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The 3 Most Popular Destinations to Teach English Abroad

Whether you’re looking to do something a bit different during your summer holidays or perhaps trying to figure out what you’re going to do after graduation now is a great time to start considering your options.

Teaching English abroad is fast-becoming one of the most popular ways for students to boost their CV, get paid AND see a bit of the world whilst they’re at it. Fancy a new life this summer? Here’s a sneak preview into the world of TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and three of the most popular destinations for graduates and students alike!

The 3 Most Popular Destinations to Teach English Abroad

The 3 Most Popular Destinations to Teach English Abroad


There is a demand for English teachers all around the world but especially in China as employers are looking for English teachers to teach all age groups – from 2 year olds to businessmen. If you’re looking for instant employability, an adventure, a cultural awakening and some of the most rewarding months of your life, then China is the one for you.

How much can you earn there? The average first-time English teacher’s wage in China is around 6,000 – 10,000 RMB a month. After the conversion, this might not sound like a lot of money by Western standards (sorry if you’ve been under the impression that you can become an overnight millionaire teaching English abroad!) – But as the cost of living in China is extremely cheap you’ll find that you’ll be able to live surprisingly comfortably on your TEFL salary. For example, you’ll be able to snap up a plateful of the best dumplings you’ve ever tasted for around 30p!

TEFL employers in China more often than not will also provide your accommodation and sometimes your meals too – so when you’re looking for teaching jobs abroad, make sure to look out for these perks!


Still a student? Put this one in the pipeline for after graduation! To teach English in Japan you’ll need a degree in order to get a visa but once you’re there…well you’re only in one of the most lusted-after travel destinations on the planet!

Japan draws tourists from all over the world but living there is a whole different experience entirely! Imagine what it would be like to wake up every day in one of the most technologically advanced city in the world…Tokyo? Or perhaps discovering beautiful Kyoto and losing yourself in Japan’s remarkable traditions? But what’s it like to live there though? It’s no secret that Japan is considered an expensive country BUT on a TEFL teacher’s wage where can expect to earn up to £2000 a month (!) you’ll find that living there isn’t as expensive as you’d first thought.

Rule of thumb: Act like a local – shop where they shop & eat what they eat and you’ll be fine.

The 3 Most Popular Destinations to Teach English Abroad

The 3 Most Popular Destinations to Teach English Abroad


If you’re perhaps looking for something a bit closer to home for the first time you move abroad – living in Europe is a great option. Not only can EU citizens live and work anywhere in the EU but also get European weather on your side too! (Enough of the rain already!)

Spain is one of the most popular TEFL destinations in Europe – competition is tough so it helps to have a degree and a TEFL certificate on your side too to help put you at the top of the pack. There are plenty of different teaching opportunities in Spain – anything from private tutoring, teaching in primary schools, business English and another great short-term option are summer camps.

If you’re new to teaching, then teaching English at a summer camp is a great starting point and a great way to spend University holidays – a place to dip your toes in before taking the plunge! Summer camps can be anything from 2 weeks to 2 months – accommodation and meals are often included in the pay packet, meaning all you have to bring is bundles of enthusiasm!

Want to land your dream job teaching English abroad? Download this free Six Steps Guide to find out how!

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