Where you should TEFL in 2019

It’s the start of a brand new year, a time when a lot of us consider what we would like to achieve over the year ahead. Maybe you’re thinking about a new career, a change of scenery, or a new challenge? If that’s the case then 2019 is the perfect year to get TEFL qualified!

Teaching English, whether it’s abroad or closer to home, can be a life-changing and incredibly rewarding experience and there are so many opportunities to be found out there. From teaching young children to business people, teaching large classes to tutoring one-on-one, working in a sunny location abroad to working from the comfort of your own home as an online English teacher – there are contracts to suit all!

In our first blog post of the year we’ve picked 5 great places where you should TEFL in 2019. Everywhere included in the list offers a wealth of opportunities for EFL teachers and each one has its own individual charm, appeal and perks.



With the largest TEFL jobs market in the world – meaning the demand for teachers in the country is massive – China has to take the top spot for 2019. There are just so many reasons to teach there aside from the competitive wages and benefit packages offered to first-time EFL teachers.

Culturally and geographically diverse, China is an exciting country for teachers to explore during their time off – and with train travel being very cheap, as noted by Holly in a blog post she wrote for us, you’re able to get around the country easily. Joel and his partner, Menna, travelled to Beijing, Xi’an, Harbin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, Tianjin and Wuhan all within their first six months teaching there!

Newly-qualified EFL teachers can expect to earn between 10,000-18,000 RMB (£1,100–2,000) per month and many positions include attractive benefits such as accommodation, flight reimbursement, paid holidays, and more. Combined with a low cost of living, teachers can live comfortably and travel well within the country and beyond during their time off



The online tutoring industry has been growing rapidly – from being worth $11.8 billion in 2012 to an estimated $103 billion in 2018 – and it’s showing no sign of slowing down. There’s a lot of work out there for those seeking to teach online and for the more entrepreneurial and marketing-savvy it can be a very lucrative business.

Whether you’re just looking for a side-job to supplement your income, wanting to test out if teaching is really for you, or are aiming to make a serious career out of online teaching, there are plenty of opportunities to suit everyone.

David used his 120-hour qualification to find work teaching English online, which has allowed him to live and work from wherever he chooses. In the past year he’s travelled and worked from Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, Cuba and Colombia! His YouTube channel covers his travels and he’s also made several great videos about teaching online, which are well worth watching for anyone interested in teaching English online.



Vietnam continues to be a popular choice for EFL teachers and new positions are always being posted over on our TEFL Jobs Centre. Teachers typically work 15 to 25 hours a week in Vietnam and, due to the low living costs, you can earn well enough to enjoy your time in the country as well as saving a bit as well. It’s also a fantastic base for exploring the rest of Southeast Asia!

We offer a Vietnam internship, which includes your TEFL training, teaching placement, living allowance, accommodation and in-country support. With more support at hand than your typical TEFL job it offers a great start for any budding EFL teacher. For more information about what’s included and the requirements see here.



You’re not going to get rich teaching English in Italy, but money isn’t what attracts EFL teachers to the country. The people, the food, the gorgeous countryside… the appeal is easy to understand. Compared to other European countries Italy has a low level of English, which has resulted in a high demand for English teachers over the years.

If you’re looking for a job over the summer months then Italy is an ideal place to find work in summer schools. One of our wonderful graduates, Emily, spent the summer of 2017 working in language camps in Italy and the UK and wrote about the experience here. Just days ago she took up a permanent position as an EFL teacher in Hohhot, China!

UK passport holders hoping to teach in Europe may have concerns about the consequences of Brexit this year. Back in July 2016, following on from the vote, we wrote about TEFL and Brexit and the potential consequences. We didn’t know then what Brexit could mean for teachers currently working in EU member states or hoping to and, unfortunately, two and a half years on we still don’t have a clearer idea.

This could all change quickly, however, and as soon as we know what impact Brexit may have on the recruitment of English teachers in Europe we’ll make sure to keep you informed!

South Korea


South Korea’s strong teaching market has long offered lucrative opportunities for entry-level EFL teachers, who can expect to earn between 1.9 to 2.4 million won (£1,300 – 1,650) as well as being provided with free accommodation and flight reimbursement.

Opportunities can be found in public schools with the government-run EPIK scheme and private language schools, hagwons, of which there are around 100,000 in the country. Hagwons have had a reputation over the years for bad conditions – the situation is definitely improving and there are plenty of great employers out there but make sure to do your research and read our blog post about how to avoid TEFL scams and bad employers.

Sarah, one of our course graduates, gave us a great insight into her working day as an EFL teacher in South Korea, which you can read here.

So where are you going to teach this year? Let us know if you’re thinking about one of the above countries or somewhere else!

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