I Have Student Loans - How Can I Teach English Abroad?

Are Student Loans preventing you from pursuing teaching English abroad? Learn how you can overcome this obstacle and see the world as a paid English teacher.

Yes — With total outstanding student debt surpassing the $1 trillion mark, the majority of college graduates today finance their education through borrowing and debt in the form of student loans. You may think, how can I get TEFL certified and teach English abroad when I have to pay my student loans?

How much money can I make teaching English in South Korea?

South Korea offers some of the best salaries and benefits to foreign English teachers in the world. Here is a brief outline of what foreign English teachers can expect to earn teaching in Korea.  Keep in mind that English teachers in Korea typically receive airfare and housing, the cost of living is modest and exchange rates are such that most teachers will be able to save up to 50 % of their salary after expenses, which can range from the equivalent of $800 - $1,200 a month. Salaries are typically paid in Korea won (KRW).

How Much Money Can I Earn Teaching English Abroad?

What are salaries for English teachers overseas?

English teacher salaries abroad depend on the teacher’s position, qualifications and the country where they teach. Some examples of monthly salaries you can earn based on the region you teach English in include:

  • Asia: Japan $1,500 - $2,000 USD /mo; China $1,250 - $2,850 USD /mo; and South Korea $1,850 - $2,150 USD /mo.  
  • Latin America: Mexico $500 - $800 USD /mo; Argentina $600 - $1,100 USD /mo; and Chile $750 - $1,000 USD /mo.
  • Europe: Czech Republic $700 - $1,100 USD /mo; Germany $1,100 - $2,200 USD /mo; and Spain $1,250 - $1,850 USD /mo. 
  • Middle East: Bahrain $1,500 - $3,000 USD /mo; UAE $1,800 - $5,000 USD /mo; and Qatar $1,600 - $4,000 USD /mo.