So, you’ve decided that you want to teach English as an additional language abroad but where on earth (literally) should you go? Before you rush into a decision, it’s worth considering all the possible options. Yes, we have all thought about Italy, France, Mexico and Japan, but here are some other ideas to take you out of your comfort zone that might not have previously been on your radar.
Although undergoing various domestic troubles in recent years, Pakistan, particularly the north of the country, should be considered a viable teaching option. If you have a love of mountainous treks, rich and spicy food, and you’re looking for a low cost of living, Pakistan should certainly be worth some consideration.
South American teaching jobs are often very popular, however they are rarely the best paid. Chile is considered one of the more generous when it comes to teaching in Latin America. In addition to a healthy salary, Chile is a truly fascinating country with incredible cities and a rich history.
This North African country might be heavily influenced by France but in recent years it has become much more important to speak English. This is especially true in some of its more modern cities, such as Casablanca, and there is now a big demand for English teachers.
Located in Central Asia, Mongolia is one of the least densely populated countries on the planet. Teaching jobs are on the rise here and, if you fancy experiencing throat singers, Buddhism and the Gobi Desert, this is the place for you. The pay is certainly not the best but you get to live somewhere completely unique and almost untouched by the English language teaching community.
Like Mongolia, there is a burgeoning market for English language in this Central Asian country. Kyrgyzstan is looking to increase its tourism trade, which requires it to embrace the English language. Perhaps surprisingly, pay in Kyrgyzstan can be relatively high.
Acting as a crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Azerbaijan is a great option when it comes to teaching English abroad. The country is looking to move away from the Russian language and embrace English for international trade. If you can teach business English you’ll be held in particularly high regard.
The King of Bhutan made English the official language of instruction here and, therefore, this landlocked Asian country always has plenty of English jobs going. You can be forgiven for not knowing much about Bhutan but it’s a beautiful, forward-thinking country, which is in the midst of exciting developments.