Teaching abroad is full of excitement and the possibilities of new opportunities. Getting ready for your teaching journey can be daunting, especially when choosing the country that will be your home for the next few years. Not all countries created equal when it comes to their feelings towards foreigners. When applying for your first teaching job abroad, make sure to work in a country that offers positive experiences for foreign teachers. Take the time to research benefits, wages, and experiences for each country you are interested in working with.
United Arab Emirates
Pay wage is an important factor to consider when choosing the best country for teaching abroad. In some countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, pay can be as much as 4,000 USD per month. Higher paying teaching jobs abroad usually require a certain amount of experience and a TEFL or teaching certification. Inexperienced teachers and those who lack teaching certifications often make a lower salary than teachers that have these qualifications. Not only do middle eastern countries tend to pay more, but countries such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi are known for their world-class cultural experiences.
When it comes to benefits and living cost, South Korea is a great place to consider. Unlike other countries, South Korea offers airfare, housing, and insurance for their teachers. While they don’t rank the highest in average annual income, the costs they cover cover leave you with greater disposable income. If you lack teaching certifications or experience, but still want to teach abroad, South Korea is definitely the place to go. South Korea doesn’t require teaching certifications, but does require a bachelor’s degree. South Korea is perfect for teachers looking for experiance. They usually offer one year contracts, so you don’t have to worry about a big commitment.
The Czech Republic is abundant in teaching opportunities, you are sure to find a position that you enjoy. There aren’t too many opportunities in the public school system, but there are many jobs available in language schools. The Czech Republic is on the lower end when it comes to salary, but the location can’t be taken for granted. You are never too far away from anywhere in Europe, you can travel anywhere during your time off.
Teaching abroad is a great way to pay off student loans, and explore the world. Most contracts last between 6 months and 2 years, so there isn’t a big commitment.