Everything you need to know about teaching English in China

 

The Chinese economy is booming, with huge demand for qualified teachers of English. This article covers five of the more popular cities that teachers tend to choose to work in and what to expect if you do decide to teach English abroad in China.

Flag of China

Where is China?

The People’s Republic of China is the most populous country in the world, with a population of almost 1.5 billion. It is a huge country located in East Asia and has grown over the last 10 years to become one of the top destinations for people teaching English abroad. Come to China to taste the legendary cuisine, visit the imperial sites, hike the Great Wall of China, see the Terracotta Warriors at Xi’an and to get your ultimate shopping fix. It is a country with so much to offer and see, and it is a fantastic location to teach English.

China is one of the countries where a Bachelor’s Degree (in any subject) is mandatory for the work visa process. It is also necessary to have a TEFL certificate from a reputable online or onsite TEFL company or two years of teaching experience, and to be a passport holder from Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, UK or USA. In addition, you also need to obtain a clear background check. 

Non-native speakers can find teaching English positions but because of the strict work visa rules here, you won’t qualify for the work visa. Some schools get round this by hosting non-native speakers on a business visa. It is sometimes recommended online to teach in China on a tourist visa, but this is illegal and you could wind up in serious hot water if discovered doing so. 

An average teacher’s starting salary comes in at US$2,500 and it is possible to begin earning much more than this figure once you become established – as much as $4,000 per month, with accommodation and medical insurance as part of the package. China is also an attractive location because of its low cost of living, meaning this is a great location to save. 

The five most common types of teaching location in China are teaching at a public school, language school, university, international school and teaching as a private tutor. While it is typical for teachers starting out in China to find themselves teaching children, there are also lots of opportunities for teaching adults in the larger cities – of which there are no shortage of in China.

 

Teaching in Beijing

The capital, Beijing, officially ranks (as Shanghai does) as one of the most expensive cities in the world, but much of the data is based on property prices and day-to-day costs are very reasonable and allow for a comfortable lifestyle. Beijing is the most popular city for teachers to teach in and is a fast-paced, incredibly modern metropolis. It also has a superb public transport system and many possibilities of escaping the frenetic city buzz, and definitely reminds us of the similar energy found in New York or Tokyo.  

Buddhist temple in Beijing

An important point to note is that some schools say that they will guarantee you at least 20 teaching hours a week, which is generally accepted as making up a standard teacher’s working week, but in reality you might find yourself starting off on between 10-15 hours per week. While this is still absolutely fine to allow you to live comfortably, many teachers who find themselves in this situation do often opt to find additional teaching hours to beef up their schedule.

Shanghai skyline

Teaching in Shanghai

Salaries and costs in Shanghai – on China’s central coast – are on par with Beijing, but where Shanghai differs is the overwhelming sense that it is here where traditions from the east and west fuse. Some describe Shanghai as being the skyscraper capital of the world, and taking the elevator to the 100 Floor Observation Deck of the Shanghai World Financial Centre will definitely convince you that it’s a tall city. It’s super clean too and as with all cities in China, the cuisine is to die for.

Anyone teaching English in China who has ever taught in the UK or US, will know and love that English teachers in China are often treated with as much respect as doctors. Students are also extremely well-behaved and this is one reason why China is considered to be one of the best places in the world to teach English

It’s also becoming more frequent for schools to cover your accommodation costs and even to fund your airfare over and some schools are now offering a bonus for new teachers, to help them get settled into their new city. 

We would like to take this opportunity to expound a little on the topic of airfares and provide a tip for you regarding choosing which airline to take if you have not been lucky enough to land a free flight over, compliments of your school. If you can, try and choose Hainan Airlines. Hainan Airlines is China’s only 5-star airline and lightyears ahead of their other national carriers. Their airfares aren’t usually that much more than China Eastern Airlines (to mention an example) and given the long flight time, your future self will definitely thank you for it.

Teaching in Chengdu

Chengdu is the temperate climate capital of Sichuan Province and it offers a unique perspective on life in China, with perhaps the first notable difference being the strong, local Chengdu/Sichuan dialect which seems to loudly permeate all walks of life here. It is located within the plains of the country, surrounded by various stunning mountain ranges. What we particularly like about Chengdu is that despite being a major city, costs seem lower here and if there was one destination in China we had to pick, it would be here.

Pandas in Chengdu zoo

Unlike the other countries featured so far on our newly updated blog pages, applying for teaching work in China is usually carried out from abroad and this is mainly due to the work (Z) visa requirements. 

The Z Visa can be issued to an applicant between the ages of 18 to 60 and can be applied for at a Chinese embassy or consulate. It isn’t possible to mail your application in – you must apply in person – but embassy and consulate guidelines do permit a friend, travel agency or visa agency, acting on your behalf, to submit your application instead of you needing to. 

It is important to note that the Z Visa just permits a 30-day duration of stay in China, from the date of arrival in the country. During this 30-day period, you and your employer must obtain a Temporary Residence Permit which will cover the entire length of your teaching contract. Your Temporary Residence Permit will be valid for a minimum of 90 days and a maximum of five years, depending on how long your teaching contract has been arranged for. 

As previously mentioned, a college degree (in any subject) and an international TEFL certificate or two years of teaching experience are mandatory for this work (Z) visa.

