Happy Chinese New Year! Teaching English in Asia During Holidays

恭喜发财 - “Congratulations and Be Prosperous!"  

Greetings to nearly 2 billion people in China, Asia and throughout the world who are celebrating the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday of the year for millions from Shanghai to Singapore. Centuries old and based in ancient Chinese myth and tradition, the “Spring Festival” as it is known in China is a two-week celebration centered around family gatherings, special foods and other traditions that vary from region to region. Many of these customs revolve around the ideals of reflecting on oneself and ushering in good fortune for the New Year.  The Lunar New Year in 2019 begins on February 5 and is the Year of the Pig.  From ChinaKorea and Vietnam to Taiwan and Malaysia, this holiday is a cultural focal point in many of the most popular destinations for certified English teachers.  

10 Best Countries for Teaching English Abroad in 2019

What are the Top Countries for English Teaching Jobs Abroad?

Author: Jessie Smith

South Korea. Spain. Mexico. China.  Which countries will make the list as top destinations for teaching English abroad in 2019?

With 1.7  billion people using and learning English worldwide, the international job market for teaching English abroad and teaching English online have never been stronger. There are new opportunities opening every single day overseas from Thailand & Mexico to Germany & South Korea. Teaching English overseas provides more opportunities than any other field for English speakers from all walks of life and all backgrounds to live, work and travel abroad in foreign countries across the globe.  

No prior teaching experience is required! However, taking an accredited TEFL certification course will allow you to gain the skills and qualification you need to get hired and to teach on the professional level.

As we look forward toward to 2019, here are 10 of the top job markets to consider as you look at your options for teaching English abroad this coming year....


3-Month English Home Tutoring & Cultural Exchange in China

By Shay Ames

Are you between school as a student? A teacher? Do you have a three month window of opportunity to teach abroad & experience the international adventure of a lifetime?

International TEFL Academy is proud to offer our students & alumni a unique opportunity to teach English in Beijing or Shanghai, China while living with a local family for three months! This unique program exclusively available to ITA students & graduates provides a fantastic short-term teaching opportunity in one of the historic nations on earth.

The "Perfect" TEFL Escape - Does it Exist?

Looking for the "Perfect" TEFL Escape?  

Then Perhaps Teaching Abroad is Not for You


By Michael Kunik

I’m writing this article during a hotly contested US Presidential election cycle.  At this moment, it seems like I hear a variation of this phrase, almost daily: “If (X-Candidate - Trump, Hillary or whoever) becomes the President, I’m totally leaving the country!” 

I get it.  Presidential elections here can be an emotional experience, and one way people vent their feelings around the idea of their candidate losing is by threatening leave for a place that will strongly align with their moral or political principles.  Well, how many people actually end up following through on those threats?  Essentially, no one.  You know why?  

Well, most of them probably never meant it in the first place, but the truth is that  if you looking for the “perfect” escape - a paradise of milk and honey (but no bureaucracy!) -  you’ll never find it!  It doesn't matter whether you are escaping an unfortunate political result or seeking an international adventure teaching English abroad. Nearly any country that you may consider moving to will force you to confront certain challenges and even unpleasant realities that can be a downright pain in the rear end.  It's just the reality of moving abroad, or life in general, but that doesn't mean the endeavor is not worth undertaking - not at all. 

If you are holding off on getting started with your TEFL Certification until you’ve found the perfect teaching market, you’ll never go.  If perfect is your goal, you probably won't find it. 

However, if your goal is to have a genuinely authentic experience, living comfortably in a foreign culture that will broaden your horizons personally and professionally, then teaching abroad just might be “perfect” for you. 

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. 

Top 5 Destinations to Surf and Teach English abroad

Love to surf and want to see the world?

Teaching English abroad provides a viable way to get paid to live overseas in any of up to 80 countries around the world, including many that offer great surfing opportunities. From Costa Rica and Brazil to Thailand and Taiwan, here are some of my top picks: