Think of it, the excitement of travel combined with the excitement of getting paid for it. Sound like a good gig? Well, teaching ESL abroad remains one of your best options for doing both. Not only will you get a chance to travel the world, but you'll be earning money at the same time. Here are some tips for finding work as an ESL teacher abroad.

Dave's ESL cafe

Dave's ESL Cafe is the place to get started and at least develop an idea of the opportunities out there. The site has a lengthy up-to-date joblist. If there are no job listings for your desired country, check out the forums and they'll give you an idea of where to look or who to contact.

Transitions Abroad

Transitions Abroad offers a load of information about all things related to working and travelling abroad. They started out with a book which has ballooned into a massive tome supported by the numerous articles hosted on this website. If there's a country you want to teach in, chances are someone on this website has written about it. Not liking the ESL teaching route? Transitions Abroad will give you lots of choices.

Go Abroad

Slowly gaining traction in the ESL community for destination research, Go Abroad offers a guide book-like approach to research working abroad. Country-specific information written by folks with first-hand knowledge of the country and the subject, Go Abroad is a great tool for researching countries to teach in.

TEFL Courses

If you've never taught a class before and are a little intimidated of standing up in front of a class, consider taking a TEFL course. Often the school will have a little of job vacancies worldwide. The Czech Republic is famous for its location and the month long TEFL courses offered there while Bangkok offers an Asian experience. Usually the 4-week course will cost you about $1000-$1500. Aside from a TEFL course, you can also look into CELTA or DELTA courses which are well respected all over the world but they cost considerably more. Check out your options and see what suits you. As a last note, some places like China have begun offering TEFL certification as a part of thei job package while South Korea and Japan offer extensive training and support to ESL teachers.


You can go through a recruiter who will handle most of the paperwork for you, or you can apply directly to the schools yourself. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Look at both and consider your options when applying for a job. The best thing to do is ask around and see what recruiters are recommended. Due diligence is immensely important when considering the recruiter route as some recruiters are just after the commission they make from your placement. 

Next up, where should you be looking for a job? I'll give you a run down of some countries where you can expect not only to cover your expenses but save money at the same time.