Tens of thousands of people decide to take a TEFL course every year and then head off to teach English abroad. Once the decision has been made, however, some want to get an EFL job quickly, whether for financial reasons or just because they’re excited to get started. With schools in some countries taking months for the hiring process to be completed, there are other countries where you can arrive one day and start a job teaching English in less than a week.
If you are one of those people who can’t wait to get overseas and into your first EFL job, these three countries are the best for getting English teaching jobs quickly.
Thailand – I’ve lived in Thailand for 10 years and was an English teacher here for seven of those years. During that time, every job I have ever accepted has taken me only a couple of days to find and a week or less before I was actually at the school working. All of my friends, and almost every teacher I have ever met in Bangkok, has had the exact same experience.
Thailand is the best country on the planet if you want to find a teaching job quickly, and get started on your future career. Bangkok especially is an amazing place for EFL teachers as there are hundreds of language schools, even more government and private schools, boatloads of companies – both Thai and international – looking for EFL teachers to teach their employees and, of course, tens of thousands of English learners looking for a teacher for private lessons.
Want a job teaching English quickly? Book a plane ticket and a hotel in Bangkok and, as soon as you arrive start visiting schools and language schools and dropping off your resume, or searching Ajarn’s job board for the latest openings. If you don’t find a job within a week, you’re really not trying.
China – Probably the world’s largest job market for EFL teachers, it’s also the place to go if you want to be able to start teaching English in a week or two. I interviewed for jobs in China last year when I was thinking of trying a change from Thailand, and couldn’t believe how fast jobs were offered to me and how quickly they wanted me to start.
Three of my friends, all former English teachers in Thailand, also moved to China last year and not only accepted positions where they were in the classroom teaching in less than four weeks, but turned down several job offers in Shanghai and Beijing as well.
While estimates aren’t absolutely accurate, the number of Chinese either already learning English or wanting to begin learning is said to be in the hundreds of millions. Yes, you read that correctly. That, of course, means EFL teachers are in high demand in China, with Chinese language schools and children’s schools desperate for teachers who can start work almost immediately.
For more information about teaching English in China, check out the website of the China Foreign Teachers Union.
Taiwan – Oddly, or not, as it does have most of the world’s population living in it, the third best country for getting English teaching jobs quickly is also in Asia. Taiwan, to be exact and, for a relatively small country of just over 23 million people there are a lot of job opportunities for an English teacher.
In Taiwan, you’ll find the whole gamut of large and small language schools, private and government schools (for full-time and part-time teaching jobs), some corporate English teaching work and, of course, a huge number of jobs for private English tutors. If you’d like to teach children, you will find hundreds of opportunities to do so all over Taiwan.
Salaries are often higher than many other Asian countries and should allow you to save money, as well as spend it seeing much of what Taiwan has to offer.
For an excellent website about teaching English in Taiwan, and a large number of job listings, read English in Taiwan.