Top Destinations for TEFL Teachers in 2024: Educate and Explore

Top Destinations for TEFL Teachers in 2024: Educate and Explore

Top Destinations for TEFL Teachers in 2024: Educate and Explore

As we step into 2024, the demand for English language proficiency continues to rise across the globe, making it an ideal time for TEFL teachers to explore new destinations.

For aspiring English teachers, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is a dynamic and rewarding profession that opens doors to exciting opportunities in different continents.

Where are the best places to be a TEFL teacher in 2024?

Considering factors such as job opportunities, cultural experiences, and overall quality of life, Global English has curated a list of our top 5 destinations for TEFL teachers in 2024:


  1. Japan: The Land of the Rising Sun

    • Job Market: Japan remains a hotbed for TEFL teachers, with a constant demand for English language instruction. Opportunities range from public schools to private language institutions.
    • Cultural Experience: Immerse yourself in the rich Japanese culture, from traditional tea ceremonies to vibrant city life. Japan offers a perfect blend of modernity and tradition.
    • Tips for teaching English in Japan:
      * the Premier 120-hr TESOL for Asia as a basic qualification
      * the 30-hour Teaching Business English for Japan
      * for better  job prospects, take the Professional 250-hr TESOL 
      * Read the helpful comments from our former TESOL course graduates who are working in Japan here 

  2. Spain: Embrace the Spanish Lifestyle

    • Job Market: Spain has a high demand for English teachers, particularly in public schools and language academies. The demand is driven by the importance placed on English proficiency for business and travel.
    • Cultural Experience: Enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle, delicious cuisine, and the warmth of Spanish hospitality while exploring historic cities like Barcelona and Madrid.
    • Tips for teaching English in Spain:
      * In a country that values education, a good, accredited TESOL is highly prized
      * the TESOL Advanced Course 150 hoursfor Europe
      * the 30-hour Business TESOL for Spain, as Business English is really growing here
      * alternatively take the 30-hour Teaching English to Young Learners course if you prefer to work in this popular sector

  3. Vietnam: A Gem in Southeast Asia

    • Job Market: Vietnam's growing economy has increased the demand for English teachers. The cost of living is reasonable, and there are opportunities in both urban and rural areas.
    • Cultural Experience: From the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City to the serene landscapes of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.
    • Tips for teaching English in Vietnam: 
      * the Premier 120-hr TESOL for Asia as a basic qualification
      * Take the 30-hour Teaching English to Young Learners course if you prefer to work in this sector
      *  Some English language training centers you can find in Vietnam:
      EIV Education
      Language Link Vietnam

4. United Arab Emirates: Teach in a Global Hub

    • Job Market: The UAE continues to attract TEFL teachers with its high-paying jobs in both public and private schools. The demand for English teachers is driven by the country's goal to become a global business and tourism hub.
    • Cultural Experience: Immerse yourself in the opulence of cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi while experiencing the unique blend of modernity and tradition
    • Tips for teaching English in UAE:
      *choose the TESOL Professional 250 hour coursefor the Middle East
      * consider adding a 30-hour Business TESOL as this specialism is very much in demand
      * dress for business and present a professional CV/resume
      * ask any contacts you have in the UAE to find out about working opportunities

 5. Colombia: South America's Rising Star

    • Job Market: Colombia is emerging as a popular destination for TEFL teachers, with a growing demand for English language skills. Opportunities exist in both urban and rural settings.
    • Cultural Experience: Explore the diverse landscapes, from the Andes Mountains to the Amazon rainforest, while enjoying the lively culture of Colombian cities.
    • Tips for teaching English in Colombia:
      * the Premier 120-hr TESOL for Latin America as a basic qualification
      * the 30-hour Teaching English to Young Learners course as this will be useful
      * the 30-hour Business TESOL for Colombia
      * Find out more about what Chris Vellacott says on Colombia here: comments 


The destinations highlighted above offer a perfect blend of job opportunities, cultural richness, and a high quality of life for TEFL teachers in 2024. When making your decision, consider your preferred teaching environment, cultural interests, and lifestyle preferences. Embark on this exciting journey, and not only will you positively impact your students' lives, but you'll also create lasting memories in some of the world's most captivating places. Explore, educate, and experience the world as a TEFL teacher in 2024 with Global English

  • Author: Annine Siddall
  • Date: 10/01/2024

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