UK TEFL Qualifications and Requirements to Teach English Abroad. Want to work your way around the world? Teaching TEFL English overseas with Teflen. Choose from many English teaching jobs and our amazing programs that empower you to create a personal environment in teaching English abroad.

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If enough thought is put in before travel, learning to teach English can be the ultimate tool for people
going overseas, you can live a lifetime of experiences in just a few years

So you have your teaching qualifications, now where do you want to teach? Some teachers already have an idea of where they would like to go, however other teachers there may be too many options. Feel free to have a look at our Country Profiles, and you’ll find one to suit your idea of an enjoyable overseas opportunityteach english abroad jobs.

Which countries would suit someone like you? We know everyone is unique, but trends show…

• Southern parts of Europe are popular among English and Irish teachers.

• Korea and Vietnam are more popular among teachers from North America.
• Australian teachers usually go to either South Korea or Thailand.
• China is a welcome destination for almost all teachers.

Traveling overseas as a way to learn to teach English is a popular choice for many people starting out in the industry.

Every country and culture is different, so it is important to do some research before travelling. Learning about the local language and education system is a must. There is a massive variation between schools around the world. Be prepared to be treated differently due to your foreign status. Some of this attention can be positive, sometimes it isn’t

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While the decision ultimately comes down to you, there are a number of factors which may make a difference to your choice of destination. These include:

Depending on the legal requirements of the country that you are wishing to visit, it may be required that you come from a native English speaking country. For visa purposes, these are usually considered to be: New Zealand and Australia, South Africa, UK and Northern Ireland, Canada and the USA. In some countries, this will not be a work requirement but would obviously be preferred.

When job searching, communication skills are usually much more important than grammatical knowledge. Non-native speakers can sometimes find work by being highly fluent in English.

It is sometimes a visa requirement that applicants for teaching visas have a university degree. In some countries the degree must be a four year bachelor’s degree, in others a two year associate’s degree is enough. Other countries will accept teachers without degrees. This being said, it is definitely better to hold a degree.

This is the most typical combination of certificates that TESOL - TEFL teachers possess. It is needed for most jobs worldwide and considered a bare minimum for higher end jobs. Be sure to check the requirements before accepting a contract.

While not a factor in some countries, cultural norms and other work requirements mean that sometimes age is important to consider. Some schools won’t hire teachers who are over the age of 55. In other cases the age might be limited to 40. However, there are plenty of countries which take teachers well into their 70’s.

As with these other factors, the length of work contracts and conditions varies between countries. In some cases, Korea and Vietnam for example, 12 month contracts are standard. European contracts are usually a few months shorter, 9 or 10 months. In other cases, you can find employment on a six month contract. If you truly do a good job as a teacher and enjoy what you do, you can usually find ways to continue your employment.

Having a university degree is key to finding the best jobs in different countries. However, there still remain a world of options for teachers who have not obtained degrees. TEFL - TESOL teachers who which to find work, but have not actually completed university can supplement this with experience. In many cases, real world experience and excellent communication skills can often count for more than academic achievement.

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Where do the most teachers find work? Private language schools, after school academies, cram schools, and language institutes are all names for the types of school that provides the most work to English language teachers worldwide. Class sizes and ages vary from country to country, but are usually set up to accommodate foreign language teachers. They can be demanding, as they are usually private businesses. Generally you have to have a minimum 100 hour course certificate or greater to find employment with these to schools. They are very attractive to new teachers as they usually have other foreign teachers who are usually happy to help.


In public schools, foreign teachers usually hold secondary positions as assistant or partner teachers with native teachers. They usually have lower hours per week, and longer holidays, and in some cases you will be offered medical insurance and airfare reimbursement. In most cases a work visa is required to work in a public school as well as a completed bachelor’s degree from a native English speaking country. As these jobs are highly popular, it often takes more planning, jobs should be organised 4-8 months in advance. They usually also face stricter visa restrictions. Classes range in size, usually between 20-30 students.


Teachers looking for shorter work contracts can sometimes find work in summer camps in Europe or Asia. They usually offer 4-6 contracts in language orientated camps for elementary and middle school aged children. While experience is preferred, it is not usually a prerequisite. Having some kind of TEFL/TESOL certificate is highly beneficial. Summer camps can be a great way to travel and teach for a shorter period of time.


Once a teacher has gained some experience, it can be possible to find work in universities. This often requires a serious commitment to a career in TESOL and then more qualifications a teacher has, the better. Generally the work provides more benefits and more interesting work opportunities.


