Finding a Place to Live Abroad

3 February 2014

This is a major concern for many TEFL teachers setting of on their journey to teach English abroad. With more than 250,000 TEFL teachers living and working abroad every year, it really is a revolving door of TEFL teachers that are coming and going, and all of them find places to live, often with other TEFL teachers. There are many ways to find a place to live while you are teaching English abroad and often your school will be your best resource.

Housing offered by your TEFL employer

A proportion of all TEFL jobs will take care of your accommodation for you. This is most common in South Korea, China, and many countries in the Middle East. When you secure a TEFL Job in these countries it is standard that your school provides you with furnished housing and many schools have contracts with, or even own their own apartment complexes to house their teachers.

The government-run JET program in Japan provides free accommodation as part of your teaching agreement. Many volunteer positions around the world provide TEFL teachers will homestays with local families for the duration of the contact which is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture.

Finding your own accommodation

Your employer is still going to be a great resource when it comes to finding your own accommodation, as every year they hire teachers from abroad who need to find housing. Often they will be able to recommend good housing services and landlords. In many cases new teachers will stay in a previous teacher’s apartment, or move in with other English teachers.

If you are interviewing in person for TEFL job, it is common for TEFL teachers to first stay in a hostel, guesthouse, or hotel while they job search. It is also possible to arrange accommodation before you arrive in a country, this is particularly useful for those who already have a TEFL job lined up.

Living in a new place with people you have never met before is just another experience that makes teaching English abroad so exciting and memorable.

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