So you may not be from the USA, the UK, Australia, or any other of the countries deemed as home to “Native English Speakers,” but you still want to teach abroad. The good news? You absolutely can teach English abroad as a non-native speaker. The slightly-bummer news? Your job options will be slightly more limited (particularly in East Asia and the Persian Gulf countries), and you might have to take some extra steps in the application process to prove your qualifications.
TEFL as a Non-Native
Non-native English speakers make great teachers abroad. You’ve studied the language yourself—which we all know is way more than memorizing verb structures and grammar patterns. You’ve experienced the up’s and down’s and whirl-arounds of learning a language from scratch, and let’s be honest… those highs and lows can take a toll on your mental game. But you persevered, worked really, really hard, did an immersion program in a Native English speaking country.