Teaching English in China: An ESL Insider’s Guide

Ahh, China. The land of ultimate dichotomy, fascinating controversy and governmental conflict is also a land of outrageous landscapes, rich culture and family traditions, and a seemingly endless history.

When I was getting started teaching English abroad, I saw China as dollar signs. It wasn’t a place to get rich as a teacher, necessarily, but the benefits TEFL teachers in China are often afforded can mean a quite comfortable lifestyle with a pretty laid back schedule and the potential to save enough to pay your bills back home.

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10 Things to Expect About Teaching English in China

If you’re looking for a reason (or few) to teach English in China, it has the potential to be a very long list. We know choosing a country to teach English abroad in can be a difficult decision—and there are so many factors to consider! But here are just a few reasons why you won’t regret teaching English in China: Continue reading

7 Creative Ways to Pay for Your TEFL Certification Course

One of our latest blog posts gave you seven reasons why it’s not smart to consider teaching English abroad without a TEFL certification, and now we’re back to let you in on seven little ways to take care of the cost of that TEFL certification course (you’re welcome). The benefits of TEFL certification (as outlined here) are plenty, but we also understand that almost every endeavor worth its salt comes with a necessary upfront investment. Sometimes that can be difficult to come up with, and we thought of a few ways to help you out.   Continue reading

7 Reasons Why You’ll Fail Teaching English Abroad Without Certification

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If you’ve been thinking about teaching English abroad but don’t yet have a TEFL certification, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can make it work without one!

It’s tempting to jump in with both feet before being fully prepared, but thinking you’ll just figure it out along the way might actually set you back.

Here are seven reasons why you shouldn’t consider teaching English abroad without certification: Continue reading

Want to Teach English Abroad Without a Degree? Here are the 8 Best Countries.

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Is it possible to teach English abroad without a degree? The short answer is YES, you can!

The long answer sometimes includes stipulations like lower salaries, and even extra up-front cost, but there is ample opportunity (and plenty of money to be made) for teaching English without a degree.

The hard truth is that earning a TEFL certification will greatly increase your chances of finding work (in some cases, it’s your only chance). But just because you don’t have a bachelor’s doesn’t mean your work isn’t valued!

While many of the following locations may prefer a bachelor’s degree, it’s up to you to put your best foot forward in the application process and to show that a degree isn’t everything.  Continue reading

Teach English Abroad with Student Loans: Is it Possible?

In short, yes, it absolutely is possible to teach English abroad with student loans! Being straddled with debt is a commonplace thing nowadays—especially for students who have sought higher education. But what happens when you’ve got student loan debt holding you back from making career decisions, such as whether or not to teach English abroad? Well, it’s all about strategy! If you need a good reason to teach English abroad but don’t know the first thing about securing your financial plan beforehand, this blog post will give you great pointers. These are not one-size-fits-all options, but a combination of these efforts—or at least one of these options—will suit you. Continue reading

7 Benefits of Taking a Gap Year Abroad to Teach English

You may have heard the phrase “gap year abroad” quite a bit over the last few years. While gap years have long been the norm in countries like Australia and the U.K., the truth is, Americans are starting to take gap years in increasing numbers. Harvard University alone has reported a 33% increase in the number of students taking gap years, including President Obama’s daughter, Malia, according to Business Insider on the benefits of gap years. Continue reading

Best Places to Teach English Abroad in 2019

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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 in 2019:
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Pros and Cons of Taking Your TEFL Certification Course Online vs. Abroad

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So, you know you want to teach English abroad, and you’ve done the preliminary research and realized that being TEFL certified will put you above other applicants who aren’t…which brought you to this question: where do I take my TEFL certification course? There are two options: you can complete the TEFL certification online in your home country, or you can complete it abroad in a specific country—one you know you’re interested in, or one you want to learn more about.

Here’s a list of pros and cons to help your weigh options, getting you closer to choosing the best type of TEFL course for you! Continue reading

Is Teaching English in Thailand Right for You?  

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Full-time travel is something many only dream of doing but are often too scared to for so many reasons. Two years ago, I decided that’s what I wanted to do — and so I did. I moved to Thailand to become an English teacher! Since then I’ve been using Thailand as a home base for traveling around Southeast Asia. Although teaching was a way for me to be abroad and still make an income, I quickly fell in love with the job (and everything that comes along with it) and decided to stay longer than the six months I originally intended.   Continue reading