Make It Your Business to Teach English

If you have an uncanny grasp of the English language or you have a desire to teach, then teaching English as a second language might just be the perfect job for you.

Luckily, there are a number of countries across the world (many of which are in Europe) that are looking for passionate ESL (English as a second language) and TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) teachers.

With language studies in mind, here are 6 countries where teaching English could lead to a full-time job:


When you think of teaching English as a second language, France probably doesn’t immediately come to mind. Although a large percentage of Paris’s population speaks English, France is a huge country with many other non-English speaking regions.

Thanks to the country’s Ministry of Education and the American Assistants in France program, acquiring a work visa is a breeze. And, along with the culture, sights, sounds, and wonderful people, France is also one of the highest paying countries for ESL and TEFL instructors, but certification is required.


Not only does Spain have beautiful beaches, an exciting nightlife, and tons of great food, the second largest country in Western Europe is also filled with locals eager to learn English. In fact, ESL and TEFL instructors are in such high demand that the Spanish government recruits thousands of English-speaking teachers to the country each year.

Although a work visa is hard to come by, the pay is above average and the towns and cities are lush paradises. In addition, if you have trouble finding students in the private sector, there are a number of language institutes that are always hiring certified instructors.


Don’t let the blustery winter weather and seemingly hostile political environment deter you, because Russia and other opportunities as this article shows can be a great place to look at how to invest in your career.

Not only does the country have many major cities including Moscow and Saint Petersburg, but Russians are eager to learn and improve their language skills. Additionally, because language institutes are few and far between in the country, private lessons are very profitable.

Costa Rica

The Costa Rican coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but there are also plenty of opportunities for ESL instructors looking to make a living. Thanks to the massive tourism sector, Costa Rica has a strong economy.

This means more locals are eager to learn English and have the extra income to do so. Although the pay rate for English language instructors in Costa Rica is lower than average, the country’s low cost of living means there’s plenty of potential to save money and maintain a healthy income.

South Korea

There are a number of reputable language institutions in South Korea that are always looking for quality ESL and TEFL instructors. In addition, the pay rate for certified instructors is high, especially when it comes to private schools around Seoul and other larger cities.

In addition to all of the advantages above, if you arrange your teaching position ahead of time, many institutions include airfare and free or reduced-cost housing. Just remember that South Korea has some pretty strict work visa requirements.

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates includes locales such as Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and other Persian Gulf Countries. Because of the area’s dealings with the United States, citizens are eager to learn English as a second language.

The biggest draw of the United Arab Emirates is the earning potential. Many of the language institutions pay for airfare and living expenses. Because of this, there’s plenty of room for certified ESL and TEFL instructors to earn and save a substantial income.

If you’re ready to teach the English language abroad for a living, then keep in mind the ideal locations above. As many business owners worldwide will attest to, having people in their countries with English speaking abilities is good for business.

About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including travel and living abroad.

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