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Bangladesh is located in South Asia and it shares borders with both India and Myanmar. It is also near to Nepal and Bhutan. With a population of more than 160 million people it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
This predominately Muslim country faces many challenges but it has also made many achievements in recent years including gender equality, education, healthcare and more.
Bangladesh has a mild winter and a hot and humid summer. The monsoon seasons brings floods, tornadoes and tropical cyclones which lead to a number of deaths each year. A vulnerability to climate change is seriously affecting water and food supplies, agriculture and human health.
Read more about Bangladesh from Wikipedia.
Life in Bangladesh is definitely not run-of-the-mill, predictable or boring. In fact, it is the complete opposite. The weather can be erratic with frequent cyclones and floods, but you shouldn’t let this put you off. If you’re looking for adventure, then Bangladesh will certainly provide you with an adventure of a lifetime.
You won’t find many paid teaching opportunities in the country, but you will find many volunteer programs available. You won’t need to have any experience or qualifications, just a willingness to give up your time for free.
The vast majority of paid positions are located in the capital city of Dhaka. There are some other paid positions in other large cities such as Chittagong. Volunteer programs are available all over the country.
Private Language Schools
The ESL market isn’t all that developed when compared with other Asian countries, but you will find some schools. The British Council operates in Dhaka and they do employ native English speaking teachers. The recruitment process for the British Council takes place in London.
There are some international schools that employ foreigners, but they usually have very high requirements. Although minimum requirements vary, most schools will require that you are a qualified and experienced teacher in your home country.
Some private universities will also employ foreigners but positions are quite few and far between. You won’t find many job advertisements on jobs boards, instead you will need to contact universities directly.
As stated above, volunteering is the most popular choice for TEFL teachers in Bangladesh. You can easily find opportunities online and you could be posted anywhere in the country. You will need enough money to support yourself, but some organisations will provide you with room and board for your time.
If you are looking to volunteer, you won’t need any qualifications or experience. You just need to have a willingness to help others for free.
If you are looking for paid work, then requirements change depending on the school. The British Council will require that you have a teaching certificate (TEFL, TESOL or CELTA) and a bachelor’s degree.
International schools will require at least a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate and in most cases they will require that you are a fully qualified and experienced teacher in your home country. Therefore, most TEFL teachers won’t be considered.
There aren’t many positions available and there might be quite a lot of competition for the small number of jobs that are available. Therefore, to stand out from the rest, it’s best to be qualified and experienced.
There isn’t really any expected income as the range of salaries on offer will vary considerably.
Salaries can be as low as $250 or $400 (USD) per month or as high as $2000 (USD) per month. The British Council will pay around $2000 per month. They usually recruit in London and they will expect their teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree, a teaching certificate such as a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA and recent experience.
International schools usually pay the highest and you can earn $2500 (USD) and more, but they usually have very high requirements for employment and you will usually need to be a qualified teacher in your home country to get a job in one of these schools.
The cost of living in Bangladesh is very low when compared to western countries. A local meal can be as little as a few dollars and transportation around a town or city can also be just a dollar or two.
Moreover, a basic apartment costs only a couple of hundred dollars per month to rent, but anything that resembles western standards will be considerably higher.
You don’t find many jobs in Bangladesh and most schools will pay just enough to cover your basic living costs. If you’re lucky enough to get a job with the British Council then you can expect to save a large part of your salary.
Read more about the cost of living in Bangladesh.
The British Council and International Schools will recruit teachers outside of Bangladesh and will help you to arrange a work visa prior to your arrival. If you don’t get a job at the British Council or in an international school then you will need a letter of invitation from your employer to get a visa before you arrive.
Most schools, however, don’t employ teachers before they arrive, so it’s quite normal to arrive on a tourist visa and try to find a job when you are in the country.
Companies that arrange volunteering positions will also usually help with the visa process. If you find a volunteering position after you arrive, it can be quite difficult to arrange a visa on your own. Although the organisation that you are volunteering with might help you, you will usually need to pay any fees on your own.
Get more information about work permits from the official website for the Board of Investment Bangladesh.
If you are looking to volunteer, your first port of call should be to search online for volunteering opportunities in Bangladesh. You will find many companies that can help. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can look for volunteering positions yourself when you have already arrived in the country.
For paid positions, you will find that most schools don’t advertise online. However, the British Council does and you can find more information on their website.
For all other schools, it would be best to arrive in the country and start contacting them directly. You can send emails and call them, but it might be best to go around and visit them in person.
There isn’t a huge demand for English teachers because there are not many language institutes around. You will definitely find volunteering positions all over the country, but if you’re looking for paid work then expect to find low salaries and few opportunities.
Although I have never worked in this country, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. This blog post has been written after extensive research online, interviews with teachers who have worked or are working in the country, and local schools have been contacted. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. If you have worked or are working in Bangladesh, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.
This multicultural country is home to a number of religious faiths including Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Other popular religions were later introduced to India and are still popular today, these include Christianity and Islam.
India was a British colony until just after World War Two. Since that time, the economy has grown to become the tenth-largest in the world. However, it still faces many issues with corruption, poverty, healthcare and more recently terrorism.
Read more about India from Wikipedia.
India has long been a country that captures the imagination of many westerners. Exotic spices, fabric, food and luxurious items from India are popular around the world.