Hangzhou lakeside

Teaching in Hangzhou

As one of China’s most frequented holiday spots, subtropical Hangzhou – sat majestically on the Qiantang River – is just a 100km stone’s throw from Shanghai and a spectacular town with wonderful scenery. Its position on the coast with a number of natural beaches is one of its many draws, just as the West Lake is – apparently celebrated by artists and poets since the 9th century. We found Hangzhou to be more expensive than Chengdu and while you can still save money here, the higher costs are definitely a negative of the region. 

Unlike the other teaching locations featured so far on our updated blog pages, we do – in certain cases – recommend going through a recruiter when searching for work in China. These certain cases are when you are wanting to teach specifically at a public school, where benefits, salaries and working conditions can vary considerably. Just by going online, you can find examples of teachers who hadn’t done their homework and who travelled out to China to begin their teaching abroad adventure at a public school; only to discover when they had landed that the school was poorly equipped and literally out in the middle of nowhere. 

At tefl online pro we assist all of our graduates with finding the right teaching position after they have graduated and if you are one of our graduates and are requiring help with your choice of public school in China, then please feel free to reach out to us and we will be there to guide you through the whole process if you like. This assistance is complimentary for all tefl online pro graduates. 

It is also useful to note here that when applying for other types of teaching work in China, we don’t recommend going through a recruiter as positions are advertised online and there is absolutely no need to go through a recruiter if wanting to teach for an international school, language school or university. 

Again, please feel free to contact us if you are a tefl online pro graduate and needing assistance with this process.

Teaching in Guilin

Guilin is another well-developed tourist city and the landscape – salt and peppered with bamboo forested hills and karsts reflecting onto crystal clear waters – is one of the natural wonders of China. Guilin is above all a historic city and has served as the cultural, economic and political hub of the Guangxi region since the 960-117 Northern Song Dynasty. One of the major benefits of living in Guilin, which became apparent when we visited schools in the region earlier this year, is its relative close proximity to Hong Kong and Vietnam. 

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Where will you teach English?

Everything you need to know about teaching English in the Czech Republic

 

There is a wide variety of work available to qualified teachers of English in the Czech Republic, teaching in either the cities or smaller towns, and this article deals primarily with what to expect if you choose to teach English in the major urban centers.

Czech Republic flag

Where is the Czech Republic?

The Czech Republic is nestled bang center in the heart of Europe and has – since its Velvet Revolution in 1989 – been a magnet for teachers of English from around the world. Known worldwide for its cultural masterpiece of a capital city, Prague, this small country is also famous for its writers and musicians, athletes and politicians, and of course for the wonderful beer which flows abundantly in this Land of Castles. Travel outside of the capital, and you’ll soon discover a countryside often feeling somewhat lost in time. 

The Czech Republic is a very teacher-friendly location and the only requirement for teaching English here is that you hold an international TEFL certificate

Having a college degree will of course raise your teacher profile, but for a country still obsessed with the Austro-Hungarian custom of overly giving credence to titles, the Czechs ironically don’t really seem that bothered if you are university educated or not. 

The teaching salary in the Czech Republic is pretty much the same wherever you want to teach in the country, so this article doesn’t specify the salaries or hourly rates for each of the cities listed below. The vast majority of English teachers in the Czech Republic choose either to teach for private language schools, or find private students, or a combination of the two, and you can expect to be earning between US$15 – US$20 per hour. Should you decide to take a teaching position at a state school, then expect the workload to treble and the salary to be unattractive to say the least. Things have gradually improved over the years, but an experienced state school teacher still only earns roughly US$1,200 per month. 

It is possible to earn much more than the average private language school teacher’s salary by fully going it alone and we have received reports of some astute, hard-working teachers earning up to US$50 per hour by charging each student around US$3 and accepting a maximum of 16 students onto each course. 

Work is available year-round but try to avoid coming in August, when the whole of the country seems to have fled en masse to the Croatian coastline. Czechs are very casual dressers so no dress code per se. 

Teaching in Prague

There must be as many language schools in Prague as there are church spires and it is incredibly easy to find work in the capital. On the other hand, there are just as many English teachers, so this is the main reason for the plateau in teacher’s salaries. Salaries here haven’t really budged that much in the past 10 years, but given the low cost of living – as long as you don’t frequent the overpriced tourist areas – you will do just fine. You might not get rich quick, but you’ll earn enough to live well and travel well if you put the hours in.

Prague city centre

If you are coming from another EU country, you are not required to obtain a work permit to teach English in the Czech Republic. However, we do recommend obtaining a business license – known locally as a Zivnostensky List. This license will enable you to legally set up shop here as a freelancer and means that you can freely begin teaching English to companies and individuals who will more than often want to be issued with a receipt for money paid to you for your lessons. You can teach privately without getting the license, but this means that you will be limiting your market and will essentially be working illegally. 

When teaching for a private language school, you can expect to be taxed around 15-20% on what you earn and if teaching on a business license, you only begin paying tax after a certain amount and you can also deduct costs from your earnings. 

For non-EU citizens coming to teach, the Czech Republic is a part of the Schengen group of countries and you will receive an initial 90-day tourist visa which becomes active from your first day of arrival. This is more than enough time to then find teaching work and get your work visa processed. Again, we also recommend applying for a Zivnostensky List. 

At tefl online pro we help all of our graduates with visa-related info, so if you are a graduate of our international TEFL certification program and need more information on this then you know that you are very welcome to reach out to us and we will help you through the process. 

