Which Teaching Job is Right for You?


When teaching abroad the opportunities for teachers are endless, sometimes it can be tough to decipher all the different types of teaching jobs and which one is best suited to your needs. Which teaching job is right for you? Read on to find out:

International Schools

International schools are just like regular schools as we know them probably from our own school experience and are most likely to have a curriculum from the USA, UK or Australia. These jobs can be competitive because they are well-paid and have serious benefits unlike our own countries back home. 

What you'll need: An education degree (PGCE accepted), be a native speaker and have experience. 
Pay: It astounds me what some people can earn at an international school. Depending on the country salaries range from $1,500 to $6,000 a month (possibly even more in places like China and the Middle East).
Benefits: Most established international schools offer flights, housing, sponsored visa and medical benefits. The salary is also tax free.

Language Centres

These are privately owned businesses who require the skills of native speakers to teach small classes. The work load is a lot less than in international schools and you teach multiple classes instead of having a "homeroom". Some centres even allow you to choose your schedule so you can teach as often or as little according to your preference (or take extended vacations when you've saved enough!). 

What you'll need: A degree in any field and TEFL certification. 
Pay: Usually between $15 - $25 an hour, depending on experience and country. 
Benefits: These vary. Sometimes you get paid less but have free housing, or get paid more and have to cover your own housing. 

Government/Public Schools

In some countries, the government allows international educators into their schools in order to improve the quality of English teaching. In these schools, you are usually a subject teacher and see multiple classes. 

What you'll need: A Bachelors degree in any field (sometimes an education degree is required) and TEFL certification if you don't hold an education degree. 
Pay: Again, depending on the country salaries range from $300 to $5,500. 
Benefits: It is common to have flights and housing provided. Visa should be sponsored (The Middle East has a program that provides housing, flights and all the perks you get with an international school)

Online Teaching

Although I don't have personal experience with teaching online, I see it as something I am going to be doing in the near future. Usually it involves short classes on your computer and you determine your schedule, and this can be done from anywhere provided you have good internet access. This makes travelling and working easy! Why have I not thought about this sooner?? 

Note that your students will most likely be based in Asia and therefore the times are most likely set according to their schedule - so even if you think you can teach ANYTIME you want, this is probably not going to be the case.

What you'll need: TEFL certification and be a native speaker. Fast internet, a computer and a headset. 
Pay: $18 - $25/hour
Benefits: You get to work from anywhere! 

Sure, I didn't cover private tutoring, university lecturing positions or even volunteering but I don't feel qualified to give information on these options. If you have any experience teaching abroad or have more to add to these teaching options, let us know below!