Best Places to Teach English Abroad in 2020

Each year, we like to compile our list of the best places to teach English abroad and this year is no different…though our list is.

If teaching English abroad has recently crossed your radar as a likely opportunity, then you’re probably already asking yourself the hardest question of all — where? Will you head to Latin America? Asia? The Middle East or maybe Europe?

No matter which corner of the world interests you most, each has an experience of a lifetime awaiting you. As the demand for Native English speakers continues to climb, more countries are entering the scene and each year different countries make our list for the best places to teach English abroad.

We know that choosing a country is often the hardest part of teaching English abroad, so we hope this list will help you narrow it down. To compare 60 countries around the world, download our Country Comparison Chart here. 

So, without further adieu, we introduce the top places to teach abroad.

Teach English in Vietnam

  • Salary: $1,000-$1,700 USD
  • Benefits: Accommodation and visa assistance
  • Requirements: A bachelor’s degree
  • Why go? With a character all its own, Vietnam is a place you just have to see for yourself to understand. It’s a place with bustling streets and always-busy people; a place where life happens in the streets; a place with an unrivaled coastline and equally beautiful inland locales, where the cities are just as rich with culture as the villages that surround them. To teach English in Vietnam is to have an experience of a lifetime, while also living in one of the most affordable countries in the region and earning almost double what many nearby countries pay.

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Teach English Online

  • Salary: Varies, with the opportunity to earn in one currency and spend in another. Read our complete guide to teaching English online here.
  • Benefits: The freedom to be location independent
  • Requirements: A bachelor’s degree; TEFL certificate; native speaker; proper equipment
  • Why go? While it’s not necessarily a “best place” to teach English abroad, we continue to be surprised by the sheer amount of online positions available. It seems easier than ever to teach English online, from wherever in the world you want to be. While the majority of students are still in China, there are growing opportunities in other time zones as well. By teaching English online, you can earn Chinese salaries while living in Nicaragua or Indonesia, or anywhere else you want to maximize your profits. It’s the best of both worlds.

Teach English in Czech Republic

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  • Salary: $700 – $1,125 USD/month
  • Benefits: Housing guidance, work visa assistance
  • Requirements: TEFL certificate
  • Why go? With the central location of the Czech Republic, the rest of Europe is at your doorstop; just an easy train ride or flight away. And since Prague — the capital of the Czech Republic — is one of the cheapest cities in Europe — and the main hub for English teachers — it’s quite possible to live comfortably, teach minimal hours and have plenty of time to explore.

Teach English in South Korea

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  • Salary: $1,850-$2,150 USD/month
  • Benefits: Accommodation provided; flight reimbursement; paid time off
  • Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required; native English speaker
  • Why go? South Korea has one of the best government-run TEFL programs around, which means it’s highly organized with great pay and great benefits, although it also means it’s competitive. However, we also like Korea for the ample opportunity for teaching jobs outside the government schools, in private schools call hogwans, where you can earn a nice salary and reap all the same benefits (most of the time).

Teach English in Guatemala

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  • Salary: $500-$700 USD/month
  • Benefits: Accommodation assistance; short-term contracts
  • Requirements: TEFL certificate
  • Why go? We can’t get enough of the beauty that is Guatemala. With impeccable landscapes almost everywhere you go, tropical weather, friendly locals and cheap Spanish lessons, there are plenty of reasons to stay and teach English in Guatemala. You won’t get rich, but you will have an experience to remember.

Teach English in Thailand

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  • Salary: $900-$1,200 USD/month
  • Benefits: Work permit for degreed teachers; short-term contracts
  • Requirements: TEFL certificate
  • Why go? Thailand has been on every list of ours and that’s because it’s a truly magical place. Not only is it gorgeous with incredible food and weather, but it’s one of the easiest/most laid back places to get your start as an ESL teacher. The people are warm and welcoming, the culture intriguing and inviting, and the salary is quite good when you factor in the low cost of living and travel. It’s a win-win all around.

