Where Can I Go?
Any country whose first language is not English has ESL teaching opportunities. This means that there are currently over 100 countries in the world where ESL teaching jobs can be found!
Asia currently represents the area of the world where the most ESL teaching positions can be found. Around 40% of ESL jobs are in Asia.
Most Demand: China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand
Other Options: Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam
South and Central America and the Caribbean
South and Central America are very popular destinations for ESL teachers. Teaching English for Travel and Tourism is a common niche of teaching that can be done in the Caribbean.
Most Demand: Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru
Other Options: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuela
Some of the highest paying jobs can be found in the Middle East.
Most Demand: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
Other Options: Egypt, Iraq (Kurdistan), Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar
Although there is a high demand for ESL teachers in Europe, this area of the world has a more competitive job market due to EU work via regulations. International summer camps or youth working holiday visas are two of the best ways to obtain employment in this part of the world.
Most Demand: Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland, Russia, Spain
Other Options: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Serbia
There is a growing demand for ESL teachers in Africa. Many of the opportunities outside of North Africa are volunteer positions.
Most Demand: Algeria, Ghana, Morocco, Tunisia
Other Options: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe