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
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.
Did you know that teaching English abroad is not just for those with a high-ranking degree or a ton of experience?
There are also ample opportunities for non-native speakers and people from all walks of life.
One of the most laid back regions in the world when it comes to qualifications for teaching abroad is Latin America.
We’ve put together a list of the nine best places to teach English in Latin America that we think will peak your interest in a region rich with culture and history.
Sure, the pay may not be as high as other places in the world, but the experience is truly unrivaled. With benefits like learning to speak Spanish, full cultural immersion, home-stay opportunities, a chance to boost your resume, and an opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life (not to mention your own), the pay will feel secondary.
I’ve been in the Teach English Abroad industry for a while now, and I frequently talk to people who do not know that it’s a possibility for them. The idea of living and working in a foreign country to many sounds, well…foreign. They think it’s just for the movies or the rich, but the reality is that people from all walks of life have found a meaningful travel and work experience through teaching English abroad. Continue reading
If you’ve been wanting to teach English abroad and are looking for a meaningful travel experience in a beautiful location, look no further than Colombia, Latin America. With colonial charm, friendly locals, vibrant cities — including the world’s third highest capital of Bogota — and diverse landscapes, Colombia is an up and coming traveler’s paradise. Having shed it’s reputation of the past and become one of the safer countries in Latin America, Colombia tries hard to attract travelers and teachers. But once you’re there, they don’t have to convince you to stay. That’s the easy part. Continue reading
Since the beginning of teachers in classes, there have been certain types of students. As reliably as the sun will rise, you will have kids in your class that are always running late, or “forgetting” homework, or doing who-knows-what as soon as your back is turned. Here is a list of some of the more common ones, and how to do your best to make sure you’re classroom stays in order. Continue reading
It’s 4am, and the only glow on the street is coming from the corner bakery. The men all have their top buttons loosened; the women are carrying their heels. We haven’t slept, but the morning came anyway—the smell of freshly baked bread and pastries fill the shop as we make our selections and pile back into the taxi. I have only known these fellow travelers one day, but traveling solo in Colombia has led me to this moment: exhausted from dancing all night in Cali, the birthplace of salsa, with new friends and a delicious cheese-filled baguette. Continue reading
Nowadays Colombia becomes a perfect destination to an immense number of travelers. It’s the second most biodiverse country on our planet yielding only to Brazil, which is approximately 7 times bigger! That’s why most of the 10 best places to visit in Colombia are natural.
The Caribbean coast is praised for its striking natural beauty, turquoise ocean and surprising biodiversity. Many people don’t think of Colombia when they think of the Caribbean, but if you are traveling to Colombia, you simply have to see it! But where to head first? Let me give you some inspiration – these are the seven absolute best places to see on the Colombian coast: Continue reading
Even if you’re teaching a few hours away from Colombia’s sprawling capital city, you will undeniably spend a weekend or two there. From pretty much anywhere in the city, you can see Mount Monserrate in Bogotá. Continue reading