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Job prospects for suitably qualified teachers on the TEFL Online program are excellent. There is a growing demand worldwide as English becomes our universal language. In every country of the world, both in business and tourism, English has become the global language. In short, everyone wants to speak English and many governments around the world are positively encouraging their citizens to do so.

If you follow our step-by-step guide to finding a teaching job, then you will easily secure a teaching job within a few weeks of completing your eTEFL course.

We will be happy to assist you in finding work overseas. 93% of our course graduates were able to secure a paid teaching job within 1-2 weeks of arriving in their chosen country.

No BA Degree? No Problem

A BA degree, in any subject, is usually required to obtain a work permit to teach legally in many countries especially now in Thailand, Japan, Korea and China. However employers tend to insist on seeing a BA degree until around one week before the school term starts. Then in a last minute panic, they'll change their mind and employ teachers with or without a degree to make sure they fill their vacancies. Virtually all employers want to see a recognized TEFL certificate from a reputable TEFL course such as eTEFL.

If you don't have a BA, then the best thing to do is dress up in your best clothes, walk in to a school and ask to speak to the head teacher or Director of Studies (DOS) face to face. This works miracles! Don’t bother applying by email as they will probably not respond, especially if you are not in the country at the time.

Most Central and South American countries do not require a BA degree to teach legally. The same applies to many countries in South East Asia as well as in Europe.

Step By Step Guide To Finding a Job Placement Abroad

Step 1: Setting up an ESL teaching job in advance before leaving home is virtually impossible. Too many schools have been let down by teachers who accepted a job offer then cancelled their trip at the last minute. The best thing to do is get on a plane, travel to your preferred country, and walk in to speak to school staff. If you are friendly and dress well, you will be offered a job on the spot in virtually any country. Teaching English is a profession so act professionally. Do not turn up looking like a backpacker who just fell out of bed.

Step 2: Prepare a resume/CV Include all relevant personal information including your visa status. You should never work illegally in any country. In any case, your employer is usually responsible for sponsoring your visa and work permit application. Remember to bring original copies of all qualifications. Make sure you highlight your TEFL training and teaching practice!

Step 3: Looks go a long way in many countries especially in China and SE Asia. Attach a small passport-sized color photo to the top of the resume/CV. This helps potential employers remember applicants more easily. Dress formally for the photo but look relaxed and friendly. Applications without a picture have less chance of receiving a response.

Step 4: Many language schools do not advertise their teaching positions as they rely on local agents and walk-ins. However, these websites list the jobs that are advertised.

Step 5: Post your resume/CV on all these sites as School recruiters regularly scan the pages for suitable candidates.

Step 6: Send your resume/CV to all these large school chains who are always looking for teachers.

Important: Never pay money up-front to anyone who offers you a job placement. A reputable agent/employer will not ask for money in advance and they should cover your visa and work permit costs.

They may deduct the fees from your salary if you do not complete the probation period. The information on the page is for guidance only and you are solely responsible for all dealings with employers and agents. Always try to negotiate the best deal for you and don't be afraid to walk away from an interview.

Remember you should Call each organisation before and after sending your resume. Never include or CC more than one email address in each email! It will take a few days of hard work but you will succeed!

Here's a very common question we get from our students:

Q. "I have emailed my CV/Resume to dozens of employers and job ads, why am I getting no replies?"

A. It's probably one of two reasons. Firstly, do you actually match the requirements? You'd be surprised how many applications schools get from teachers who clearly don't fit the position and in many cases didn't read the job ad carefully enough.

The second reason is that most ESL schools receive hundreds of email applications each week and sometimes each day. They don't have time to look at them all and why bother? They have been let down too many times. When it comes to weighing up e-mail versus a phone call....... GET ON THE PHONE AND START DIALING!


A Word of Warning

Most people just send out an email blast to as many schools as they can find and hope for the best. Guess what? It won't work. The trick is, to always call each school and get the name of the school director before sending your resume. You must then call again to see if they have received it.


Have you ever wondered why some people are able to nail the top jobs? Here is the secret of success... right here:

Send your personalised application and CV/resume to the school director by Fed Ex or DHL special delivery service! Go to any post office or MailBoxes Etc shop and ask to send your letter by courier. It will be worth the investment!

Think about it for a second!

Which pile do you want to be in? The ONE FedEx delivery on the employers desk? or the 350 in their inbox? Most people are too lazy and won't go to the trouble of doing this. Most school directors don't have enough time to go though 350 emails EVERY DAY! In fact most don't even bother checking!

You can also send an email but you need to include the School Director's name and make your cover letter & resume relevant to the job description. Send a recent professional looking picture.

This means a passport type, head shot picture, not one with you and your friends in a night club, or one with your tattoos or cleavage showing. Believe it or not they do get them.

That said, the best way to secure a teaching job overseas is to just go there and visit the school in person. This never fails! As long as you hold an approved TEFL certificate, present yourself properly and show some enthusiasm for teaching, you wont have any problems finding a teaching job in virtually any country around the world.

