Teaching English overseas has long been a way for travellers to live, work and play their way around the world. This is because English is the language that millions around the world wish to learn. And travellers, with and without formal qualifications have topped up their travelling funds by teaching English to some of these millions. People have taught English in many countries including those in Asia, South America and the Middle East.

Teaching English overseas isn’t for everyone but if you are thinking about this type of work while you are travelling around the world here are 8 good reasons why you should consider it!

1. A career change

Teaching English can be a career change that costs a lot less than going back to university. A university degree can cost literally thousands of dollars which could see you paying it back for a long time. A Teaching English qualification can cost from a few hundred to a couple of thousand dollars, depending whether you do your course on line or in a classroom. Getting a qualification by studying on-line is very popular and can lead to many Teaching English opportunities around the world.

2. No upper age limit

A good thing about Teaching English is there is no upper age limit so it doesn’t matter how old you are. This is good news for the thousands out there who are over the working holiday age range. However, you must be at least 18 years plus to undertake a Teaching English course.

3. Learn a new skill

Having teaching skills will allow you to use them in everyday life. That’s right, in other professions and of course, while you are teaching English.

4. Learn another language

Teaching English abroad allows you to live in other countries. This will enable you to immerse yourself in that country’s culture where you can learn other languages. After all, you will need to converse with the locals.

5. Experience living in another country

Experiencing living in another culture will allow you to expand as a person. It can help you to be more accepting of different cultures. You can become more open minded to what the world has to offer. For your initial stay in any country I suggest staying in a hostel or hotel until you find a more permanent abode.


6. Gain a teaching qualification

Having a teaching qualification will allow you to use the skills you learn in every day life. Plus with a qualification your can turn your interest in to a career. A qualification that is portable and recognisable around the world. If you want to gain a qualification on-line check out I-to-i who are a leader in this field.

7. Earn while you immerse yourself in another culture

You can make some decent money teaching English however, this can depend upon the country you choose to live and work in. Some of the Middle Eastern countries pay a lot more than those in say, South America. It depends on what you want, to make money or to experience another country while making some money to keep travelling.

8. It looks good on your CV

Say no more! Having the qualification on your CV will help you gain employment in the future.

Convinced? Not sure?

You probably have lots of questions about this type of work such as:

Are qualifications needed and what are they?
What is the difference between TEFOL and TESOL?
Which countries are the jobs in?
How do I find a job and can I arrange a job before I go?
Who will I be teaching? Kids, Adults. Business People?
Where am I going to live? Does the school I work for provide accommodation?

If you need these questions answered then get a copy of our e-book ‘How to Teach English Overseas’. It answers all these questions plus more. If you are serious about Teaching English Overseas get your copy today so your aspirations to Teaching English overseas become a reality.


  • About the Author

    Sharyn McCullum has travelled most of her life thanks to her dad who worked at Sydney Airport. In her 20’s she left Australia and spent 4 years on a working holiday in London and the UK before working and travelling in other countries. She is the founder of the LiveWork&Play series of working holiday guides, this website and others. She currently calls Melbourne home.


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