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People who travel and teach often refer to it as one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.With careful planning and guidance, it is possible to have the experience of a lifetime in one trip.

Once gaining the qualifications, the next step is choosing the place you would prefer to teach. You may already have a destination in mind, while many teachers have no one particular place that stands out. Why not have a look at our Country Profiles? After a quick comparison, it is possible to see which destinations best suit your needs. Explore your horizons! teach english abroad jobs

Which countries are popular? The following is a general guide:

• British, Irish teachers find more placements in Southern Europe

• American, Canadian teachers find work in Vietnam and S. Korea
• Australian teachers get more jobs in S. Korea and Thailand.
• All nationalities can find a world of possibilities in China!

Every year, thousands of people travel to foreign countries with the dream of teaching English overseas.

The more you know about your job, the city you will live in and the native language there before you arrive, the more effective you will be as a teacher. Teflen advises finding out as much as you can about the local lifestyle, education systems, and culture. As a foreigner amongst an established community, you will most likely be treated as different or special. Sometimes this is positive while other times it may be less appreciated.

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While it is essentially your decision as to where to teach English abroad, there are some factors which may determine your eligibility to teach in certain conditions:

Some work visas in some countries require that the teacher hold citizenship in a native English speaking country. In such cases, these countries are typically considered to be: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK and USA. In many cases it is not actually a legal requirement to hold citizenship from such countries; however, it is always highly preferred.

Communication and spoken skills are highly valued and it is possible for a non-native speaker who communicates at a native level to find employment.

Some countries’ visas require English teachers hold a bachelor’s degree; others will accept a two-year associates’ degree and others still may hire teachers without a degree. It is most common that higher paying jobs require higher level visas and these require a university degree.

While the majority of travellers looking for employment do hold university degrees. Those who have done some more research will also hold certification from an institute such as Teflen. A Teflen certificate provides an edge over the thousands of other hopeful teachers. Some jobs require this as a minimum qualification.

Some employment opportunities are restricted to maximum age restrictions. This is due to cultural norms and legal retirements in certain countries. In some cases it can be hard to find work if you over 40 where in other countries age is respected and teachers are hired into their 70’s.

Many countries such as South Korea and Vietnam will require a work contract and the typical negotiated length is 12 months. European countries will often subtract the summer months and contracts typically run for 9 or 10 months. In other countries, institutes will hire on contracts as short as 6 months. If you are successful as an English teacher schools are usually able to assist you in extending your contract if you wish to continue on.

While there are definite opportunities for TESOL/TEFL teachers without a degree, there far more jobs around the world for TESOL/TEFL teachers who have been to University. TESOL/TEFL teachers without a degree who have gained some practical experience can compensate for their lack of degree by exploring experience building possibilities.

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The majority of first time English language teachers find employment with private language schools. Depending on the country, class sizes and abilities vary. These are often small private businesses, so while they can be strict on certain business practices, they generally take care of their teachers. It is important that you choose your school carefully. General work requirements involve a certificate based on successful completion of a minimum of 100 hour course. Usually teachers are expected to be native English speakers and to teach 25-30 hours a week on average with about 12-15 hours of preparation work. The employment process for this type of institute is often simpler than with a public school and the waiting times are usually shorter. In this environment you will usually be among a team with other native English speakers who are generally happy to assist new teachers.


Usually when a foreign teacher works in a public school, they work as a partner or team teacher. In many cases there are less work hours, and longer vacations than in private academies. Overall, public schools offer better conditions including accommodation, airfare reimbursement, and sometimes health insurance. Qualifications for public school teachers are therefore much more stringent. Teachers should hold degrees and be native English speakers. Class sizes are usually larger and contracts are usually limited to 1 year minimum. It is often important to find jobs months in advance.


For teachers looking for a fun trip and enjoy working with children, summer camps in Asia and Europe offer short contracts of 4-6 week in language camps. These are for school aged children and teens. It is preferred that you have some experience with children although it's not always necessary. Camp organisers expect teachers to have a TEFL/TESOL certificate.


If you are an experienced TEFL/TESOL teacher or you have an advanced degree in an English related subject, you may be looking to move into a job at the university level. These positions hold higher prestige in the community. They provide opportunities to work with advanced students and young adults. They generally pay higher and provide better working conditions.


While under an employment contract, it is still often possible to supplement your income by providing private lessons or building a local business as a freelance tutor. It is possible for some teachers to double their salaries by teaching students privately outside their regular employment or during holidays.


