken in Nepal with Nepali…

Teaching English in New Zealand‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in New Zealand‏‎ New Zealand is a beautiful island country in the south-west Pacific Ocean. It is notable for its stunning countryside which is often used for film locations such as Lord of the Rings. It is a well developed country ranking high on comparisons of life expectancy, civil rights, personal safety‏‎ and such like. The population is about 4.3 million, a quarter of whom live in the largest city…

Teaching English in North Korea

Located in the northern half of the Korean peninsula with the South Korea to the south and the China to north and west, along with a small of border with Russia‏‎ to the east, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) (or North Korea as it’s more commonly known) is unlike any other country in the world and, to all intents and purposes, very difficult to access for foreign TEFL teachers…

Teaching English in Oman‏‎

TEFL Teaching in Oman Since the discovery of oil some years ago, Oman – the second largest country in the Middle East – has grown very wealthy with good opportunities for TEFL‏‎ teachers. For those teachers who do end up in Oman, the country itself is very diverse with mountain ranges, salt flats, rolling deserts and pleasant green hills. Muscat is a thriving port and the capital city. As for the social…

Teaching English in Panama‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Panama Panama is a narrow isthmus which links Central America to South America. It is a major business centre and also home to the Panama Canal which links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Introduction Although the official language is Spanish, due to a strong US presence English is widely spoken and many Panamanian schools are bilingual. Having said this, much of the English teaching in state schools is…

Teaching English in Peru‏‎

Peru, situated between Chile and Ecuador‏‎ and bordering the South Pacific Ocean, is a developing country with a poverty level around 45% and widespread underemployment. However, there is a growing demand for English which bodes well for TEFL opportunities there. Its geography varies from the arid plains of the Pacific coast to the peaks of the Andes and the tropical forests of the Amazon Basin. Peru counts 29 million…

Teaching English in Poland‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Poland Poland joined the European Union (EU) in May 2004 therefore if you are an European Union‏‎ national you can visit Poland as a tourist and stay up to 3 months on your (valid) EU Passport, without having to provide any other formal documentation. For stays over 3 months, and if you are there to work, you will need a temporary residence permit. This will entitle you to take…

Teaching English in Portugal

Portugal is a modern, developed democracy with a distinguished history. It is the westernmost country of Europe bordered on the one side by Spain and the other by the Atlantic Ocean with a pleasant Mediterranean climate. It has a population of about 10 million with a high quality of life ranking.

Small, private language schools are springing up everywhere from the towns and cities in the industrial north to the…

Teaching English in Puerto Rico‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico is a small group of islands in the Caribbean; it is a self-governing territory of the USA‏‎. With a population of about 4 million, the official languages are Spanish and English however Spanish is by far the most dominant language and despite English being taught in schools, many Puerto Ricans go through life without using it at all. The 2008 census reporting just 32% of Puerto…

Teaching English in Qatar

TEFL/TESOL in Qatar Thanks to its large oil and gas fields – it possesses more than 15% of the world’s proven gas reserves – Qatar is one of the richest countries in the Gulf region. Qatar is an emirate with a small population largely made up of foreigners from South Asia and other Arab countries, who come to work in the local petrochemical industry. With this industry being heavily male oriented…

Teaching English in Romania

TEFL/TESOL in Romania Romania is a stunningly beautiful country and has a reputation for giving a warm and friendly reception to foreigners. Since the fall the USSR and Romania entering the European Union‏‎, English has taken over as the predominant language taught in schools. State schools begin teaching English to students from the age of 9 and many Romanians speak the language well. Although teaching is fairly traditional (grammar translation‏‎…

Teaching English in Russia‏‎

Russia, or more technically the Russian Federation, is the largest country in the world and spans 11 time zones. Its population is relatively small and unevenly distributed with the majority of the population in the European and Ural regions.

It is a popular destination for TEFL teachers and growing in popularity. Despite a cooling in relations between Russia and the west in recent years, English is still…

Teaching English in Russia‏‎

The following two stories come from two American ICAL students who worked at the American Home in Russia. They offer a glimpse of life living and working overseas. The following two stories come from two American ICAL students who worked at the American Home in Russia. They offer a glimpse of life living and working overseas. A+ for American Home Youngmee trained with ICAL and gained her TEFL Certificate in 2005…

Teaching English in Rwanda‏‎

Popularly known as ‘the land of a thousand hills’, Rwanda is a landlocked country in Africa with lush vegetation, a wide variety of wildlife, endless mountains and stunning scenery which includes six volcanoes, twenty-three lakes and numerous rivers, some forming the source of the great River Nile.

