Teach English in Asia

Asia embraces a diversity of cultures and traditions, and prides itself on rich history, tropical climate, and renowned hospitality, making it a great place to live and work. Teaching English in Asia is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in living abroad, doing something rewarding, making money whilst getting to travel.


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Teach English in Asia

Asia is a fantastic destination for teachers who are interested in stepping out of their comfort zone and experiencing a new way of life. International TEFL teachers can fully immerse themselves into the local lifestyle and enjoy an inexpensive way to see neighbouring countries. Ask most people where they would most like to teach English in the world, and the chances are most will say Asia. Thousands of internationals have taught in Asia, there is a big demand for English teachers throughout the continent. Salary and job packages are very competitive compared to other worldwide destinations which makes this another reason to choose this region.

If you are thinking about teaching English in Asia two of the most popular places to go are Japan and Korea. Both have positive and negative points and choosing between these two countries can be difficult. it might not occured to you but why not consider teaching in multiple destinations? The diversity of continental Asia means that your choices are endless. Whether you want to be teaching in the beautiful coastal Thai region of Koh Lanta or the bustling city of Vietnam’s Hoi An, there are a variety of English teaching opportunities to suit your taste. Where you go really comes down to personal preference, there are good and bad points about all destinations from large cities to more tranquil rural towns and villages. 


Top Reasons to Apply

ESL Jobs in Asia

  • Experience a different culture, friendly people, tasty cuisine and world famous tourist sights
  • Local people are very respectful, both adults and children are very keen to learn English
  • Expect some of the best wages in the world, this is one of the biggest attractions for foreign teachers
  • You also have a lot of choice, from living in big cities to more peaceful beachside locations
  • There are literally thousands of jobs located throughout this continent meaning you have a good chance to gain employment
  • High salaries
  • Ability to save money due to low cost of living


Eligibility & Qualifications

TEFL jobs are plentiful in Asia as there is a large demand for native English teachers. While some English teaching jobs in Asia require only that you are a native English speaker, others expect at least a degree, and the best insist on TEFL certification. The more qualifications you have, the higher the salary and vice versa.

General Requirements:

  • A passion for educating young learners and a keen interest in their development 
  • Ability to command the attention of large groups of children in an engaging and compelling manner
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, animated approach to storytelling and delivering content to learners 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced, high-change work environment
  • Professionalism in oral and written communications
  • Customer-service oriented with creative problem solving skills 
  • Ability to relocate to Asia for a fixed term contract 
  • Demonstration of a neutral accent, clear pronunciation, good intonation and English language rhythm
  • English language fluency including but not limited to: proper grammar, sentence structure, word tense, subject-verb agreement, and proper use of adjectives and adverbs


Salary & Cost of Living

When teaching in Asia on average you can expect to save around 25% - 60% of your salary as this continent is very cheap compared to Europe for example. Salaries in countries like Korea and Japan are generally higher than those on Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.


Top Tips for Landing a Teaching Job in Asia

  • Learn local words and phrases
  • Know the best times and places to find employment
  • Research work permits way before departing 
  • Work out wages to cost of living
  • Learn about local culture and etiquette
  • Consider un-paid positions to gain experience


Asia TEFL Reviews & Experiences

Teaching Jobs Asia

If you have ever been to teach in Asia and would like to add a review, write about your experience or share any recommendations please contact us.

"I just wanted to live and going the TEFL route seemed the best option. I have now been teaching in rural China for 3 years and have no plans to return anytime soon. Salaries are high and I am able to save lots of money as my school pays for accommodation." Matt B, UK

"I have been teaching in Bangkok for over a year which I arranged through an agency. The city is fantastic, if not a little hectic sometimes but I get lots of time off to head to the islands. My best advice is to take a TEFL course it will really help you" - Emma A, UK

"If there is one thing I have learned from living and teaching in Asia, it is to respect its traditions, culture and people and remember that it is you who must adapt, not your adopted country. If you can follow this belief of mine, your experiences abroad will become a lot more enjoyable." - Kenneth Quillinan, USA

Joshua Stone decided to embark on a TEFL career, here he shares his experience: "The ELI is the English Language Institute at the University of Alabama. It was on my first day on campus where I met Indy, an exchange student from Taiwan, and thus, the seed was planted for my career in teaching English as a second or foreign language.  I graduated from university on December 16 and was Asia bound ten days later. Happy New Year, indeed!

There are positives and negatives to living abroad but it is those experiences that allow us to grow and better ourselves. My experiences teaching in South Korea and Japan have provided me with invaluable lessons, both life and professional, and have molded me into the person I am today. Living and teaching abroad has allowed me to discover myself and that is a gift I am truly grateful for receiving from the people of South Korea, Japan, the United States, and various other nationalities. All of who I would not have been introduced to had I not decided to teach abroad. Do what your heart tells you before your head causes you to miss an opportunity!" - Joshua Stone, USA

"I constantly think about the immense value of education for the future of our global society.  Children are the roots of every nation. If teachers can wholeheartedly provide a quality education can we enable the children and give them the skills to grow into themselves and one day become happy, healthy, creative, innovative and contributing citizens..." - Holly Krasniuk 


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