Information & Advice On The Overseas TEFL/TESL/TESOL Job Market
Overview of the TEFL Job Market for American and Canadian Teachers
Where Do People Teach EFL?
There are EFL schools/programs everywhere, but most are in non-English speaking countries. Teaching takes place in public schools, language schools, universities, companies, etc. Public school classes are often very large: 30+ students. Classes in language schools and in companies usually have 6-14 students, and some are 1-on-1.
Many people also teach through aid organizations and volunteer programs such as the Peace Corps (for US citizens) and VSO Canada (for Canadians).
Where Are The Best TEFL Job Markets?
Where Is It Hard To Find EFL Jobs?
For answers, see the Regional Job Markets pages.
How Long Are Contracts? When Do They Start?
Most legal jobs are for a year, particularly if they are arranged in advance, with the employer providing airfare and/or housing. Some 3-6 month contract jobs exist, but most short term jobs are hourly paid and can only be arranged in the overseas country.
Jobs are usually available at any time of the year. The exception is Europe, where about 95% of all jobs start in October or January.
Regional Job Markets
For an overview of job prospects and working conditions in a specific region, click on the underlined region name, or on the relevant section of the map (if your browser supports it).
Africa, the Mid East & Turkey / Asia / Central & Eastern Europe / Western Europe / Latin America / USA & Canada
Special Offer: TEFL Job Search Resource
Buy Jeff Mohamed's book "Teaching English Overseas - A Job Guide For Americans And Canadians" and get a free copy of our "TEFL Jobs Disk," the most comprehensive list of overseas employers available anywhere.
For more details of this offer, click here.
Our Home Page / FAQ's About TEFL / Your Training Options / What Is The CELTA? / Some TEFL Sources / TEFL Job Search Tips / Test Your Knowledge of English Grammar / EI Publications
To Contact Us or to Order Publications, Click Here