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.

How to get a TEFL job as a non-native?

Get TEFL qualified: The minimum TEFL training employers seek is usually 120 hours. Become a specialist English teacher with Premier TEFL’s Expert TEFL Course giving you 240 hours of tuition.

Finish your Bachelor’s degree: Having a degree as a non-native English speaker boosts your employment chances. However there are still options as you’ll see from our placements.

Get some teaching experience: and especially teaching to young learners. The closer you can get to what you will want to do abroad, the better. Relevant teaching experience gives you credibility for future employers. They’re taking less of a risk when hiring someone with experience, if you can get experience locally or volunteer that’s great.

Have a great resume that stand out for the recruiters: TEFL recruiters are inundated with resumes and CV’s daily. The world of TEFL never stops recruiting; as a contract-based industry schools always needs to hire ahead. Make sure your resume is relevant for teaching and if you have no experience make sure you highlight all your transferable soft-skills that you’ll use as a teacher.

Apply to jobs that specifically accept non-natives: You did all the previous steps and are ready to apply, bravo! Look for internships and jobs that accept non-native applicants to improve your chances of success. We made a great list of destinations to help you go get that TEFL job!

Find everything you need to know about finding your perfect job abroad!

Where to teach English as a non-native?

Argentina

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

Brazil

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 speaking família.

Carnival-cravers read on

Cambodia

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.

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China

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 China is for you

Romania

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 Romania is for you