Feeling restless at work or in your day-to-day life? Perhaps you’re a recent college grad who isn’t quite sure what the next step is?
Do you dream of losing track of time in an exotic locale and immersing yourself in a foreign culture? Do you want to feel like you actually make a difference when you show up to work every day?
If that sounds like you, then maybe you should be thinking about teaching English Abroad.
No matter what your situation is, it’s never too late for change! So with that being said, let’s take a look at some of the best places to live and work as an EFL teacher.
Along with much of Southeast Asia, Vietnam has been experiencing a boom in tourism over the past several years. Add to that Vietnam’s ever-increasing economic importance, and demand for EFL teachers has never been stronger in the region. Teachers are always a sought after commodity in Ho Chi Minh City, but secondary markets like Da Nang (The #1 Emerging Travel Destination of 2015 according to TripAdvisor) are popping up throughout the country too, presenting teachers with a wide variety of prospects in both urban and rural communities. Salaries are high compared to the cost of living, so you can comfortably cover expenses while still saving a significant chunk of your paycheck every month, which makes it easy to travel throughout the rest of Southeast Asia while teaching in Vietnam.
Cambodia sits atop many travel bucket-lists these days, but it also happens to be a great place to teach English. A truly diverse country, Cambodia is home to the bustling capital of Phnom Penh, the ancient Angkor Wat temples (the largest religious monument in the world), as well as some of the most pristine beaches in Asia. With a tumultuous history of unrest and political distress, Cambodia is a country of contrasts, and English language skills are becoming an increasingly important part of the developing economy in this constantly changing region. You’ll have a real chance to make an impact in Cambodia, and thanks to the extremely low cost of living, you’ll also be able to make (and save) some money. What more can you ask for?
3. Costa Rica
Relatively mild year-round weather, beautiful beaches and lush rainforests make Costa Rica one of the most traveled to locations in Latin America year after year. But it’s also a very popular destination for English teachers, and it looks to build upon that trend in 2015. Teaching English in Latin America is a great way to bolster your Spanish skills, but there is also a well-established expat community in Costa Rica that makes it a natural adjustment for those living abroad for the first time. You probably won’t be able to save as much money in Costa Rica as you would in Vietnam or Cambodia, but there is still plenty of opportunity to work, and EFL teachers are usually able to comfortably cover their cost of living. So if living in a tropical paradise appeals to you, teaching English in Costa Rica can be a great way to make that happen.
Sitting at an altitude of around 11,000 ft. in the Southwest Andes, Cusco is widely known as one of the most exciting cities in Latin America. It’s a must-see destination on its own, but while living and working in Cusco, you’ll also be just 50 miles away from Machu Picchu, the most recognized ancient Inca site in the world. Peru consistently boasts one of the best hiring markets for ESL teachers in South America, and with so many locals interested in developing and improving their English skills, many teachers are also able to supplement their monthly income with lucrative private lessons. LanguageCorps programs in Peru include a complimentary week of intensive Spanish classes if desired, providing the perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills before embarking on your adventure in teaching English abroad.
The LanguageCorps TEFL certification course in Barcelona is always one of our most popular locations, but our CELTA course in Seville is also becoming increasingly sought after. There is no shortage of people looking to teach English in Spain, but even so, there continues to be more opportunity available than ever before in this attractive European hotspot. Expectations are high for EFL teachers in Spain, and the job market is competitive, but those who are willing to put the work in to stand out from the crowd are able to do really well here.
The list above outlines just five of the countless locations where you can begin an adventure in teaching abroad. But no matter where you decide upon, or how you decide to make it happen, don’t put off your dreams of world-travel for another year!
If you think that teaching English abroad might be for you, or you’re just interested in learning more about how it works, get in touch with us today. Any of our staff here at LanguageCorps will be more than happy to answer your questions, and we can help you get started in no time.