Working as a TEFL teacher in an ESL school is one of those truely unique jobs which allows you to pretty much choose where in the world you would like to work. For some this is their reason for becoming an English teacher, for others who have set their hearts on teaching, well it's a big bonus.
As a native English speaker you are empowered with a great skill which can be shared with others in a great many places. As globalisation, the internet and cheap travel brings the world closer together, common languages are needed to facilitate international communication. This is driving a huge boom in the need for English teachers in many countries, some more exotic than others!
Countries where English is the primary language (in no particular order).
United Kingdom, Grenada, Nigeria, United States, Falkland Islands, The Grenadines, Papua New Guinea, Zambia, Guyana, Philippines, Zimbabwe, Ireland, St. Kitts, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Australia, Kenya, St. Vincent, Bahamas, Kiribati, Seychelles, Barbados, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Belize, Liberia, Solomon Islands, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Cameroon, Mauritius, Swaziland, Canada, Micronesia, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominica, Namibia, Uganda, Ghana, Gibralter, New Zealand.
Countries where English Is the secondary language:
Thailand, Fiji, Nauru, Tonga, The Gambia, Oman, Tuvalu, Honduras, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, India, Palau, Vietnam, Indonesia, Panama, Argentina, Israel, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Samoa, Brunei, Laos, Saudi Arabia, Cambodia, Lebanon, Singapore, Congo, Libya, Somalia, Cyprus, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Dominican Republic, Maldives, Sudan, East Timor, Malta, Suriname, Equatorial Guinea, Marshall Islands, Syria, Estonia, Monaco, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Namibia.
Ok, so some of these places you've heard about in the news for all of the wrong reasons but working in some of the other countries can give you some of the most amazing experiences and some of the most interesting stories to tell around the campfire. The WorldTEFL Project is here to help shed light on the possibilities which are waiting for you!
A Few Stories To Inspire Your Travels
One of the best ways to decide where you want to travel and work as an English teacher is by listening to those who have been there before and have lived the experience already. Check out our field reports and personal stories about some of the mainstream locations for teaching English as well as some of the more unique alternatives which are available as TEFL destinations.
- Its Never Ever Too Late For TEFL
It's never too late for TEFL! We speak to Judy, where as it's never polite to ask a lady her age Judy is definitely at the age when most others would be winding down their working lives yet she has decided to start a new career, all the way down in Argentina.
- TEFL Destinations, Barcelona or Seoul?
Europe and Asia. Barcelona and Seoul. Almost opposite sides of the world and very different cultures. Both are popular TEFL destinations but how do they compare? We speak to Jessica who has lived and taught English in both to get her views.
- English Teaching In The Spanish Economic Crisis
The economic crisis which has extended it's tentacles around the globe is still felt strongest in Europe's Mediterranean coast. From the beautiful Islands of Greece, through Italy, along the Spanish Costas and down to Portugal, there's no escaping news stories and café terrace chatter about "the crisis": The result of somebody loosing there job could well be that they can no longer pay for English classes but that isn't the full picture at all.
- TEFL Accommodation In Barcelona
Barcelona is somewhat of a Mecca for TEFL courses. These four week intensive courses are a quick and efficient way in to the world of English teaching and the travel opportunities that come with it. The huge demand for English teachers in Barcelona, it's warm Spanish climate, endless fiestas, art and culture all help to attract countless scores of native English TEFLers on a never ending conveyor belt of low cost flights. But where do they all live?
- Field report from Seoul and Incheon, South Korea
Mary is an English teacher with a unique perspective on the Korean ESL scene. Having worked on both sides of the public/private divide, and in two of Korea’s most popular teaching cities, she is quickly becoming an expert. The Canadian transplant was kind enough to share her thoughts and experiences on living in the ROK and about Seoul compares to Incheon, it's nearby commercial neighbour.
- Back to Bari, teaching English in Southern Italy
James Clark is a travel writer who in a previous life was an English teacher. He worked at various locations in Italy before later returning to the United Kingdom to continue his studies. We join him in a hypnotic regression session.
- An Introduction To Teaching English In Korea
South Korea is rapidly becoming one of the most popular Asian destinations for teaching English as a foreign language, supported by a relatively well structured private school system and a big demand for English language skills. With its unique culture and good salaries, South Korea draws in a mix of westerners including Americans, Canadians, South Africans, Australians, New Zealanders, British and Irish looking to share their language..
- Should I Become Self Employed In Spain?
The thought of becoming self employed or "autonomo" in Spain is one that crosses many TEFL teachers minds at some point, especially those who have taught in-company classes in Spain. But who would benefit from cutting through all of the red tape to become a one man English school?
- The Importance Of Learning English In Spain
The Spanish have an amazing view of the importance of being able to speak English in order to get a job, secure promotion and continue up the career ladder. And it's best to start learning young!
- FC Barcelona, More Than Just A Club
Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous province of Catalonia and to the Catalans their world renowned "Football Club Barcelona" is like a national team. Flying the flag for Catalan independence the fans of this cultural institution often give the feeling that the Spanish Civil War is still being fought, at least for 90 minutes, when Real Madrid come to visit. FC Barcelona is more than just a club. Barcelona based sports writer Tim Hanlon explains.