Many myths shroud teaching English as a foreign language. A source of common confusion stems from the belief that only native English speakers can get hired as TEFL teachers. And it’s simply not true!
Admittedly, there are more paid TEFL jobs for teachers from native English speaking countries such as the United States, Great Britain or Australia. But if you’re Spanish, French, Dutch or from any other non-English speaking country and dream of teaching English abroad, listen up – this advice is for you.
Not native? No problemo! Discover 7 of the best countries to teach English as a fluent English speaker.
A mix of incredible food, buzzing cities and the home of the tango – Buenos Aires is undisputedly a charismatic destination. If you are looking for a beautiful country with a European feel in South America then Argentina is for you. You don’t need a degree to apply for this 6 paid month internship including 4-weeks of classroom teacher training.
See if Argentina is for you
Be in Brazil for Carnival and satisfy a bunch of bucket list wishes. With two start dates per year this paid TEFL internship in São Paulo is perfect for college students and young graduates fluent in English.
Your homestay housing is central to this 4 month teaching adventure. Get ready to be greeted by your new Portuguese família.
Carnival-cravers read on
Immerse yourself as a TEFL teacher for 2 weeks in the tourist mecca of Siem Reap, world-famous heritage site or hit the captial Phnom Penh for 10 weeks. Beginning with airport pickup and fully organized accommodation you’ll feel the warmth of the Khmer culture instantly. During weekends off explore iconic Angkor Wat temple and sample delicious local cuisine.
Get acquainted with the Khmer
With placements throughout Chile, weekends off could see you breathing in air of the driest desert of the world in the North, while a jeep ride away is the awe-inspiring Bolivian salt flats. Southern-placed English teachers can follow the penguin trail and enjoy the views whale-watching. Feel localized instantly at your home-stay housing.
Land the Hispanic life…¡vamos!
As an English teacher in China you’ll have it all…free housing, meals, monthly allowance, flight refund plus free Mandarin lessons.
Fluent English speakers will need a degree and some teaching experience for this 4.5 month internship in Sichuan Province. Teach 15 hours per week and hang out with pandas on weekends.
Say ‘nĭ hăo’ to life in the East
Based in incredible Shanghai or Beijing, you’ll travel to your rent-free accommodation and get ready to meet your host family. Fluent English speaking don’t need a degree to apply for this paid home-tutor gig which also includes meals. Share your language skills and culture for around 24 hours per week during this 12 week placement.
Live like a local in Shanghai and Beijing
Calling fluent English speakers to spend 5 months teaching English to achieve its bilingual goals by 2020. Get a 2-week hotel orientation, great monthly allowance plus bonus. On your weekends off relax on the stunning Caribbean coastlines and sample the world’s greatest coffee. While college education is required, first-time English teachers are welcome!
Check out government-sponsored Colombia placements
After a 2-day relaxing beach holiday you’ll travel to you teaching location for full orientation. Fluent English speakers simply need to be over 18 years old with High School education to apply for this 4 month paid TEFL placement. With accommodation, meals and free Hindi lessons also included you’ll have plenty of time to plan your weekends off.
Soak up the mesmerizing culture of India
Land a summer camp teaching contract for three or four weeks to teach English in the home of world famous Count Dracula (and of course, visit Dracula’s Castle). Near-native English speakers from Europe are rewarded with hotel accommodation, meals plus pocket-money in return for fun English lessons in a choice of two locations.
Be a European summer camp teacher
Yes, even if you are not a native English speaker you can still get a TEFL job. There are plenty of schools that accept non-native especially if you have great credentials such as an accredited TEFL certificate, a degree, or teaching experience.
The best way to get a TEFL job as a non-native is to exceed the job requirements. That way, you’re sure to impress recruiters. Here is a step by step approach on how to get a job as a non-native:
“As Europeans, perhaps more than in other regions of the world, we are so much oriented towards developing early on a plan of life and career and driven by security (more than ever “alleged security”) that we end up being trapped in career and limited horizons, missing the most exciting opportunities that life offers and there are plenty.” — Monique, TEFL intern in Cambodia
“I started learning English very late compared to other people around me — I was nine when I started. One could say I’m a late bloomer because only in 8th grade did I develop an enormous passion for the English language and from then on, that passion only grew.” — Ana, TEFL intern in China