What are the basic requirements to teach English in Japan?

By: Chelsea Hendrickx

Is the land of the rising sun beckoning you to its shores? Do you dream of having a picnic under cherry blossoms by day and drinking sake at the karaoke bar by night?

The Asian market is one of the largest in the world for English teachers, and Japan in particular has one of the longest traditions of employing English instructors. An official English Teaching Recruitment Program was started by the government as far back as 1978, bringing native English speakers to the various islands of Japan to help teach Japanese speakers. In addition, thousands of Americans & other foreigners teach English in private language institutes that cater primarily to adults. So what do you need to get a job teaching English in Japan?

What are the Stages of Culture Shock? [Video]

Heard about culture shock?  Worried that you will have problems adjusting to life in a new country when you first move abroad? It's natural to face challenges when moving to a new country where you might not know the language, the culture, or even any friends, but being prepared can help you meet these challenges.  Watch this video featuring ITA Instructor Wayne Walker to gain an understanding of the stages of adjustment that you may go through when move abroad, particularly for the first time.

Can I Secure a Job in Advance for Teaching English in Europe?


By: Havvah Holl 

Europe is a popular market for potential TEFL teachers, however, it can be daunting because most positions for non-EU teachers are secured locally on the ground after you’ve arrived in the country. While common practice, it doesn’t offer the same peace of mind as securing a position in advance, when you know that you have a job waiting for you. The good news is that if you are set on being in Europe, and prefer to have a job secured before heading overseas there are some great options available in a variety of top job markets.

Will I Face Age Restrictions Teaching English Abroad in Asia?

By: Tyler Parsons

International TEFL Academy graduates find paid work teaching English in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Beyond TEFL certification, some markets have additional requirements for hiring teachers.  

Certain countries require a 4-year university degree, others may require an advanced degree in education, and some countries don't require a degree at all. In some cases, citizenship from a designated "Native English-Speaking Country" is required.

In some countries a teacher's age can play a factor in the hiring process as well. More than half of the teaching positions available around the world are teaching adults and many schools may prefer a more mature teacher with professional work experience for such positions.

10 Things You Need to Know to Prepare for Your TEFL Class in Costa Rica

International TEFL Academy is proud to offer a world-class 4-week Costa Rica TEFL class at our franchise in the heart of Heredia. Employing a state-of-the-art curriculum and taught by expert 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 compiled the most common and most important questions raised by our students in addition to advice & tips from actual graduates of the course. 

What is the EPIK Program for Teaching English in South Korea?

An Overview of the EPIK Program for Teaching English in South Korea

By: Jessie Smith

EPIK, which stands for English Program In Korea, is a teaching program sponsored through the Korean Ministry of Education. Accepted participants are placed in public school positions throughout the country, so while you can list your preferences, but assignments are decided on a first come-first serve basis, and your location will ultimately be assigned to you. You can increase your chance of getting the placement you want by making sure to apply ASAP when the application period opens.

What is Border Hopping When Teaching English Abroad?

By Lauren Davis

Visas for teaching English abroad can be extremely confusing. There are numerous different types of visas English teachers use when moving abroad to teach, especially when looking to stay abroad long-term.

One of those most common questions pertaining to visas being, what type do I need?  It’s can be an overwhelming topic, especially since every country and employer operates differently.  Many International TEFL Academy Alumni are teaching on work visas, student visas, or a cultural exchange visa.

But in parts of the world where paperwork isn’t a strong suit, most commonly in Latin America, tourist visas are the norm therefore teachers border hop so they can stay for an extended period of time.  The standard visa procedure in these regions is teaching on a tourist visa while “border hopping,” which basically means that you are crossing over a border to another country to get a new visa.  Because the term is vague at best, let's break down the who, what, when where and hows of border hopping when teaching English abroad.

What is the JET Program for Teaching English in Japan?

By: Chelsea Hendrickx

JET, which stands for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, is an exchange and teaching program fostered by the Japanese government which brings university-educated, native English-speakers (or in rare cases, other languages as well) to teach English in Japan, and to participate in culture exchange. Accepted participants are placed in positions throughout the country, so while you can list your preferences, your location will ultimately be chosen for you.

How Much Money Can You Earn & Save Teaching English in Thailand? [Tips & Resources]

By: Shay Ames

What's left to be said about Thailand? As I'm interviewing an International TEFL Academy staff member - who we’ll call “Erika” - she gazes out the window’s display of winter wonder-Chicago-land, and dazedly reminisces about her experience, not long ago, teaching in a warm, magical place called Thailand that is also one of the top job markets for teaching English in Asia.  

Asia is known as one of the most lucrative regions in the world & while Thailand is not the most  developed economy in Asia, it is a nation on the move and many English teachers are able to make enough to save 30%-50% of their income after expenses.  

Am I Too Old To Teach English Abroad?

By: Paige Lee

The short answer — HELL NO! 

However, like with anything else about teaching abroad, there’s more to say about this very common question. And yes, in certain countries age can be a limiting factor due to things like mandatory retirement ages, or cultural norms. That said, if you are a native English speaker who earns an accredited TEFL certification, you will have options.

To many mature teachers who are looking to explore different cultures and perspectives it can seem that many programs & TEFL schools, including International TEFL Academy (ITA), only work with recent grads and 20-somethings who have few obstacles and debts to figure out in order to go abroad.

While a majority of ITA’s teachers fit this demographic, teaching abroad is available to EVERYBODY! The key is to enter this adventure with patience, persistence, and an open mind. Below are a few tips on how to approach your TEFL course and finding English teaching work abroad as a more mature teacher.