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Essentials to TEFL Job Hunting and Regions of the World to Target


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Essentials to TEFL Job Hunting and Regions of the World to Target

Essentials to TEFL Job Hunting and Regions of the World to Target
Admin - Nov 30 2016

Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers. Unfortunately, sometimes it may seem overwhelming for an educator who is seeking out that first overseas TEFL teaching opportunity. However, as the world is getting more and more integrated, English is becoming a mainstay in the global market. Rapid growth in developing nations is prompting local populations to learn English to better communicate on the world stage. Recent studies have indicated that there is a 25% increase in the earning potential for individuals knowing English in developing nations. In addition, approximately 50% of the work force in these nations are required to know the basic fundamentals of English. This results in boundless openings and opportunities for the adventure seeking TESL teacher. However, despite the recent advancements, some of these regions are still troubled by poverty and it could be a challenging experience for any foreigner not accustomed to the lifestyle. This article will provide you with pertinent information to TESL job hunting and customs and traditions of different regions of the world.

General Information

It’s no secret, every country is unique and each has varying sets of standards and qualifications pertaining to teaching English, yet some factors remain constant across boards. For example, regardless of where you choose to teach, TEFL certification, professional experience, and a relevant university degree would guarantee higher wages. Moreover, experience is of utmost importance. We recommend that you volunteer, become a private tutor, or teach full-time in your native country to build experience prior to embarking overseas. Upon reaching your destination of choice, you could expect teaching contracts ranging from 6 months to 2 years. Such a time frame would provide you ample opportunity to learn the culture and traditions of your new home. Remember to take a break once in awhile to experience new adventures and make new contacts, you never know who you will end up meeting.


Persian Gulf States

The Gulf States boast the fastest growing economies of the world. With booming economies and surging oil prices, the Gulf Arab States have become prime real estate for TEFL teachers. The rates are high and there are many openings. Governments of these regions are reinvesting money into the educational system. English classes are a primary focus of this societal overhaul. The wages offered by these nations are unmatched anywhere else in the world and include may additional benefits, including; housing accommodations, health insurance, and travel reimbursement. This has resulted in an extremely competitive job market, and often a Master’s degree or several years of professional experience is required to guarantee a job. However, certain nations in the region such as Saudi Arabia allow educators to tutor even without a teaching certification. Important things to keep in mind about this area of the world is the abundant desert surrounding the many large cities, and the scorching heat. Initial cultural shock is to be expected for even the most hardened foreigner.

Southeast Asia

South Korea was among the first to venture into the brave new world of the TEFL industry. The unique culture, landscape, scenery, and modernization have made South Korea a favorite TEFL destination for all teachers. The competitive salaries and benefits don’t hurt either. The contracts offered are often long term of 12-months or longer. This means that you must be dedicated and have some commitment prior to embarking on this journey. Most employers and institutions in South Korea have a requirement of 120 hours or greater of TEFL training, to ensure knowledge and qualification of potential teachers. Moreover, you’ll also need a Bachelor’s degree and be a citizen of an English-speaking nation. Despite the strict requirements, if you meet the qualifications, you’ll receive the benefits of free housing, airfare, severance pay, and great wages.

Similarly, Taiwan is rich with many sights and wonders for all who venture to this beautiful land. Historical cities such as Taipei offer endless opportunities of wonderment. The country is rife with beaches, museums, skyscrapers, and a variety of restaurants. As such, this small nation offers many comforts of home while teaching abroad. The unforgettable mountainous scenery combined with an endless array of activities to engage in such as hiking, cycling, and parachuting, you will always have something to do. Most importantly, equipped with TEFL certification, you will find yourself being compensated with competitive rates teaching in Taiwan. Moreover, as of now, a teaching certification isn’t necessary, albeit there has been word that this may change in the near future as the market gets more competitive and qualified teachers begin to be more valued.



South America

The nation of Brazil, with the largest economy in South America, offers the best opportunities for TEFL educators. Having the globe’s fifth largest population, and a burgeoning economy, this Latin American nation is becoming ever more favorable for TEFL practitioners. The desire among locals to learn English has further accelerated after hosting major international sports events such as FIFA 2014 and 2016 Summer Olympics. With millions of spectators from all over the globe arriving in Brazil, English knowledge became a necessity for merchants and business owners alike. Even after the sports world left Brazil at the conclusion of these events, the drive to learn English has remained. As such, foreign English teachers are moving en masse to large urban centers like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to teach at private institutions for university students and business personnel. However, if flexibility is your desire, private tutoring students is also a great way to make a respectable income. With a high demand of English teachers, and a low supply, the qualifications for teaching in Brazil aren’t as stringent as other parts of the world. While teaching in large cities will mandate having certification, rural areas don’t have such restrictions. Nevertheless, even though some people have innate teaching abilities, we recommend that you gain some teaching experience prior to venturing overseas.




As globalization brings the world together, English has taken an ever more prominent role in day-to-day interactions. Emerging nations and established ones alike are seeking qualified (and not-so qualified) TEFL teachers to meet English teaching demands. In the modern world, from the young to the elderly are hitting the books and attempting to keep up with those around them by learning English. As such, South Korea and Taiwan in East Asia, Gulf Arab States in West Asia, and Latin America are prime destinations for TEFL educators. Although certification and experience aren’t required in some areas, acquiring TEFL certification and some professional teaching experience prior to embarking on a journey abroad will undoubtedly garner greater wages. And for those adventure seekers, these regions of the world are home to endless excitement and cultural wonders to explore. You may even end up wondering if you’re really working or are on a grand vacation.

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