Published 19th July 2018

Teach English as a foreign language

Did you know you don’t necessarily need a degree to teach English as a foreign language? There are organisations that prefer graduates. In some countries you can only get a work visa if you have a degree. But, there are many schools in countries all over the world who welcome teachers without a degree.  Of course, you must have a TEFL qualification and if you have some experience this too will help.

You can get classroom experience by spending a short time as a volunteer teacher. The TEFL Academy jobs board often has vacancies for volunteers in many different parts of the world.

Here are regions of the world to teach English as a foreign language without a degree:

Teach English as a foreign language in Central and South America

There’s a big demand for teachers of English as a foreign language in Central and South American countries. You can work in a large country like Argentina or explore  Ecuador on the South American West Coast.

Here’s a list of places you can teach English as a foreign language without a degree:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Nicaragua
  • Costa Rica
  • Columbia
  • Chile
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • Uruguay

Teach English as a foreign language in Europe

Europe is another popular place to teach if you don’t have a degree. It’s especially easy if you’re part of the European Union as there are no visa requirements between European countries. There’s a lot of work available in:

  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain

There will be a lot of competition, but with so many Europeans wanting to learn English, the demand for TEFL teachers is high.

Get Your Certification

You might not need a degree, but you will need a TEFL certificate. You can study with The TEFL Academy. All you need is one free weekend to participate in the weekend course and the rest you can do online.

So, don’t be put off, realise your dream, get your TEFL qualification and book that plane ticket.