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We have created a unique TEFL World Factbook of teaching abroad guides in over 100 countries to help TEFL teachers decide where in the world to teach English. Each country profile outlines everything a TEFL teacher would need to know including average pay, living costs, working environments and even the weather! Our team of researchers consisting of expert TEFL trainers at The TEFL Academy have pulled information from a variety of authoritative sources to create this definitive guide to teaching English around the world. The TEFL World Factbook will be updated annually. So download the TEFL World Factbook now for your authoritative guide on teaching English overseas!

 
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Algeria

The largest country in Africa, Algeria is a country of UNESCO heritage sites, beautiful colonial architecture, ancient Roman ruins, gorgeous beaches and the Sahara desert.

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Argentina

When hearing the word Argentina, it conjures up the seductive sounds of Tango, and this is certainly true in every area of the country.

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Australia

What an intriguing country! From kangaroos to koalas, Bondi to barbecue, surfing to Sydney, Australia is a country of great beauty, interesting culture and fantastic opportunities.

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Austria

Austria is a country with a richly woven landscape of nature and culture.

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Bahrain

Bahrain is a small country, which is situated between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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Bangladesh

Bangladesh is not the most obvious destination for TEFL teachers in comparison to its neighbours in South East Asia because the majority of its teachers speak fluent English, but there are still opportunities in this interesting country.

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Belgium

Officially known as the Kingdom of Belgium (due to its constitutional monarchy), this small country borders France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

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Belize

Belize is situated between Mexico and Guatemala but it was a British colony until 1981 and so maintains a feel for its colonial past.

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Bhutan

Can you imagine a country which bases its success on happiness rather than economic indicators? Bhutan is that country.

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Bolivia

Bolivia is a country of rugged and remote beauty, a keeper of ancient cultures, and has a rich mixed indigenous community.

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Botswana

A landlocked country with a population of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable countries and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. In terms of big cities, Botswana does not have much to offer but you don’t come to Botswana to experience city life.

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Brazil

With its formidable booming and developing economy, Brazil is tipped to be one of the main world leaders in the future.

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Cambodia

Sandwiched between Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia is a place to visit for those who want to experience a slower pace of life.

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Cameroon

Cameroon has varied geography and wildlife – in Cameroon you can find just about anything you would in all other African countries combined.

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Canada

Canada is a country that offers everything: big cities, the great outdoors, international culture.

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Chile

Despite the distances involved, Chile is easy to get around and explore.

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China

Sitting on an enormous land mass, China is home to a vast array of cultures and ethnic groups, all united by the main language of Mandarin Chinese.

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Colombia

Colombia has beautiful warm Caribbean beaches, where the scenery is stunning and the pace of life is slow.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica has tropical rain forests, active volcanoes and is home to some of the most beautiful and colourful animals on Earth.

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Croatia

Croatia is a country of more than a thousand islands and plenty of sunshine, making this a holiday destination of choice for many travellers.

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Czech Republic

It’s a country of castles, picturesque villages and beer.

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Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the most-visited destination in the Caribbean, and for good reason.

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Ecuador

Despite being small, Ecuador sits on the Equator and has a heritage that is hard to rival. Home to the World Heritage Sites of Quito (the capital) and Cuenca, along with the interwoven Spanish colonial heritage, Ecuador is a rich mixture of indigenous and European cultures.

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Egypt

Egypt is a fusion of the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

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El Salvador

El Salvador is a small Central American country, between Guatemala and Honduras.

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Ethiopia

One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia is the only African country to have never been colonized. Ethiopia is a nature-lovers paradise, with numerous opportunities for trekking, hiking in the mountains and watching wildlife on the lakes.

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Finland

Finland is a small country in Northern Europe, with borders with Russia, Norway and Sweden.

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France

With exquisite wines and vineyards, over 400 official cheeses, beautiful architecture and stunning nature, France has everything.

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Georgia

Not many people realise that, besides being a girl’s name and a US state, Georgia is also an Eastern European country.

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Germany

This country is filled with 400-year old villages, castles and cobblestones, as well as spectacular nature.

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Ghana

Ghana is a warm, friendly country in West Africa`s neighbouring Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo.

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Greece

Greece has influenced generations of European countries for thousands of years.

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Greenland

Greenland is a land like no other.

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Guatemala

Guatemala is a small country situated in Central America, bordering Mexico, Honduras, Belize and El Salvador. A mixture of beautiful scenery and ancient history, it has a cultural heritage which is a blend of Spanish and native Mayan influences.

