5 Best Job Markets For Teaching English Abroad in 2019

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From Asia to South America to Europe the top places to teach English abroad span the entire globe. Whether you’re a new teacher, have been teaching English abroad for years, are looking for a short term opportunity or are interested in teaching abroad as a career it can be hard to choose what country suits you best. Teaching abroad is a great way to experience a new place, but there are a lot of things to consider before making your decision like cost of living, what your salary will be, specific job requirements, if you need a work visa, etc.

With over 1.7 billion people using and learning English worldwide that opens up a lot of new teaching opportunities every single day across the world. Teaching English abroad is a rewarding opportunity and allows you to meet people from all different cultures, ages, and backgrounds. It’s an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and gain invaluable experience and knowledge.

As we look ahead to the rest of 2019, here are a list of the top 5 job markets to consider as you make your decision on where to teach English abroad this year.

South Korea

There is a huge demand for English teachers in South Korea and that demand continues to grow fast along with its economy. In the heart of Asia, South Korea offers thousands of years of history with gorgeous landscape – from the modern city of Seoul to the stunning coastlines of Busan.

It’s one of the best countries to teach English if you are trying to save money. Most positions only require that you’re an English native speaker, but of course the more competitive positions can require a Bachelor’s degree. Many teaching programs offer instructors free airfare, free or affordable accomodation, 2-4 weeks paid vacation, health insurance, and anywhere from $1,800 to $3,000 a month. That means you’ll not only be able to cover your expenses, but also save an average of $1,000 or more per month.


The demand for English teachers in Spain is among the strongest in all of Europe. To have success finding a job in Spain the key is to have your certification before arriving in the country and be ready to interview during the prime hiring seasons, which are mid-September through mid-October and again in mid-January. Madrid and Barcelona are the top two job markets in Spain so those would be ideal cities to start your job search.

Most positions in Spain require that you’re a native English speaker, have a Bachelor’s degree and possibly previous teaching experience and a certification to teach English abroad. The more education and experience you bring the better job you will likely find. The cost of living in Spain is relatively low compared to other western European countries, so you’ll likely be able to save some cash.


After decades of economic reform Colombia is now one of the fastest growing economies in South America as well as one of the top job markets for teaching English. Colombia is a country rich in history and culture and offers lush rainforests, beautiful beaches and fast-paced cities.

Positions for teachers continue to grow each year and are available in language schools, public and private schools, and international schools. Salaries for an English teacher range from $300 to $800 per month and with the low cost of living that is plenty to cover your monthly expenses. Teaching jobs usually require you to be a native English speaker, have a Bachelor’s degree and some Spanish speaking abilities.


This fast-developing country has an estimated 300 million Chinese learning English, which means it’s one of the largest and lucrative job markets in the world for teaching English abroad. There are a wide variety of teaching programs available in China so you’ll be able to find a program that meets your flexibility and needs. Living in China provides the opportunity to explore the rich history and culture of an important civilization and one of the most fast-changing countries in the world.

Many English teachers in China usually enjoy a high salary and benefits such as free housing, free airfare and a low cost of living. Teachers are usually able to save anywhere from $500 – $1,000 per month after their expenses.

Czech Republic

While jobs in Europe typically don’t pay much, the Czech Republic has an up-and-coming economy and is one of the top job markets for teaching English in Europe. It’s in the heart of Europe, which makes it extremely convenient to travel to the surrounding European countries like Germany, France, Poland, Austria, etc.

For Americans it is easier to get a legal work permit to teach English than other European nations and the cost of living is much lower compared to other countries in Europe. Many teachers can save around $500 each month after their expenses and with a degree and certification you will have the opportunity to start at a higher rate.

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