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....
International TEFL Academy is proud to offer a world-class 4-week Barcelona TEFL Class located in the heart of Barcelona, Spain, one of the top job markets for teaching English in Europe. Employing a state-of-the-art curriculum and taught by expert university-level instructors, this course is designed to provide you with the skills & qualification you need to succeed in teaching English abroad. This course is fun and you will learn a ton, but it is also very demanding and requires that you be prepared to meet the full-time demands of a rigorous university-level course. To help you prepare for this course, we've put together a typical day in the life schedule to outline the daily grind and commitment required.
Spain is one of the most popular locations to teach English abroad, but many teachers (apart from EU citizens) struggle to find a legal way to live and work there. Through this exciting new program, sponsored by the Spanish government, you can legally live and teach in certain regions of Spain.
By Matt Birgy
English teachers abroad experience life in a foreign country as authentic as it comes. Living as a local while teaching English abroad in a nation like Argentina, Mexico or South Korea provides the opportunity of a lifetime to immerse yourself in local celebrations, unique cultural events and national holidays in ways a tourist just can’t.
This includes sport, and rightfully so. The grandest international spectacle of them all, the FIFA World Cup, brings out the pride and identity of a nation like none other. Sure, we air it on television here in the United States and pockets of fans gather to enjoy matches, but this doesn't hold a candle to the "Total Fandom" you'll experience actually living in a soccer nation across the globe, like Spain, Germany or Brazil, where the sport is followed with a passion and fervor, Duke basketball and Green Bay Packer fans can only dream of rivaling.
By Paige Lee
Interested in teaching English in Spain?
1. How you teach English depends on the city you live in and private tutoring is a common style of English teaching employment in Spain: How do I make money as a private English tutor abroad?
Spain is one of the most in-demand markets in the whole English teaching industry, but it is a complex country with a variety of teaching opportunity. Madrid is the capital and largest teaching market in Spain, but Barcelona is a highly popular city for English teachers to set their sights on. Across this stunning region, work will vary greatly from a traditional classroom setting to private English teaching one-on-one.
BONUS: In one of ITA’s most read articles about Spain, Lauren O’Rourke, lays out the steps to find work as a private tutor: How to Become a Private English Teacher in Barcelona, Spain.
Getting a job teaching English in Spain takes a lot of planning and knowledge about the teaching market, especially for Americans. Here are some key items you need to know in order to ensure a smooth transition to life abroad and successfully secure a teaching job.
• Hiring Seasons - September/October & January are prime hiring periods.
• Visas - The type of visa will depend on your nationality and your job.
• Locations - Madrid is the top job market; Barcelona & Bilbao are other top options.
• Finding Jobs - Plan on being on the ground in Spain to interview during hiring seasons.
• Interviewing - Be prepared to interview face-to-face with your TEFL certificate & sample lesson plans in hand.
• Resources - From expert advisors to local job boards, ITA grads receive all the resources they need to get a good job teaching English in Spain.
By Lynda Galea
Moving to teach English in Spain but don't speak a lick of the local language? Don't worry, there's an app for that. Not sure how to get around the new city you'll be living in, or where to grocery shop and find dinner? You guessed it, there's an app for that too! These days, mobile apps are making our lives that much easier; there's virtually an app for almost everything! Whether you're vacationing in Spain for an extended period of time, or teaching English there indefinitely, here are some of the most convenient and useful apps to have on your phone while navigating life in Spain.
Recently we took a look and shared 15 celebrities who took the leap to teach English abroad before they were famous (we’re not saying teaching English abroad will make you famous— unless you can act like Ed Norton or make a living pranking Dwight) and it got us thinking a bit.
What if fictional TV characters had the choice to teach English abroad? Would they jump on the opportunity, and if so, where in the world would they teach? And since there is no wrong answer here, we figured we would take an educated guess or seven.