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How much does it cost to live abroad?

When you are considering moving abroad to teach English, there are a few factors that you need to consider. One of which is how much it will cost to move abroad. Believe it or not, but moving abroad is a lot less expensive than most people think. We get it though, it can be difficult to factor in just how much it will cost. Which is why we have laid out the cost of different factors when moving abroad.


When you are considering moving abroad to teach English, you need to factor in the price of a TEFL course. In case you don’t know what a TEFL is, it is a certificate that is accepted worldwide and enables you to teach English as a foreign language. Costs of a course to receive this vary by providers and whether it is taught in a classroom setting or online. If you are interested in receiving your TEFL online, you can receive it for 170 or less depending on special offers! Not too bad considering it is your ticket to teaching internationally!

Flight and Visa 

Both the flight and visa will vary greatly depending on where in the world you want to teach. There are some countries where the visa will only cost €60 or while others may be up to 300. However, in the case of the EU, if you are already an EU citizen, you won’t even need a visa.

In addition, the flight will vary based on where you are flying from and flying to. The further you are going, the more likely it will cost more. However, if you keep an eye out on different online booking agencies, Google Flights or Skyscanner for example, it will help you to book a cheaper flight. 


For many countries, one of the visa requirements is having health or travel insurance. Depending on the level of coverage you wish to have, you can receive insurance for as little as 25/month for lower coverage or up to 125/month for more extensive coverage. 

Living Expenses 

As with the other categories, these costs vary from country to country. If you are moving to a developing country, you will need substantially less money saved than if you are moving to a country in Europe for example. Most companies will not pay you your first paycheck until after the first months of work. Therefore it is best to move with at least one month’s worth of living expenses saved up. If you are moving to a Southeast Asian country, Thailand for example, you can survive on as little as 500/month. However, to be comfortable, we recommend traveling there with at least 1,000. When checking out the cost of living in a certain country, check out Numbeo, they will be able to help you determine the cost of living in a certain country.

So how much money does it really cost to move abroad? The truth is that it truly varies from country to country. However, if you are moving to a developing country, it is very possible for you to move for as little as 2,000! So what are you waiting for?! 

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