Business English teachers teach either within a business premises itself or in a course at a language school. Typically, students are adults and are company employees who either want or need to learn English to better their careers. Business English courses are usually organised by the company and have specific goals. They can be highly rewarding for professional teachers. Business knowledge isn’t compulsory, but desired.

ESP (English for Specific Purposes) refers to teaching a specific genre of mostly technical English for students with specific goals. These goals can be related to their jobs or university study. These could include such examples as; English for Academic Purposes (for students who wish to enter university in an English-speaking country), Hotel & Catering English (for hospitality professionals), or English for Business and Management. These rewarding jobs can be found all over the world.


If you do not require payment and are able to offer English lessons for food, a bed and a warm shower, then you will find that the emotional reward and experience you gain will be immense. Struggling countries around the world have an immense and urgent need for volunteer teachers. Volunteer work is normally short term, with positions lasting between one week and a couple of months..


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As the TESOL TEFL industry grows worldwide, it generally advertises over the internet. Every month, over 20’000 new jobs are listed on advertising websites. Agents also advertise for teachers, however they are paid by schools to find teachers. It is advised that you don’t pay an agent to find work for you. It is essential that you research the country where you want to work and get an idea of the average pay and conditions. Jobs which stand out as being too good to be true generally are. It may be a good idea to travel to the country you wish to work in before choosing a school. The more research you do, the better.

Prepare your documents.

Cover Letter

CV or Resume


It is highly recommended that you keep your cover letter plain and easy to understand. Keep person details to a minimum and relevant. The person reading the document probably isn’t fluent in English, so write for your audience.

Be sure to cover:
The reason you are writing
The place you saw the job listing
Who you are and your skills
The reason why this particular job is important to you
Be polite and respectful


Dear Mr Moon,

My name is John Brine and I am writing for the position of EFL instructor at "EngKor Institute Busan" which I saw advertised on the Teflen Job Board on the 22nd November, 2013.

I recently graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with a communications degree. With the hope of travelling and working, I then studied the 150 hour TESOL/TEFL Master Course offered by Teflen Training College. I also worked part-time as a tutor at a local high school, helping students prepare their final English assessments.

I have always wished to travel and have thought that Korea would be an interesting country to visit. I have also always enjoyed teaching and the process of learning. I’ve heard Korean is difficult to learn, but I am willing to try. Please consider my application for the position of EFL Instructor. I think I can provide a unique and upbeat atmosphere to the company and desire the opportunity to expand my own learning.

I have read testimonials from your former employees and your school has a very good reputation. I would do my best to uphold this reputation and it would be an honour to work for such an institution. Please find my attached CV and feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. Thank you for your consideration.


John Brine

As with your cover letter, attempt to keep your CV as short and to the point as possible. Your employer doesn’t need to study your life story, just get a general picture of the type of teacher you would be. Be sure to cover your relevant work history, education and any specific skills which would be pertinent to the position. If possible, touch on the points the employer has mentioned in their advertisement.


John Smith
- EFL Teacher

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John Brine

Date of Birth
4th January 1984

123 Street Name
State & Country
Post/Zip Code


028 12345678




John is degree educated and a hard working qualified EFL Teacher. He is committed to excellence and will always be supportive of a schools aims, agreed teaching styles, methods of assessment and other policies.  John has created lessons for a variety of levels from pre-intermediate to advanced, he will encourage curiosity and will motivate your students.  John is patient and kind with excellent communication skills and a solid understanding of strong lesson planning and classroom management.





Tefl Certificate.
Master Course,
Teflen Training College.

Bachelor of Arts (Major: Writing)
Macquarie University,

CPR Certified
HCMS Health.






Edmundston Elementary School, Sydney. (Teaching Assistant)
Assisted the teaching staff at EES by preparing lessons in English, History, and Geography.
Corrected assignments and provided reports to each teacher on the grades achieved by each class.
Assisted course tutors in the preparation of lessons for individual tutoring sessions.
Co-ordinated presentations and demonstrations as part of the teaching curriculum.

Jackson Writing Centre. Sydney. (Instructor)
Conduct writing conferences with students.
Identify weaknesses in development and style.
Guide writers in solving problems.
Learned valuable interpersonal communication skills by collaborating with students from many fields.

Freelance Tutor (Teacher)
Tutoring high school students in English.





MicrosoftWord, Access, PowerPoint and Excel. Macromedia Dreamweaver and AdobePhotoshop.


Japanese language and culture, sport and outdoor activities.


Stephen Williams
Teflen Training College name@teflen.com
(+612) 12345678


Profesor Andrew Roberts
English Department
Macquarie University
(+612) 12345678