Published 14th December 2017

Seville, Spain

Top of their list is Seville in Spain, and for good reason. With amazing architecture, vibrant flamenco shows and mouthwatering tapas around every corner, Seville is everything you would expect from a Spanish city. Luckily for us, there are plenty of opportunities to teach English as a Foreign Language at language academies here. You won’t win the lottery teaching here but you can get by comfortably and live the best life at the same time.

Canberra, Australia

Canberra is third on the list, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in any way. Considered by many to be the world’s coolest capital – and we’re not talking about the weather – Canberra is a cosmopolitan city with outdoorsy tendencies, political clout and a passion for festivals. Australia on the whole is a popular destination for English learners and Canberra is no exception. Here you can teach in a public school (provided you have the right qualifications), in a language centre or university.

Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is known as “The Gateway to the World”. Though this may seem a bit of an exaggeration, there’s no denying that Hamburg is confident. It’s a beautiful city dominated by the harbour and the water and there’s always something going on. Be warned: though you can have an amazing lifestyle here, it won’t come cheap. Fortunately, there are loads of language centres where you can teach children, teens or adults and some schools send you into businesses, which usually means a higher rate of pay. There is also the possibility of being a freelancer here. 


Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Taiwan is fast becoming the Asian country to visit, especially for TEFL teachers. Kaohsiung is a cultural but modern city which offers a bustling city life as well as the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors on beaches or in forests. In terms of TEFL, you can expect to be inundated with job offers. These will most likely be in cram schools, or buxibans. This is where students come after school to learn English. You can expect to earn a good salary and seeing as Taiwan has a relatively cost of living you can live well as well as save.


San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is the perfect blend of old meets new. It has a colonial past which sits comfortably alongside its emerging modernity. Known for its beach and foodie culture, San Juan, along with the rest of Puerto Rico, is still finding itself as a TEFL destination. However, due to the booming tourism industry there are plenty of universities, schools and language centres now looking for EFL teachers. 
Note: the devastating Hurricane Maria has undoubtedly affected living conditions and working opportunities in Puerto Rico. The country is struggling to find its feet again but there is no doubt that it will and it will need teachers more than ever.

There you have it. If you are thinking of making the move into TEFL in 2018 or simply looking for a new TEFL adventure, you should maybe consider Lonely Planet’s top cities to visit in 2018.