It is also worth mentioning here that while it is possible to take an Onsite TEFL course in Prague before you start the hunt for work, we don’t recommend this path. You will need the full three months to arrange your work permit, and by taking an onsite course in the city, you eat into the first month of your 90-day limit. Yes, we do run Online and Combined international TEFL courses and yes, we are biased in the online versus onsite TEFL debate, but it logically stands to reason that in the first few months of your arrival that you will need all the free time you can lay your future teaching English hands on to get all your ducks in a row.

Brno city centre

Teaching in Brno

Brno is sometimes described as being the Manchester of the Czech Republic and very often plays second fiddle to Prague. Nonetheless, as the Czech Republic’s second largest city, it has a lot to offer and is a true student city. The capital of the Moravian region, it is located in the sunniest region of the Czech Republic and a relative stone’s throw from the ripened vineyards of the south and undulating mountains to its east. Brno has its fair share of teaching work and the bonus is the seemingly lack of English teachers around.

In the Czech Republic most teaching work involves teaching adults and this generally falls into teaching either General English or Business English, and either teaching groups or individuals. 

Czechs are quite a laidback bunch but they do have a persistent tendency to want to focus heavily on grammar. We recommend that you divide your classes up into teaching grammar and teaching conversation so that you have the opportunity of introducing games and other resources into the classroom while your students will feel confidently satisfied having had their grammar fix. 

The Czech language is notoriously difficult to master and it is a grammar minefield for anyone attempting to do so, so it’s understood why Czechs often project this difficulty onto their English language learning.

Teaching in Plzen

Plzen: home to the world famous Pilsner beer, original home of the Skoda automobile industry and a city rich in Renaissance and Romanesque architecture. Despite not having as many schools as Prague or Brno, this beautiful city in the west of the country still offers lots of opportunities for English teachers, and because of the dearth of English teachers hanging around it is a simple process of finding teaching work. This is the city on this list where you will be considered a rarity among the locals and given an extra warm welcome.

Row of beers in Plzen, Czech Republic

Compared to other countries in the region, teaching English in the Czech Republic provides you with a lot of personal freedom. Many schools may have a certain text book which they follow, but you will usually enjoy the flexibility of being able to set your own syllabus if you so choose. 

The laws of the land are quite liberal too and one good example of this is the freedom of being able to grab a sleeping bag and tent and go out into the countryside and wild camp (not in the national parks though please.) 

On another note, Czechs are sometimes dissed because people assume they are grouchy simply because they tend not to smile a lot, and while it’s true that many people don’t smile a lot, when you really get to know Czechs they are mostly fun-loving and very hospitable. 

Ostrava city centre

Teaching in Ostrava

The teaching scene in Ostrava is almost a mirror reflection of teaching in Brno: enough work for the teachers who are around, and a city where there aren’t so many teachers that it feels overrun and at the same time not making you feel like you’re the only teacher in town. Ostrava used to be the industrial heartland of the country when it was joined at the hip to Slovakia. And after years of recession, it has emerged as a city bent on reinventing itself as a cultural hotspot. The Colours of Ostrava music festival is a fine example of this.

While it is possible to apply for teaching English jobs from abroad, there is absolutely little reason to do so. There are just so many teaching opportunities in the Czech Republic that all you need to do is turn up and start your search when here. Besides, schools are often skeptical of teachers applying from abroad because they like to meet you in person and receive the assurance that you are in the country before spending their time starting the application process. 

A typical scenario in finding a teaching position is contacting the school, being invited for an interview, teaching a demo lesson and then being offered work. As with a lot of locations, you can expect to start off with just a few hours per week for the first month and then if the school and students are satisfied, you will be provided with full-time teaching hours. In fact many teachers find it difficult to say no to work and end up with crazy schedules because there is just so much work available. 

Teaching in Ceske Budejovice

In the south of the Czech region of Bohemia, there can be found the enchanting town of Cesky Krumlov and its picturesque surrounding countryside, and Ceske Budejovice is the commercial capital of this region. Similarly like Plzen, there is a healthy equation here of teacher to school ratio but unlike Plzen, Ceske Budejovice receives far more tourist numbers and this is reflected in its much more culturally diverse visitors. Plus, it’s only a 45-minute drive to the Austrian border when you have that Sacher Torte craving.

Cesky Krumlov

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Where will you teach English?

Everything you need to know about teaching English in Cambodia

 

This article is the first in a series of write-ups about teaching English abroad country specifics, and covers an overview of teaching English in Cambodia. There is a plethora of work available to qualified teachers of English in Cambodia, teaching in either the cities or the countryside, and this article deals primarily with what to expect if you choose to teach English in the major urban districts.

Cambodian flag

Where is Cambodia?

Cambodia, officially the Kingdom of Cambodia, is located in Southeast Asia and it shares a border with Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. It boasts jungle forests, bustling cities, the temple complex of Angkor Wat, charming locals and enjoys a relatively long coastline on the Gulf of Thailand. The country was completely ravaged during the 4 years of Khmer Rouge political control but has recently been making up for lost time and is now considered to be an emerging economy, reinventing itself whilst rediscovering its rich cultural heritage.

To legally teach English in Cambodia, you will be expected to show an international TEFL certificate, but a college degree isn’t mandatory for either gaining employment or for the work visa process. 

Cambodia is by far the easiest and less stressful locations to set up shop as an English teacher in Southeast Asia, although the work visa requirements (see below) are becoming stricter year-on-year as more and more people decide to make this kingdom of the Khmer their home base. 

