Do I need a lot of money to teach English abroad?

The costs associated with teaching English abroad depend on which country you want to travel to (and how far it is from home).

You’ll need to budget for some or all of the following:

  • International flights
  • Police check
  • Health check
  • Vaccines
  • Visa cost
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Spending budget until your first paycheck

ProTip: Our teachers say the first month abroad is when you can spend the most, with extra socializing and sightseeing. It’s best to save as much as you can so that you never have to say no to a trip or night out.

Cost of living specialists Numbeo can help you plan monthly expenses for living in just about any city worldwide.

Some teaching positions include accommodation, food and travel expenses in addition to your salary while others don’t. It’s important to take all benefits into account when considering contracts and budgeting the savings needed to get started.

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