Gap Year

EF English First is looking for enthusiastic go-getters, adventurers and lost souls to join us in either China, Russia or Indonesia. You can now take a gap year whether you graduated five days ago, or five years ago. We’re offering you the opportunity to live and work abroad, experience new cultures, new places, travel in your spare time and get paid.


The even better news is you don’t need previous work experience! EF will provide you with full training and support so that you can focus on getting the most out of your life-changing experience.

Why take a gap year

Should I Take a Gap Year

Thinking of taking a gap year? You’re not alone! Every year EF English First helps hundreds of college grads and professionals from all backgrounds see the world and earn money. A gap year is often the perfect way to take some time off before entering the world of work, or even take some time off from work. You can use this time to see the places you have always dreamed about. Meet new people and maybe even learn a new language.

Gap Year Teaching English Abroad

Teach, Travel and Get Paid

It’s said that money fills your pocket, but adventure fills your soul. Why not have both? Travelling for an extended period can feel costly, and you don’t want to be stranded abroad with little to nothing in the bank. If you teach, you will be paid a regular salary that will help you to pay for those “once in a lifetime trips”, and make them frequent occurrences. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t taught before, you will get the support and training you need to adjust to classroom life and experience your new country!

Who can you teach during your gap year

Who Can I Teach?

The best part of teaching English is that anyone can be your student! At our kids and teens schools, you could teach kids aged between 3 and 18. Kids and teens classes are known for being fun and high energy. You will have very little time to sit behind a desk and watch the clock. Instead, you’ll play games, set tasks and help them to communicate in English.
Are you looking for a slower pace? Teaching English to adults might be up your alley. Adult English teachers, do have fun, but you will find that students like to share more about their culture and discuss topics that are more mature. Our state-of-the-art-adult centres offer a more academic lifestyle reminiscent of college days, with more than a touch of adventure.

Gap year teaching online

Gap Year in the Heart of the City

If you’re interested in a gap year in the heart of a modern city, then why not teach English online in Shanghai. With EF, you can now teach English online in China to kids and teens as well as adults. You will get the same rewarding experience of teaching English to in class, but you will also be able to enjoy working in a larger team environment in the city. Both the kids and teens online centre and the adults are located in iconic districts of Shanghai. Not only will you get the chance to experience life in one of the 21st centuries fastest growing cities, but you will also be ideally situated in the middle of China allowing easy, convenient travel around the country.

Gap Year Jobs in China

Gap Year in China

China has become one of the more popular destinations in recent years. Its 5,000-year culture and history make it a historical marvel. The landscape and countryside make it even more of a must-see beauty. Furthermore, China has an extensive low-cost railway network which makes it very easy to navigate around. While in China, you are also within a few hours of Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and Korea.

Gap year jobs in Indonesia

Gap Year In Indonesia

Indonesia has been one of South East Asia’s best-kept secrets, but like most secrets, it didn’t stay a secret for very long. While the nineties and early two thousands were the eras of Thailand and Vietnam, more and more people are discovering Indonesia. Indonesia is made up of thousands of islands, many with their own distinct cultures, climates and sceneries. While teaching in Indonesia, you could visit the beautiful beaches of Bali, hike up an active volcano, or even see orangutans or the Komodo Dragon in their natural habitats. EF accepts applications year round, so make sure you secure your spot before it’s too late.

Gap Year Jobs in Russia

Gap Year in Russia

When thinking of taking some time out to see the world, Russia may not be on the top of your list, but it should be in your top 5. The second largest country in the world boasts an array of natural beauty, diverse landscapes and even more intriguing history and culture. Russia is home to a vibrant arts scene that would make any culture vulture chop off their right arm to see. No need to chop off your arm though! With EF, you can teach kids and teens or adults in Russia and get to see it all over the course of a year.


Job Location Job Title Age Groups Number of Job Openings
Shanghai, China English Teacher Kids and Teens 9
Beijing, China English Teacher Kids and Teens 11
Beijing, China English Teacher Adults 3
Guangzhou, China English Teacher Kids and Teens 6
Guangzhou, China English Teacher Adults 3
Shenzhen, China English Teacher Kids and Teens 6
Chongqing, China English Teacher Kids and Teens 4
Jakarta, Indonesia English Teacher Kids and Teens 15
Surabaya, Indonesia English Teacher Kids and Teens 7
Bandung, Indonesia English Teacher Kids and Teens 3
Medan, Indonesia English Teacher Kids and Teens 7

How to start a gap year

How Do I Get Started?

To start the best year of your life, all you have to do is fill out a quick application form by clicking apply now. Before you do this, you will need to make sure that you meet the visa requirements for working abroad for one year. If you meet the criteria below, we would love to hear from you.

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • Passport holder from UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, South Africa or New Zealand
  • The ability to obtain a clear background check
  • Commitment to minimum one-year abroad
The world is waiting for you

Teach English, travel and work abroad with EF English First