What are Dress Codes for English Teachers Abroad?

By: Jeff Penick

The dress code for English teachers abroad is truly going to vary from country to country and more specifically, school to school. Some schools will require business attire (shirt and tie or even a suit for men and a pant suit or skirt and dress shirt/jacket for women). On the other end of the spectrum, some schools will be perfectly fine with teachers wearing very casual clothes like a basic t-shirt and jeans.

As a general rule of thumb, whether you are interviewing for a teaching job or are showing up for work, err on the side of professional and conservative attire until you hear otherwise from your school.

What are the Requirements to Teach English in Taiwan?

By: Jeff Penick 

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in 2017 and has last been updated for freshness and accuracy on December 27, 2019.

Most people that initially teach English in Taiwan find jobs working with recruiters or by applying directly with schools on job boards. The basic qualifications required by schools for teaching English in Taiwan are outlined below.

How Do U.S. Citizens Obtain a Criminal Background Check for Teaching English Abroad?


By: Jeff Penick

In general, if you’re planning on teaching English abroad, there is about a 50/50 chance you will need to obtain some kind of criminal background check before or during the hiring process. In some countries, a background check is required to qualify for a visa like in South Korea. In other cases, the individual school that hires you may request a background check.

What are Salaries for English Teachers in Latin America?

By Jeff Penick

Salaries for English teachers in Latin America will vary from country to country mostly depending on the cost of living in the given country. With that said, as a general rule of thumb for the region, English teachers should expect to earn a salary large enough to live a middle class lifestyle by local standards, and for the most part, break even after expenses. That means you will typically make enough money to cover your expenses (rent, transportation, food, phone, utilities, etc.) & to enjoy going out and traveling on weekends, but you shouldn't expect to save substantial sums after expenses.

Key Point! The cost of living is substantially lower in most Latin American countries compared to native English speaking countries like the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK.  So even though your salary will tend to be lower, but you will still enjoy a good standard of living.  Also, any hard currency (dollars, euros, etc.) that you bring with you will have strong purchasing power in most Latin American countries and will "go farther."  This means that your start-up costs & travel will often be much cheaper.

Am I Too Young to Teach English Abroad?

By: Jeff Penick

Technically, there is not any defined cutoff age for being too young to teach English abroad, but overall, if you’re under 18 years old, chances are that it will be a pretty unrealistic endeavor at this time in your life.

If you’re in the 18-20 age range and wondering if it is possible to teach English abroad, the short answer is yes, it is possible, but continue reading below as there are many key points to consider.  Once you are 21 and older, youth becomes much less of an issue, but even then it is not unheard of for schools in certain countries like China to prefer teachers that are at least 24.

If you’re 18-20 years old and have a strong interest in moving and teaching English abroad, having the right expectations is of utmost importance. There are numerous additional factors that you need to keep in mind on top of what anyone interested in teaching abroad needs to know.

With that being said, if you have the right attitude and you’re not discouraged by some of the restrictions associated with being a younger candidate, teaching abroad might just be right for you!

Here are 8 tips for younger teachers interested in teaching English abroad:

Can I Make Money as a Private Tutor While Teaching English Abroad?

Check Out Insider Tips on How You Can Make Money as a Private English Tutor Overseas

By Jeff Penick 

Can you make money giving private English lessons abroad?

Yes! Private tutoring on the side is very common while teaching English abroad; especially because teachers can often earn more per hour compared to what their school pays them. In fact, in some countries, teachers will private tutor full-time if they can accumulate enough students to fill their days, and in some markets, private tutoring is actually the most common way for teachers to find work.  

This is the case, for example, for Americans in the Spanish city of Barcelona, where most language schools hire exclusively European Union (EU) citizens. Luckily, demand for private lessons is extremely high so Americans can make a livable wage, but the bottom line is that if you are an American, and you want to teach English in Barcelona, you need to count on teaching private lessons. 

Taipei to Seoul: 5 Top Asian Cities For Teaching English Abroad

By Jeff Penick

With a higher population than all of the other continents combined, Asia continues to reign supreme in terms of demand for English teachers around the globe. Throughout Asia, schools are hiring thousands of new teachers on a monthly basis and most jobs can be found in the larger cities. Listed below (in no particular order) are five of the top Asian cities that provide a culturally rich and unique lifestyle along with an abundance of English teaching opportunities. 

15 Exclusive Benefits for International TEFL Academy Students & Alumni

By: Jeff Penick

At International TEFL Academy, we understand that teaching English abroad entails far more than just taking a TEFL course, paying for a "program" or signing a contract.  That is why we have created a worldwide community and network for our alumni in addition to providing personal service and support as well as lifetime Job Search Guidance through our Student Affairs Department.