There are thousands of opportunities to teach english as a second language (ESL) all over the world. You can search for positions on your own or go through an program provider.
Consider teaching ESL if ...
- You enjoy teaching
- You want to enhance your teaching skills
- You want to experience life as a teacher before you choose it as your career path and get certified in the US
What country do you want to be in?
- Have you been to the host country?
- Do you want to learn a particular language?
- Do you want/need to save money?
- What type of climate do you prefer?
- Big city or small town?
- Is the country politically and economically stable?
Oxford Seminars is a great site for researching countries.
Are you going to go with a placement program?
- Evaluate what is and what is not included in the program fee. Consider these things:
- Health Care
- Living Expenses
- In-country Support
- Evaluate the legitimacy of the program:
- How long have they existed?
- How many opportunities do they offer?
- Can they connect you with someone who previously completed the program?
Other things to consider:
- How long does your contract last?
- How many hours will you work per week? (Including prep/planning time.)
Applying for ESL positions is very similar to applying for jobs in the United states. You will need:
- Resume or CV
- Cover Letter
- Interview Skills
- References or Letters of Recommendation
General Search Sites
Dave's ESL Cafe
ESL Job Find
Reach to Teach
Good Programs by Country
Japan: JET Programme
Korea: EPIK, TALK and Adventure Teaching
Hong Kong:Chatteris Education Foundation
South Africa: Teach South Africa