With over 1.7 billion people using the English language and learning it worldwide, the job market internationally for teaching English continues getting stronger each day. Teaching the English language overseas provides many opportunities for English speakers from different walks of life to live, work, and also travel abroad in countries across the globe.
Among the reasons that make most people want to work abroad is the fact that the pay is good, pleasant working conditions including environment and geographical nature.
Let us take a look at three of the best places to teach English abroad.
THE MODERN, METROPOLITAN CITIES OF CHINA
China has some of the largest cities in the world which are highly sought after. Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen have become very popular locations for young expats seeking unique experience overseas. These cities are fast-paced, modern, booming, and diverse. Most amenities from the west can be found here, and they include shopping malls and high-speed electric trains. They also have easy access to the major international airports thus transport convenience is guaranteed.
Teaching jobs are highly sought after in these cities because of good local salaries and benefits. The cost of living may seem higher than the rest of China, but salaries still stretch much further than they do in their western counterparts.
China is the best place to teach English abroad if you’re looking for a mix of modern and traditional, endless travel opportunities and a glimpse into future!
INDONESIA: THE FASTEST GROWING MARKET FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS
Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, with a population of 250 million people. The population is spread across 17,508 islands along the equator. Thus, Indonesia has a fast-growing market for English teachers. The major cities of Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta provide numerous teaching jobs.
The island of Bali is also a place with many teaching jobs, and its popularity means that the competition in the local job market is high. The remuneration is good. Thus, the teachers can afford to live a comfortable lifestyle. Teachers flock to Indonesia to travel and explore the beautiful, vibrant and bustling cities. You will enjoy an entrancing combination of volcanic landscapes, nice and beautiful beaches, plus thousands of years of rich culture and history.
Concisely, working far from home not only provides you with the chance to live in a different geographical location but also lets you interact with people from different lifestyles, learn and appreciate new cultures. Although it is difficult to say which is the best place to teach English abroad, one of the cities mentioned above should fall into this category.
RUSSIA: THE NEW PLACE TO BE
In Russia, English is the new “black”. Despite most nationals having studied English in school for five years and many going on to learn it at universities, teaching quality varies. The EF EPI shows Russia ranks poorly regarding English proficiency, with many teens and adults lacking the skills they need for the 21st-century workplace. As more Russian’s are recognizing the importance of English, more and more are looking to study later in life, and even encourage their Children to get an early start. The demand for English teachers in Russia remains very strong, making it a country worth considering if you are looking to teaching English overseas.
Moscow and St. Petersburg (among others) have been hailed as some of the best places to teach English abroad in Russia. Here you will find a list of major schools that are worth checking out. These major schools include EF English First, Language Link, Modern English School, Windsor English Language School and a few others. Most of these schools require a TEFL certification and a bachelor’s degree. Full-time teachers can enjoy many benefits in Russia, such as arrival support, qualification sponsorship, career advancement and housing allowances.
Despite some negative press in recent years, Russia is still a must see. The country’s vibrant art scene, diverse population and expansive landscapes make it a place that you will never forget.
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