Due to recent changes in the law which promoted English language teaching (instead of French) there is a high demand…

Teaching English in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia (or officially, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) is often touted as one of the highest paying destinations for English teachers.

This article looks at what it’s like to teach there, how to get work, what you need and what the conditions and rewards are like.
Pay in Saudi for Teachers
Saudi is one of the few countries where teachers can make good money. There are jobs available…

Teaching English in Scandinavia

Scandinavia is a collection of countries in Northern Europe with a common heritage. Although there are different definitions of which countries Scandinavia comprises, a good general list is:

Denmark
Iceland
Finland
Norway
Sweden

Generally speaking the people of Scandinavia have a reputation for excellent linguistic skills. English is taught in state schools to a very high level and to work in…

Teaching English in Singapore‏‎

Singapore is a city-state on the southernmost tip of the Malay Peninsula. For many years it was a British colony until independence in 1963 when it merged with other local states to form Malaysia‏‎. However, two years later it seceded from Malaysia and became independent. On independence Singapore made a decision to choose English‏‎ for day to day life and this decision is credited with helping the country become the…

Teaching English in Slovakia‏‎

Slovakia is in Eastern Europe. It is a relatively new state coming into existence in 1993 with the break-up of the former Czechoslovakia. Having said this, the Slovak people have lived in this area under one rule or another for over 1,500 years. In 2010 the government passed a law making English a compulsory subject in state schools for students aged 9 and up. However, concerns have been raised over the lack…

Teaching English in Slovenia

TEFL/TESOL in Slovenia Slovenia is a small country with a population of just over 2 million. It is located in south-central Europe and borders with Italy to the west, Austria‏‎ to the north, Croatia‏‎ to the south and southeast, and Hungary‏‎ to the northeast. The beautiful Slovenian landscape is varied and spans from the Alps to the Adriatic sea! Previously one of Yugoslavia’s six constituent republics, present-day Slovenia became independent…

Teaching English in South Africa‏‎

The Republic of South Africa is located at the southern tip of Africa. South Africa is the only country in the world with three capital cities. Cape Town, the largest of the three, is the legislative capital; Pretoria is the administrative capital; and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital. South Africa is known for its diversity not only geographical or climatic, economic or social, but also ethnic and linguistic. English is…

Teaching English in South America

South America is a very popular destination for new TEFL teachers. Generally speaking it’s popular mostly with American teachers but you will certainly find other nationalities there.

Although some jobs are advertised online, many schools in South America do not have an internet presence so they tend to rely on more local contacts. Often you stand the best chance of finding work if you are actually in country.

There…

Teaching English in South Korea

There is a high demand for English teachers in South Korea and it is a popular destination for teachers from right around the world.
According to figures from 2011, almost 15,500 foreign English teachers were working in South Korea with about 10% of these being of Korean decent (mostly Korean-Americans).
Qualified English native speakers are required not only for EFL‏‎ classes but also to teach subjects like Maths, Science, English Literature…

Teaching English in South Sudan

South Sudan became independent in 2011 from Sudan. The area had English‏‎ as a state language for many years as a result of British political & military influence in the region. However in 1956 with a policy of “Arabization” this was replaced by Arabic‏‎. Following the country’s independence in 2011 English was reinstated as the official language. Although English language teaching in the country is regarded highly and teachers are in…

Teaching English in Spain

Spain borders Portugal‏‎ and France‏‎ and lies on the West of Europe. It is a large, relatively sparsely populated country (pop about 45 million) and attracts many tourists throughout the year. It has a diverse climate and can be cold in Winter in the North to semi-arid to Mediterranean.

The capital and largest city is Madrid (pop 3.5 million) with cosmopolitan Barcelona being the next major city. Obviously these…

Teaching English in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island country off the south coast of India.

It has a population of about 20 million from several different ethnic backgrounds. For some 26 years there was a state of unrest between various factions resulting in many deaths amongst government and insurgent forces as well as innocent civilians. However, in 2009 the government defeated the insurgents and re-established control over the…

Teaching English in Sudan‏‎

Sudan is in north-east Africa with the Nile river dividing it east to west. It is an ancient country with a population of about 45 million. Note that In 2011 the southern part of the country gained independence as South Sudan which is now a separate country. In recent history English‏‎ was the official language until independence in 1956 (when it was replaced by Arabic‏‎). More recently it was made an official…

Teaching English in Sweden

Sweden is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe; it borders Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Øresund. It is often ranked highly as well developed, socially aware and economically stable. In 2013 The Economist said that Scandinavian countries are probably the best-governed in the world with Sweden in first place.