We strongly advise that you should apply for any teaching job by calling first, or visit the school in person, rather than by email. Another point worth mentioning. If you arrive at a job interview late, are rude, or you look like you got mugged on the way to the interview, the chances are you'll never get a teaching job, regardless of what TEFL certificate you hold!

Good luck and let me know if you need any help. You can contact us at anytime if you get stuck or need some advice.

Best Regards
Jane Openshaw
Program Manager

PS. We still hear stories of some unscrupulous language schools telling our graduates that the eTEFL or online certificate isn’t ‘accredited’ or ‘approved’ or something along those lines.

This usually precedes a demand to pay money to enrol on another TEFL course, which they are affiliated with and they get a generous commission. If this happens, stay well clear. Also please notify us as we will take legal action against them for defamation.

Summary of Job Prospects & Salaries in the Most Popular TEFL Destinations

Western Europe: France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece

France & Germany remain very good destinations for qualified EFL teachers. There are teaching positions available in most major cities but the vast majority of work can be found in the capitals Paris & Berlin. France & Germany also seems to be among the easier EU countries for non-EU passport/American holders.

The cost of living in Spain, Portugal and especially Greece is relatively low and the salaries reflect this. A university degree is often asked for (but not always required) any teacher who has a degree, a TEFL certificate and an EU passport will have no problem in finding work. Other nationalities may encounter more problems due to EU regulations.

There are countless jobs available in Italy. Many teachers enjoy the lifestyle that Italy offers even if the salaries are quite low in relation to the cost of living. As Italy is an EU country work prospects favour UK and Irish citizens, however there seems to be thousands of Americans teaching there too!

Typical Salaries:
France: €18 Euros per hour
Germany: €2,500 euros per month
Spain: €1,000 Euros per month
Italy: €1,200 Euros per month
Portugal: €1,200 Euros per month
Greece: €800 Euros per month

Eastern Europe: Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Poland

The Czech Republic is one of most popular countries in the region for qualified EFL teachers. Work is relatively easy to obtain and salaries, despite being low, offer a reasonably comfortable lifestyle. Teachers who hold a recognised TEFL certificate should have no problem finding work in Prague and the major cities in the republic.
Ukraine has a major shortage of teachers and the demand for the English language is still increasing in Russia. Qualified EFL teachers should have few problems in finding work. Again, salaries are low due to the economic problems but teachers can still enjoy a comfortable standard of living.

Prospects for English teachers in Poland remain more promising than anywhere else in the world. There are numerous possibilities in both state and private sectors. The salaries usually allow for a relatively comfortable standard of living but if you are looking to save money then Poland is probably not the place for you.

Typical Salaries:
Czech Republic: $300-500 USD per month
Russia: $700-900 USD per month
Ukraine: $400-500 USD per month
Poland: $500-600 USD per month

Asia: China, Thailand, South Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan

The demand for ESL teachers in these Asian countries is huge. There seems to be far more jobs than teachers and teachers can pretty much pick and choose where they want to work! Teachers are highly respected in Asia despite the massive influx of unqualified traveller/teachers that have damaged the industry.

Thailand remains one of the most popular destinations in the world mainly due to the comfortable lifestyle teachers enjoy. The charm of the 'Thai people' and the buzz of Bangkok cause many teachers to stay in Thailand for good. Many ESL Teachers now choose Thailand over China, South Korea and Japan despite the lower salaries.

Jobs can be found in virtually every part of Thailand. Teachers are highly respected by Thai students are generally highly motivated and willing to learn. They are also great fun to teach! As Thailand is such an attractive country there will always be a string of unqualified teachers looking for work. A TEFL qualified teacher will find work very easily. Qualified teachers with at least 2 years experience, a degree and a recognised TEFL certificate can easily find work in one of the many international schools where they can receive a western salary, free luxury accommodation as well as many other perks.

Teachers are now required to have a BA degree to teach in Thailand.

Typical Salaries:
China: $600-800 USD per month (Rates will vary in each region)
Thailand: $1,000-1,500 USD per month
South Korea: $1500-2000 USD per month
Cambodia: $7-12 USD per hour
Vietnam: $16 USD per hour
Japan: $2500 USD per month
Taiwan: $100-1500 USD per month

The Americas: Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia

Central & South America offers a wide variety of teaching opportunities .  The cultural diversity and Latin charm combine to make this region an attractive destination for EFL teachers. Generally speaking salaries are low but this is compensated by the low cost of living. Most schools in the region cannot afford to advertise vacancies internationally; so most hiring is done 'on the spot'. Qualified teachers can easily find work in Brazil.

Costa Rica offers the most promising environment in Latin America. Teachers typically find work in private universities or language schools, while opportunities do exist in private primary schools and high schools. A few teach adult courses offered by banks, travel agencies, and other organizations. The Central Valley, in and around San Joe, is where the majority of jobs are found.

Wages for Teachers in Costa Rica are normally between $250 and $400 per month. Since room and board for an individual generally run at more than $200 per month, it is not typical for Teachers to save much money.

While most schools and companies in San Jose pay salaries to Teachers, those in more rural locations frequently offer only accommodations and meals.