Many teachers use private tutoring as a way to supplement the pay from their regular jobs. While it is frowned upon in some circumstances, teachers can sometimes double their pay by teaching private lessons in their free time.


Business English is more common in certain countries and tends to attract a specific type of teacher. They are usually hired directly by a business or sponsored. Generally teachers are hired to provide ongoing English lessons to staff, but it is also common to be hired for a specific project or group of staff. They usually require teachers with a mature attitude and a business background is a plus.

English for Specific Purposes, also commonly known as ESP refers to teaching English related to a particular language outcome, or a particular subject. Business English is just one example of ESP, while others include academic English in a range of subjects, hospitality and service industry as well as education pathways. If a teacher finds a niche of language they enjoy teaching, these positions can be very lucrative.


While some jobs are catered toward teachers who want to make money as well as travel, if you are willing to provide your services as a volunteer, the experience can be rewarding in many other ways. Developing nations are desperate for English teachers and native speaking volunteers for humanitarian projects. These are usually shorter jobs, from as short as one week or two months.


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The most common place to find international work as an English teacher is obviously over the internet. Worldwide, over 20000 TESOL - TEFL jobs are listed monthly. While agents also sell their services to teachers, they make the majority of their money from schools. A teacher should never hire an agent to represent them. A wise teacher will do some research on the country they wish to visit before travel and find their best option. If a job stands out as being too good to be true, then it probably is. Our advice is to learn as much as you can about the country, school and job you are going to before you commit.

Prepare your documents.

Cover Letter

CV or Resume


The most important things to remember when preparing a cover letter for a job application are keeping it relevant and succinct. Keep it simple, to the point and don’t forget that the reader might not be fluent in English.

The main points to cover are:
The reason for writing the letter
When and where you saw the ad
What makes you specifically suited for the job
Why you want to work for this specific company
Politely request consideration for the position


Dear Mr Pham,

My name is Ryan Steadman and I am writing to apply for the position of TEFL instructor at "Capital English Language Club" which I saw advertised on the Teflen Job Board on the 19th November, 2013.

I have recently completed my degree in English Education from the University of Victoria. Since graduation I have completed a 120 hour Advanced Certificate in TEFL from TEFLEN College. I also spent some time in my holidays learning Thai language in a vocational training class. This has been a huge step forward for me personally.

Thailand has always been a country that I would love to visit. I am fascinated by Thai culture and history. If you offer me the position, I would do my utmost to fulfil all your expectations as a worker. I have a passion for English education.

I have researched your company and although it is a relatively new school, it has provided high quality English language to many young people. You teach students who will grow up to use their English skills to improve their standard of living. It would be my please to work for such an important company.


Ryan Steadman

As with your cover letter, attempt to keep your CV as short and to the point as possible. Your employer doesn’t need to study your life story, just get a general picture of the type of teacher you would be. Be sure to cover your relevant work history, education and any specific skills which would be pertinent to the position. If possible, touch on the points the employer has mentioned in their advertisement.


John Smith
- EFL Teacher

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John Smith

Date of Birth
4th January 1984

123 Street Name
State & Country
Post/Zip Code


028 12345678




John is degree educated and a hard working qualified EFL Teacher. He is committed to excellence and will always be supportive of a schools aims, agreed teaching styles, methods of assessment and other policies.  John has created lessons for a variety of levels from pre-intermediate to advanced, he will encourage curiosity and will motivate your students.  John is patient and kind with excellent communication skills and a solid understanding of strong lesson planning and classroom management.





Tefl Certificate.
Master Course,
Teflen Training College.

Bachelor of Arts (Major: Writing)
Macquarie University,

CPR Certified
HCMS Health.






Edmundston Elementary School, Sydney. (Teaching Assistant)
Assisted the teaching staff at EES by preparing lessons in English, History, and Geography.
Corrected assignments and provided reports to each teacher on the grades achieved by each class.
Assisted course tutors in the preparation of lessons for individual tutoring sessions.
Co-ordinated presentations and demonstrations as part of the teaching curriculum.

Jackson Writing Centre. Sydney. (Instructor)
Conduct writing conferences with students.
Identify weaknesses in development and style.
Guide writers in solving problems.
Learned valuable interpersonal communication skills by collaborating with students from many fields.

Freelance Tutor (Teacher)
Tutoring high school students in English.





MicrosoftWord, Access, PowerPoint and Excel. Macromedia Dreamweaver and AdobePhotoshop.


Japanese language and culture, sport and outdoor activities.


Stephen Williams
Teflen Training College
(+612) 12345678


Profesor Andrew Roberts
English Department
Macquarie University
(+612) 12345678