Work is very easy to come by and is available throughout the year. The absolute best times to arrive though are in the months of March, April and May, when many teachers leave for the summer and when lots of new employment opportunities arise. 

Most schools pay monthly, some bimonthly, and for the first month, you should expect to just have a handful of classes. This is widely considered here as the norm and likened to a probation period. After this short period, you can expect to be in a position where you are having to turn down work because your schedule is becoming too full, or because you decide for example that you don’t want to teach on Mondays or Fridays because of your desire to enjoy long weekends. 

Lastly, always dress smart: an ironed shirt, clean shoes, pressed trousers or a skirt if you’re a woman and a tie if you’re a man.

Teaching in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh definitely represents the best salary over costs in the kingdom and is a frenetic city with a soft underbelly. Teachers can typically expect to earn between US$1,000 – US$1,500 per month, with some international schools even paying as high as US$2,500 monthly. The capital has the highest number of language schools – ranging from top end international schools to side street mom-and-pop school outfits. Some prefer the ambience of smaller towns, but there is a reason Phnom Penh is such a popular choice.

Phnom Penh royal palace

While it was once possible simply to turn up on a tourist visa and extend it indefinitely once the initial 1 month had expired, the Cambodian authorities have recently begun to make it slightly more difficult to get started here. However, compared with neighboring Thailand, it still represents a far easier option of starting out. 

We recommend flying into Phnom Penh International Airport and getting a 1-month Business (E) Visa. For this you will need two passport-sized photos and US$35. You can then extend your Business Visa for a further three months before then needing to leave the country to then return and repeat the process. If this is your first time to Cambodia then instead of the 3-month extension, you can apply for a 6-month visa extension. Once you have your work all lined up with a work permit from your school, you are free to apply for the longer 1-year visa and this can then be renewed annually. Please note that if you arrive and only ask for a 1-month Tourist Visa then you can only extend this by an additional one month before you will need to leave the country and repeat the process.

Angkor Wat temple

Teaching in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia – located approx 300km from Phnom Penh and famous for being the home of the Angkor Wat temple complex. Teaching English work is plentiful here, but you will be competing with the many expats who have chosen to make this major tourist hub their home. Hourly rates for teaching come in at around US$10 per hour, but you might consider a slightly lower starting salary to begin with until you demonstrate that you are here to stay for a while.

Many people also travel to Cambodia to teach English on a volunteer basis and this can be a wonderfully insightful experience into rural Cambodian life. There is also a special sense of life purpose and job satisfaction which can be attained by volunteering and this is usually the emotion which drives people to choose to work for little or no salary. 

Generally, volunteer teaching English positions require you to make a donation for accommodation and food costs, typically averaging US$10 per day, and you should be prepared to chip in with other types of work besides teaching English while you are there. 

Please feel free to contact us for impartial advise if you are considering this option as some members of our Team have direct experience with volunteering in Cambodia and we can help you avoid the common pitfalls and errors which volunteers unfortunately very often make. 

Teaching in Battambang

Battambang is the second largest city in Cambodia and located in the north-west of Cambodia. The average hourly rate for teaching English here hovers at around US$10 per hour and finding work here isn’t difficult. Battambang is a charming, riverside town which seems to primarily be famous for the bamboo train which we hear is no longer in operation anymore. It also boasts an excellent culinary scene and a reassuring lack of the droves of tourists and expats alike who descend on Siem Reap in their droves.  

Bamboo train Battambang

One of the major benefits of teaching English in Cambodia are the startup costs. 

The average monthly rent of an apartment in Phnom Penh comes in at only US$500 and this price decreases when you leave the capital. A meal in a local restaurant should cost you no more than a few USD and a cool glass of Angkor beer will set you back a dollar. 

How much do we recommend you take with you? It can be done on only US$2,000 and this will enable you to stay in a hostel or guesthouse when you first arrive – while you are securing your accommodation and employment – and cover your new apartment costs and your daily expenses. We do recommend though ideally taking with you between US$4,000 – US$5,000, if you can afford it, as this will provide you with even more breathing space and comfort.

Sihanoukville beach

Teaching in Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville was for many years the backpackers go-to chillax place, but recently the Chinese developers have moved in and incredibly, in just the space of a few years, the skyline has transformed from sleepy coastal town to high octane casino central. While this is great news for the local economy, as long as it does benefit the locals, it has meant the last nail in the coffin for teaching English here and unless you can get lucky teaching wealthy Chinese businesspeople, it’s now best just as a stopping off point to the islands. 

You can apply for teaching English jobs from abroad, but Cambodia is one of the countries where it is recommended to find work once on the ground here. 

The reason for this is that you will be in a much better bargaining position once you are here as you will have a clearer idea about teaching rates of pay and as there are so many schools taking on teachers, you will be able to see the schools for yourself and then form a more objective decision. 

You can choose to teach adults or children in Cambodia and you will find Cambodians to be respectful of teachers and will bring to classes a wicked sense of humor. 

Despite officially holding the title of being a third world country, Cambodians always dress immaculately for classes and there is no better demonstration of this than the sight of schoolchildren leaving their rural villages in the mornings, dressed similarly as any child in the UK would on their daily to and fro from school. 

The only negative regarding the classroom setting, which we would like to make note of, is the quiet insistence of the education system not to teach Cambodian history as it was truly represented – particularly regarding the four terrible years of the Khmer Rouge. 

However, apart from the tendency to whitewash the history books, Cambodia is an exhilarating country to teach in and a location we definitely recommend. 

