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Teaching around the world

Next step, how to travel the world off the back of a TEFL qualification.

Completed your TEFL course and have aspirations to travel as much of the world as you can?

As you may well know, having a TEFL qualification is a great way to explore the globe, while simultaneously earning a living and getting some extra cash in your pocket. It’s no wonder why TEFL is so popular with a growing number of students and graduates.

So deciding where to start your next adventure can be daunting with the vast array of options, each providing you with opportunities to learn another language, yourself. So where will you explore first? TEFL teachers are spoilt for choice of location, afterall! Before you pack up and move yourself to another country, it is crucial that you make yourself aware of any cultural differences,  expected average salaries and the general cost of living.

To help you make the best decision, we’ve put together a list of the best locations for teaching English, in addition to the locations of the highest paid TEFL salaries, worldwide.

 

The 13 Best destinations worldwide to teach with a TEFL qualification:

#1 Brazil

#2 Chile

#3 Colombia

#4 Costa Rica

#5 Czech Republic

#6 United Arab Emirates

#7 Ecuador

#8 South Korea

#9 Japan

#10 Thailand

#11 China

#12 Spain

#13 Taiwan

 

1. Brazil

This is a country that truly comes alive with music and colour, especially of a night. Famous for its festivities, dancing culture and overall lust for life, make the most of your time here and venture out to meet the fantastic people that make up this beautiful country. The people of Brazil are sure to greet you with open arms and treat you as their own! While you’re here, explore the thundering cascades, exotic flora and unique fauna of Iguazu Falls, which creates the border between Brazil and Argentina. What’s more, as the country’s tourism sector grows greater each year (especially thanks to past sporting events such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics), the demand for English teachers is bigger than ever.

 

2. Chile

With cities such as Santiago experiencing a renaissance, brimming with new museums, art galleries and lively bars, meanwhile hosting stretched deserts and fertile valleys - home to undisturbed orchards, Chile is the perfect place for those looking for the cosmopolitan city life of New York or London, but the hospitality of a countryside village. A  landscape of natural wonders worthy of contending with the whole of South America and a society of people who practice relaxation, laid-back conversation and buena onda (good vibes).

As the Patagonian mantra goes, 'those who hurry waste their time’.

 

3. Colombia

If a promise of Summer weather all year round and a guarantee of an amazing support system of expats is what you are looking for next, then Colombia just might be the place suited to you. Not to mention the fantastic pay for English teachers!

 

4. Costa Rica

Although one of the most expensive countries in Central America, the need for people who can communicate in fluent English is growing each year. Misty waterfalls, coral-fringed lakes and white beaches perfect for horseback riding, what’s not to love about this tropical island? On top of that, it’s home to the unique spider-monkey and did we mention ancient volcanoes? Or step over to San Jose, where you’ll be greeted with colonial architecture, an array of contemporary art galleries and bustling street scenes, home to boutique coffee shops and farmers markets.

 

5. Czech Republic

Now an ever-growing European investment hub, the Czech Republic needs more English teachers each year. The city is full of regeneration and exciting creative growth, with a wealth of cool cafes, restaurants and pubs to it’s name. No doubt about it, Prague is hotly coveted by the young Czechs and cool expats of Prague. The city is also home to some breathtaking views and an array of phenomenal Medieval architecture.

 

6. United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Sitting on vast quantities of oil, Dubai is naturally a central hub of business to the UAE. However, if this is the location you’re scoping for the next part of your TEFL adventure, be sure to have at least five years of experience in teaching English under your belt. Energetic, exhilarating and equally enigmatic, this city holds a myriad of things to do and see. Take for instance the world’s fastest roller-coaster, indoor ski resorts and boutique shopping malls that could compete with Paris. This is a luxurious destination, but one you’ll most certainly need your teaching acumen - and your wallet - prepared for.

 

7. Ecuador

Treasuring colonial monuments and architectural delights in Quito’s Old Town, Ecuador also provides tranquil neighbourhoods, trimmed with bountiful landscapes of mountains shrouded in greenery. You’ll be met with bustling market stalls, streets populous of town-folk during the weekend and perhaps a shaman or two, harvesting herbal remedies from the Amazonian rainforests, thus showcasing the traditional Sierra culture of the country.

 

8. South Korea

Captivating countryside and still sea shores, this country is an idyllic setting for any adventure. Travel over to Busan, and you’ll find the perfect metropolis, surrounded by mountainous scenery. Here, in the country’s second-largest city, you’ll discover chic cafes, mellow bars and cultural events, such as the Busan International Film Festival.

Not dissimilar to its neighbouring Asian countries, South Korea is also constantly pursuing English teachers. Essential if you’re considering your next move to be over here.

 

9. Japan

Home to cities of consistent innovation, such as Tokyo, Japan is the place to be if you’re seeking fast paced career development and daily excitement! Although a country of continual cultural growth and rejuvenation, it’s cities still nurture their traditional roots whether that be Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms, the narrow cobbled side streets, or the Kyoto dance of geishas.

 

10. Thailand

Notoriously cheap, and well journeyed by backpackers, the majority of people who have visited here have resulted in staying to teach English. It’s a country whose still, cerulean waters and flavoursome cuisine are easy to fall in love with.

 

11. China

With perhaps the largest demand for English teachers and the possibility of free housing with your employment, China makes for a perfect destination after graduating from the Hello Academies TEFL course. You’re spoilt for choice in terms of which city to reside and work in. Take Shanghai, for example. Flush with art deco architecture, cathedrals, synagogues and temples, the makeup of the city’s skyline is second-to-none.

 

12. Spain

With close proximity to the warm, turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the rich heritage and culture of the country, Spain has proven to become greatly popular with TEFL teachers looking to have a change of scenery. Take note, however: in line with the country’s laidback lifestyle, you should expect things to be done at a slower pace here; “Mañana, mañana…” and be sure to try some homemade vino payes!

 

13. Taiwan

Home to cities such as Taipei, hemmed with lavish mountainous horizons and ancient temples, Taiwan is a country full of surprises and delights. Explore the Ningxia Night Markets, or venture out to the Yangmingshan National Park.

 
Country Monthly Pay Cost of Living Best city to work in
Brazil $800 - $1,500 / £545 - £1,022 $1,415 / £964 per month Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro
Chile $400 - $1,500 / £273 - £1,022 $800 - $1,000 / £545 - £681 per month Santiago
Colombia $1,700 / £1158 $577 - $939 / £393 - £640 per month Medellin and Bogota
Costa Rica $1,700 / £1158 $600 - $1,000 / £409 - £681 per month San Jose, Central Valley, Cartago and Heredia
Czech Republic $834 - $1,168 / £568 - £796 $600 / £409 per month Prague
United Arab Emirates (UAE) $2,400 - $4,000 / £1637 - £2728 Approximately $2,423 / £1,652 minimum per month Dubai / Abu Dhabi
Ecuador $400 - $600 / £273 - £409 $564 - $991 / £384 - £675 per month Quito
South Korea $1,800 - $2,000 / £1,227 - £1,363 $936 - $1,219 / £638 - £831 per month Seoul or Busan
Japan $3,000 / £2046 + housing $2,459 / £1,678 per month Osaka, Tokyo or Fukuoka
Thailand $1,000 - $2,000 / £682 - £1,365 €1,024 / £698 per month Bangkok, Ko Samui, Ko Lanta or Phuket
China

$942 - $2,500 in smaller locations towards the middle of China

$4,700 in more densely populated cities, such as Shanghai
$1,629 / £1,111 per month Hangzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing
Spain $790 - $2,030 / £539 - £1,385 $654 / £446 minimum per month Barcelona or Seville
Taiwan

$20 / £14 within a big chain school

$30 - $40 / £20 - £27 within a public school
€1,000 / £682 per month Taipei, Taichung or Kaohsiung

 

Top 3 Highest Paid TEFL Salaries in the World:

#1 United Arab Emirates

#2 Kuwait

#3 Japan

 

1. United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Sitting on vast quantities of oil, Dubai is naturally a central hub of business to the UAE. However, if this is the location you’re scoping for the next part of your TEFL adventure, be sure to have at least five years of experience in teaching English under your belt. Energetic, exhilarating and equally enigmatic, this city holds a myriad of things to do and see. Take for instance the world’s fastest roller-coaster, indoor ski resorts and boutique shopping malls that could compete with Paris. This is a luxurious destination, but one you’ll most certainly need your teaching acumen - and your wallet - prepared for.

 

2. Japan

Home to cities of consistent innovation, such as Tokyo, Japan is the place to be if you’re seeking fast paced career development and daily excitement! Although a country of continual cultural growth and rejuvenation, it’s cities still nurture their traditional roots whether that be Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms, the narrow cobbled side streets, or the Kyoto dance of geishas.

 

3. Kuwait

With plentiful American-partnered universities, Kuwait is an unassuming location for TEFL teachers. Make sure to study the country and it’s cities beforehand, however. Although a country of one of the highest wealth per capita and expats are generally few here, the cities are particular about hiring their foreign workers.

 

Country Monthly Pay Cost of Living Best city to work in
United Arab Emirates (UAE) $2,400 - $4,000 / £1637 - £2728 Approximately $2,423 / £1,652 minimum per month Dubai or Abu Dhabi
Japan $3,000 / £2046 + housing €2,459 / £1,678 per month Osaka, Tokyo or Fukuoka
Kuwait $2,600 / £1773 (tax-free) $5505 / £3756 per month Salwa, Salmiya or Fintas
 

 

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