There are modern cities where state-of-the-art buildings live side-by-side with ancient temples. The colourful streets, hot climate, diverse culture and historic traditions keep the allure of India alive today.
There aren’t, however, many teaching opportunities for native English speakers for a country of this size. English is officially the second language of India and Indians are more than qualified to teach the language themselves.
You will find some opportunities, but competition for jobs is fierce.
On the other hand, you will find many volunteer positions in poorer rural areas that would be more than happy for free help from foreigners who can teach English.
You’ll find that most paid positions are located in the bigger cities of New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Jaipur and others. Volunteering positions are available all over the country both in cities and in rural areas.
Private Language Schools
English is part of the national curriculum and there are very few private schools around. The public schooling system doesn’t have the funds to employ native English speaking teachers and English is usually taught by Indians. Therefore, you won’t find many opportunities to teach.
When you do find a job in a private institution, the competition for jobs will be very high. You will also need to be well qualified to stand a chance of getting a job. This means that you will need at least a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate such as a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA, some experience will also be helpful.
There are also international schools, but they will require that you are a fully qualified teacher with experience in your home country. Therefore, for most TEFL teachers this isn’t an option. Here the salaries will be high and you will get many benefits which include accommodation, visas and more.
India is home many international call centres and many English speaking countries have their call centres based in the country. Here you will find opportunities to help give Indian people a western accent and foreigners are usually preferred for this type of job.
Jobs of this type are usually for North American and British English speakers.
Most teaching positions ware unpaid volunteer positions and you will usually find yourself working in rural areas. This might include orphanages, women’s groups or some other kind of orphanage. More often than not, teaching English will be coupled with other projects that you will be actively involved in.
You won’t get paid and you will need to have enough money to fund your own living costs, but you might find that some organisations will let you live onsite for free and provide you with meals in exchange for your time.
Sometimes people pay a company to volunteer and you will live with host families, your visa will be arranged and they will find the volunteering opportunity for you. In other cases, you might find an organisation by yourself and just provide your time for free.
Volunteers don’t need any kind of qualifications and experience. It’s just enough that you’re willing to donate your time and that you can speak English. In most cases, it’s not even limited to native English speakers.
For paid positions, you will need to be well qualified because of the competition for jobs. You will need to have at least a bachelor’s degree as well as a teaching certificate such as an internationally recognised TEFL, TESOL or CELTA.
This isn’t a place where you should expect to earn a lot of money and therefore you shouldn’t expect to save a lot. The TEFL market isn’t as strong as other Asian countries and you will find that most jobs are on a volunteer basis.
For paid positions, you can expect anywhere between $150 and $1000 (USD) per month with the majority of jobs on offer at the lower end of the pay scale.
In some instances, the institution or business that you’re working for may even provide an apartment or provide accommodation allowance, but not always.
The cost of living in India is very low when compared to western countries and you should be able to make enough to cover your basic living expenses and maybe a little more. As is the case in most countries, the cost of living is cheaper the further away you get from the city centre.
Find out more about the cost of living in India from Numbeo.
In most cases your employer or organisation will sponsor your work visa, but you might be required to pay the cost yourself.
There are many types of visas and most teachers will need to get an employment visa. To get one you need a tourist visa that is valid for six months, two passport sized photos, letter of intention from your employer/organisation, and a current resume. This can cost around $200 (USD).
For more information about employments visas click here.
You won’t often find teaching jobs advertised on ESL jobs boards, but you will occasionally find them. It is usually the case that teachers find jobs after they have arrived in the country by contacting schools directly. You can do this via email and telephone calls, but you’re far more likely to find something by visiting schools in person.
You will find many volunteering positions online, especially companies that take a fee to make all the arrangements for you.
There are very few teaching jobs available for native English speaking teachers and the ones that you do find will often be very competitive. The salaries aren’t huge and you’re not likely to make enough to save money. For these reasons, India isn’t a popular destination for TEFL teachers.
Although I have never worked in this country, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. This blog post has been written after extensive research online, interviews with teachers who have worked or are working in the country, and local schools have been contacted. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. If you have worked or are working in India, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.
South Korea is located in East Asia in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. It shares a land border with North Korea and maritime borders with China and Japan. Over half of the 50 million strong population lives in and around Seoul making it the 2nd largest capital city in the world.
Known as one of Asia’s tiger economies, South Korea went through a process of rapid industrialisation in the latter half of the 20th century. Today, this developed country is currently ranked as the 8th biggest economy in the world.
South Korea has both a humid continental and subtropical climate. The summers can be hot and humid and the winter months are extremely cold with temperatures as low as −20 °C.
Read more about South Korea from Wikipedia.
South Korea is one of the most popular destinations in the world for TEFL teachers. Relatively high salaries, the ability to save money, a very high standard of living, eager students and more make this a good destination for English teachers.
There is a huge demand for native English speaking teachers and as a result there are many jobs available. There is a growing competition for jobs especially in Seoul, but if you have a degree and a teaching certificate, you shouldn’t find it too difficult to secure a job.
Eastern culture is totally different to western culture and you’ll notice the differences as soon as you step off the plane. You will always come across something that is completely new to you, even if you stay there for a few years.
In you spare time you can explore technologically advanced cities, enjoy Karaoke in the evening, and look around Buddhist temples when you want to get away from it all!
You will find that most of the teaching opportunities are in the larger towns and cities with Seoul and Busan having the most jobs available.
