Teaching English in India
Teaching English in India is one of the most challenging places to live abroad. It’s chaotic, unorganized, and a total assault on the senses.
Teaching English in India isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s one of the most challenging places to live abroad. It’s chaotic, unorganized, and a total assault on the senses. India is recommended for experienced TEFLers. It’s no cakewalk and is best to visit to see if you like it beforehand. Because the reality is that some people enjoy teaching here, or don’t like it all.
New Delhi is a very tough city to live in. You’ll get followed and asked for money all the time. Also, it’s the most polluted city in the world. Cultural repression, extreme poverty, and sexual frustration are serious issues in India. I am not going to sugarcoat it. India is wild, hectic, and disorderly.
Finding paid teaching jobs in India is tough because English is a common language there. Many upper-class Indians will speak it as their first language. These are the ones who teach it fluently. There is little demand for paying foreign teachers because India already has a large native population that is skilled and competent at teaching English.
There isn’t the same demand to import native English speakers to India as there is in China, South Korea, and other countries. This means you’re not going to find the chain language schools commonly found in countries thriving for learning English. But there are still some job opportunities in India for English language teachers.
International Language Schools of Canada (ILSC) – An option is working in a language school. For example, the International Language Schools of Canada (ILSC) is a global award-winning language school in New Delhi.
Volunteer With India – If you want to volunteer, this might be the best way to come. For instance, Volunteer With India allows you to teach English for up to 3 months in India.
You could probably get a job anywhere in India, but you can’t expect any kind of decent pay. You probably will get what the locals get, which won’t be enough to live on. If you want to travel around the country, then teaching English might be a good way to establish a home base.
As mentioned, there is little demand for paying foreign teachers because India already has a large native population that is skilled and competent at teaching English. This is why the average monthly salary is in the range of $150-1,000 USD.
Otherwise, there are volunteer opportunities for teaching English in India. These types of programs offer a basic living allowance and accommodation. They are usually one of the safest ways to travel to India and you’re doing a good deed.
Frequently Asked Questions
India is one of the lowest paying countries for teaching English. The average monthly salary is in the range of $150-1,000 USD or is volunteer work.
Cultural repression, extreme poverty, sexual frustration, begging on the streets, littering/pollution, unorganized, absence of law-abiding are some of the common things that foreign teachers have to cope with in India.
English is already widely spoken. Finding paid teaching jobs in India is tough because many upper-class Indians can teach it at a fluent level.
If you’re a female, it’s unsafe to travel in India alone. We can’t recommend females to travel or teach English alone in India. Any travelers in India should take as many precautions to ensure they are safe during their visit.
Yes, you need a degree to teach English in India.