6 Short-Term Teaching English Abroad Programs

On the daily, people at various stages in their lives inquire about short-term teaching English abroad programs, and most are surprised to find they actually exist.

The beauty of the teach abroad industry is that there really is a country and a program for everybody, whether you’re a high school graduate, college student or recent graduate, working professional or retiree.I know when I first began looking into my options for teaching English abroad, I found that many places wanted me to commit to 1-2 years before I’d even stepped foot in the country. That’s a long time! What if I don’t like the place?

It was also my first time teaching, ever. What if I didn’t like teaching?

That’s initially why I ended up in Thailand. I found it was one of the few countries that allowed me to teach for short-term (one semester or less), and then decide if I want to stay longer. Guess what? I did. But at least the choice was mine.

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After teaching English in Thailand and China, I sourced the best short-term programs from around the world, each offering an initial commitment of six months, OR LESS!

If you only have a couple of months for summer vacation, consider the following options:

1-2+ months (Perfect for meaningful summer travel)

 

Teach Buddhist Monks in Thailand

This is a super unique volunteer teaching program in Central Thailand where you can teach English to young monks in their temple school. Live nearby in an idyllic village in Ayutthaya (the country’s old capital) and stay for 1-4 months — the choice is yours. You’ll get airport pickup in Bangkok and transfer to the school, all-expenses paid orientation, homestay accommodation, and the experience of a lifetime in a tropical destination.

Qualifications: 18 years of age; fluent English speaker; interest in Thai culture

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Intern in Costa Rica, Guatemala or Peru

If you’re currently enrolled in a university education program (or something related), consider learning to teach alongside an experienced teachers in Costa Rica, Guatemala or Peru. Programs are from 1 month to as as long as you want them to be, and include college credit, homestay accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, daily Spanish language classes, salsa dancing and cooking courses, a designated internship advisor and more.

Qualifications: 18 years of age; enrolled in university; fluent English speaker; interest in learning to teach

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Language Exchange in China

Perhaps the most complete immersion experience, the Language Exchange Program in China allows you to live with a Chinese host family and teach the children English (no housework involved!) for anywhere from 2-6 months. You’ll get airport pickup, home stay accommodation, meals, a stipend, Chinese lessons, cultural activities and more!

Qualifications: 18-29 years of age; fluent English speaker; TEFL certification

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3-5+ months (Perfect to test the waters of teaching) 

 

Teach English in China

This 4.5-month stint is unique for the country of China, where typically 1-2 year contracts are found. That’s because the primary goal is to “bridge the gap” between East meets West, so the Work Visa Program is catered to you, the one looking to get a lifetime experience with a short-term teaching English abroad program. You’ll teach in a public school (kindergarten through high school) and earn a full-time salary with a free orientation in Beijing, free accommodation for the duration of your stay, most meals, contract completion bonus, airport pickup and transfer and more!

Qualifications: 20-50 years of age; fluency in English and from United States, Canada, United Kingdom,  Australia, Ireland, or New Zealand; clean bill of health and perfect criminal record; bachelor’s degree or higher; TEFL certificate OR two years teaching experience.

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Paid Teaching Internship in China

Don’t have a degree but want to teach in China? This paid teaching internship in China is your gateway. You’ll get a week of teacher training and cultural immersion (learn how to make dumplings and practice Tai Chi!) upon arrival in Beijing. Then you’ll be escorted to your teaching placement at a school in China, where all your living expenses are paid for and you’ll earn stipend of 2,000 RMB/month, plus a completion bonus of 2,500 RMB. Plus, take advantage of the included six hours of Mandarin language classes each week. You’ll have a light teaching load and plenty of time to explore China.

Qualifications: 20-55 years of age; TEFL certification; fluency in English and from United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand or South Africa; clean bill of health and perfect criminal record

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TEFL & Teach English in Thailand

This is by far our most popular program because it’s a complete teach abroad package. The Thailand TEFL Program is for a three-week (140-hour) TEFL certification course followed by job placement in a Thai school. Job placement occurs year ’round, allowing teachers to tailor the length of their stay from three months to forever. The courses are in Chiang Mai and Krabi, two of the most beautiful destinations in Thailand, and job placement is countrywide.

The courses are internationally accredited — meaning they’re accepted in 80+ countries around the world — and the premium course option includes lodging and breakfast as well as airport pickup and all course materials. Also included are weekend excursions such as hiking and island hopping, a welcome party, Thai language course and lovely training centers. The courses provide cultural immersion as well as information about history, culture and what it’s like to teach specifically in the Thai classroom, all while exploring the city of your choice with teachers from around the world.

Qualifications: 18 years of age, fluent English speaker, interest in Thailand, bachelor’s degree preferred

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6+ months (Perfect combinations of learning and teaching)

 

Learn to Teach English in Costa Rica

Take our highest quality four-week (190-hour) TEFL certification course with job assistance in Costa Rica and live in the land of pura vida. Most employers only expect an initial 6-month agreement, with the opportunity to stay longer if you wish. You’ll get one of the best training courses on the market, followed by teaching in the private sector in Costa Rica (language schools, universities, private lessons, etc.).

Qualifications: 18 years of age; fluency in English

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Learn to Teach English in Guatemala

The Guatemala TEFL Program comes with lifetime, worldwide job placement support and is held in the gorgeous town of Antigua, a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. You’ll get one of the best training courses on the market, followed by teaching in the private sector in Guatemala (language schools, universities, private lessons, etc.).

Qualifications: 18 years of age; fluency in English

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Learn to Teach English in Peru

The Peru TEFL Program comes with lifetime, worldwide job placement support and is held in the gorgeous town of Cusco, the gateway to the world famous Machu Picchu site, and a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. You’ll get one of the best training courses on the market, followed by teaching in the private sector in Peru (language schools, universities, private lessons, etc.).

Qualifications: 18 years of age; fluency in English

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Whether you’re looking to teach English abroad for one month, five months or three years, these short-term teaching English abroad programs can be a great place to start. Sometimes the fear of commitment can keep us from making a life changing decision. These programs remove the fear (well, mostly — I know moving abroad can be terrifying!) of the contractual commitment, and leave the decision of timeline up to you.

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