You’ve made the decision that you want to travel, and you’ve also considered teaching English, but the most important decision to make is where. There are so many countries that are crying out for English teachers, that it can be difficult to decide where to teach English to speakers of other languages. Teaching English abroad is completely different in whichever country you choose, so whether this is your first time or your hundredth time teaching abroad, you are bound to find something completely different to the experience you had imagined.
It is well known that Cambodia had a turbulent history in the 20th century after becoming involved in the Vietnam War, however, the country has now completely turned itself around and is experiencing an influx in the amount of tourists visiting the country. The population, often described as eternally optimistic, are excited about learning English and will be enchanted by the lessons you provide. Teaching for 6 to 12 months, you would have the chance to become a treasured part of the gracious community, and make new friends along the way.
Immerse yourself in the birthplace of most of our modern technology, Japan. Whether you are taking part in traditional rituals in the countryside or testing new and exciting tech in the city, Japan is bound to have something you will find attractive. You will get the chance to teach all walks of life, from small, shy children to commanding business people looking to trade with the US, meaning you can pick up small snippets of life in Japan from various points of view. Experience the weird and wonderful or the tranquil and traditional in this incredible country.
Full of tradition and heaps of inctricate culture, India is great for those who want to experience a fully different life during their placement. With some courses allowing Hindi lessons, placements in India will really give you a flavour of what it is like to really live like a local in small, rural communities or bustling cities like Mumbai. Find yourself surrounded by breath-taking wildlife and ancient temples while you explore some of India’s hidden treasures. The only thing hotter than the food is the weather!
Vietnam is another country with an unruly past, however the historical stamps left on the country have been manipulated to become part of Vietnam’s stunning culture. With tours around the Cu Chi Tunnels left by the Vietcong and impressive French Colonial architecture, Vietnam is great for experiencing a life that is incredibly removed from the norms of the Western world. Teach students of all ages and all levels about different aspects of the English language and gain experience in all aspects of teaching.
Famous for its rapidly growing economy, a teaching placement in the UAE is perfect for the more experienced teacher. Strict rules may hinder some aspects of your life, but lesson planning becomes a breeze when you are restricted to the materials you can use. Enjoy life in the blazing desert sun, and encounter some of the world’s most affluent areas and luxurious activities such as jet packing across open water. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for some of the most famous celebrities!
Asia’s third biggest economy encourages English learning and loves employing Western teachers. Famous for busting cities and neon lights, Korea’s countryside is often forgotten about. Living in-between such an odd mixture of cultures gives you the best of both worlds when teaching in Korea. Telling stories about your time in the Western world will captivate learners, both young and old, and provide your students with a way to get to know you as their teacher. While you’re enjoying some downtime, make sure to visit the infamous Gangnam district of Seoul to see how the most affluent Koreans spend their time.
Think of Peru and what is the first thing that comes to mind? Macchu Piccu? Llamas? Or is it the incredible opportunities you will have to teach English in one of the most vibrant and colourful cultures in the world? South America is quickly overtaking Asia in the TEFL stakes and many teachers are now heading to the ancient country of Peru to teach locals English language. Being so close to the Amazon rainforest and the largest collection of pre-Colombian ruins in the world means you will have the most amazing time exploring and thriving in a completely unique location, surrounded by friendly locals who are excited to learn English.
Already a popular destination for gap year travellers, we find Thailand is brilliant for first time TEFL teachers who want to gain more experience and even gain a TEFL qualification during their time abroad. With busy cities, serene beaches and dense rainforest to explore, there is something in Thailand for every type of traveller. This incredible country with an exuberant culture will blow you away, and that’s just the food!
Ever popular for beginners and experienced TEFL teachers, China has been the first choice for many over a number of years. Many teachers take the TEFL hotspot pilgrimage to Sichuan Province to teach in the capital of Chengdu and the surrounding areas. This area is perfect for spotting pandas and sampling some world famous food, but it is also full of other TEFL teachers, meaning making friends and talking to native English speakers is easier than in any other country, which is perfect for first time teachers. Also offering the chance to learn Mandarin and earn a TEFL qualification, or just go for it on your own, teaching in China is still the most popular destination for TEFL teachers.
Although it may not be the most popular destination, we believe Argentina is the best place to teach English, especially for beginners. With some placements offering not only a TEFL certificate and Spanish lessons, but also home-stay accommodation, this is the perfect way for beginners to get on their feet with some home comforts too. Argentina is host to some incredible fiestas all year round and the astonishing peaks of the Andes, Argentina is not only our number one destination for teaching English, but it is also our top choice for travelling and exploring.
Emily Ware is a digital content writer for ESLstarter, a TEFL recruitment agency that sends fluent English speakers to every country on the top ten and even more. Contact a member of the team for more information.