Demand for TEFL qualified teachers is simply huge in many parts of Asia, Europe, and Latin America, with dozens of countries to choose from in each region. However, if you would prefer to teach English in an English speaking country, your options will be considerably less.
Why are English teaching jobs harder to find in English speaking countries?
While there is plenty of demand for English language instruction in English speaking countries, most positions are usually filled from within the local population. The other big issue for foreign teachers looking to teach in English speaking countries is getting hold of whatever kind of work permit or visa that is required to teach legally. Despite these common problems, there are still a few options for anyone who is keen to go down this route of EFL teaching.
What options will I have for getting a work permit to teach English in an English speaking country?
In some cases teachers are able to legally work in an English speaking country as they are married to a local resident, or their partner has been posted to work in that particular country. If you qualify for a work permit in this way you should be able to find a suitable job as long as you have the qualifications and level of experience that the local teaching market requires. In most English speaking countries a degree and a TEFL certificate will be mandatory, while previous classroom experience will probably be needed.
Are working holiday visas an option for teaching English in an English speaking country?
A working holiday visa can be a good option for some teachers who want to work in an English speaking country. This type of visa is most likely to be available to people who have a passport from the U.K., Canada, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand. To apply for this option you will typically need to be between 18 and 30 years old, and in a position to apply for it from within your home country. Working holiday visas usually require you to provide evidence of your finances, and if granted, you will only be able to work for each employer for a set period of time.
Are working holiday visas an option for U.S. citizens who want to teach English in an English speaking country?
The US does not have many agreements in place for working holiday visas around the world, although they are currently available for trips to Australia and New Zealand. However, while you might be able to secure a visa for one of these countries, the abundance of local teachers and the time limits imposed by the visa mean that teaching positions are not one of the jobs that are easy to come by for foreign visitors.
Can I get a job teaching English in Canada?
As Canada has a long history of immigration from countries right across the globe, there has always been a strong demand for TEFL qualified teachers. If you have the right to work in the country, whether through a working holiday visa or any other reason, you should be aware that a TEFL certificate accredited by TESL Canada will also be required. To make sure you have the most up to date info on these regulations, we recommend you contact a Canadian embassy before you start making any travel plans.
Can I get a job teaching English in my own country?
It should come as no surprise that the majority of TEFL related jobs in English speaking countries are filled by citizens of that particular country. The requirements expected by employers will vary from one country to the next, but in most cases a four-year degree and a TEFL certificate are usually the minimum. Previous classroom experience will also be a requirement for many jobs, and if it isn’t then your chances of securing it will be much higher if you can show some experience of teaching English overseas.
How much do TEFL teachers earn when teaching in an English speaking country?
Although the demand for teachers is high in many areas, the competition for each position is also typically high in English speaking countries. TEFL related positions are often only part time and salaries can be relatively low, which can make it difficult to maintain a good quality of life without resorting to additional means of income. The main exceptions to this situation are jobs in state schools or fee-paying schools. However, this type of job is hard to find and those that are available will require plenty of experience and a high level of qualifications.
What if I can't find a job teaching English in an English speaking country?
If your efforts at finding a job in an English speaking country are not successful, do not panic as there are always plenty of great options available in other fantastic destinations around the world. In reality, most TEFL qualified teachers work in countries where the native language is not English. At any one time there are somewhere in the region of 250,000 English speakers teaching outside of their home country and the vast majority of these had little or no knowledge of the local language or culture before they arrived. If the idea of teaching in a country where you do not speak the language concerns you, do not worry, as you will learn all the skills you need to be successful in the classroom during your TEFL course.