Teaching in Koh Kong

Koh Kong (Krong Koh Kong) is a frontier town with a Wild West feel, nestled close to the Thailand border in the south-west of the country. In the past, the only reason to travel here was if you were catching an onward bus, but this might well be Cambodia’s best kept secret. Costs are extremely affordable here and although teaching wages do reflect this, if you do choose to teach here, you will find a refreshing sense of being one of the only English teachers in town and with a friendly and supportive, non-clique expat scene.

Koh Kong city centre

A word of warning!

When we recently crossed over the Cambodian border at Hat Lek – the southernmost border crossing, on the road from Trat – we each had our US$30 Tourist Visa fee ready, as well as our two sets of passport photos. This is likely one of the worst border crossings in Southeast Asia, and we have received reports of similar shenanigans occurring on other Cambodian border crossings. 

We duly handed over our passports, our visa fees, and our photos. Then, to our surprise, the slothfully-dressed “Visa Immigration Officer” asked, instead, for 1,500 Thai Baht – equalling almost double the price of the official US$30 Tourist Visa fee.

We reiterated, politely, but firmly, that the fee is US$30.

The Wild West officer then demanded, instead, US$35 each from us – meaning we would be overcharged a total of US$10 for our combined Tourist Visas.

It was at this stage in our group dialogue that I felt the call of my ancestors rise up from within, and calmly, I asked why he was asking for US$35 per Tourist visa, when the official fee is in fact US$30.

What happened next was that he very curtly asked us to exit the office – leaving us to wait a full half hour – until eventually, we both received our US$30 Tourist visas.

Our advice, is never cross this border and pay for your Cambodian Tourist Visa with Thai Baht : you will otherwise end up paying a higher price, pocketed by the “Visa Service official”.

Just stand your ground, be polite, but firm, and eventually, you will receive your Tourist Visa stamp for the correct Tourist Visa price.

The Cambodian authorities should really do something about the outright, blatant corruption on this border, as it gives a terrible first impression of a country that is otherwise a pleasure to travel in.

Oh, and the safest for of travel from the Cambodian Hat Lek border to the nearest town of Koh Kong, is by Tuk Tuk, We paid 200 Baht combined for this journey of less than 20 kms, but it is far safer than a motorcycle taxi. We also advice not accepting a ride to Koh Kong in a private car – at least by travling in a tuk tuk, you are clearly seen by other people, and are not at such a high risk of a mugging soon after crossing into Cambodia.

Should you decide to take a private car, make sure you are alone with the driver. There have been reports of another person, or person(s) sharing the ride, and upon arrival to Koh Kong, money and valuables missing from backpacks and clothing pockets.

In the event that you are overcharged at this border, calmly take one of the Customer Service Feedback Forms, take down the number of the official who scammed you, and then lodge a complaint through your Consulate/Embassy in Cambodia.

Actually, I grabbed one of these forms while I was waiting for my passport to be returned, and the officer inside must have seen this, because as soon as he had, my passport was issued immediately.

Also, take a pen with you so as to avoid the people there renting pens, and whatever you do, never become convinced to enter a ‘Red “Cross Health Tent’, on the right of the immigration offices, where they will charge you money simply for entering the tent.

But again, please don’t let the corruption at the border put you off this wonderful country. Almost everyone whom we met during our Cambodia travels, were honest, warm, and hospitable

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Where will you teach English?

10 top teaching English destinations for 2022

 

There are so many destinations worldwide where you can teach English, and the types of destinations are as varied as people’s destination tastes. Here is a list we chose of 10 places to teach English that are definitely worth considering taking a look at in 2022. 

Japan

Japan has emerged from its years of recession with a now buoyant teaching English industry and teaching salaries here can be among the world’s best, with some teachers earning as much as US$5,000 per month. As a new teacher though, you should expect to be earning well below this figure and we conservatively estimate that you can expect a monthly starting salary in the range of US$2,000 – US$3,000. A college degree is mandatory for the work visa, as well as an international TEFL certificate.

Mount Fuji in Japan
Paella in Spain

Spain

Spain is one of Europe’s most popular countries for studying and teaching in and offers hourly teaching rates of between 15 to 25 Euros. An international TEFL certificate is the main requisite for landing a job here as a college degree isn’t mandatory. The main bulk of teaching work is centered in Madrid and other major cities. Many teachers do choose to teach English in Spain because of the opportunity to learn or further their Spanish. Spain is a vibrant country to teach in and is famous for its legendary cuisine and nightlife.

China

To teach English in China, you are required to have a college degree and international TEFL certificate. In the past five years, there has been a boom in schools providing English as a Foreign Language classes and there is an abundance of work for English teachers. An average teacher’s starting salary comes in at US$2,500 and as in Japan, it is possible to begin earning much more than this figure once you become established. However, where China beats Japan is with its low cost of living, meaning this is a great location to save.

Panda in China
Seoul, South Korea

South Korea

To teach English in South Korea, it is mandatory to have a college degree and international TEFL certificate. It is also required that you hold citizenship from a recognized English-speaking nation: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK or USA. You can expect to earn a minimum of US$1,800 per month if teaching outside of Seoul and a minimum of around US$2,000 per month if teaching in the capital. South Korea is famous for its sweet and sour kimchi and boasts a fantastic cuisine culture.  

The Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is nestled bang centre in the heart of Europe and has – since its Velvet Revolution in 1989 – been a magnet for teachers of English from around the world. The only requirement for teaching English here is that you hold an international TEFL certificate. Wages are a bit on the low side, ringing in on average at around US$15 – US$20 per hour, but the cost of living is relatively low (even in Prague) and its location means that you are spoilt for choice when it comes to weekend trips and holidays.

Charles Bridge Prague
Vegetable seller in Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam is the new financial tiger powerhouse of Southeast Asia and has seen a huge increase in demand for English teachers over the last few years. When comparing to other Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam offers the best bang for your buck in terms of how much you can earn and how much your daily costs will be. New teachers arriving to Vietnam can expect to be earning up to US$1,700 per month and this means that you can realistically expect to be saving around US$500 per month.

Colombia

Whilst there are more higher paid locations to teach English on the South American continent, Colombia gets our thumbs up because it is a country recovering from years of turmoil. The offshoot of this means that English teachers are now being welcomed with open arms to come and teach here, with only an international TEFL certificate mandatory. The costs to live here are low, the coffee is amazing, the wildlife is breathtaking and the people are generally very friendly. Expect to be earning just under US$1,000 per month.

Parrot in Colombia
Welcome to Taipei sign

Taiwan

The average teaching English monthly salary in Taiwan hovers at around US$2,000 – US$2,500 per month, which is pretty good value considering the low cost of living. Mandatory requirements for entry level teaching English jobs are a college degree, international TEFL certificate and a clean criminal record. Native English teachers are given preference to teaching jobs but non-native speakers will also have the opportunity of teaching here. Its location in Asia also makes it a great base for trips around the region.

Thailand

Location number nine is a nod to the Land of Smiles and a gratuitous Thailand beach photo 🙂 Thailand has built up over the years a name for itself in the world of TEFL as being one of the heavyweight places to teach English abroad, and we can’t see that reputation waning anytime soon. Wages vary tremendously depending on where you are teaching, but for Bangkok expect to be earning up to 50,000 – 60,000 Baht per month. The cuisine is awesome, the coastlines breathtaking and those smiles are definitely genuine.

Thai wooden boat on beach
Woman studying TEFL online

Teaching Online

The last location on this list is basically any location where you have your laptop and access to the internet. Teaching English online is a booming industry and takes away all of the legwork required when looking for teaching work in the traditional form. The other positives are that you can teach wherever suits you best and the hours are often flexible. The only real negative is that you lack a support base which a traditional school provides. You can earn up to US$40 per hour, teaching English online, but starting salaries are usually in the US$20+ per hour range.

Wherever you chose to teach English, make sure to check out the tefl online pro five top tips for travel, over at tefl-online-pro-reviews.com Please note that these two links will redirect you to an exterior website – a blog established by TEFL Online Pro, mainly to respond to business competitor attacks. The Online TEFL/TESOL certification course industry is highly competitive, and some of the less reputable Online TEFL/TESOL programs – the ones that are usually unaccredited – will often spread false information online about their more successful (fully accredited) competitors.

Read more Teaching English Abroad Country Specifics articles on the tefl online pro Blog

Where will you teach English?

Refutation of allegations made by our business competitors

TEFL Online Pro statement in response to misleading and untrue statements published online by three TEFL program competitors.

We recommend reading this article to the end so as to ensure that you don’t fall victim to the TEFL scam that is currently being perpetrated by three of our business competitors in the TEFL marketplace. The scam consists of false claims made to try and convince people to take an unaccredited TEFL course with one of three of our competitors, instead of taking a fully accredited TEFL/TESOL certification course with TEFL Online Pro.

Many people may not realize that the Online TEFL/TESOL training industry is highly competitive and that some programs claiming to be accredited are, in fact, not accredited at all.

The consequence of this is that these companies, without strict codes of conduct protocols, are able to go on the war path against their business competitors with impunity, via proxy websites and anonymous complaints websites, without a reputable accreditation body to reign in their online activities and hold them accountable.

TEFL Online Pro is a fully accredited online company – without expensive brick-and-mortar office overhead costs – and we are able to provide the Level 5/CELTA equivalent international TEFL/TESOL certificate training for a fraction of the price that our brick-and-mortar competitors offering similar courses are able to.

It is, therefore, inevitable that our company’s success and our ability to undercut the market attracts extreme negative sentiment from some less reputable and higher-priced TEFL program competitors. This occurs in all highly competitive marketplaces.

Three of our unaccredited and higher-priced business competitors have taken it upon themselves to publish malicious, misleading and untrue assertions online with regards to the TEFL Online Pro international TEFL/TESOL certification course program.

Instead of mirroring their behavior, we have, instead, decided to call them out in the hope that potential TEFL students can understand that any negative press regarding TEFL Online Pro has been exclusively written by rival companies and not by our TEFL students/graduates or the thousands of language school contacts that we have job contract agreements with globally.

The assertions:

  1. TEFL Online Pro is not accredited.
  2. TEFL Online Pro is not a legitimate company.
  3. TEFL Online Pro is a fraud/scam.
  4. TEFL Online Pro is the owner of trustedteflreviews.com.
  5. TEFL Online Pro is only listed on trustedteflreviews.com and nowhere else on the internet.
  6. TEFL Online Pro customer video reviews have been recorded by paid actors.

None of these assertions hold up under scrutiny. All six of the assertions are untrue, defamatory, and are intended to hoodwink students into believing that TEFL Online Pro is a scam and that the competitors writing these claims are a better TEFL program option.