These government sponsored programs often have a slightly lower starting out salary than private schools (hagwans), but there are other benefits that make these types of jobs more competitive. You will have better job security, less teaching hours, paid vacations, and you will be working with a local co-teacher.
Different programs require a range of qualifications. Some require that you are currently studying for a bachelor’s degree whilst others require that you have a bachelor’s degree and some will require that you have a teaching certificate such as a TESOL, TEFL or CELTA.
Government sponsored programs include SMOE, GEPIK, EPIK, and TaLK. These can easily be found with a quick Google search.
Private Schools (Hagwons)
Generally speaking most private schools offer higher pay than public schools and most people start out in one of these types of school. Hagwons often have prepared lesson plans that the teachers must follow and some like the free time that this provides whilst others don’t like the that fact that it limits creativity.
You’ll generally be working later in the afternoon into the evening and at weekends. You don’t get as much paid holiday as public schools provide, but if you’re looking to work and save money then a hagwon can be a good choice. Usually a normal working week in a hagwon is around 35 hours.
Beware that there are schools with a good reputation and some that have a bad reputation and treat their teachers badly. There are stories of late salaries, being fired before the contract ends (so they don’t have to pay the contract bonus) and other inconveniences. However, this shouldn’t put you off because there are a number of reputable schools.
It’s important that you do your research before accepting a position.
Schools also have varying requirements for their teachers. A number of schools don’t require any teaching certificate or experience whereas others do. Usually, the schools have higher requirements offer better teaching conditions and higher salaries.
Universities also employ native English speaking teachers. However, they will require that you have a master’s degree. In return, you will have lower working hours and a similar (if not higher) salary when compared to a hagwon.
One of the downsides is that they don’t provide accommodation and this can be expensive especially in Seoul. You’ll often need a large deposit of quite a few thousand dollars and you’ll need to pay the rent by yourself.
Most teachers usually get an E-2 visa and this visa doesn’t allow you to teach private lessons, however, this doesn’t stop most teachers. In most cases, teachers take private lessons for friends or a friend of a co-worker. As it is illegal, you should be discreet about taking private lessons.
The minimum requirement for teaching English is a bachelor’s degree. Usually native English speakers are preferred for jobs, but a highly qualified non-native English speaking teacher might find some opportunities.
If you want to work in a public school then it would be better if you had a teaching certificate such as a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA. Competition for jobs in the public schooling system is quite high and this will help you to stand out from the rest.
When it comes to hagwans, there are schools that don’t require a teaching certificate and others that do. Usually, teachers that have more qualifications and experience will be offered the higher paying jobs.
Another reason why South Korea is so popular with TEFL teaches, especially first time teachers, is that a number of jobs don’t require any previous experience.
Teachers that are just starting out can expect to earn between $1800 and $2000 (USD) per month. Teachers with good qualifications and experience can expect to earn a little higher. If you stay in the country working as a teacher, you salary will gradually increase and you can earn more than this amount.
Moreover, most public and private schools will provide accommodation, airfare (both at the beginning and ending of your contract), and a contract completion bonus which is usually equal to one month pay. Therefore, when you finish your contract, you can expect a nice lump sum.
Beware, that not all schools offer the same salary and benefits for their teachers. There are stories that some hagwans even sack their teachers after 11 months to get out of paying. So make sure that you do your research before you accept a job.
The cost of living is quite cheap when compared to western countries and as your accommodation is usually paid for; you only need to pay for your utility bills, travel costs, food and other personal expenses.
Therefore, it’s very easy to save money because you only have minimal expenses. The ability to save quite a lot of your salary is one of the reasons why teaching English in South Korea is such an attractive option for university graduates.
Read more about the cost of living from Numbeo.
Most teachers will qualify for an E-2 working visa which is sponsored by your employer. This generally allows you to stay for one year with a single entry (although it can be changed to multiple entries for a fee).
After you have secured a contract, the school will start with the visa process. You will need to have a criminal background check, and original notarised certificates for your qualifications. Moreover, you will usually need to do this when you are in your home country. Schools will often make all the arrangements for you, and you will just need to supply the necessary documents.
After your contract has expired, you can apply for a new job or a sign another contract with your current school and a new visa can be issued.
Most teachers find jobs before they arrive in South Korea and most of these go through recruitment agencies that specifically deal with TEFL teachers. You will see many jobs advertised online on ESL jobs boards and most of these advertisements are placed by recruitment agencies.
If you want to apply for one of the public school positions, you can apply directly from their website.
It’s unusual to go to South Korea and then start looking for work because you need to apply for your working visa from your home country. Usually, you will complete the recruitment process online and your new employer will help you with applying for the relevant visa.
If you plan to stay after your contact has finished, you will need to arrange a new contract either with your current employer or your new employer before your contract has expired.
South Korea is one of the most popular destinations for English teachers for a number of reasons. Although competition for jobs is steadily increasing, there is a huge demand for native English speaking teachers. There are often very good benefits and the salary is high enough to enable you save quite a lot of money.
Although I have never worked in this country, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. This blog post has been written after extensive research online, interviews with teachers who have worked or are working in the country, and local schools have been contacted. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. If you have worked or are working in South Korea, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.
Over the course of the second half of the 20th century, Taiwan went through rapid industrialisation and economic growth and it became known as one of the four Asian Tiger states. The country currently has the 19th largest economy in the world and has become an integral part of the world’s economy because of its high tech industry.
