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July 9, 2020 Training No Comments Email Email

Compiling a definitive list of top 5 places to TEFL is close to an impossible task. There are endless opportunities out there and so many great places to go! However, let’s take you through a few current favourites worth your consideration. 

With a TEFL qualification from an accredited provider, you can travel the globe and get paid at the same time. Seeing the world will suddenly become so much more accessible. Those destinations that you thought you’d only visit on a once in a lifetime holiday could become home to your new career. 

Every country has something different to offer. You may well have an idea in mind of where to take your TEFL qualification first. Or, you might be a bit overwhelmed by all the options. However you’re feeling, keep an open mind, and be willing to adapt. One of the 5 destinations below might just be the right fit for you. 

Vietnam

Vietnam is renowned as one of the most affordable places to take your TEFL qualification. 

With low living costs and a decent salary, you should be able to afford a comfortable lifestyle. Use your weekends and time off to travel – inter-continental flights are usually pretty affordable too, so it’s a great central location linking you to the rest of Southeast Asia. 

If saving some money while living life to the full is a priority of yours, Vietnam fits the criteria. EFL teachers in Vietnam are in a great position to fully immerse themselves in the culture and see the country in all its beauty. The major cities, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, and Hoi An all have their own unique experiences to offer you.

In-country travel and accommodation is cheap enough that you won’t be limited to where you visit. Be sure to take in all of its diverse landscapes – mountainous tranquillity in the north, idyllic beaches spanning the coastline – where you’ll also find the famous Ha Long Bay, trips to the sand dunes in Mui Ne, and so much more. 

With no teaching experience deemed necessary for many employers, it really is a great choice for first-time EFL teachers. Vietnamese people are known for their warmth and generosity, so you can expect to be welcomed into the community with kindness and support.  

Mexico

Mexico is another great location to get started with TEFL. First of all, jobs are plentiful and in demand – neighbouring the US and hosting a thriving tourist industry, it’s no surprise that there’s an eagerness to master the language.  

The cost of living in Mexico is generally low. So you should be able to afford to spend your time off doing what you enjoy most. Whether that’s doing some travelling to ancient historical sites, working your way through local eateries, drinking margaritas by the beach, or staying active outdoors by hiking or even scuba diving – staying busy won’t be difficult. 

Mexico is a vibrant country with so much to offer! Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Cancun all make fantastic TEFL destinations. 

China

China is home to the most thriving TEFL industry in the world. English language teachers in China can expect a substantial salary in comparison to many other TEFL destinations. Although varying from employer to employer, many teachers can look forward to generous employment packages covering the costs of bills, accommodation, and even flight reimbursements (upon completion of their contract).  

In China, English is highly valued in the curriculum. There’s a great deal of encouragement to learn and master the language. Proficiency in English is often associated with greater employment prospects. Many Chinese students are keen to study at an English-speaking university too, where a strong grasp of the language is essential. 

China is a huge country with 23 different provinces, so narrowing down where to TEFL can be tough. However, be reassured that there are lots of different opportunities available whether it’s in the likes of fast-paced, thriving cities such as Beijing or Shanghai, or in quieter, rural locations – you have lots of options to fit your criteria!

Spain

Spain is one of the best options in Europe for first-time EFL teachers. Boasting the highest demand for English language teachers in Europe, the market is, without a doubt, thriving.

With so many opportunities you can afford to be picky about where to work. 

Maybe you’re drawn to the bustling, vibrant streets of Barcelona in Catalonia. Fascinated by Gaudi’s bold architecture, its popular café culture, and culinary expertise. Or maybe the rich history of the Basque country is calling out to you, encased by beautiful mountainscapes and full of restaurants and bars with some of the best cuisine in Spain. 

Spain has everything to offer, beautiful cities – historical contrasted with modern, as well as peaceful countryside dotted with lively rural towns and villages. 

Being one of the most affordable European countries to live in and offering a high standard of living, there’s little reason to overlook Spain. Especially if you’ve got your hopes set on Europe as once you’ve arrived, travelling within the continent is very accessible. 

South Korea

English language proficiency in South Korea is a highly valued skill by employers. South Korea boasts some of the most impressive technological developments and innovations in the world. It’s a country that has advanced at a rapid speed.  

South Korean employers are known for being generous EFL employers. They typically offer great employment packages – flight reimbursement, accommodation, utilities etc. TEFL teachers can expect a high salary, in line with the higher cost of living compared to some other TEFL destinations in Asia. However, you’ll experience the luxury of most of this being disposable income with your accommodation being covered etc. EFL teachers in South Korea have been known to return home with considerable savings.  

If you’re looking for first-hand moving advice for people coming from a similar background to you, expat Facebook groups and websites such as Expat Guide Korea are a great source of information. You’ll find many people who can share their knowledge and make the moving process that little bit less stressful. 

This is by no means a definitive list of amazing TEFL destinations, but they’re definitely up there with some of the best. At the end of the day, it’ll be the experiences you have and the people you meet that will make teaching English so abroad so worthwhile, so anywhere you go could be just as great.

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