Where to work and teach abroad
When it comes to English teaching jobs abroad and online, the sky’s the limit.
Especially if you have a Bachelor’s degree and TEFL certificate, your opportunities are endless.
Not to say you can’t teach English without a degree because it’s entirely possible too.
Let’s get started with some of the top English teaching jobs abroad.
Top Tier English Teaching Jobs Abroad
JET Programme (Japan) – Being an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) is one of the safest and easiest ways to teach English abroad. But the process is long and difficult to be accepted into the Japanese Exchange Teaching Programme. Upon acceptance, you have no choice in your preferred city and it’s common to be placed in rural/isolated towns or villages.
NET (Hong Kong) – Native-speaking English Teacher (NET) recruits qualified candidates for appointment into the Hong Kong public-sector system. assist in teacher and curriculum development in public-sector primary schools. bachelor’s degree, recognized teacher training qualifications, and a TEFL certificate.
EPIK (South Korea) – The English Program in Korea (EPIK) program is a competitive government placement program in Korean public schools (mostly elementary schools). Treatment is exceptional with fewer work hours, more vacation, orientation, and a more competitive salary. The acceptance criteria are challenging as the number of applicants has risen over the years.
Foreign English Teachers Program (Taiwan) – You will only be accepted into this program if you are already a qualified/licensed teacher in your home country/state. This program is meant for the development of English in the Taiwanese public school system for foreign English teachers and teaching assistants.
Teach Taiwan – Teach Taiwan is a recruiting arm of the Taiwanese government for foreign teachers to work in the public school system. Entrants require a Bachelor’s Degree and a teaching license. Also, you must be a native speaker of English.
Middle Tier English Teaching Jobs Abroad
TaLK (South Korea) – Teach and Learn in Korea is a government program for rural teaching job placement. You need at least 2 years of post-secondary education for a 6-month or full-year contract. Similar to EPIK, you get an orientation, health coverage, accommodation, and an above-average salary.
NALCAP (Spain) – The North American Language and Culture Assistants Program (NALCAP) pairs American and Canadian graduates with elementary and secondary schools in Spain. Any native-like speaker can apply and become a teaching assistant (TA).
English Language Fellow Program (United States) – The EL Fellow program is an American that promotes English language learning in more than 80 countries in the world. In a 10-month fellowship program, teachers can participate in everything from classroom teaching to curriculum development.
British Council English Language Assistants (United Kingdom) – This program was first established in 1905 for paid teaching placements. Every year, the British Council sends around 2,500 teachers to 15 separate destinations across the world. To join this program, you require an EU passport, 2 years of university education, and proficiency in English.
USTA (Austria) – The US Teaching Assistantship in Austria is a way for university graduates from the United States to get first-hand classroom experience in Austria. As a teaching assistant with a native competence level, you help Austrian students build their language skills in all aspects of English.
Eikaiwa (Aeon, GABA, Berlitz) – If you don’t get accepted into the JET Programme, the alternative is to apply to a language school (Eikaiwa). These specialized language schools are for Japanese people to practice and improve their English language schools. Students range in age from 5 to 90 years old.
Lower Tier English Teaching Jobs Abroad
Hagwon (South Korea) – These extra-curricular programs are for students to get extra time for studying English. Students range in age and can be as young as five years old. This means they are still learning their own local Korean language. Qualifications typically include a Bachelor’s degree and TEFL certificate. Depending on the Hagwons you work in, you may be working long hours with evening and weekend hours.
Buxiban (Taiwan) – A buxiban is an English training center or cram school in Taiwan. It’s a major source of English teacher placement in the country. Students enroll in a buxiban with the goal to pass their entrance exam into a high school or university.
Council On International Educational Exchange (China) – The Council On International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is a non-profit, cultural exchange program for teaching around the world. It’s not just meant for teaching in China. But China is one of their flagship locations to teach. This program sets you up to teach grade-school and university students around China.
Teaching Assistant Program in France (France) – The Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) gives you a chance to be employed in a public school in France for 7 months. You have the chance to teach English to students of all ages with the placement of over 1,500 American citizens each and every year.
English Training Centers (China) – These before and after school programs are aimed at increasing English fluency for students of all ages. Because the programs are for after school, teachers work in the evenings and weekends. Generally, you work with a primary language teacher for an average of 30 hours per week. Some English Training Centers can be very demanding with classes of 5 – 10 students.
Peace Corps (Africa, Asia, Europe) – Unlike most of the other paid teacher placement programs in this list, the Peace Corps is mostly volunteer work. For example, this includes countries like Benin, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Rwanda, and Zambia in Africa. Currently, Indonesia and Thailand are the only participant countries in Asia.
Fulbright English Teaching Assistants – The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs provide assistance in the classroom for local English teachers. While serving as cultural ambassadors to the United States, ETAs help teach the English language in a variety of ways