Taiwan is constantly ranked very highly for good quality health care, high standards of education, human development, economic freedom and the freedom of the press.
Read more about Taiwan from Wikipedia.
Taiwan is considered by many teachers to be one of the best places to teach because of good working conditions, relatively high salaries, the ability to save money, and the fact that it is fairly easy to find work. There are many teaching jobs available and the demand for native English speaking teachers is high.
When you’re not teaching you can explore modern cities, stunning coastline and beautiful mountains. Many teachers take the opportunity to learn Chinese whilst living in this Chinese speaking state.
You certainly won’t be stuck for something to do when you’re not teaching and you should also earn enough money to be able travel when you’re not in the classroom.
You will find that the majority of opportunities for teaching are in Taipei. Some other cities including Hualien, Kahsiung, Tainan and Taichung also have opportunities available.
Private Cram Schools
Almost all new teachers will start working in what is called a buxiban. These schools are for children who learn English outside of their normal schooling. It is relatively easy to find a job in one of these types of schools and they will generally offer between 15 and 25 hours per week.
You could be teaching all ages and all levels. Schools have varying requirements, moreover the salary on offer can also vary from school to school.
The public schooling system also employs native English speaking teachers. Depending on the school, you might be required to perform a range of duties on top of your regular teaching hours which is usually around 25 hours per week.
Public schools often pay higher salaries than the buxiban schools, but the rate of pay can vary from school to school.
Universities also offer English classes for their students. Their requirements for teachers are usually much higher and you will often need to be well qualified. However, they do offer a higher salary than most other teaching jobs.
Although teaching privately is illegal, some teachers do supplement their income with private lessons. You won’t usually be able to do this full time and in most cases teachers only take a few classes.
To be provided with a work permit you will need to be a university or college. Taiwan used to be known as a place that employs just about any native English speaker regardless of their qualifications, but this is no longer the case.
You might find some jobs that don’t require that you have a teaching certificate, but these jobs are becoming few and far between. Most schools require that their teachers are TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certified.
Not all jobs require that you have experience. Taiwan is still a popular choice for new teachers because inexperienced teachers can still find a number of job opportunities.
Salaries normally range anywhere from $2000 to $3000 (USD) per month. Some schools may pay less and others more, but most will be in this range.
You will be required to pay income tax on your earnings.
As is the same with most countries around the world, it is usually the teachers that have good qualifications and recent experience that will get paid the higher salaries.
Teachers that stay in Taiwan for a number of years can even earn up to $4000 per month. However, almost all new teachers in Taiwan will not earn anywhere near this amount and will usually earn around $2000 (USD) per month.
Some schools will also offer additional benefits for their teachers including subsidised accommodation, contract completion bonuses, insurance and in some cases you might get reimbursed for your flights.
All schools are different, some don’t offer any benefits and others have great benefits.
The cost of living in Taiwan isn’t as cheap as other places, but with a salary of at least $2000 per month, you will earn enough to cover your living costs and a little more. It is possible to save money at the end of each month. Obviously, the higher your salary, the more you can save!
Read more about the cost of living in Taiwan from Numbeo.
To work legally, you will need a work permit and it can be difficult to arrange. Your employer should help you to arrange one because it can be very difficult to arrange on your own.
You will also need an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) which will need to be applied for within 15 days of receiving your resident visa.
Visas and work permits can be quite complicated and you are only allowed to work for the employer that sponsors you. If you change schools, you may need to rearrange your visa. For more information about visas and work permits, take a look at the website for the National Immigration Agency.
A number of teachers are recruited online before they arrive. You will find many jobs advertised online and the recruitment process can usually be completed online.
Employers will either advertise directly, or they may go through a recruitment agency.
However, schools that offer the better working conditions and higher salaries don’t often go through recruitment agencies and often employ directly.
Try to search on ESL jobs boards or look for ESL teacher recruitment agencies to find positions before you arrive in Taiwan.
If you are already in the country, you can apply directly to schools via email, telephone or in person.
Taiwan is a popular destination for TEFL teachers and competition for jobs is steadily growing, although finding a job still isn’t all that difficult. You will earn enough to cover your basic living costs and it should be enough to save money.
However, the jobs market for teachers has changed over the last decade and it is no longer the mecca for saving money that it once was.
Although I have never worked in this country, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. This blog post has been written after extensive research online, interviews with teachers who have worked or are working in the country, and local schools have been contacted. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. If you have worked or are working in Taiwan, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.
I have carried out extensive research into teaching English in North Korea, but we still can’t answer all the questions that we usually do on our teaching profiles. We usually speak to teachers that are working or have worked in the country in question. We also speak to employers and try to ensure that all our posts are factually correct. In this instance, we are looking for somebody who has taught English in North Korea to contact us and tell us about their experiences. If you can help us, please contact us here.
North Korea is officially called the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and it is located in East Asia. It shares a land border with China and South Korea as well as maritime borders with Russia and Japan.
This highly secretive country considers itself to be a socialist state and even holds regular elections. However, it has been suggested that these elections are a farce and in fact the country is a totalitarian dictatorship and one of the last Stalinist countries on Earth.
Not much is known about the country because very few people get the opportunity to visit and those that do often describe their time as having been escorted around the country at all times.
Read more about this country from Wikipedia.
