Blog Category: Country Guides

Teaching English in Scandinavia

Scandinavia is a collection of countries in Northern Europe with a common heritage. Although there are different definitions of which countries Scandinavia comprises, a good general list is: Denmark Iceland Finland Norway Sweden Generally speaking the people of...

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Your Nationality when Teaching Abroad

This article answers a question we're asked quite a lot: do you have to give up your nationality or citizenship when you go and work in another country? The simple answer which applies 99.9% of the time is: No. The rest of this article explores this topic in more...

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Teaching English in America

When it comes to teaching English in America (or the Americas as it's sometimes known), there are two main groups of countries. This page offers an overview of working in America with links to more specific information on each country where you can read about how best...

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Teach and Travel as an English Teacher Abroad

Do you want to travel the world? Experience what other cultures have to offer? Visit the greatest sights on Earth? Well English teachers working abroad get to do that. As a teacher you can work right across the world and experience some incredible places and cultures....

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Teaching English in Yugoslavia

TEFL/TESOL in Yugoslavia Yugoslavia was formed in 1918 and existed through most of the 20th century. For much of this time it was ruled by the communist General Tito who tended to distance his country from the west. Following his death internal tensions rose and the...

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Teaching English in Korea

Korea is an East Asian territory that is divided into two distinct and very different countries: North Korea & South Korea. Both sit on the Korean Peninsula. There are many, many thousands of English teachers working in South Korea. Although they are mainly...

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Teaching English in the Caribbean

Many of the countries in the Caribbean have English as an official language and there is little or no need for TEFL teachers, especially as ELL tourism hasn't really taken off here. However, there are still options with some of the islands Spanish speaking and thus...

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Teaching English in Central America

Central America is a very popular destination for American teachers (but you will certainly find other nationalities there). Conditions tend to be fairly basic and sometimes you will find schools lack the most essential facilities, especially in poorer districts....

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Teaching English in South America

South America is a very popular destination for new TEFL teachers. Generally speaking it's popular mostly with American teachers but you will certainly find other nationalities there. Although some jobs are advertised online, many schools in South America do not have...

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Teaching English in Israel

When you start your expatriate life in Israel, you will join around 7.7 million people currently living there. The majority of the population has settled in the coastal plain, along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Considering the country’s urbanization rate of...

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Shanghai Favorite for Expats in China

Shanghai (Hu for short, also known as Shen) has again topped the list of preferred cities in China for expats. The survey was published by the Beijing magazine International Talent Monthly and the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel. Some 72,000...

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Teaching English in Europe

Europe, for TEFL‏‎ teachers, can be divided into several distinct areas. These sometimes overlap. For a list of individual countries and the TEFL situation in each of them, see below. English-Speaking Countries In other words, the United Kingdom and Ireland‏‎. There...

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Teaching English in Asia

Asia has some of the major world destinations when it comes to TEFL teaching. China is the new big player in this field and thousands of English teachers work there from all the English speaking countries (as well as a notable number of non-native speakers as well...

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Release Letter (China)

When you work in a school in China your details are registered with the authorities. If you leave this school and want to move to another you must obtain a Release Letter from the school. With this, your new employer will be able to register you. Without it, you will...

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Teaching English in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island country off the south coast of India. It has a population of about 20 million from several different ethnic backgrounds. For some 26 years there was a state of unrest between various factions resulting in many deaths amongst...

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Teaching English in Libya

WARNING The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to Libya due to the ongoing fighting, threat...

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Teaching English in Iraq

TEFL/TESOL in Iraq The recent turbulent history of Iraq is well known. However, for the past few years the country has been trying to rebuild and part of that process has involved education including English language teaching. The American Embassy in Baghdad, for...

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Teaching English in Uganda

TEFL/TESOL in Uganda With 52 ethnic groups in Uganda, each with its own dialect, English‏‎ has been for years the official language of instruction in all school years. In major multicultural urban centers, like Kampala, the capital of Uganda, English is the medium of...

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Teaching English in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a small country on the island of Hispaniola which it shares with Haiti. It is the second largest Caribbean country (after Cuba‏‎) with a population of around 10 million people with Spanish being the native language. Qualifications & Pay...

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Teaching English in Haiti

TEFL/TESOL in Haiti Haiti is mostly known for a history of political instability and more recently the 2010 earthquake, but there is still a thriving industry of English teaching and there are certainly jobs to be found there for the right kind of TEFL‏‎ teacher. The...

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Teaching English in Uruguay

TEFL/TESOL in Uruguay Located on the southern border of Brazil‏‎ along the Atlantic coast and bordered by Argentina‏‎ to the west, Uruguay is an attractive prospect when it comes to teaching English in South America. Economically, the country is in a great period of...

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Teaching English in Venezuela

Venezuela (or officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) is a beautiful country in the very north of South America, looking onto the Caribbean. It is a very urbanized country with most people living in the capital city of Caracas. It has large reserves of oil...

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Teaching English in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is a landlocked country in central Asia bordering with Afghanistan‏‎, Kazakhstan‏‎, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Uzbekistan has worked towards strengthening its economic relations with...

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Teaching English in Laos

TEFL/TESOL in Laos Laos (capital Vientiane) is the poorest and least developed country in South East Asia so it definitely is not a place for teachers who wish to earn well and put money aside. However, if what appeals to you is Laos' culture with its Buddhist...

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Teaching English in Myanmar (Burma)

Do you want to teach English in Myanmar? This article looks at what you need to work as a TEFL teacher there. You'll find out about the qualifications you need, how to find work, the pay and the teaching conditions, and also a little bit about the lifestyle and...

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Teaching English in Bosnia‏‎ and Herzegovina

Bosnia (or to give it its full name, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a relatively new country in the Balkans in South-East Europe which, by all recent accounts, is looking for TEFL teachers as the demand for English grows. Although situated in Europe, Bosnia is not part of...

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Teaching English in India

TEFL/TESOL in India India is the largest democratic republic in the world with a population of just over 1.2 billion people. The official language of India is Hindi with the second official language being English. However, there are a many regional languages...

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Teaching English in South Sudan

South Sudan became independent in 2011 from Sudan. The area had English‏‎ as a state language for many years as a result of British political & military influence in the region. However in 1956 with a policy of "Arabization" this was replaced by Arabic‏‎....

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Teaching English in Sudan‏‎

Sudan is in north-east Africa with the Nile river dividing it east to west. It is an ancient country with a population of about 45 million. Note that In 2011 the southern part of the country gained independence as South Sudan which is now a separate country. In recent...

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Teaching English in Tanzania‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Tanzania Although Swahili is the de facto official language, with its history as an British colony Tanzania has a strong English presence and the language is the official language of the courts and higher education, for example. However Children will...

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