Asia Overview: Where Should I Teach English?


Are you browsing Asian teaching locations and wondering which one might be right for you? First you should know that wherever you go, the market for teachers throughout this region is absolutely booming, so if you’re qualified, you will be working a paid teaching position in no time! But to zero-in on which particular Asian country fits your personality and goals the best, we’ve highlighted a few popular spots. Take a look at the statements below and choose the one sounds the most like you. We’ll steer you in the right direction!

Money is not so important—give me somewhere with beauty and culture, maybe a bit off the beaten-path — Cambodia / Thailand

The road most traveled has never been your thing; you prefer the path that’s a little more challenging.  Sure, you may not get rich teaching in Thailand or Cambodia, but that’s okay with you. You’ll still make enough teaching English in these beach and jungle-rich Southeast Asian locations to get by, living the way you prefer– like a local. And whether you’re spending weekends off playing on the beaches of Phuket or buzzing around on your motorbike in Phnom Penh, you are guaranteed to have the kind of experiences here that money can’t buy.

No roughing it for me, please—I’m interested in a fast-paced, cutting-edge, urban experience — Japan

You crave the conveniences of a modern, urban metropolis in your teach abroad experience, and so Japan is the place for you. Classrooms in major cities here are slick and well equipped, brimming with the types of technology that can take your teaching to the next level. Need ’round-the-clock nightlife, restaurants, and shopping, too? Tokyo does not disappoint. It ranks, to no one’s surprise, among the worlds most sophisticated and stimulating international cities.

I have no teaching experience, but I still want a supportive, well-paid job in Asia with great benefits — South Korea

You’ve never taught before, but you’re up for the challenge, and ready to dive into a new experience abroad. Are you fresh out of college?  No problem. In cities throughout South Korea, you’ll get your feet wet as a teacher while putting a dent in your student loan debt, too. And the best part is, employers here make it easy dive right in, often providing on-the-job support, free accommodations, and even airfare reimbursement as part of the teaching contract.

I’m looking for an experience abroad that is as culturally different from home as I can get — China

If there’s one thing that can be said about a country as large and dynamic as China, it’s that is is not likely to be similar to anything you’ve experienced at home. Teach in China if you are not afraid of immersing yourself in a culture that is foreign in every way, with fascinating ancient customs, mind-blowing scenery and people as curious about you as you are about them. Whether you choose to be in enormous Beijing or Shanghai, a lesser known big city, or even out in the countryside, teaching in China will be a cultural experience like no other.

I need a combination of everything: good money, rich culture, and a mix of rough and polished living — Vietnam

You are a person who wants it all. You’d like to earn a good income as a teacher and have a well-stocked classroom, but you also prefer things a little rough around the edges. You like the shabby-chic chaos of the Old Quarter in Hanoi, but will balance it out with an afternoon of tea and Tai Chi by the lake. For you, Vietnam, with its charming mix of East and West, awaits.

Did you find the country that’s calling your name? We hope so! But if you still need some assistance, just call 1-800-437-0314  or click here to get in touch with an experienced TEFL advisor. They know how to help you find the perfect TEFL course and teaching destination to fit your needs.