Certainly, teaching English in North Korea isn’t the first country on the list for most ESL teachers! However, some do go there to teach and continue to do so. There is no place on earth where you will get anything like the experience in this country, and there can’t be too many other reasons to go.
Most people around the world want to learn English to communicate with foreigners and/or get a better job. As jobs in business and tourism sectors are increasingly requiring their staff to speak English, the need for teachers is always increasing.
However, it is widely reported that North Koreans aren’t allowed to socialise with the outside world, nor does the country have a booming tourism industry. Therefore, most North Koreans wouldn’t have either of these factors as a motivation for learning English.
Therefore, there isn’t a lot of demand for English teachers and a quick search online will reveal a distinct lack of people writing about their previous experiences teaching there and hardly any (if any at all) jobs advertised.
The nation’s capital city, Pyongyang seems to be where the few jobs for TEFL teachers can be found. It is the political, educational and business hub of the country and it seems logical that that is where the jobs will be.
We have found a few stories of people teaching in North Korea and all of them have been in universities.
In fact, the only information of anybody employing teachers in the country is from the British Council. They have been supplying teachers to various universities in Pyongyang since 2000.
The jobs described are for “English Trainers” to teach university students. Some jobs also focus on providing teacher training.
There are heavy restrictions on who can enter the country and citizens from some countries are excluded altogether. It has been reported that anybody who has ever worked in South Korea are also excluded regardless of nationality.
The British Council requires all applicants to be British, to hold a bachelor’s degree and a recognised TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate. They also required that teachers have recent and relevant experience
The British Council offers a salary of around £27,000 per year. The salary will be paid into a UK bank account. They also offer a range of benefits including a rent-free furnished flat with all bills paid, except for international phone calls. They also offer flights to Beijing three times a year, 35 days holiday per year and private medical insurance.
Very little is known about the cost of living, but as your accommodation will be fully paid for, you will only need to cover expenses such as travel and food.
The British Council will make all arrangements for working visas into the country. The only official information available online is for visiting visas. As you will be working in the country, this won’t apply to you.
You can find work through the British Council. No jobs are advertised on ESL jobs boards, nor will you find official websites for universities and language schools to contact them directly.
It might be intriguing for some people to teach in this highly secretive country, however, most people seem to stay well clear the country and they may or may not have good reason for doing so! There is one thing for certain, you definitely won’t meet many people that have taught in the country and you will be getting one of the most unique teaching experiences out of any country in the world!
Although I have never worked in this country, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. This blog post has been written after extensive research online, interviews with teachers who have worked or are working in the country, and local schools have been contacted. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. If you have worked or are working in North Korea, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.
Japan is an archipelago made up of 6,852 islands located in East Asia. It shares maritime borders with China, North Korea, South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Russia. The “land of the Rising Sun” is one of the most developed countries in the world and it has the world’s 3rd largest economy.
Japan is a fairly temperate country with average winder temperatures of around 5 degrees Celsius and average summer temperature of around 25 degrees Celsius. The rainy season generally lasts around 6 weeks and heavy rain storms are commonplace.
Japan has given up its right to declare war and although it does have an army, this is only used for self-defence and peace-keeping. The country has one of the highest life expectancies and one of the lowest child mortality rates out of any country worldwide.
Read more about Japan from Wikipedia.
This is the country to go if you want to experience a unique Asian culture. It has everything from skiing in the mountains, temples, semi-tropical islands and technology that you won’t see anywhere else on earth!
English teachers are also in high demand and teachers are highly respected in the country. You will find eager students, good working conditions and you will also be able to save some money.
There are a range of teaching jobs available and although you will need a bachelor’s degree, you won’t necessarily need a teaching certificate.
There are jobs across the four main islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. You will find opportunities both in the big cities and smaller towns. Most teaching jobs can be found in the three largest cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.
The Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is a government ran programme. It was established in the late 1980s and currently hires more than 2,000 native English speakers to teach in Japanese schools.
There are many benefits of working for this programme including a good salary, visas, flights, accommodation and health insurance. You do need to be less than 40 years old to apply.
You could find yourself working anywhere in Japan and not just in the larger cities.
Read more about it here.
Conversation Schools & Private Language Schools
Conversation schools are known locally as eikaiwa and these private schools can be found all over the country. They are constantly looking for staff and different schools have a range of salaries and benefits on offer for their teachers. You will normally be working in the larger cities and you will often be working long hours including evenings and weekends.
English is part of Japan’s school curriculum and many schools will employ assistant language teachers. You will find that most people apply through the JET programme above, but there some can also be hired through the prefectural board of education or a private contracting agency.
Most of these jobs will provide housing, national holidays plus another 10 to 20 days off per year, and reasonably good salaries. However, you will usually have a large classroom with around 40 students per class.
University jobs are usually well sought after and have a low turnover rate of teachers. The reason is that you will only be teaching for around 10 hours per week (and do some basic administrative work), the salary is good, you are often provided with accommodation and you get 3 months holiday per year.
Many TEFL teachers take private lessons and you will often find them taking one-on-one lessons and it can be a good way to supplement your income. Some teachers can also turn this into a full time job, but you should always check that freelancing is compatible with your visa.
Moreover, this type of job can be difficult unless you have a lot of students. You may find that students cancel at short notice, meaning that you need to change your schedule frequently.
