Top Destinations to Teach Abroad in 2020

Top Destinations to Teach Abroad in 2020

Once you’ve received your TEFL certification, now what? Where should you go abroad to teach English? There are so many amazing countries it can be hard to choose which one is best, especially if you are moving abroad solo. Not to worry, we have laid out the best countries for you to teach English abroad in 2020! 

Teach English in Spain

Want to live and work in Europe while experiencing that Mediterranean lifestyle? It’s no wonder that Spain is the number one destination for English teachers in 2019! Check out English in Spain here!

teach in Spain

Pros:

  • Low requirements in terms of qualifications, most positions simply require your bachelors and TEFL
  • The largest market for English teachers in Europe 

Cons:

  • A low salary that only covers expenses 

Teach English Japan

Want to experience the far east without losing any of the comforts of your home country? Indulge in delicious food, wanter through stunning temples, and have the experience of a lifetime in Japan! Check out jobs hiring in Japan here!

Japan

Pros:

  • Great ex-pat community 
  • Amazing public transportation
  • Extremely safe
  • Delicious food 

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to get by without speaking the language
  • Rent can be expensive 
  • Bachelors degree is typically required 

Teach English in China

With the growing population of English learners, it is no wonder that China has the largest growing job market for English teachers. Earn a high salary, save money, and experience the rich culture of China. Check out jobs hiring in China here!

China

Pros:

  • Higher salaries than other countries
  • Reimbursement for housing and airfare

Cons:

  • Students may be less motivated to speak in class as they primarily focus on their exams 
  • Difficulty in communicating as Mandarin and Cantonese are difficult languages to learn

Teach English in South Korea

South Korea consistently gets high ratings for being a phenomenal place to teach English abroad and its no wonder why! Check out jobs in South Korea here!

teach in South Korea

Pros:

  • High salaries and most teachers return home with a large savings
  • Can receive flight and housing reimbursement
  • Teachers receive health insurance and 2-4 weeks paid vacation 

Cons: 

  • Can be difficult to assimilate into the culture  

Teach English in Vietnam

Whether you want to teach English on the beach, lost in rice fields, or immersed in a metropolitan scene, Vietnam has the perfect place for you!  Check out jobs in Vietnam here!

Vietnam

Pros:

  • Growing English teacher job markets
  • Low cost of living

Cons:

  • Four-year degree required to teach English 

Colombia

Thinking of journeying down to South America? The number one place to teach English abroad for you is Colombia! 

teach in Colombia

Pros:

  • Spanish is the easiest to understand 
  • Colorful markets and a lively nightlife 

Cons:

  • Although crime has decreased over the years, travelers and ex-pats still must remain vigilant 

Czech Republic

If you want to experience Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic is the place to be. Experience stunning castles, delicious food and all that Europe has to offer at a much lower price point.

Czech Republic

Pro:

  • Easy for Americans to get a workers-permit than other European countries 
  • Lower cost of living as compared to other European countries

Con:

  • Most positions require an in-person interview 
  • Salary only covers the cost of living 

UAE

If you’re looking for a high-paying teaching salary to save money and live comfortably, UAE is the place for you!

UAE

Pros:

  • Notoriously high salaries for teachers
  • Great ex-pat community

Con:

  • Extremely competitive to get a job 

Teach English in Thailand

There’s a reason this country is called the land of the smiles. Once you make the trip to this beautiful and welcoming country, you won’t want to leave! Check out jobs in Thailand here!

Thailand

Pros:

  • Live a comfortable lifestyle on a teachers salary and still save money
  • Stunning beaches and landscapes
  • Ample opportunity to travel and experience the culture

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to communicate if you are living in a small town 

Teachers required Mexico 

The number one place to teach English in North America, Mexico has so much to offer. With delicious food and a low cost of living, what’s not to love? Check out jobs in Mexico here!

Mexico

Pros: 

  • The workweek is usually consistent with 20-25 hours
  • The largest job market in Latin America 
  • A bachelors degree is not required to teach English 

Cons:

  • Salary only covers the cost of living 
  • Most hiring opportunities require in-person interviews 

Teach English in Italy

Fresh pasta, delicious gelato, and an amazing nightlife? YES, please! What’s not to love about living and teaching in Italy? Check out jobs in Italy here!

Teach in Italy

Pros: 

  • Amazing nightlife
  • Stunning architecture and landscapes
  • Delicious and affordable food

Cons:

  • Limited amount of English speakers
  • Housing can be expensive

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