We use cookies to improve the experience and engagement you have of our website, these are currently blocked. Would you like to allow cookies? To find out more about our cookies, see our Privacy Policy. Please note that if you do not allow cookies you may not be able to view all the content on this website. Allow Cookies

The Student Guide is here for you - filling you in on life and fun at uni!
Pinterest Facebook Subscribe to our RSS feeds Twitter YouTube

Not Quite Ready For The 9-5? Teaching Overseas for Graduates!

By Sj.Cliff
Not Quite Ready For The 9-5? Teaching Overseas for Graduates!

Are you starting to get excited about soggy office biscuits and casual Fridays? How about moving back to your mum and dad’s house or paying the dreaded council tax?

But wait....adulthood and graduation doesn’t have to mean entering into the boring world of M&S suits and mid morning meetings. Get ready to see the world (and get paid) with Teaching English as a Foreign Language!


Help! Where can I go?

For many people the decision to teach English overseas is driven by a desire to travel the world and get paid along the way. So choosing where you want to go is a big part of the process. When deciding on a country, the most important thing to think about is what you want to get out of the experience - to get you started here are a few country tips!

  • Spain, Italy & Poland = A fun way to break into TEFL, these countries offer short contracts and summer camp positions. Whilst salaries can be fairly low, around €800 a month, flights tend to be cheap and you’ll be fairly close to home!
  • South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan = Decent salaries (£1000+ monthly) and a low cost of living mean these countries are great places to save money! Many jobs also include airfare and help out with accommodation, so are ideal if you’re a little cash poor after uni.
  • Costa Rica, Mexico or Argentina – If you’re looking for a TEFL adventure off the beaten track!  Jobs here are exciting but often poorly paid, so you’ll need to save cash to help cover rent and food before you go! 
  • Hong Kong or Dubai = A good choice for those wanting to live the high life. Both countries have a large expat population and easy access to western comforts. If you’re a graduate with teaching experience and a high level TEFL certification then this could be the place for you!

Still not sure where to go? Check out the Free 16 Page Guide to the Top 10 TEFL Destinations!


Sounds good... but how do I find a job?

Once you’ve decided on a country, the next stage is to get your TEFL qualification and start applying for a job overseas! When you’re updating your CV, make sure to highlight any experience that you have in the classroom. Inventive graduates have used examples of everything from babysitting to leading university social groups. Here are a few things to remember when looking for a job.

  • The cost of living in the country - £1000 per month will let you live like a king in Thailand or Ecuador whereas in Japan, Hong Kong or Australia it probably won’t be enough!
  • What will your shifts be like? Many TEFL jobs (especially in Asia) will see you working 4pm -10pm. This seems unusual but can be a real boon if you’re not a morning person. It’ll also allow you to get plenty done in the day – go to the gym, head to the beach and get lunch with friends!
  • Will there be other foreign teachers? This really depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re after total cultural immersion, or to learn the language, you may only want to work with native staff. On the other hand, if you want a thriving expat scene, having at least one other foreigner at your school will be a must!

So... if you’re ready to get going, start by having a look at this Free TEFL Jobs Board with over 400 live jobs from all over the world.


Tagged: tefl, teaching, qualification, overseas, graduate job, foreign language, english, abroad

Popular articles

The Student Guide Magazine

Read more