English‏‎ is widely spoken in Sweden which means you don’t need…

Teaching English in Switzerland

Switzerland is a landlocked country in the middle of Europe. Although it is surrounded by the European Union‏‎ and has close ties to it, being out of the EU means it is easier for American and other non-European teachers to work there.

The country is beautiful. It has the Alps, lakes, greenery and is incredibly well organized. It is also quite expensive in some cities and the language…

Teaching English in Taiwan

Speaking good English‏‎ for many Asian people is an excellent plus when it comes to apply for work or placement in prestigious national universities and Western schools.

As a result, there is a multi-billion dollar ELT industry and a huge demand for English teachers throughout Asia.

Taiwan relies heavily on international trade to succeed as one of the world economic leaders, and with English being the international language…

Teaching English in Tanzania‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Tanzania Although Swahili is the de facto official language, with its history as an British colony Tanzania has a strong English presence and the language is the official language of the courts and higher education, for example. However Children will generally speak their local tribal language and Swahili. There are many volunteer teaching positions in Tanzania; some better than others. However, recently the government of Rwanda‏‎ has requested help in…

Teaching English in Thailand

TEFL/TESOL in Thailand There are many good jobs in Thailand for English teachers. While in the past almost anyone could get in and teach there, these days standards have risen and competition for jobs is greater so the more qualifications and experience you have, the better. Requirements In the past being a native speaker was enough to find work as a teacher in Thailand. However, these days to stand a…

Teaching English in the Caribbean

Many of the countries in the Caribbean have English as an official language and there is little or no need for TEFL teachers, especially as ELL tourism hasn’t really taken off here.

However, there are still options with some of the islands Spanish speaking and thus with openings for TEFL teachers.

In general, although there are some volunteer positions which may take you with less qualifications, you will…

Teaching English in the Czech Republic‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in the Czech Republic The Czech Republic has a rich and varied history. Once known as Bohemia it formed around the city of Prague and following the First World War became the core of Czechoslovakia. After the Second World War it became communist, later being invaded and controlled by the Warsaw Pact countries. In 1993 Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved into the Czech Republic and Slovakia‏‎. (The Czech government is currently…

Teaching English in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a small country on the island of Hispaniola which it shares with Haiti. It is the second largest Caribbean country (after Cuba‏‎) with a population of around 10 million people with Spanish being the native language. Qualifications & Pay The usual requirements are a degree with a TEFL Certificate such as the ICAL TEFL Certificate. The better jobs also usually ask for experience as well whilst other…

Teaching English in the European Union

The European Union or EU is a collection of European countries which have formed a social and economic union. This has had important consequences for teachers there.
Essentially citizens of any EU country have the right to live and work in any other EU country and they will receive preferential treatment when it comes to finding work. Notably the bureaucracy involved is much simpler than for non-EU citizens…

Teaching English in the Netherlands

The Dutch economy is very internationally focused, being based largely on foreign trade. A large number of international and international companies are based in the Netherlands (or Holland as it is sometimes called) and English as well as Dutch is widely used in business. In fact, since English is the working language of many commercial organizations, it is often more important to be able to speak fluent English than to speak…

Teaching English in the Philippines

TEFL/TESOL in the Philippines The Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and its tropical climate make the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons but have also endowed the country with natural resources and made it one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. An archipelago comprising 7,107 islands, the Philippines is categorized broadly into three…

Teaching English in the Ukraine

Demand for English teachers in Eastern Europe is growing, and the Ukraine is no exception.

Though the Ukraine has not been given any immediate prospect of European Union membership, the possibility of being granted market economy status has boosted its need to communicate with the rest of the world, and as we know, that level of communication calls for a good command of the English language.

With…

Teaching English in the United Arab Emirates

The UAE or United Arab Emirates is a federation 7 small states or emirates in the Middle East, namely Abu Dhabi, Dubai‏‎, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah.

The UAE have a cosmopolitan population with many nationalities here for business and work, primarily in the oil industry. English is, obviously, extremely important as the UAE has many business concerns throughout the world.
Finding Work
Most…

Teaching English in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom or UK (comprising England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) is the home of English and TEFL‏‎ schools abound here catering generally for small groups of foreign students in the country for a few weeks taking a short course. There are additionally some courses offering English to immigrants and private lessons can often be found in this area.