Our response to the assertions:

  1. TEFL Online Pro is fully accredited by ACTEFLC – Accreditation Council for Teaching English as a Foreign Language Courses. Our acteflc.com accreditation identification number: T21-1325910. We pay a lot of money to be accredited and have to submit 10% of our completed assignments to be audited. This is an important but time-consuming process for a member of our team. If we were not fully accredited, I’m certain that ACTEFLC would have called us out on their website for misrepresentation.
  2. TEFL Online Pro is a legitimate company, providing international Online TEFL/TESOL certification courses. TEFL Online Pro has been a verified business member with Paypal since 2019. To become a business member with Paypal, it was mandatory for us to provide our business license information. Our course graduates teach English online and overseas (in every country where it is currently possible to teach English) with their TEFL Online Pro certification, and this is backed up by our verified customer reviews.
  3. TEFL Online Pro is not a fraud or scam. If TEFL Online Pro were a fraud or scam, there would be multiple verified customer complaints made online and Paypal would not have continued to partner with us. In addition, ACTEFLC would cancel our accreditation status if we were a fraudulent company.
  4. TEFL Online Pro is currently the top-rated TEFL program listed on trustedteflreviews.com. We won the prestigious Teachers’ Choice Award in 2019, 2020, 2021, and we have hundreds of verified customer reviews published on Trusted TEFL Reviews. Any valid similarity between teflonlinepro.com and trustedteflreviews.com ends there. In addition, the TEFL Online Pro Facebook page was created an entire year before the Facebook page of Trusted TEFL Reviews.
  5. We are not only listed on Trusted TEFL Reviews (https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2019/ / https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2020/ / https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2021/). If you take a look at our company Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/teflonlinepro/reviews/) you will see that we have approx. 100 verified student reviews. In addition to this, we have customer video reviews on our company YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClXwokXQobRwONVOEVqsEBA The TEFL industry can be opaque and we decided from the start that we would not get ourselves involved in affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is when a TEFL graduate, or, increasingly, someone who has not even taken a TEFL course, writes a review of a TEFL program and earns money from each sale stemming from their review. We view this business model as being dishonest and unethical and not in line with our core business values. This is the reason why we have not followed the crowd by having our company listed on some of the more popular TEFL review websites, where the verification of reviews is questionable and where the predominant business model revolves around affiliate marketing.
  6. TEFL Online Pro currently has eleven customer video reviews uploaded, with two graduates having recorded a post-course and follow-up video – describing their course experience and how their TEFL Online Pro certificate has enabled them to secure online and overseas teaching English employment. All eleven videos were recorded by graduates of a TEFL Online Pro Online TEFL/TESOL certification course. None of the reviews were recorded by a person who has not taken a TEFL Online Pro Online TEFL/TESOL certification course. The majority of our customers that have recorded a video testimonial for us, have also left a customer review on the TEFL Online Pro company Facebook page.

The intention of the assertions.

All six assertions have been published by three of our business competitors. None of the assertions come from a reputable source.

The intention of the assertions is to seed doubt and reduce the credibility of TEFL Online Pro in the eyes of potential customers. It is also the intention of the assertions to divert business from TEFL Online Pro to the competitors making the assertions.

The assertions have been published by ESLinsider/Ian Patrick Leahy, MyTEFL, The TEFL Academy/Caitriona (Maria) McTiernan/TPR Teaching.

All three are business competitors, providing Online TEFL/TESOL certification courses of their own.

Proof that directly links Caitriona (Maria) McTiernan and Ian Patrick Leahy to a TEFL competitor is listed towards the end of this rebuttal statement.

TEFL Online Pro is seeking legal advice and we will be acting accordingly in due course.

TEFL Online Pro verified customer feedback.

Verified TEFL Online Pro customer feedback can be viewed on the TEFL Online Pro Facebook page, on the TEFL Online Pro YouTube page, on the teflonlinepro.com Reviews page, and on the independent TEFL reviews website Trusted TEFL Reviews:

https://www.facebook.com/teflonlinepro/reviews/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClXwokXQobRwONVOEVqsEBA

https://teflonlinepro.com/tefl-online-pro-reviews/

https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2019/

https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2020/

https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2021/

One of our August 2020 graduates, who took the TEFL Online Pro 140-Hour Hybrid Online TEFL/TESOL certification course, recorded a post-course video and recently provided us with a follow-up video testimonial.

Noor describes how her TEFL Online Pro TEFL/TESOL certificate was instrumental in finding teaching work online with PalFish and Preply, and how it has been an essential document for successfully securing a teaching English position abroad in South Korea.

Here are Noor’s post-course and follow-up video testimonials:

TEFL Online Pro review: Hybrid 140-Hour international TEFL/TESOL certification course program.
TEFL Online Pro review: Teaching English online and in South Korea.

One of our December 2020 graduates, who took the TEFL Online Pro 120-Hour Professional Online TEFL/TESOL certification course, recorded a post-course video and recently provided us with a follow-up video testimonial.

Clara describes how her TEFL Online Pro TEFL/TESOL certificate was instrumental in finding teaching work online, and how it has been an essential document for successfully securing a teaching English position abroad in Spain.

Here are Clara’s post-course and follow-up video testimonials:

TEFL Online Pro review: Professional 120-Hour international TEFL/TESOL certification course program.
TEFL Online Pro review: Teaching English online and in Spain.