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Guinea

Guinea is a coastal country in West Africa, home to the most memorising landscapes.

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Haiti

Haiti is a country that has had its fair share of disasters – both natural and man-made – yet has managed to retain a certain charm and an undeniable natural beauty.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong brings with it an interesting fusion of Chinese, British, Indian and Cantonese cultures.

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Hungary

From the medieval towns, the Baroque churches, the neoclassical public buildings and the art nouveau influences, Hungary has it all.

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India

India is a country of curry, cricket and culture. It’s a vibrant, colourful culture with something to suit everybody’s tastes.

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Indonesia

Indonesia has the fourth-largest population in the world, comprising approximately 238 million people and 17, 508 islands, of which 6,000 are inhabited.

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Ireland

Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland, is a sovereign state which occupies about five-sixths of the island of Ireland. It shares a border with Northern Ireland which is a part of the United Kingdom.

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Israel

Located between the Arabian Peninsula and the Mediterranean Coast, Aliya (the Promised Land), is the only Jewish state in the world.

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Italy

Italy is soaked in an amazing historical and artistic legacy.

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Jamaica

An island floating in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is world-famous for many things: its ‘irie’ lifestyle, beaches, music and, of course, its rum.

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Japan

Japan is a country of harmony and contradiction, where the ancient and the ultra-modern sit side by side.

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Jordan

When first hearing the word Jordan, two words might come to mind, Petra and Queen Rania.

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Kazakhstan

It is a country which not many people have heard of or at least don’t know much about. Kazakhstan is a landlocked Central Asian country which borders Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. It is a former Soviet state but it gained independence in 1991.

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Kenya

Kenya is situated on the east coast of Africa and is a mixture of beaches, mountains, savannah and desert.

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Kuwait

Although one of the smallest countries in the region, Kuwait is also one of the richest due to the ample oil fields.

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Lebanon

With Israel on one border, and Syria on the other, Lebanon combines both the modern and the historic.

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Lesotho

Lesotho is a tiny landlocked kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa. Also known as the Mountain Kingdom or the Kingdom in the Sky, it is a land of rivers, valleys, mountain ranges and Maluti beer.

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Libya

Bordering the Mediterranean, Libya enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate along the coast while most of the rest of the country is covered by the extremely hot and dry Libyan Desert.

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Madagascar

Madagascar is the fourth-largest island in the world, situated in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa.

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Malawi

Known as the Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi is friendly and welcoming, if poor. It is an agricultural country and heavily dependent on foreign aid so there is a large expat community with foreigners coming to work as diplomats, NGO workers and government officials.

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Malaysia

Malaysia is an interesting mix of culture and language. The indigenous tribes are mainly situated in the north and around Northern Borneo, while the Malay, Chinese, English and Indian influences are more seen on the Peninsula. Elements of Persian and Arabic cultures are also still present in the country.

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Mauritania

Due to the economy and industry, there is a demand for English in the country.

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Mexico

The art hub of Mexico rivals that of London and New York.

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Mongolia

Ah Mongolia! Land of…what exactly? Any idea? This is the beauty of Mongolia, a country so mysterious many people couldn’t find it on a map.

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Morocco

Morocco, situated in North Africa, is an interesting blend of European, African and Middle Eastern influences.

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Mozambique

Mozambique is surely one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. Though it is rich in natural beauty, a prolonged civil war meant that tourists stopped coming to Mozambique a long time ago. The war ended in 1992, though, and since then the country has been politically stable so it won’t be long before the tourist crowds make their way back to its white, sandy beaches and warm waters.

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Myanmar (Burma)

Otherwise known as the Golden Land, Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a country of diverse culture, spirituality and amazing cuisine.

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Namibia

If you’re after spectacular landscapes and awe-inspiring natural beauty rather than bright lights and big cities then Namibia may be your destination of choice.

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Nepal

Nepal is, by any definition, a magical destination. It’s a country of simplicity and tradition, full of mystery and charm.

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Netherlands

The Netherlands is a small European country bordering Germany and Belgium.

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New Zealand

New Zealand is the land where time stood still, and it is obvious why.

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Nicaragua

Fun, adventurous and cheap, Nicaragua is one of the safer countries in the region. Colonial architecture, white sandy beaches, volcanoes, lakes, and diverse flora and fauna are just a taste of what you can discover in Nicaragua.

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Nigeria

Nigeria is big. Known as the Giant of Africa, it has a population of approximately 194 million people, making it the most populous country on the continent and, with over 250 ethnic groups and more than 500 spoken languages.

