At any given time you can find thousands of teaching jobs advertised online. The demand for qualified EFL teachers both abroad and online is huge. But where do you find these TEFL jobs?
Below you’ll find a number of great jobs boards where you can find TEFL jobs all over the world after you’ve gained your TEFL certificate. We’ve also listed some region-specific boards as well for those of you who have your heart set on a particular destination!
Not all TEFL jobs are advertised online
First things first, it’s important to note that the jobs you can find online don’t necessarily paint a full picture of what’s out there. For example, when it comes to finding work in South America you won’t find a huge number of jobs advertised online. It’s much more common for teachers to find work on the ground. The same is true in parts of Europe, particularly in countries with more competitive markets where they prefer to hire teachers already residing in the country.
If you’re aiming to teach in a country where it’s rare for positions to be advertised online here are a couple of tips:
- Fly out to that country to look for work. If employers aren’t advertising online this usually indicates that they’re not looking to hire from abroad and want to source teachers already in the country.
- Check for a Yellow Pagesor equivalent and search for language schools to contact directly.
- Search online and on Facebook for expat groups in that country. These can be a great place to get advice, make connections,and hear about jobs coming up.
- Hand in your CV to schools directly in person.
Where to find TEFL jobs abroad
Searching for teaching jobs abroad? We’ve gathered together some of the best job boards to help you find that perfect position.
Below are some of the top TEFL jobs boards online that list positions across the globe.
Aiming to teach English in Asia? These jobs boards are great places to look for positions in specific countries, allowing you to focus your search if you know exactly where you want to teach.
Dave’s ESL cafe – for jobs worldwide, but has dedicated boards for China and South Korea
Asia Teaching Jobs – for jobs across Asia
Ajarn – for jobs in Thailand
GaijinPot – for jobs in Japan
ChinaESLjob – for jobs in China
ESLROK – for jobs in South Korea
TNH – for jobs in Vietnam
Tealit – for jobs in Taiwan
cpjobs – for jobs in Hong Kong
Download our free Guide to Teaching English in Asia to learn more about TEFL in countries including China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and more!
Central & South America
As mentioned, many positions in this part of the world are advertised locally rather than online, but here are some websites that list TEFL jobs in Central & South America.
Europe is a great destination for both experienced and newly-qualified EFL teachers.
TESOL France – for jobs in France (note: membership fee required)
Lingobongo – for jobs in Madrid, Barcelona, and Berlin
GoYellow – for a list of language schools in Germany (note: site in German)
Madrid Teacher – for jobs in Madrid
Etas – for jobs in Switzerland
Expats CZ – for jobs in the Czech Republic
Download our free Guide to Teaching English in Europe, where you’ll find information about 23 of the top TEFL destinations on the continent!
Where to find online TEFL jobs
The online teaching industry has been rapidly growing for years, with new companies appearing all the time. You can find online teaching jobs by searching through jobs boards like those below, or you can search for lists or directories of online companies. Our Guide to Teaching English Online lists almost 30 online employers, which is a great place to start!
Keep safe when applying for jobs
Any reputable jobs board will do their best to ensure that the adverts posted are legitimate. However, there are scam adverts out there and it’s important to always be cautious. It’s a sad truth that there are people who try to take advantage of EFL teachers looking for work both abroad and online, so before you start your job search you should make sure you know how to spot such scams. We put together a handy guide for avoiding TEFL scams and bad employers, which is essential reading at the beginning of your TEFL journey.
Useful links for jobseekers
We have lots of helpful tips on the blog related to securing a TEFL job. Check out the below!
Top 10 tips to find your perfect TEFL job
TEFL CVs – The Ultimate Guide
10 top tips for writing a cover letter
How to prepare for a TEFL interview
5 Common Interview Questions
How to Find a TEFL Job Without Teaching Experience
For more useful information and tips to help you find a TEFL job check out our previous blog posts!