11 March 2012 3 Comments

A fun job that pays well – teach English overseas and earn up to $4,500 a month tax free!

Teaching English abroad is a great way to travel the world, meet new people, immerse yourself in a foreign culture and perhaps earn some good money along the way. Gaining your certificate to teach English as a foreign language is not hard for most native English speakers. English teachers come from all walks of life and the basic certificate, known as a TEFL, can be obtained with as little as 40 hour’s instruction. However, the job will also require some dedication on your part to plan lessons and commit to a full teaching year with your students.

The job itself is relatively easy and well paid once you get set in your routine. Most teachers only work around 20 hours a week which leaves plenty of time for socialising or earning some extra money through private tuition. The pay varies depending on where in the world you’re working but will always be well paid compared to local salaries.

Become an English teacher overseas

Often English teachers fall into one of two categories; young backpackers and long term expats. The younger teachers often see teaching overseas as a short term way to earn some cash while travelling the world. For them it’s generally an opportunity to take a break in life before returning home to start college or begin a career. The long term expats tend to be older and quite often have settled abroad or married locally. They will often remain at the same school for a number of years.


Where to work

There are numerous teaching opportunities around the world and each location has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, Thailand offers great opportunities for the intrepid traveller with its beautiful beaches in the south, breathtaking mountains in the north, rich culture and great food. However, the average salary for a teacher is a lot lower than many of its Asian counterparts so if your goal is to save some money while you’re away you should perhaps look elsewhere.

Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore all offer entry-level teacher salaries of between US$2000 and $3000 per month. However you should bear in mind that the cost of living is higher in these countries so your money will also disappear quicker. Accommodation is an important consideration and some schools will even offer free, or subsidised, accommodation in order to entice foreign language teachers. There will also be the opportunity to offer private tuition outside of your teaching schedule where you can charge anything from $30 to $60 an hour for private lessons.

The Middle East wins hands down in the competition for the highest paid salary. With its tax-free salary, generous benefits, excellent health care and free luxury accommodation – it’s certainly a tempting option for any English teacher who wants to save money. Most teachers earn around US$4,500 a month and will even get free return flights home each year over the 12 week summer vacation. However, living in the Middle East is certainly not for everyone and you would have to become accustomed to the stricter laws as part of the Muslim faith. You should also have a couple of years teaching experience and some recruiters will also require that candidates are educated to degree level. For those with the right skills, working in the Middle East offers a fantastic opportunity to save money.

The next step
In order to land your first teaching position you should obtain a basic teaching qualification such as a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) from an accredited language school. These are our top picks:

i-to-i TEFL (click here to visit) – A long established and well respected language school. The offer free TEFL taster courses, classroom based tuition as well as online courses. They also have a good network of recruiters that can help place you in your first job.

Cactus TEFL – Offers a variety of courses with both online and classroom based instruction.

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3 Responses to “A fun job that pays well – teach English overseas and earn up to $4,500 a month tax free!”

  1. teaching english overseas 21 March 2012 at 11:14 am #

    yeah that’s true teaching English overseas always a fun job to do because you travel the world, meet new people’s, learn new things etc. its always good to do that and everybody can do it happily.

  2. bernadette walters 30 March 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    interested in teachng english -need guidance in order to move forward

  3. liangyuping 28 April 2012 at 4:51 am #

    i wanna do this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!but i am a Chinese…


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