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Norway

Norway: land of the Vikings, the most northerly brewery in the world and Allemannsrett.

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Oman

Oman is a country that has traditionally had and still has strong ties with the UK.

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Panama

Panama is flanked by the still waters of the Caribbean, and crosses over to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.

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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, with over 800 languages spoken and a wide variety of ethnicities and religions, but it is also one of the least explored.

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Paraguay

Paraguay is a small, landlocked country in central South America.

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Peru

Peru is home to some of the most ancient civilizations of Andean history; namely the Incas.

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Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7 000 islands, sometimes called the ‘Pearl of the Orient’. To say this is a beach lover’s paradise would be a serious understatement.

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Poland

Poland was the birth place of both, Copernicus and Chopin, as well as one of the most popular Popes in modern times, John Paul II.

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Portugal

Cliff-top castles and medieval cobblestone fishing villages remind the visitor of the long history of this country.

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Romania

The first words that might come to mind when hearing the word ‘Romania’ are Count Dracula and Transylvania.

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Russia

Russia has a unique history of Tsars and the communist revolution of 1918.

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Saudi Arabia

As the biggest oil producer in the world, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is also the richest.

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Senegal

This former French colony is a cultural melting pot. It is a Muslim country so you can expect plenty of mosques and religious monuments and you can also count on beautiful, rolling plains and coastal towns.

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Singapore

Singapore is a small island nation, located off of the Malay Peninsula. Many know Singapore as a premier shopping destination in the region, but to label Singapore as only this would be misleading.

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Slovakia

For those who would like to escape from the rushed pace of Western Europe, and have a more laid back experience, Slovakia is the place to head.

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South Africa

Every country in the world displays some diversity, but South Africa, stretching from the hippos in the Limpopo River to the penguins waddling on the Cape, takes some beating.

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Korea, South

South Korea is a living, breathing oxymoron. Seoul is a bustling metropolis with over 10 million inhabitants, yet here you can find historical sites and contemporary attractions living side by side: palaces and museums are close to massive shopping malls and busy restaurants.

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Spain

Spain is an interesting cultural mix of European and Arabic heritage, as well as its own indigenous populations, namely the Catalan and Basque regions with their own distinctive languages.

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is perhaps most famous for its tea plantations (it was previously known as Ceylon) or its turbulent history, but it has so much more.

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Sweden

Home to Vikings, smorgasbord and Abba, Sweden is the third-largest country in the EU but the one with the lowest population.

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Switzerland

Cheese lover? Chocoholic? Then welcome to Switzerland: a country deservedly famous for its many culinary specialities.

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Taiwan

Taiwan is a small, beautiful island that is densely populated.

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Tanzania

Home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania has been the destination of choice for intrepid travellers for decades. There aren’t many countries in the world where you can witness the great wildebeest migration on the Serengeti and this is just one of many attractions Tanzania has to offer – from diverse flora and fauna to beach holidays and extreme sports, Tanzania has something to offer everyone.

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Thailand

Thailand is known as the Land of Sunshine, due to its warm tropical climate.

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Togo

Togo is a thin strip of a country on the west Coast of Africa. With tranquil beaches, vibrant markets and friendly people, it was once considered the pearl of West Africa.

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Tunisia

Tunisia is a country of both natural and man-made beauty. It boasts gorgeous beaches and the stunningly beautiful Sahara Desert, but also the historical site of Carthage.

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Turkey

Turkey, split between Europe and Asia, has an amazing cultural heritage.

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Uganda

Known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’, Uganda is a landlocked country in Eastern Africa. It gained independence from Britain in 1962 and subsequently endured a turbulent few decades and became known for its high HIV rates.

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United Arab Emirates

The UAE is a huge oil-producing country with influences from India, Malaysia, Philippines and the UK.

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United Kingdom

Every culture and country on earth seems to be represented here

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United States

Land of the free, home of the brave, the United States is a gigantic geographical space just waiting to be explored.

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Uruguay

This Nation is one of the smallest countries in South America, with 50% of the population living in the capital Montevideo.

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Vietnam

From the rice field terraces, the green, lush mountains, the national parks and breathtaking coastlines to the capital city of Hanoi, Vietnam will inspire and amaze you.

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Zambia

One of the safest countries in the world, Zambia offers natural beauty on an unparalleled level. The home of Victoria Falls and the walking safari, Zambia is a must-visit destination for adventurers who love the great outdoors and getting close to nature.

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