5 Key Tips to Help You Pick the Best TEFL Certification Course (and Not Get Ripped Off)

What are the Basic Requirements to Teach English Abroad?

By Jessie Smith

The Top 5 Teaching English Abroad Requirements 

The requirements to teach English abroad vary region-by-region and country-by-country. But here are the 5 key requirements to teach English abroad no matter where in the world you plan to teach:

I. TEFL Certification

II. Visa

III. Money

IV. Hiring Process & Requirements

V. Country-Specific Documents

How Do U.S. Citizens Obtain a Criminal Background Check for Teaching English Abroad?


By: Jeff Penick

In general, if you’re planning on teaching English abroad, there is about a 50/50 chance you will need to obtain some kind of criminal background check before or during the hiring process. In some countries, a background check is required to qualify for a visa like in South Korea. In other cases, the individual school that hires you may request a background check.

How to Choose the Best Online TEFL Course

By: Ian Davis

For many, teaching English abroad can be a life changing experience, and like all big events in life, one should prepare by doing proper research.  Online TEFL courses have become very popular in recent years, as they offer a flexible and affordable way to complete your TEFL training.  However, not all online TEFL courses are the same. Like anything, when it comes to TEFL courses, you will typically get what you pay for and if a price seems too good to be true - it usually is. A $195 self-taught online TEFL class with no practice teaching that you buy on Groupon will not provide the same level of training, recognition or accreditation that you will receive by investing in a true professional level course that meets industry standards and is taught by experienced instructors.

As you embark on your research or the best online TEFL course for you, here are some key points to consider and some important questions for you to ask.

What is the Central European Teaching Program (CETP) for Teaching English in Hungary?

By: Leah Kralovetz

Interested in teaching English in the heart of Europe?

The Central European Teaching Program (CETP) began as Teach Hungary in 1991. In the following years it would expand to more formerly socialist countries in Central Europe, then returned to placing teachers exclusively in Hungary. Teachers pay a placement fee for this program, but there are some great benefits provided to teachers who teach English in Hungary through CETP, including a good salary, accommodations & paid vacation. This program offers a good deal of flexibility and can be a great option for those interested in teaching English in Central Europe. Here are some top tips to know.

Can I Make Money as a Private Tutor While Teaching English Abroad?

Check Out Insider Tips on How You Can Make Money as a Private English Tutor Overseas

By Jeff Penick 

Can you make money giving private English lessons abroad?

Yes! Private tutoring on the side is very common while teaching English abroad; especially because teachers can often earn more per hour compared to what their school pays them. In fact, in some countries, teachers will private tutor full-time if they can accumulate enough students to fill their days, and in some markets, private tutoring is actually the most common way for teachers to find work.  

This is the case, for example, for Americans in the Spanish city of Barcelona, where most language schools hire exclusively European Union (EU) citizens. Luckily, demand for private lessons is extremely high so Americans can make a livable wage, but the bottom line is that if you are an American, and you want to teach English in Barcelona, you need to count on teaching private lessons. 

How Should I Pick a TEFL Course Date & When Do I Need to Enroll?

Get Inside Tips on How to Select Your TEFL Course Location & Date

By Matt Birgy 

Have you already decided that living overseas as an English teacher and traveling the world is an experience you'll always regret missing out on?  Well, it’s your turn to publish photos on Facebook or Instagram of a life somewhere overseas, as authentic and off-the-beaten-tourist-path as it gets, while making an actual difference.

If you’ve arrived at the conclusion that, yes, you want to challenge yourself and take the leap to live internationally as an English teacher, then (congrats!) getting TEFL certified is the beginning of your journey.  With so many potential teaching destinations, certification locations and course dates out there, deciding when and where can become a task in itself, so here are some questions to ask yourself to help you choose the right TEFL Certification option for you.

Can I Apply for Jobs Teaching English Abroad in Multiple Countries?

Absolutely, it’s the smart thing to do!  Schools in many Asian countries predominantly interview and hire teachers in advance from abroad.  Certain Latin American and European nations like Mexico, Chile, Russia or Turkey will hire in advance as well, though the majority of positions are found on the ground. This means that if your take an online TEFL certification class, or the Chicago TEFL Class, for example, you will receive comprehensive job search guidance that will enable you to apply and interview for teaching jobs and opportunities in multiple countries and regions in the world at the same time.