Often the schools are located in the more touristic areas…

Teaching English in the USA

The TESOL job market in the USA is organized differently from what most teachers are used to abroad. Unlike most countries where TESOL jobs can be found in private language schools of all sizes shapes and forms, TESOL opportunities in the US are mainly found in Community Colleges and Universities.

However, though not as big in number as, say, in South Korea, private English language schools do exist…

Teaching English in Tunisia

Tunisia is a former French colony where traditionally students are taught in Arabic‏‎ in primary school, then in French in secondary school and at university, with English lessons starting in year five of primary school and carrying on throughout secondary school for three hours a week.

Now all this is about to change. In an effort to tackle its high unemployment rate amongst young Tunisians, Tunisia is working to transform its…

Teaching English in Turkey

Although jobs in State schools in Turkey are possible, most are in the thriving private schools which also usually pay better. With demand outstripping supply, jobs are fairly easy to come by and the private lesson market is booming (although some schools don’t allow this in the contract).

To help cover this growing demand, in 2011 it was announced that Turkey would recruit some 40,000 native English…

Teaching English in Uganda

TEFL/TESOL in Uganda With 52 ethnic groups in Uganda, each with its own dialect, English‏‎ has been for years the official language of instruction in all school years. In major multicultural urban centers, like Kampala, the capital of Uganda, English is the medium of instruction in schools, with students being taught one local language as a subject as well. However a government policy introduced in 2007 has brought about a further…

Teaching English in Uruguay

TEFL/TESOL in Uruguay Located on the southern border of Brazil‏‎ along the Atlantic coast and bordered by Argentina‏‎ to the west, Uruguay is an attractive prospect when it comes to teaching English in South America. Economically, the country is in a great period of growth after a slow start to the new century, which was mainly brought on by the troubles in its larger neighbor, Argentina. The country has a…

Teaching English in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is a landlocked country in central Asia bordering with Afghanistan‏‎, Kazakhstan‏‎, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Uzbekistan has worked towards strengthening its economic relations with many western powers, and consequently has invested heavily in English language training. Recently there has been a major shift from Russian to English with all teachers and students having English lessons. It used to be…

Teaching English in Venezuela

Venezuela (or officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) is a beautiful country in the very north of South America, looking onto the Caribbean. It is a very urbanized country with most people living in the capital city of Caracas. It has large reserves of oil which benefited the country financially but it also has a history of mis-management, political instability and social problems and unrest.

The political…

Teaching English in Vietnam

Vietnam is a stunningly beautiful country with everything from bustling cities to serene mountains. It is well worth visiting if you get the chance.

The major cities are often clean and full of old colonial landmarks and buildings but wherever you are in Vietnam you’ll always find lots of interesting things to see and do all the time. Major centres are: Ho Chi Minh City (hot, exciting…

Teaching English in Yugoslavia

TEFL/TESOL in Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia was formed in 1918 and existed through most of the 20th century. For much of this time it was ruled by the communist General Tito who tended to distance his country from the west.

Following his death internal tensions rose and the country divided and broke up into various states. In general those states began to look to the west and learning English.

Currently…

Teaching in the EU for Non-Europeans

This article is about restrictions and practices for teachers wanting to teach English in countries belonging to the European Union‏‎ (EU). The most common question on this is one of visas and whether non-EU citizens (Americans, Canadians, Australians, etc) can work in the EU. This is addressed below.
Qualifications
In general, the minimum requirements to teach in an EU country in terms of academic qualifications are a degree and a TEFL…

TEFL Teaching English Online

Teaching English Online or Virtual English Teaching is a growing business. Essentially it means teaching students – usually 1-to-1‏‎ – from your own home and thus bypassing a school. With the advent of new technology and the prevalence of broadband internet (allowing audio/visual communication) it is gaining ground on traditional methods of teaching.

This article explains exactly how to teach English online.

Some of the features of…

Where to Teach English as a Foreign Language

Where to Teach is one of the key questions asked by newly qualified teachers as well as experienced teachers who are looking for a change.

On the plus side teaching English happens in pretty much every single country in the world so there are jobs available almost everywhere. On the negative side, there are certain practical and legal restrictions on where you can teach.

This article…

Your Nationality when Teaching Abroad

This article answers a question we’re asked quite a lot: do you have to give up your nationality or citizenship when you go and work in another country?

The simple answer which applies 99.9% of the time is: No.

The rest of this article explores this topic in more detail.

As an example, suppose you are a citizen of the United States and you hold…