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Top 5 Locations To Teach English Abroad in 2021

Where to teach English abroad

If you’d love to experience a new culture, not as a tourist, but as a local, then teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is for you!

Perhaps your travel plans were postponed last year by COVID. However, with the world now getting back to normal, now is a great time to grab the bull by the horns.

We’ve listed the top five places to teach English abroad, so you can finally get around to ticking this amazing experience off your bucket list.

Best locations to teach English as a foreign language

TEFL jobs can be found in around 100 countries all over the world. And in more than 50 of those, you don’t even need a bachelor’s degree – just get TEFL certified to launch your teaching career.

Whatever your reason for wanting to teach English abroad – experiencing a new culture, advancing your career or earning a good salary with a low cost of living – these five countries will not disappoint you!

1. Teach English in Argentina

The stunning countryside and low start-up costs for foreign English teachers, compared to Europe, are just some of the reasons that make Argentina one of the most popular countries to teach English abroad.

There is so much to see and do in Argentina in your spare time away from the classroom. Climb glaciers, ski through the Andes mountains, or sample Malbec wine in the province of Mendoza.

As Argentina’s economy steadily climbs, many more businesses require their employees to learn English. So, if teaching children isn’t for you, there are plenty of adult learners too!

Here at TEFL UK, we offer a 120 hour face to face TEFL course in Buenos Aires, with a guaranteed job placement to follow. No degree required!

2. Teach English as a foreign language in Korea

Teaching English in Korea provides a wonderful opportunity to experience an entirely new way of life. Not to mention you’ll save you plenty money as living costs are still comparatively low.

You’ll never be stuck for things to do in your spare time. Discover the Buddhist temples, enjoy taking part in cultural customs, and check out the bustling city of Seoul, with its neon-lit nightlife.

EPIK are current hiring for public school jobs in Korea. You’ll teach alongside a Korean co-teacher, and earn up to 2.7 million KRW every month. Free furnished housing, medical insurance and three weeks of paid holiday are all included.

This placement starts in spring 2022, so if you’re not quite ready to pack your bags just yet and would like a bit more time to plan, this could be for you.

3. Teach English in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most sought-after countries to teach English abroad. It’s not hard to see why. The active volcanoes, beautiful beaches, amazing rainforests and warm climate draw thousands of tourists every year - and English teachers!

As with Argentina, many businesses in Costa Rica require their employees to learn English. Also, lots of Costa Ricans wish to learn English before finding a job, in order to give themselves a competitive edge.

This means that there are many options for teaching English in Costa Rica. The majority of positions are at private language institutes. Here, you won’t need a degree, you’ll just need to be a native English speaker (or speak English as fluently as a native) and a TEFL certification.

An alternative is to teach English in Costa Rica with a TEFL Internship. Supported by the Costa Rican Government, this programme helps young and underprivileged Costa Ricans to gain English language skills to further their life prospects.

You’ll live with a host family, who will provide your meals, and you’ll teach for four days a week. This will give you lovely, long weekends to explore this amazing country.

4. Teach English as a foreign language in Colombia

TEFL certified teachers are very much in demand in Colombia. Here, you’ll usually teach for around 30 hours a week, with lots of free time to enjoy one of the most dynamic countries in Latin America.

We are currently searching for energetic and charismatic applicants to teach English in Colombia. Experience the vibrant Latino lifestyle and the wonderful culture of Bogota City, Colombia’s capital, outside of your teaching hours.

5. Teach English in Spain

The slow pace of life and rich culture makes it easy to see why Spain is a popular destination to TEFL abroad.

There are a wide range of teaching positions available across Spain, many of which don’t require you to have a degree – TEFL certification is usually recommended, however.

Gain experience in education, all whilst immersing yourself in an abundance of tapas, sangria and siestas!

Get in touch

So there you have our top five picks for fabulous countries to teach English as a foreign language. If any of them have given you food for thought, why not take the first step of getting yourself TEFL accredited. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team on 0800 368 9848 or by emailing [email protected]