Around the world there are many countries where schools will interview and hire teachers in advance before they leave their home countries. From Asia to Latin America you have options! Take a look at each Country Profile below to learn more, or reference our Country Comparison Chart.
By: Christie Koness
The countries of Central and South America are not well known for offering English teachers jobs in advance. Employers in these countries typically prefer to meet English teachers face-to-face, interview, and hire them on the spot. This process can understandably be slightly daunting for some ESL teachers who would like job security before they move their lives halfway or all the way around the world.
If this sounds like you, don’t disregard Latin America entirely! There are a few countries that sometimes offer opportunities to find work before being in the country.
By: Scott Mistler-Ferguson
For starters, let me explain my job in Santiago. I currently work at Adolfo Ibañez University located east of Peñalolen. I teach a prep course for the TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language). For anyone who’s unfamiliar with the exam, it basically serves as a proficiency test in English for potential students who are not native English-speakers. It is required for entry into universities in the USA, UK, Australia, and many other English-speaking nations.
1. Bogota, Colombia
2. Mexico City, Mexico
3. Buenos Aires, Argentina
4. Santiago, Chile
5. Montevideo, Uruguay
6. Guadalajara, Mexico
7. San Jose, Costa Rica
8. Medellin, Colombia
9. Quito, Ecuador
10. Sao Paolo, Brazil
By: Sophia Skaff
What inspired me to teach abroad?
I grew up in a multi-cultural family. My mom is Greek, and my dad is Lebanese-American. Both cultures were entwined into my home life. My mom always cooked amazing Greek and Lebanese food. We would spend summer vacations in Greece to visit my grandparents and other family members. I loved everything about those trips, the different foods, people, and language. The beauty of Greece with its crystal-clear waters and white stucco houses. As well as the small mountain-side village where my grandparents lived. There, I would pick fresh figs from the trees and play with my grandma’s kittens in the beautiful grape-vine covered garden.
By: David Peña
Exhausted and over it, I was ready to leave my 40 hour per week classroom job for more flexibility and travel. When moving abroad to teach English, I did not expect to have such a rigid schedule, with dozens of outside responsibilities. I wasn’t just planning classes, but somehow I got roped into teaching a homeroom class and working closely with parents and school system drudgery. I was tired and had little time to travel and experience the fun and exciting parts of teaching English abroad.
By: Vera Dedyulya
The very first time I thought about teaching English abroad, it seemed almost an impossible challenge to accomplish. But as you know, nothing is impossible if you try enough. Thus my dream about "far-off place" came way faster than I even got prepared for it. It was literally an incredibly rapid move. The day I went to a Chilean consulate in Toronto to apply for a working visa, I expected to get a final decision at least in 3-4 days (maybe a week, or even longer). Can you imagine my surprise when I was told the visa would be stamped in 40 minutes? 40 minutes! My so far unbeatable time frame of documents' procedure. Now I was sure that Chile and I were meant to meet each other and enjoy this journey of a lifetime.
To help our students and graduates make a smooth transition to their new lives teaching English abroad, we've enlisted our ITA Ambassadors to provide us with insider facts and tips for making the most of life in major cities around the globe like Santiago, Chile.
Whether it's finding an English-speaking doctor, opening a bank account, or simply finding a supermarket where you can find the odd comfort food from home (peanut butter!), our ambassadors have actionable on-the-ground-tips to help you feel at home in your new home city. Please note that things change and we will do our best to keep these "Fact Sheets" updated over time and that current and future ambassadors will continue to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.