Top 5 Places to Teach English Abroad

Posted April 16, 2013 by Jamie Bowlby-Whiting in Top 10

Teaching English in South Korea

In recent years, English has emerged triumphant as the global language for international communication. Looking back, it hasn’t always been this way. At times, French, German, and Russian all vied for the prestigious title in the hope of becoming the most dominant language in the world. With the battle over and English standing tall, demand for English teachers is at a record high. But where in the world is the best place to teach English? This list offers some of the best countries for teachers to start out in based upon both finance and experience.

1. South Korea

Teaching English in South Korea offers you a free apartment, free flights, and a bonus upon completion of contracts. Couple with this with the moderate living costs and good salary, South Korea offers the biggest opportunity to save money as a first time teacher. Quite often, it isn’t even necessary to have any form of teaching certification and you are often able to find jobs at short notice.

2. Japan

Japan offers the highest salaries for first time teachers although securing a position can sometimes be a slightly difficult procedure due to immigration laws. Not only does Japan offer a good working environment, but it is also one of the most diverse mixes of modern and ancient culture in the world.

3. Vietnam

Salaries in Vietnam are lower than that of Japan and South Korea, but the cost of living is one of the lowest in the world. Take advantage and explore this fascinating part of the world. It is relatively easier to look for a job there once you arrive rather than before your trip.

4. Taiwan

Rapidly developing, Taiwan’s need for native speakers has increased dramatically. This has resulted in an increase in both salaries and working conditions for native English speakers. Tealit is an excellent website to find English teaching jobs and also to hunt for apartments and connect with locals.

5. China

With a huge demand for teachers and the offer of free flights and housing, China provides great opportunities for first time teachers in an environment where they can really learn and improve their teaching skills. Because they have so many jobs on offer, China is a great first option for teachers who are looking at doing more teaching in the future.

Teaching abroad

Why Asia?

As you can see, this list is dominated by the Asian countries. Why is this? Quite simply, jobs in Africa, South America, and Europe do not provide enough financial recuperation for most first time teachers. They offer you no airfare and a salary that only just covers your living costs.

If you want to live in a place without saving money, then it’s not difficult to find a teaching job elsewhere. However, most first time teachers are hoping to get a little savings behind them and the above list reflects that requirement. Jobs in the Middle East are the best paid but they are not normally available to first time teachers.

Useful Websites

Here are some websites and companies that can help with your job search:

Go Overseas:

Teach Away:

The International Educator (TIE):

Do you agree with the list above? Where do you think is the best place to teach English in the world? Leave your thoughts below.

About the Author

Jamie Bowlby-Whiting

Jamie is the creator of GreatBigScaryWorld where he shares his stories about his search for adventure and true happiness around the world. He recently wrote The Avant-Garde Life which helps others to do the same.

Newly Reviewed
  • 9.0
  • 9.0
  • 8.3
  • 7.2
  • 9.0
  • 7.0
  • 9.2