You will almost certainly need a bachelor’s degree to teach in Japan as this is required by law to secure a work visa. If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree you might qualify for a working holiday visa. However, you don’t necessarily need to have a teaching certificate such as TEFL, TESOL or CELTA.
For a number of schools the only requirement is that you have a bachelor’s degree and that you speak English as your first language. If you fulfil both of these requirements, you should have few problems finding a job.
If you want to get a higher paying job with more benefits, you will find that having qualifications and experience will help.
You certainly won’t get rich working as a teacher in Japan, but you should be able to earn enough money to pay for your living costs plus a little more.
Salaries can range anywhere from $2000 (USD) per month up to $3500 (USD) per month. It depends on where you are working and your qualifications and experience.
The average cost of living in the country is around $1500 (USD) per month. So if you don’t have an expensive lifestyle that involves eating out or buying all the latest technology, then you should be able to save a little each month.
Read more about the cost of living in Japan from Numbeo.
Schools also offer a range of benefits for their teachers. But the benefits will differ from school to school. Some benefits may include flight reimbursement (although not so much anymore), insurance, accommodation, free Japanese lessons and visa arrangements. Always check to see what benefits the school offers before signing a contract.
There are many types of visas available for English teachers and it is becoming quite common to enter the country on a tourist visa, find a job and then change to the appropriate visa. However, it can take 45 days to get a work visa, so if your tourist visa expires before this happens, you will need to leave the country and re-enter.
There are many types of work visa and most teachers will have an instructor visa. These visas are usually given for 3 years, but you will need a bachelor’s degree to get one. If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree, you might qualify for a working holiday visa.
There are actually 27 different types of visas for Japan, so it can be a complicated process. However, most schools will help you to arrange the correct visa whether you are offered a job before your arrive or you find one after you have arrived in the country.
Read more about working visas in Japan here.
There are two ways that people find teaching jobs in Japan, either before your go or after you have arrived in the country.
If you want to find a job before you go, you can search online. Many jobs are advertised on ESL jobs boards and through recruitment agencies. The best time to start looking for work is before February and March, but it is possible to find job throughout the year.
After you have been accepted for a teaching position, you’ll need to start arranging your visa, but your new employer should help you with this.
The second option is to go Japan and start looking for work. This can be more costly because you will need to support yourself before you successfully find a job. You can contact schools directly either by email, telephone or in-person.
There are thousands of native English speaking TEFL teachers in Japan and it’s easy to see why people want to go and teach there so much.
You will find that there are many jobs on offer and for most jobs the only requirement is that you have a bachelor’s degree and that you are a native English speaker.
You will also earn enough salary to cover your basic living costs and with most jobs, if you live frugally, you should be able to save a few dollars too.
Although I have never worked in this country, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. This blog post has been written after extensive research online, interviews with teachers who have worked or are working in the country, and local schools have been contacted. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. If you have worked or are working in Japan, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.
China is the world’s most populous country and second largest by land mass. It shares land borders with Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Vietnam. Neighbouring maritime countries include South Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan.
The climate in China is mostly a dry season and a wet monsoon season with a large difference in temperature during the winter and summer months. The climate does change from region to region because of its sheer size.
China’s rapid process of industrialisation has let to major environmental issues such as water quality, pollution and the expansion of deserts. Some of these environmental issues have become a big problem for the country, especially in the larger cities.
Read more about China from Wikipedia.
You can get first-hand experience of everyday life in the world’s most populous country. As the country is so big and populated, there are opportunities for teaching all over and no two experiences will be alike.
The demand for native English speaking teachers is rapidly increasing and as a result, finding a job in the country is pretty much guaranteed. You don’t necessarily need a degree, and although a teaching certificate is often required, you can still find work without one.
As the demand is increasing rapidly, you’ll find that a number of schools are offering generous teaching salaries and benefits to attract teachers to come and work.
Many Chinese people want to learn English and the demand for teachers has never been higher. However, as the country is so huge, there are nowhere near enough native English speaking teachers to fill all the available positions.
As a country that continues to develop at a very fast pace, you’ll also find that you won’t be stuck for things to see and do. The cities are modern and have all the entertainment that you need. There are many tourist sites to visit all over the country and you certainly won’t be bored when you’re not teaching.
There are opportunities all over the country and each town or city offers a unique experience. We’ll be covering the main locations individually because of the diversity of the country and teaching conditions. The most popular destinations are: Beijing, Tianjin, Nanjing, Suzhou, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, and Guangzhou.
Here you’ll be working for the government and this has many benefits: you’ll be working between 16-25 hours per week, no weekends or evenings, national holidays, paid vacations, co-working with a native teacher, and sometimes an apartment is thrown in too! In most cases classroom sizes will be between 20 and 40 students, but there some are horror stories of classes with 60, 70, 80 and even more students!
Private Language Schools
In a private school you could be teaching various types of students including children, adults, beginner or advanced level students, business people, government workers and more!
Unfortunately, you’ll be working some evenings and most weekends, but the salary is often higher than in public schools. Some of the larger schools offer fantastic benefits including accommodation, flight reimbursement, insurance and other things. Not all schools offer benefits, so it’s best to check before you accept a job.
There are both public and private universities in China and there are many benefits for working in either. You’ll generally only work a maximum of 20 teaching hours per week and you’ll have a lot of free time. There is quite a lot of competition for jobs in universities because of the pretty high salaries, good benefits and lots of free time!
