Here are five best countries for expats to teach English in Asia
It is true that there is an increasing demand for native English speaking teachers in Asia. There are countries you can teach English with and without a degree. But we advise getting certified as it will increase your chances of landing the job. The basic qualifications to teach English in Asia is to be a Native English Speaker. You must also have a four-year degree in any major and pass a criminal record check. The cut off age is 60 years old.
To ensure you land the job, it’s best to hold certifications like TEFL, TESOL or CELTA. Ultimately, schools prefer to hire someone who has the proof that they can teach English to those who do not speak English as their first language. If you can get a classroom experience, then you have a higher chance of getting the job. The best part is you can even get these courses online but aim for a 12-150-hour course. Also make sure to check healthcare system in Asian countries before landing there.
Now all you have to do is pick a country. With so many countries to choose from, we’ve narrowed down countries that will give you the best experience. Without further adieu, here are five best countries to teach English in Asia for expats.
1. South Korea
South Korea is an ideal country to teach English especially if you’re a recent college graduate. There is a demand for English teachers in this country. Your average monthly salary would be USD 1600 to USD 2600. Plus you have access to benefits such as contract completion bonus, free housing, and even airfare reimbursement. Furthermore, if you are a first-time teacher or simply lack classroom experience, this country should be on the top of your list.
On the other hand, South Korea has plenty to offer in terms of living for an expat. There are so many activities to do in South Korea, for example, the country has delicious food and it’s cheap. Also, people are friendly here, so you won’t have difficulties making friends with the locals or other expats. With Korea’s low-cost living, you can even travel to other countries and save money. Healthcare system in South Korea is also good and having international standards.
Another country for expats to teach English in Asia is Japan. This country also has a demand for English teachers, plus it has a reputation for good jobs. Though it is important to note that the cost of living in Japan is expensive but there are government programs that compensate long-term teachers with ample of benefits and bonuses. Furthermore, expats will enjoy their stay here as the Japanese people are exceptionally friendly and polite. The food is also amazing and the country is filled with history and has a unique culture.
The cheap cost of living in Thailand attracts many young and new teachers. Plus, you get to live in a warm country with tropical beaches, rich history, and delicious food. The average monthly salary of teachers starts around 1,000 USD (30, 000 Thai Baht) which is a pretty good starting point. You will live a comfortable life with this salary if you’re outside of Bangkok. Plus, it is double the earning of local teachers. However, it is important to note that Thailand isn’t a good choice if you’re looking to pay off debts in your home country or save a ton of money. But, you will be surrounded by a peaceful atmosphere, good food, sunny weather and everything in between.
Taiwan is a great country to teach English in Asia as there are plenty of job opportunities. It is important to note that most of the opportunities are with young kids. The country also pays high salaries and benefits. You will also be able to connect with other young teachers in Taiwan. Moreover, Taiwan places high importance on learning English. There is no doubt you will be swimming in freelance opportunities other than your regular teaching job. Although native English speakers are given preference even without certification (TEFL is preferred but not required), we advise expats to grab the opportunity and get certified to secure your teaching position in this country. The average monthly salary teachers make here is USD 2000 to USD 2400.
If you’re looking for a peaceful and slow pace of life, then Laos is your destination. Its main attraction is the untouched landscape, with its picturesque paddy fields and dense jungles. The best part is that you can live on as low as USD 500 per month. Similarly, you can’t save much on a teacher’s salary (USD 500- USD 1000), but with its low-cost living, you can break even. Furthermore, since it is an undeveloped country, you may not have much access to comforts and even healthcare. Which is why we advise expats to opt for an international health insurance. On the other hand, there is no shortage of employment in Laos as hiring season is all year round. Another perk of teaching in Laos is that you can also easily take trips to neighboring countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, or Myanmar.