Clara and Noor’s experiences are representative of all of our customers who take a TEFL Online Pro Online TEFL/TESOL certification course.

We would also like to point out that whilst both post-course and follow-up video reviews have been recorded by British-speaking graduates, the vast majority of our customers who take a TEFL Online Pro certification course are from the USA.

TEFL Online Pro accepts students from all native English-speaking countries, as well as students from non-native English-speaking countries.

Here are some examples of post-course video testimonials, recorded by USA customer graduates of the TEFL Online Pro international TEFL/TESOL certification course program:

TEFL Online Pro Reviews | Paige | Best TESOL Certification
TEFL Online Pro Reviews | Troy | Teaching English in Europe/Asia
TEFL Online Pro Reviews | Astrid | Professional 120-Hour
TEFL Online Pro Reviews | Nico | 140-Hour Hybrid
TEFL Online Pro Reviews | Annelise | Teaching English in Austria

We also accept students from non-native English-speaking backgrounds:

TEFL Online Pro Reviews | Elena | Teaching English as a Non-Native Speaker

TEFL Online Pro runs three award-winning, fully accredited and internationally recognized Online TEFL/TESOL certification courses:

60-Hour Fast-Track – the perfect solution for people with TEFL experience. 

120-Hour Professional – the perfect solution for people with little or no TEFL experience.

140-Hour Hybrid – the perfect solution for people with little or no TEFL experience who are wanting in-class teaching practice.

All three Level 5 and CELTA-equivalent courses lead to the awarding of the international TEFL/TESOL certificate.

With a TEFL Online Pro TEFL/TESOL certificate, you are guaranteed a teaching English job online or overseas.


Caitriona McTiernan from The TEFL Academy and Ian Leahy from ESLinsider TEFL.

Caitriona McTiernan publishes material online under the alias ‘Caitriona Maria’. She runs a proxy website for The TEFL Academy. Caitriona works for The TEFL Academy as one of their Brand Ambassadors. The job of a TEFL Academy Brand Ambassador is to market the TEFL Academy’s Online TEFL/TESOL courses. Caitriona is an affiliates marketing agent – she earns money from the TEFL courses that she promotes and reviews, despite having limited knowledge of the TEFL industry and having never taken, with the exception of The TEFL Academy, any of the TEFL courses which she promotes and reviews. We empathise and respect Caitriona’s decision to earn money from the TEFL marketplace, but strongly feel that there is a more ethical way of doing so. The TEFL Academy is one of our business competitors.
Further proof of Caitriona (Maria) McTiernan’s direct links with The TEFL Academy.
This is the About page image for the ESLinsider TEFL blog. Ian Patrick Leahy is pictured with ‘ESL INSIDER’ digitally branded on his face(s). Ian Patrick Leahy runs the ESLinsider TEFL program. He promotes ESLinsider as being an impartial source of TEFL course knowledge, but his underlying objective is to sell his unaccredited TEFL (TEKA) courses. Ian is notorious within the TEFL industry for writing defamatory material online about his business competitors. YouTube has deleted a number of his YouTube videos and he has also been banned from Facebook. ESLinsider is one of our business competitors.
Ian Patrick Leahy’s ‘Online English Tutor’ photo on the Cambly online teaching platform. Ian works as an English teacher, as well as running the ESLinsider TEFL program. Ian has been accused of scamming TEFL students via his job placement services.

The TEFL Academy claims to be accredited by QUALIFI, but QUALIFI only regulate their courses. The TEFL Academy is, therefore, an unaccredited TEFL provider.

ESLinsider openly admits that it is not an accredited TEFL provider.

MyTEFL claims to be accredited by OTTSA. It is widely believed that OTTSA is a proxy website for MyTEFL.

All three of these competitors are not obliged to follow strict code of conduct protocols. If they were, they would not be able to so blatantly publish defamatory content online with regards to their business competition.

Conclusion.

It is ultimately up to you, the reader, to decide for yourself whether you will believe the claims made by our business competitors, or whether you will decide that our verified customer reviews negate such claims.

If anyone reading this rebuttal has ever run a company before, or has been the victim of online personal attacks, you will understand full well how frustrating and damaging it can be when a competing business or an individual writes blatant mistruths online about you.

All it takes is for a company or individual to go to any complaints website, or pay for a domain and web hosting, and they are able to conjure up and spread any misinformation that they wish.

TEFL Online Pro is completely in favor of business competition and free speech.

Competition is important because it provides the customer with an overall better TEFL/TESOL course experience.

Free speech is likewise important because our customer reviews – whether positive or negative – provide us with an opportunity to fine-tune our services, so that we can strive to be the best in the field.

However, unwarranted online attacks by business competitors is a completely different story entirely.

We thought it was important to issue a statement because those of you who are new to TEFL may not realize that it is a small number of our TEFL competitors that are writing that TEFL Online Pro is not a legitimate company, not our TEFL customers. 

The overwhelming majority of our TEFL customers have a very positive TEFL Online Pro course and post-course experience. 

If there are any questions regarding this rebuttal statement, please feel free to email the TEFL Online Pro school office:

info@teflonlinepro.com

Thank you for reading this rebuttal statement.

Kind regards,

Paul Murphy
Operations Manager

www.teflonlinepro.com


TEFL Online Pro is the Teachers' Choice Award winner in 2021
TEFL Online Pro (teflonlinepro.com) has won the Teachers’ Choice Award three years in a row: 2019 | 2020 | 2021.