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The Three Best Places to Teach English Abroad

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New places, new friends, a fulfilling job. These are just some of the reasons you might want to move abroad. But if you’re broke it may be hard to figure out how to make a move to another country. The good news is that if you can understand this you may already be qualified for an international career teaching English. These are the three best places to start teaching English today.


If you are looking to get rich teaching English, then Chile may not be the best. Salaries are not much higher than what most native Chileans are making but still enough to live a middle class lifestyle when you factor in the lower cost of living. On the plus side, Chile remains one of the safest countries in the world with a murder rate lower than the US. In addition, the capital, Santiago, lies at the foot of the Andes and the view is breathtaking. The combination of friendly people, clean air, and amazing natural beauty make Chile an attractive option.


Dubai, as well as the rest of the gulf region, is rich in oil revenue and rapidly modernizing. As a result, there is a high demand for English teachers and this is reflected in the pay. A teacher in Dubai can make up to $60,000 a year, far more than in any other area in the world. Accompanying the high pay, the low cost of living and provided housing means many teachers are able to make a very comfortable living here. However, the high pay means the field is competitive in this area and you may need a master’s degree or at least some significant experience teaching. Many English teachers tend to find themselves in the gulf in the later stages of their career.

South Korea

If you are thinking of becoming an English teacher there is no better place to start than South Korea. The pay is decent at up to $30,000 a year. In addition, most schools will provide airfare and housing to their teachers. It is also one of the few areas where you are not required to be a certified ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in order to get a job. In more expensive areas like Seoul you will find that your money does not go as far, but with the subsidized housing many English teachers in Korea are able to save up to $20,000 a year.