There are many international schools in the country and they mostly cater for the children of expats. The salaries are by far the highest but they also have very high standards. You’ll need to be a qualified teacher in your home country to get a job in an international school. These schools aren’t just for English teachers and all subjects are generally taught in English.
You’ll also find that there are many opportunities for taking private lessons. You should first check that your contract allows you to take private lessons. If it does, then this can be a very good way to earn a few extra dollars.
Teaching requirements and qualifications can vary depending on the school that you are working for. It is possible to get a job without any kind of qualifications or experience; however, you will need to be a native English speaker from a recognised English speaking country. This means that you need to be a citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or Ireland.
Schools are crying out for teachers and as a result, many will not require that you have any kind of qualifications.
If you want to find a job with a higher salary, then having a degree, a teaching certificate (such as a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA), and experience will always help.
Salaries can range from as little as $900 (USD) to as much as $2600 (USD) per month. International schools will even pay as much as $4500 (USD) for highly qualified teachers.
Most schools even have a number of extra benefits for teachers which include paying for your visa, flight allowance, contract completion bonus, health insurance, accommodation assistance, paid holidays and free training programs.
The cost of living can vary considerably depending on which city you are working in and although living costs are steadily rising, they are still much cheaper than most Western countries. A cheap meal can cost as little as a few dollars and transport can also cost just a few dollars per journey. Your biggest expense will be your accommodation, but a number of schools provide accommodation for their teachers.
Read more about the cost of living from Numbeo.
If you get a higher paying job and your position comes with all the benefits listed above, it is entirely possible that you can save a lot of your salary or use it for travelling around when you’re not working.
Most schools will make the necessary arrangement for your visa. But the most important visa to get is the Z Visa, which is designed for employees in the country. This visa is process in your home country before relocating to China.
If your school asks you to apply for a visa other than the Z Visa, then you should ensure that you are working legally in the country.
You will also need to get an entry permit; this can either be a single entry or multiple entries.
Moreover, you will need to have a health check. People with HIV, TB, and other infectious diseases will be denied a visa.
You can get more information about the Z Visa here.
As you need to apply for your Z visa before entering the country, most first time English teachers in China will secure a job before arriving. There are many places online that advertise for English teachers and you can often complete the recruitment process online via Skype.
If you are already in the country and you are coming to the end of your contract, you can look around for teaching positions and apply in person.
Beware of some scam advertisements. Be wary of any school that charges you an application fee or asks for personal information such as bank account information. Always research schools to find out which ones have a good reputation before accepting any position.
China has become a very popular destination for TEFL teachers. There is a huge demand for native English speaking teachers and as a result, you don’t necessarily need a degree and you can often expect pretty good salaries and good benefits.
The living costs are usually much lower than they are in the West, and it’s entirely possible to save money. If you don’t want look for a job and arrange everything by yourself, there are many internships available. However, they have very low salaries when compared to non-internship jobs.
Although I have never worked in this country, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. This blog post has been written after extensive research online, interviews with teachers who have worked or are working in the country, and local schools have been contacted. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. If you have worked or are working in China, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.
Mongolia is landlocked country bordered by both Russia and China. The capital city is called Ulaanbaatar and around 45% of the total population live there. The country has an old nomadic history, made famous by the Mongol Empire which was led by Genghis Khan and went on to become the world’s largest empire.
Although it is the 19th largest country is the world, it is also the most sparsely populated country in the world. Even today, around 30% of the population still live a nomadic lifestyle.
The landscape is diverse with the Gobi Desert in the south and mountains in the north. The climate is generally quite warm in the summer, but the winter months can be extremely cold with temperatures dropping to below 30 degrees Celsius.
Read more about Mongolia from Wikipedia.
Mongolia will give you an experience like no other country. Located in the heart of Asia, there is no other country quite like it.
As tourism and other business sectors in the country continue to grow rapidly, there is a growing need for native English speaking teachers. Mongolia is country on the rise and the locals can see the need to learn English to enable them to continue their fast paced development.
When you’re not teaching, there is a lot to see and do. The cities are beginning to become more modern and there are many things to see and do. If you like to escape from the city then hiking, skiing and hunting are also popular pastimes. You can even experience staying in a traditional Mongolian tent. Just remember to dress up warm!
Modernisation is taking its toll (with pollution and infrastructure) on the large cities but they offer the most jobs. Most schools are located in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar and other cities including Darhkan and Sukhbaatar.
Private Language Schools
There are many private language schools in the large cities. Some have very good reputations and others don’t, so you should do your research about a school before you accept a job. There are schools that provide great conditions and benefits for their teachers such as flights and accommodation whereas others don’t. It’s very important to get advice about schools before deciding to accept a job.
The government has started incorporate the English language into the national school curriculum. Therefore, public schools also employ native speaking teachers. However, public schools often pay much less than private schools and universities. There are other benefits of working for the government that include visa arrangements and holidays.
Even universities are looking to employ native English speaking teachers and they offer good rates of pay. To work in a university you will need to have good qualifications and recent teaching experience.
Usually the only requirement is that you are a native English speaker and most schools will not require that their teachers have qualifications or experience.
However, if you want to find a good job with a higher salary and good benefits, it always helps to be well qualified and experienced. It should be easy to find a job with no degree and no TEFL, TESOL or CELTA and having these don’t always mean that you are a good teacher.
