What Are the Differences Between Joining the Peace Corps & Teaching English Abroad?

By Ashley Houston

If you’re a U.S. citizen over the age of 18 looking for a meaningful way to make an impact overseas, teaching English abroad and joining the Peace Corps are probably at the top of your list. There are many benefits to both opportunities, so as you’re comparing options it’s important to first understand the differences and similarities:

What are the benefits of teaching English abroad?

How will teaching English abroad pay off in the long run?


  • Easy travel. When you live abroad it is typically much easier and less costly to travel. When you teach English in Spain, for example, you can easily hop on a train to spend the weekend in France, or perhaps Portugal, for just a couple hundred bucks. An English teacher in Korea can spend can spend as little as $500 for a week of fun and sun in Thailand or the Philippines.  Or think of teaching in Turkey, where you are just an hour or two by flight from such great destinations as Athens, Venice and Vienna; or looking the other direction, you could be in Jerusalem, Cairo, or Jordan.