Language schools in Columbia find it difficult to attract native speaker teachers due to Colombia's reputation for crime and violence. In reality EFL teachers are unlikely to find themselves victims and for any teacher willing to work for the low salaries on offer, the prospects are good.

Typical Salaries:
Costa Rica: $300-600 USD per month
Brazil: $1,000 USD per month
Argentina: $10-15 USD per hour
Columbia: $500-$1,000 USD per month

Most African countries offer some ESL opportunities although volunteers fill most of the teaching positions. Many countries are turning away from the language of its former colonial master France. Many urban Africans are starting to learn English for study and work purposes and as a result there is a reasonable demand for native English teachers, particularly in the capitals and areas with a high level of employment in the tourism industry.

Middle East
The days of outrageously high tax-free salaries in the Middle East are probably over. However, the salaries offered are usually higher with most other countries. Teachers are usually required to have the highest qualifications and considerable experience. Few women are employed and some teachers find the rules and regulations of life in Saudi Arabia and other middle-eastern countries rather too restrictive.

Teaching at Home: USA, UK, Australia, NZ

Believe it or not, there is a huge demand for ESL teachers in the UK, USA & Australia. Language schools in the UK operate during the summer months of July and August catering to foreign students on intensive English language study programs.

In the USA, Australia and NZ the demand for ESL teachers is big, although it is extremely difficult or impossible for non-citizens to get a working visa. Therefore local citizens, usually on a part-time basis, fill nearly all positions. ESL teaching is not particularly well paid in comparison to the cost of living.

Disclaimer: All information on this page is correct when published and subject to change without notice. Good places become bad and bad places can become good very quickly. The information is posted in good faith and we cannot be held liable for the any details or the actions of any agent or employer. eTEFL has not investigated, and does not endorse, any of the jobs listed in the job feeds and will not be held accountable for the outcome of any applications. Please research every opportunity carefully!


Teaching Opportunities Online Over Skype or Facetime 

The growth of technology for educational use has revolutionised the way in which people learn and access education.  Teaching English over Skype is developing fast and could soon become the norm in teaching English as foreign language and an integral part of the ESL industry. Learning English online is well established in France and growing rapidly in much of China, Japan and South Korea.

It opens up a lot of creative options for teachers who will gain 21st century skills in cross-cultural communication and eliminates geographical restrictions for teachers and students alike. For many students, English language proficiency is the key to their future success. Learning English online provides the opportunity to learn in an interactive environment with a native speaker which they may not have access to where they live, in a cost effective and convenient way. For teachers, the benefits of teaching English online are outlined below!

Benefits of teaching English online

  • You can work from anywhere in the world. This means that you can be constantly on the move, or settle somewhere remote and you can still have access to students even if there are not great teaching opportunities where you are based.
  • There is no commute and with no travelling between classes, lessons can run straight into each other and can last 60 rather than 55 minutes.
  • The flexible schedule is ideal for those balancing a busy family life/other commitments. You can set your own hours and work as little or as much as you want. With potential students all over the world you can work at any time of the day.
  • You can own your own business while delivering a needed service. Although there are some big recruiters that you can work for, most teachers are attracted to the opportunity online teaching provides to be your own boss.
  • Teaching English online is also a new challenge for teachers, with plenty of opportunities to be creative and develop new ways of teaching.

If teaching English online sounds like it could be for you, read on to find out how to get started!

Initial set up: good equipment

Skype is a very user-friendly platform for online teaching, which many freelance teachers opt for. Its greatest appeal is its simplicity. You can have free video or audio conversations with your students, you can send files, type corrections and new vocabulary in the message box, and you can also screen share your desktop to show PowerPoint presentations or work directly from educational sites.

You will also need a good strong internet connection, a fast computer and a working headset to get started. (There is nothing more frustrating than a slow connection when teaching!). As an independent freelance teacher you will be responsible for maintaining and upgrading your equipment where necessary.  In in terms of receiving payments, PayPal is one of the best options.

How to teach English over Skype

You will focus on improving your students’ fluency and confidence in English language, in a virtual environment. Generally teaching English online or via skype will entail going over conversations, correcting pronunciation and providing feedback. You might work one-on-one or with a small group in a virtual classroom.

You do not need to speak the students native tongue as communication between the teacher and students will be exclusively in English. It has been proven that this form of language immersion is one of the best ways to learn a new language. Make sure to slow down your speaking speed so your students can follow you.

Finding a TEFL job

When you start off teaching English online you may feel like a bit of a lone wolf. In order to start a thriving business with student referrals you need to start creating a network with other teachers. Get yourself on LinkedIn, twitter, Facebook. Thanks to the internet you can now post one online advert that can be viewed by thousands instead of trawling the streets and handing out flyers.

Promoting yourself: You want to create and online brand and develop a following. It is important to have a website and online presence through which you can promote yourself and draw in students through your content and profile.

Having a niche, specialising, and creating a unique teaching style might just be the route to your success. Think about the type of audience you want to attract. This will also be based on how much you want to earn.