Get a job teaching English abroad – the 3 most important things you need to know

Many people dream of working overseas to experience life in another culture, learn or improve language skills, meet up with a special friend or simply help people develop their English language skills.

The most practical way to convert this dream into reality is to get a job teaching English abroad.

On any given day, there are lots of English teaching job opportunities at international schools and language academies all over the world.

Every year, many people choose this route and get a job teaching English abroad. English has become the dominant language for international trade so countries that depend on exports are eager to have their citizens learn English.

The best and highest paying teaching jobs are always given to applicants who have an accredited TEFL or TESOL certificate. It is possible to find work with second-rate certification but the pay and conditions will be poor. In addition, your employment will always be precarious because the school may replace you without warning if they recruit a teacher with accredited certification.

If you want to get a job teaching English abroad, here are three foundation tips for converting the dream into reality.

The three most important tips to get a job teaching English abroad

  1. Take a TEFL course that is accredited.
  2. Make sure the training school will get you interviews leading to job offers.

If you make sure that the course you attend meets these three conditions, you will find it very easy to get a job teaching English abroad.

1 – Why take an accredited course?

This type of accreditation means that the course has been reviewed and approved by teaching professionals from either a university or an examination board.

2 – Why is job help important?

You will learn to teach so that you can get a job teaching English. Make sure that the school you train with really helps you get a job.

Giving you a list of schools or helping you perform a job search, in our opinion, is not job help.

Anyone can perform a job search simply by looking at internet job portals. Another problem is that you have to do everything yourself which is time consuming and can be very frustrating. The final problem is that you will be one of hundreds of job applicants so your chances of making it to the hiring manager’s desk are quite slim. Some TEFL schools have articles on their blogs preparing their students for rejection and encouraging perseverance. Why?

Real job help is where your CV/resume goes directly to the hiring manager and you don’t do anything except write-up your CV. The training school should take care of the rest.

The latter is what EBC does. We manage the process for you. We make sure that your CV/resume is correct and attractive. Once we have reviewed it, we send it directly to hiring managers. EBC’s job programme means that schools contact you, you do not have to contact them.


Follow these tips and we guarantee that you will get a job teaching English abroad.

Want to learn how to teach English from the experts?

Contact EBC for more information about our accredited English teacher training courses and job placement program.

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This is a great place to get your TEFL certification. The staff is kind, organized and very helpful. It was such a comfortable learning environment that I enjoyed very much. I liked the personalized attention and I got a lot more confidence and experience to be an English teacher. Thanks for everything!
Victoria Metz
10:35 02 Feb 18
I found the instruction throughout the course to be very effective and I finished the course feeling excited and prepared to begin teaching. There is nothing fancy about the EBC facility, however this doesn't in any way reduce the overall quality of the course. John, the instructor, has extensive experience (both as an TEFL teacher and a TEFL course trainer), which is evident in the thoughtful organization of the course. My class had only five students, which created lots of time for personal attention and advice. Make sure you come prepared to work hard!
Adam Schreiber
12:06 14 Dec 17
It was a great and intensive course! I learned and enjoyed this whole learning how to teach experience. Thank you very much for your time and knowledge. I feel well-prepared now. EBC Madrid, 2017.
Michele Buitron
11:57 14 Dec 17
I've just finished my EBC TEFL course. It was a great experience. I definitely recommend this course. John is an amazing teacher and he is very professional. It was just a pleasure. Thank you so much and good luck!
Natalia Egorova
15:04 10 Nov 17
The course has been really useful and the teacher, John, made the classes so much fun and very interesting. It is has been a great experience and has helped me realise how much I really enjoy teaching. It has also been a bit intense at times but I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to become an English teacher.
Natasha Jimenez
20:17 05 Oct 17
Class of August 2017.It's been a busy stressful 4 weeks but I am happy the group and I have all made it and we have TEFL certificates to show for all our hard-work and sleepless nights. Much thanks to our trainer John for his patience and ability to find solutions and guidance to help you find your way and energy throughout the course. EBC international is the best place to learn and share your knowledge of teaching. And for people like me who has no idea how to teach things like grammar and also to learn the grammar...this is the place to be!
Ashley Kabanda
11:14 31 Aug 17