If you’re looking to work in a university then you will need to have relevant qualifications and experience.
Schools are crying out for native English speaking teachers and it shouldn’t be hard to secure a job regardless of your qualifications and experience.
Expected salaries for teachers can range from as little as $800 (USD) per month to as much as $2000 (USD) per month. There are many things that will affect your monthly salary including the town or city where you are living, the school/company that you are working for, your qualifications and experience, and the number of hours that you teach.
Some schools will also provide benefits such as accommodation and flights, but not all. Before you sign a contract, make sure that you enquire about any benefits that you receive on top of your salary.
The cost of living is also quite low. Transportation is very cheap, but foreigners should be aware of overcharging.
Moreover, accommodation and food can also be quite cheap. There are restaurants in the larger cities that cater for all tastes and budgets. Similarly, there is accommodation available that caters for all budgets.
Read more about the cost of living in Mongolia from Numbeo.
Most teachers enter the country on a tourist visa that lasts between 30 and 90 depending on your nationality. After you are in the country, you are then free to start looking for work. Once you have found work, your school will apply for the necessary paperwork on your behalf.
You won’t often find schools advertising online for teachers and most will secure a job when they are already in the country on a tourist visa. However, you will sometimes find vacant positions advertised on ESL jobs boards, national job websites and on a school’s personal website.
The best way to find a job is to contact schools directly. You can find contact information for schools online, in local telephone directories, or by asking other expats and going around yourself.
If you choose to visit the schools in person, make sure that you have your CV prepared and that you are dressed to impress!
Different teachers have different experiences working in Mongolia and you will find some that really enjoyed their classes and others that didn’t.
The large cities are highly polluted, especially the capital city which is one of the most polluted cities in he world. If you don’t want to live in a heavily polluted city, then look to Darhkan and Sukhbaatar instead.
Rates of pay vary considerably, but the cost of living is fairly low throughout the country. You should be able to find a job that covers your basic living costs and then some.
Although I have never worked in this country, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. This blog post has been written after extensive research online, interviews with teachers who have worked or are working in the country, and local schools have been contacted. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. If you have worked or are working in Mongolia, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.
The CELTA is an initial English Language Teaching (ELT) qualification. It is open to graduates of any discipline who have a lot, a little, or no previous teaching experience. CELTA is validated by the University of Cambridge and gives access to entry-level teaching posts with the British Council and private language schools worldwide.
The CELTA course is divided into two parts: input sessions, covering topics such as language teaching methodology and teaching techniques; and 6 hours of practical teaching sessions. There is no final examination. In order to be awarded the CELTA certificate, candidates must pass the teaching practice component and satisfactorily complete four classroom-related written assignments.
Language Link Vietnam was the first accredited CELTA training centre in Hanoi, offering custom-built facilities and top-quality trainers. As a member of the Language Link International group of schools, Language Link Vietnam draws upon over 20 years of CELTA training experience, and an extensive network to support all its activities.
Hanoi remains one of the most enchanting cities in South East Asia. Unlike other capitals in the area, Hanoi has suffered neither tragic destruction nor frantic redevelopment. Beneath the old trees, earnest socialist slogans on red banners flutter above shop-windows that tempt the young nouveaux riches with the latest electronic gadgetry from Korea and Japan.
Although you sometimes have to hunt it down, you’ll also find quite a varied cultural life; in addition to cinemas showing the latest Hollywood movies, you’ll also find an art-house cinema club in a charming colonial building and you can catch classical concerts at the Opera House or jazz in central cafes as well as offerings from local groups and singers, open-mike sessions and karaoke at a range of venues.
The centre of Hanoi is compact and you are never very far from anywhere you want to go. You will, however, need a certain tolerance of chaos and inconvenience to live here. The traffic, in particular, can at first seem enough to turn the most seasoned traveler grey. But there are also motorbike taxis on every corner, plus an ever-increasing number of the four-wheeled variety too, as well as local and long distance buses.
Shopping here is also not the leisured experience you may be familiar with from some large South-East Asian cities. Outlets with fixed prices are still comparatively rare and you’ll often find yourself having to drive a hard bargain. However, there are a gradually growing number of supermarkets and small shopping malls where you can find almost everything if you look, but expect a limited range of choice for the time being.
Finding somewhere to live can require some searching, there are plenty of agents around but you may find that many of the properties they show you, while decidedly desirable, are priced beyond the budget of the average teacher. It can be easier to find more affordable places, including whole houses to rent, if you can enlist some Vietnamese help.
Read more about the cost of living in Hanoi.
The climate may not be exactly what you want if you’re looking for non-stop tropical sun. Hanoi is close enough to the land mass of China to experience four seasons. If, on the other hand, you have ever thought you would find the lack of seasons in the tropics monotonous, you will get plenty of variety here, and the season to look forward to is actually the autumn, which is usually two or three solid months of mellow sunshine and mild evenings.
Language Link is continually expanding, so there are always opportunities for work and we can normally offer a range of different options to your preferences or needs, subject to standard recruitment procedures. There is also plenty of demand for teachers elsewhere in Vietnam . If you wish to commit to working for Language Link for a year or more we have a range of options available regarding reimbursement of your CELTA course fees.
Click here for more information about Language Link’s CELTA course in Hanoi.
Read more about teaching English in Vietnam.