Teaching English in Sri Lanka

21 June 2012

Sri Lanka is a small island which lies south off the tip of India. It has attracted travellers and  TEFL teachers for years with it’s natural beauty. Few places in the world can offer TEFL teachers such a remarkable combination of pristine beaches, colourful history, and unique cultural experiences. Find out more about teaching English in Sri Lanka.

TEFL opportunities

Sri Lanka 1 Sri Lanka and India have come together in a major initiative to expand teaching English in schools in the country. This means there is an increasing demand for TEFL teachers in Sri Lanka. There are opportunities to find TEFL teaching positions both in the voluntary and paid sector. However, if you are looking for well-paid work you are likely to find better opportunities elsewhere in Asia. If money is not your driving motivation, teaching English in Sri Lanka is a fantastic opportunity to experience life in a fascinating country and make the difference to the lives of many young people.

Living in Sri Lanka

If you are working as a volunteer teaching English in Sri Lanka you will need to save up money before you go. Even if you do find a salaried TEFL job it unlikely that you will be paid a lot. It’s also worth bearing mind that the cost of living in Sri Lanka is very low and it should be easy to source cheap accommodation.

Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil minority and are never far away. Some areas in Sri Lanka are still considered dangerous and should be avoided while you are teaching English in Sri Lanka. The south western part of Sri Lanka is considered safer now than it has been in years and the rest of the country is looking to re-open to tourism in the near future. Before you start teaching English in Sri Lanka we would recommend you get advice from the Foreign Office before travelling: FCO website.


Sri Lanka 8 In order to teach English in Sri Lanka you will need an official TEFL certificate which TEFL employers will recognise.  Make sure your TEFL Courses is taken with an accredited TEFL provider such as TEFL Org.  We recommend you take a minimum of 120 hours of TEFL training in order to be eligible for the widest range of TEFL jobs.

Find out more about how you can get qualified with our accredited TEFL Courses.  TEFL teachers from the UK are not required to obtain a visa to teach English in Sri Lanka.  Once you have completed your TEFL course you will have access to our free TEFL Jobs Centre and apply for TEFL Jobs online.

Find out more: TEFL Jobs in Sri Lanka

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