Published 19th December 2016
Wouldn’t it be great if we could find a job in the best place in the world to teach TEFL? It must be a very busy place, though, because surely everyone is working there?
And where exactly is the best place in the world to teach TEFL?
Bali? Saudi Arabia? The UK?
Well, to be honest, it could be any of those three or none of them. It all really depends on what you are looking for in a TEFL job. Just as each TEFL teacher is an individual with different wants, needs and skills, so each TEFL destination and TEFL job offers something different and will suit different TEFL teachers.
Think for a minute about why you want to be a TEFL teacher. Is it for the money? The adventure? To learn a new language? To visit exotic places? To help disadvantaged communities? There are so many reasons people decide to embark on a TEFL journey and identifying your particular reasons is the first step to pinpointing where you should go.
If you are looking for a job which will earn you tons of money, even if it means you have to work really hard, then South Korea or the Middle East may be the best place for you. You may find yourself working harder than ever before – and at really odd hours – but at the end of each month you’ll be able to put away a substantial chunk of change. This is not only because of the high salaries (because of your long hours) but also because these countries are known to offer non-monetary benefits, like accommodation and food.
Or if you want some sunshine, beaches and a bit more of a relaxed vibe, think about Thailand or Costa Rica. Here you may not earn as much money as elsewhere but the cost of living is relatively low so you will still be able to enjoy nights out on the town and holidays at the beach. But the most attractive thing about places like this is the lifestyle you will enjoy while living there. You will be working but it will be a low-stress environment and there will always be opportunities for fun excursions after work.
Maybe you want to go somewhere historical, where you can spend your time off wandering through museums or visiting historic sites. If this sounds like you, head for China or Vietnam. In your time off you will have your pick of places to go and things to see right on your doorstep, so you are guaranteed to never get bored.
Maybe you want to go somewhere that’s not that far from home but still feels like another world. Then you should hop over to Europe. Europe is only a hop, skip and jump from the UK but it can feel like a million miles away. Find a small village in Italy or Spain and revel in the fact that you are the only British person in your community. Plus, you can always pop home for a weekend if you get homesick.
Basically, there is no one perfect place to teach EFL. Deciding where to go is a very personal decision and one you want to think carefully about to ensure you make the most out of the situation. Rest assured, though, whatever you are looking for, there is a TEFL job out there to suit you.