There are all kinds of unique and interesting careers to be found, but there’s none that can quite match the adventure and excitement of that of a TEFL teacher. TEFL teachers travel abroad to all kinds of wild and interesting countries teaching English to both children and adults. The decision to become a TEFL teacher may be easy for some but even after deciding it’s the right career choice, one can be faced with an even bigger dilemma; what country do I teach in?
Many many countries offer TEFL jobs abroad and choosing between them all can be daunting. Beach or mountains? Hot or temperate? Asia or South America? The list goes on. Here is a list of some of the best countries one can choose to teach TEFL abroad that will (hopefully) make the choice a little easier.
Ah Spain, the home of fearless matadors, graceful flamenco dancers, red wine and the siesta. A place where the nights are long and the days go slow. For many TEFL teachers looking for jobs abroad, Spain has an immense appeal and it’s not hard to see why. Known for it’s warm and forgiving climate year round, beautiful beaches and historic architecture, Spain is a great place to begin your TEFL adventures abroad. Attracting millions of tourists a year, it’s no surprise that people are aching to settle down and live there for a little longer than the average two weeks. Luckily for aspiring TEFL teachers, Spain has the highest demand for TEFL teachers in all of Europe. While it is especially easy for TEFL teachers that already have a EU passport, there are a few programs in place that will help North American teachers to get the correct visa to teach in Spain as well. While the average salary is not as attractive as many Asian countries, it’s still very liveable and one can have a pretty good standard of living as a TEFL teacher there.
With the world’s largest population and an economy that’s booming out of control, there’s never a dull moment in China. Whether you prefer the city or the country, the mountains or the sea, China has you covered. China is a vast country that varies wildly from region to region which gives a lot of options to TEFL teachers aspiring to land jobs abroad in China. China is also known by TEFL teachers living abroad to be a bit of a “wildcard” country. With Chinese culture and infrastructure changing at an alarming rate, anything can happen at any minute and excitement is always just around the corner. Add their ancient and vibrant history, architecture (almost) as old as time itself and some very interesting government policies and you have the perfect cocktail for an adventure filled year teaching English abroad. One of the biggest draws China holds for TEFL teachers looking for jobs abroad is their average salary. With high pay scales to a relatively low cost of living (depending on your region of course) and often very attractive perks like bonuses, paid vacations an even reimbursement of airfare, China is the number one destination for any teacher looking for a TEFL job that will pay out some serious coin.
Costa Rica or “the Rich Coast” is a lush paradise full of exotic flora and fauna that is sure to tickle the fancies of any nature lover. Think greenery as far as the eye can see (25% of land in Costa Rica consists of protected parks and reserves) dotted with coastal beaches, lakes, mountains and even volcanoes. It is also home to 10% of the worlds butterfly population. Costa Ricans are known to be incredibly friendly and open minded, ready to welcome a new TEFL teacher into their community with a big smile and open arms. The cost of living in Costa Rica is also relatively low and the salaries are very easy to live comfortably off of making it the perfect place for the nature loving TEFL teachers to start a new job abroad.
From the famously cramped city of Tokyo to the grand old capital of Kyoto, Japan is alive with both cutting edge modern innovation and a deeply ingrained culture of honour and humility and is a great place to secure a TEFL job abroad. With a rich history stretching from the feudal days of the fearsome Samurai to the modern mania of hello kitty and personal robots, Japanese culture is sure to have something for everyone! Japan offers competitive salaries and good perks but there is one catch; you will be expected to work very hard for them. The Japanese value hard work above almost all else and nothing less than your very best will be acceptable. Hardly surprising for a culture that has a word for “death by overwork.”
Thailand or the “land of smiles” is very deserving of its name. Thai people are some of the friendliest and kindest people in the world and will always try their absolute best to help you in anyway you can. Add this to white sand tropical islands in the south, lush green jungles and mountains in the north and some of the most delicious food on earth and you have a recipe for literal paradise on earth (or as close as it gets anyway)! While Thailand doesn’t have the highest pay on a world class scale, the cost of living is so ridiculously cheap that it is a very easy place to live a lavish lifestyle while also saving money which comes in handy for all the weekend island excursions one will definitely take during their time as a TEFL teacher there. Due to all these amazing factors, there are also extensive expat communities in Thailand which makes it very easy to make new friends, something that can be very important in a new place where no one speaks your language! Out of all these great places for TEFL jobs abroad, Thailand is definitely the easiest one to start out your adventure in!
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