To help we have put together a guide to some of the most popular and highest rated countries based on salaries, cost of living and general lifestyle.

Some countries you might have thought about but other places might surprise you to have made it to our list.

Our top 20 countries to teach English include:


1. Thailand

Phi Phi

Beaches, food, friendly locals, warm weather and spectacular islands... there are so many reasons whygoing to teach English in Thailand is appealing. Thailand is beautiful and you will love the experience of living here. Local people are very welcoming, the food is delicious, the beaches stunning and the cost of living is very cheap.

You could take a TEFL course in Thailand which offers a great way to integrate into the country and get your foot in the employment door. Thousands of foreigners are already working in Thailand and you can find positions in places like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. You won'r regret the decision to teach in Thailand!


2. Spain

Barcelona beach

Warm weather, world famous cities, friendly people and also lots of sights to check out in your spare time - there it is no wonder every year Spain is one of the favourite destinations for TEFL teachers.

You can find TEFL jobs in Spain during summer and all year round. Imagine living and working in a city like Madrid, Seville or Barcelona! Hundreds of people take TEFL Courses in Spain and you could also combine experiences and learn Spanish here too.


3. France

Paris tourist Eiffel Tower

One of our top worldwide destination to teach English, there are so many reasons you should consider working in France.

You can live and experience world famous cities like Paris, Nice, Toulouse or Bordeaux just to name a few.

Search TEFL Jobs in France or if you are open to the idea of studying abroad, view TEFL courses in France.


4. Japan

Japan budget

Japan is an incredible country with super high modern technology, ancient cultures, huge mega cities and friendly people. Going to teach English in Japan has been popular for decades due to the demand for English speakers.

Local and international agencies hire thousands of English teachers to work in Japan every year, you find yourself living in an amazing city like Toyko or Kyoto. You might also like to check out TEFL Courses in Japan.


5. China

Hong Kong skyline night

China is one of the most popular destinations in the world to work as an English teacher.

Thousands of international staff work here every year due to the high demand for teachers, range of places you can work, high wages, help towards flights and accommodation and also the chance to explore one of the largest countries in the world.

There are TEFL jobs in China throughout the country in places like Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong - all amazing cities to live and work.

You can also take a TEFL course in China which is great if you are looking to integrate into the country and 


6. Chile

Easter Island

Would you like to experience living and working in South America? Chile is a great country to choose! Often overlooked by nearby countries like Argentina, Chile is a beautiful country with large cities and spectacular nature.

Applying to teach English in Chile is a great decision an up and coming destination to live and work. You will get lots of time to explore the country, you can even go skiing in winter!


7. South Korea

Shops Seoul

Looking for a well paid job? South Korea shoud be among your top destinations. Living in Korea will provide you with one of the biggest culture shocks of your life but you will get to experience this magical country and the interesting culture.

Students are very respectful and you can find year round TEFL Jobs in South Korea. Local people despite the language barrier are very friendly. View TEFL courses in South Korea.


8. Vietnam

Hoi An Canal

Vietnam is one of the best countries to teach English in Asia. Bustling cities, spectacular sights like Ha Long Bay and also lots of extra activities available like learning to dive.

You can apply for TEFL jobs in Vietnam and work in cities like like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, both vibrant busy destinations with lots of entertainment and things to do.

You can also book TEFL courses in Vietnam in the larger cities if you like the idea of getting certified in the country.


9. Turkey

Istanbul skyline

Discover an ancient culture and history, from living and working in somewhere like Istanbul to heading to the coast there is a lot of language schools.


10. Brazil

Praia do Pouso, Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Looking to experience a vibrant culture and discover one of the most incredible countries in the world? Choose Brazil.

A lot of people head to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo where is where most TEFL jobs in Brazil can be found. Although Brazil is quite an expensive destination compared to other countries in South America, the surrounds and places you will get to visit make up for this.

There is also the option to take a TEFL courses in Brazil in places like Rio. Learning Portuguese in Brazil is highly recommended if you are planning to work here.


11. Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

It might surprised you to learn that Colombia is now one of the safest destinations to visit in Latin America. This is also one of the most up and coming destinations to work abroad. Apply to teach English in Colombia today. 


12. Czech Republic

Prague skyline

The Czech Republic is one of the most popular countries to teach English in Europe. This country might look small on a map but there are lots of things to see and do here. Prague is generally the most popular destination for internationals who are seeking to teach English in Czech Republic - this city is beautiful and you will love living here. Search TEFL jobs in Czech Republic.


13. Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo

Costa Rica is one of the most up and coming destinations to work as a TEFL teacher, this spectacular destinations wins many hearts due to the stunning nature and incredible beaches. If you would like to teach English in Costa Rica you can find positions in places like the capital city San Jose. You can also take TEFL courses in Costa Rica.


14. Dubai

Dubai desert safari

Dubai has some of the best wages in the world for teaching abroad and you can experience the modern and luxury destination for yourself by working here. Apply to teach English in Dubai.


15. Taiwan

Going to teach English in Taiwan might not seem like a dream option, but you can get some of the highest wages in the world here. Taiwan offers a facsinating cultural experience. 


16. Italy


Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and there are so many amazing locations where you can work as a language teacher here.

There is some of the best cuisine in the world here along with stunning architecture and friendly people. You can apply to teach English in Italy in cultured cities like Milan, Rome and Venice.


17. Dominican Republic

Playa del Carmen beach palm trees

Looking for a dream destination with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world? Wages are not the highest but going to teach English in the Dominican Republic is all about the surroundings. With year round warm weather and white sandy beaches you will love the experience of living here.


18. Indonesia

Bali view

Indonesia might not be the first country which comes to mind when looking to teach abroad but there are lots of reasons why you might want to consider going to work in this country.

There are lots of language schools located throughout the country in places like Bali and Jakarta which are modern and fantastic places to live.

View our guide to teaching English in Indonesia.


19. Mexico

Cancun beach strip

Are you interested in working in and up and coming economy with a big tourism industry? Consider appyling to teach English in Mexico.

There are positions at schools throughout the country. Popular destinations include Mexico City, Cancun and Playa del Carmen.


20. Hungary

Széchenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest

Hungary has one of the lowest costs of living in Europe so when working here you will be able to save a good amount of money. Budapest is one of the hottest TEFL destinations in the world right now so what are you waiting for, research options for teaching English in Hungary today.


Start Your Teaching Adventure

Do you have any experience of working in the destinations included on our list? Or would you like to recommend a place we have missed? Let us know in the comments section below. Or if you would like to get certified view our guide to the best TEFL courses or online TEFL courses.