Getting a job as an ESL teacher is easier than you think. People all over the world are interested in learning English. There are many reasons for this. English is essentially a linking language. It allows you to communicate with people in different countries. If you speak English, you can travel to any country in the world. In other words, English is your passport to the world. As long as there are people wanting to learn English, ESL teachers will be in demand.
Both native and non-native English speakers can teach English. Of course, some schools prefer native speakers. Even if you are a non-native speaker, you can still find jobs. You can also improve your chances with a TEFL certificate.
So where are all these jobs?
ESL teaching jobs are available in virtually all parts of the world. ESL teachers are in demand even in countries where English is the language of communication. Countries in Latin America, Asia and Europe also welcome ESL teachers.
Which countries pay best?
English teaching jobs are not very attractive in terms of monetary compensation. Of course, you should be able to make a decent living, but if money-making is your primary concern, you should look for some other jobs. Generally speaking, ESL teachers in Western Europe and Gulf nations are better paid than those in other countries. On the flip side, the cost of living in many Asian and Latin American countries is comparatively low. So even if you are not earning much, you should still be able to lead comfortable life.
Do you need a university degree to teach English?
You can be an ESL teacher even if you don’t have a university degree. A TEFL certificate is the most important qualification you need. Experience also matters. In some countries, you will not get a work permit if you don’t have a degree. So this is something you need to check before you send in your applications. That said, having a degree certainly widens your horizon.