Teach English in Cambodia

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  • Salary: $700-$1,000 USD/month
  • Benefits: Short term contracts; housing assistance
  • Requirements: TEFL certificate
  • Why go? If you’re a history buff, you’ll be interested the rich, vivid and no-so-long-ago history lessons that await you. While parts of the country are still recovering from a genocide only 40 years ago, the resiliency and friendliness of the people are what make the country what it is today. They’re a strong, welcoming people with lots of stories to tell. Plus, the cities, the countryside and the beaches all have their own beauty. It’s no doubt Cambodia is one of the best places to teach English abroad in 2019.

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Teach English in Peru:

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  • Salary: $500-$1,000 USD/month
  • Benefits: Accommodation assistance; short-term contracts
  • Requirements: TEFL certificate
  • Why go? Most positions are found in Lima and Cusco, each with amazing attributes. The culinary scene in Lima alone could satisfy any foodie, and with Peruvian cuisine on the rise around the world, what better time than now to experience it like a local? And with Cusco being a special place at 11,152 feet above sea level, and the main entrance to Machu Picchu, plus ample opportunity for other adventures, it’s almost a no brainer.

Teach English in China

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Teach English in China
  • Salary: $1,000 – $2,000 USD/month
  • Benefits: Visa and living arrangement included
  • Requirements: A bachelor’s degree, TEFL certification OR 2 years teaching experience, native English speakers’ between 20-50 years of age.
  • Why Go? China has long been toward the top of many lists on the best places to teach English abroad, and it likely won’t ever fall down! The country has about 300 million people wanting to learn or currently learning English—that means the market for teaching English there is quite large! Add ample job opportunity to great pay and low cost of living plus a fascinating culture and landscape, and China pretty much checks all the boxes one could want for teaching English abroad.

Teach English in Spain

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Teach English in Spain!
    • Salary: $1,200-1,400 USD/month
    • Benefits: Housing guidance, visa assistance
    • Requirements: A bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Why go? Similar to China, Spain has always been at the top of everyone’s list for teaching English, and it’s no wonder why: great food, amazing weather, a mix of cities and beaches, a chance to practice your Spanish, and a solid market for teaching English that never seems to waiver. If you like to live with a European vibe, then Spain is the place for you!

Teach English in Chile

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Teach English in Chile!
    • Salary: $900-1,200 USD/month
    • Benefits: Housing guidance
    • Requirements: A bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Why go? Chile boasts one of the most politically stable environments within Latin America, but is also one of the most beautiful places you could choose within the region. The geography here will astound you: from desert to mountains to ocean to everything in between! You’ll also find a variety of private institutions to apply to.

Teach English in Taiwan

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    • Salary: $1,400 – $2,100 USD/month
    • Benefits: Accommodation and work visa assistance 
    • Requirements: A bachelor’s degree; a TEFL certificate; a native English speaker 
  • Why go? Despite the fact that many Taiwanese speak perfect English, there is still a high demand for native English speakers to teach it. Add that to the tropical island vibes, large cities, rich and unique culture, decent salaries and low cost of living, teaching English in Taiwan is an all-around great option and is bound to be on any list of the best places to teach English abroad. 

Teach English in Myanmar

  • Salary: $1,000-$2,000 USD/month
  • Benefits: Housing sometimes included
  • Requirements: A bachelor’s degree; TEFL certificate; native speaker
  • Why go? Relatively new to the EFL scene, Myanmar teaching positions are becoming more and more common. While most of the ones we’ve seen require a bachelor’s degree and a native speaker, we can only imagine that as the demand for teachers grows with the desire to learn English, the restrictions will lower to make it easier to attract more talent. Myanmar should definitely not be missed on any list of the best places to teach English abroad.

Teach English in Costa Rica

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Teach English in Costa Rica!
    • Salary: $700-1,000 USD/month
    • Benefits: Flexible work schedule
    • Requirements: A fluency in English and an interest in Costa Rican culture and teaching.
  • Why Go? If you’ve heard Costa Rica is beautiful and has a lot to offer the expat culture, then you’re absolutely correct! You’ll never get tired of things to explore there, whether it be the rainforests in several gigantic National Parks, both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, any kind of outdoor activity you can imagine, or the perfect, temperate climate to do it all in. The demand for English teachers will continue to rise here, as locals are paid more for being bilingual.

Now it’s time to ask yourself, where is the best place to teach English abroad for ME? We recommend digging deeper into the countries that interests you before finding a program. A good place to start is with our Country Comparison Chart, which you can download for free here

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