Working as an English teacher overseas is a great way to learn about different cultures and to experience life abroad. Many people do it while traveling the world, teaching one year in Thailand and another year in Vietnam.
The hottest and most in demand countries for teaching English!
Here's a list of countries where the demand is greatest at the moment: Eastern Europe - Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria etc.; Americas - Brasil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Venezuela; Asia - Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Korea, and a lot more...
How to get started!
The most important step in becoming a full-time English teacher abroad is by taking a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course. There are many online TEFL courses you can do. A typical TEFL course takes about 4 weeks and gives you the right certificates to enable you to start teaching English right away.
When you acquire your certificate there are many opportunities to find a job. Best is to search the online job boards for teaching jobs.
What kind of salary will you have as an English teacher?The salary you will earn as an English teacher depends greatly on where you will be teaching. Your earnings could vary between $500 to $2000 a month. Teaching in Thailand, for example, will give you roughly $900 a month for working a full work week. In Japan, as another example, you could easily earn $1500 a month. Don't forget that living expenses are a lot higher in Japan, though. How many hours a day and days a week will you be working? A typical work week would not exceed 25 hours. Don't think to yourself that it's an easy job to teach because it can be very daunting for many reasons in a foreign country. Take for instance the weather; some countries can be very humid and hot, which can be a challenge for someone used to a cooler climate.
Many organizations will arrange accommodations for you; some will charge you for it and others won't. Inquire first on the many job boards for English teachers.
Are you flexible enough to teach?
In another country the customs are often different then you're used to. That can be from working overtime or how things are aranged. School books can be very old and not up to date, things like that will make your job difficult at times.
But don't forget about the good side. You will meet a lot of new people from a different culture, you might get to see a lot of places in that county.
Here are some interviews we did with English Teachers Abroad