Teaching English as a foreign language is not all about the best school or best salary, and sometimes it’s not even about excelling in your career and getting promotions. Once you get your TEFL certification, your first priority will most likely be to live life to the fullest and join the TEFL and travel community you see so often online. If you’re like us and we bet you are, adventure is a must and you want to travel the world to find thrills of a lifetime! Let’s take a look at some of the best destinations for TEFL jobs.
Love those candid photos online and want that too, but don’t know where to start? We’ll give you our top destinations for adrenaline junkies that yes, you guessed it, also have high TEFL job prospects! Hit two birds with one stone and live the dream.
Top Destinations for Adrenaline Junkies and also Have High TEFL Job Prospects
Thailand is a fantasy come true for any adventure seeker. Its natural surroundings and lengthy shoreline lend themselves to a wide range of adrenaline-inducing activities. From classic bucket list activities like skydiving and scuba diving to unique experiences like a human slingshot and the emperor swing, your Thailand journey will be filled with options.
The Human Slingshot is a live-action rendition of the popular video game Angry Birds. You are stretched horizontally for around 40 meters before being released to go at the pace of a Formula One racing car for the launch. Flying at superhuman speeds in the air is the scariest of Thailand’s adventure pastimes. Pattaya’s human slingshot is Asia’s only one of its sort. So, if you’re in town, don’t miss it.
Excited? Why not check out our Thailand teaching program and apply to teach there today!
Rio de Janeiro is known for its sandy beaches, famous sights, the Carnival, and, of course, its cultural diversity, but there is so much more to see and do in this beautiful city. Rio is also a city that is leading the way in terms of sustainability and living a green lifestyle. It is a city known for its cultural attractions and hotspots. It is an adventurous city that lives and breathes music, and it is where some of the world’s best bossa nova and choro artists gained inspiration for their work. Yes, Rio de Janeiro is a haven for extreme sports fans and outdoor lovers, with activities ranging in difficulty and endurance.
Teachers in Brazil will need TEFL certification in order to teach English. A bachelor’s degree is desired but not required in some circumstances. Employees throughout the country are required to converse confidently in English as the nation’s economy grows, as do its commercial links with English-speaking countries.
Indulge into some of these adventure activities while you are in Hong Kong if you wish to give yourself some adrenaline rush. Hong Kong being one of the most tourist friendly destinations is also a great place where you can take part in adventure activities to make your move even more interesting. For starters, you can tie a giant rubber band around your feet and plunge off the edge of the 764-foot tall Macau Tower – officially the world’s highest bungee jump.
TEFL teachers in Hong Kong earn one of the highest salaries in South East Asia. Many schools also provide housing or an extra allowance for housing. Many professionals want to enhance their English for commercial reasons, and many more parents want their children to grow up bilingual so that they can attend school abroad or succeed in business. Because English is widely spoken in Hong Kong, adjusting to life there is simple. Many TEFL teachers in Hong Kong never learn Cantonese because English is so commonly spoken and understood, despite the fact that it is not recommended.
We couldn’t complete this list without the one and only home of mount everest on the list! This is a big ask, we know. But… if it’s always been on your bucket list, then we wanted to let you know that Nepal also has TEFL opportunities! Even going as far as base camp is an achievable feat. Did you know that you can also skydive above the peaks? Imagine that as an experience of a lifetime.
There are also lots of other adventures that you can take part in in Nepal, such as mountain biking, jungle safaris and trekking. Just like how the Himalayan region is famous for mountaineering, Nepal’s plains are popular for wildlife jungle safari. Nepal has 9 national parks, 3 wildlife reserves, 3 conservation areas and 1 hunting reserve in several ecological zones of the country.
In Nepal, teaching is a well-respected profession. People feel that knowledge is a valuable commodity that cannot be purchased. Because knowledge cannot be exchanged for money, teaching is regarded as a respectable and self-sufficient profession. While there is a need for TEFL teachers in the country, almost all of the positions are unpaid. Nepal is home to a variety of charities and organizations that run programs.
Chile is known for its extremes, from the far north to the far south, and from the highest peaks to the beaches, owing to the diversity of its environment, sceneries, and individuality. It is the World’s Best Adventure Tourism Destination because of its deserts, volcanoes, glaciers, mountains, beaches, lakes, ancient forests, and ice fields!
Not only can you go rock climbing, trekking, or mountaineering in Chile, but it also has some of the top ski resorts in the world, including Portillo, Farellones, Chillán, and Valle Nevado. For surfers looking for the right waves, Chile has 4,000 kilometers of beaches, including those in Arica and Iquique in the north, as well as Pichilemu in central Chile, which is the country’s surf capital and hosts the most adrenaline-filled international contests each year.
Most English teachers in Chile will need a bachelor’s degree, and many schools will need a TEFL certification. In Chile, the average monthly compensation for teachers is from $500 to $800. If you’re wanting to teach English in a foreign country, Chile is one of the top choices in South America. Chile is a stable democracy with sophisticated infrastructure that is rapidly developing.
If you prefer to spend most of your time on two wheels rather than on foot, you’ll enjoy the bike lanes on Taiwan’s island. Its 602-mile Cycle Route No. 1 is quickly becoming one of Asia’s best. The majority of bike routes can be found on Taiwan’s remaining wild and largely unspoiled eastern coast, making it the ideal vacation from Taipei’s rush and bustle. If you have time off for the National Holidays and are looking for a multi-day adventure, we highly recommend cycling the entire 900 kilometers of the island with many of the residents.
If you like the sounds of biking all over this diverse and beautiful island, we have the perfect placement for you! Check out the job opportunities here.
Costa Rica offers a wide range of activities for both adrenaline seekers and those seeking more relaxing adventures. As corny as it may seem, Costa Rica’s beautiful tropical paradise genuinely has “something for everyone” to do. From white water rafting classed from I to IV to bungee jumping off the Old Colorado River bridge, there are lots of things to do in Costa Rica! But the main attraction is definitely for surf lovers. The South Pacific and Central Pacific coasts of Costa Rica offer some of the longest rides in the world.
Costa Rica is among the most popular destinations for TEFL teachers, and there are a variety of opportunities available.
Are you getting excited? After going through some of the top destinations for TEFL job, so are we! Make the most of your time abroad. Teaching English as a foreign language should not just be about the classroom. Enjoy life and live life to the fullest. Don’t forget to send us photos! We love to hear and see how you are getting on.