Jobs that pay you to teach English abroad are incredible. Not only are you able to travel longterm, but you also get paid for it!

But where to look for these jobs?

Some people apply through recruiting agencies, who are supposed to find positions for you, and some REALLY spontaneous travelers simply buy a one-way ticket to whatever country they want to teach in, and look for jobs there.

But if you’re overwhelmed by the idea of potentially falling into a scam or not ever finding a job on your own, there is another option!

Several countries have completely legitimate (often government-run) programs put in place to employ international English teachers.

Moving to a new country where you may not know the language or the customs is stressful enough.

Apply through these programs to teach English abroad with the peace of mind that you have a legitimate job waiting for you!

12 Legitimate Programs that Pay You to Teach English Abroad

Do you want to teach English abroad, but don't know where to look? Here are 12 completely legitimate programs that will pay you to teach English abroad!

South Korea

Korea’s government-run programs are rather similar to one another (excluding TaLK), and all 4 programs have INCREDIBLE benefits. They include furnished housing, roundtrip airfare, and medical insurance.

Typing this out makes me want to move to South Korea, like, yesterday.

A main difference between these programs lies in where they place their teachers.

EPIK places teachers all across South Korea, GEPIK places teachers ONLY in the province of Gyeonggi, SMOE places teachers around Seoul, and TaLK places teachers in rural areas throughout South Korea.

Do you want to teach English abroad, but don't know where to look? Here are 12 completely legitimate programs that will pay you to teach English abroad!

1. English Program in Korea (EPIK)

  • Contract Period: 1 year
  • Hours Per Week: 22 teaching hours
  • Pay Per Month: 2M KRW
  • Eligibility Requirements: native citizen of an English-speaking country, Bachelor’s degree, TEFL certified (unless your Bachelor’s is in English, Education, or Linguistics), no criminal record, good physical/mental health, younger than 62
  • Application Deadline: between February and July (if starting in September), or between August and January (if starting in March)

NOTE: If you want to learn more about TEFL certification, head over to 13 Jobs that Pay You to Travel.

2. Gyeonggi English Program in Korea (GEPIK)

  • Contract Period: 1 year
  • Hours Per Week: 22 teaching hours
  • Pay Per Month: 2M KRW
  • Eligibility Requirements: native citizen of an English-speaking country, Bachelor’s degree, TEFL certified (unless your Bachelor’s is in English, Education, or Linguistics), no criminal record, good physical/mental health, younger than 62
  • Application Deadline: between February and July (if starting in September), or between August and January (if starting in March)

3. Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE)

  • Contract Period: 1 year
  • Hours Per Week: 22 teaching hours
  • Pay Per Month: 2M KRW
  • Eligibility Requirements: native citizen of an English-speaking country, Bachelor’s degree, TEFL certified (unless your Bachelor’s is in English, Education, or Linguistics), no criminal record, good physical/mental health, younger than 62
  • Application Deadline: between February and July (if starting in September), or between August and January (if starting in March)

4. Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK)

Unlike the rest of Korea’s programs, TaLK is considered a government-service scholarship rather than a job. Although you technically don’t receive a wage, you are awarded a stipend.

Long story short, you’re still getting money.

  • Contract Period: 6 months-1 year
  • Hours Per Week: 15
  • Pay Per Month: 1.5M KRW
  • Eligibility Requirements: native citizen of an English-speaking country, Associate’s degree or enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree (3rd year or higher), TEFL certified (unless you have a Bachelor’s in Education or at least 1 year of TaLK experience)
  • Application Deadline: between January and June (if starting in August), or between July and December (if starting in February)

Japan

Do you want to teach English abroad, but don't know where to look? Here are 12 completely legitimate programs that will pay you to teach English abroad!

5.  Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET)

JET’s Assistant Language Teachers are placed all throughout Japan. Since this job title is Assistant Language Teacher, you’re not expected to conduct class on your own.

Instead, you will be assisting the main teacher.

In terms of benefits, JET provides round-trip airfare, (usually) subsidized housing, medical insurance, a visa, and a residence card. The program also offers a FREE Japanese language course!

  • Contract Period: 1 year
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Pay Per Month: 280,000 Japanese yen before taxes (for 1st-year teachers)
  • Eligibility Requirements: be interested in Japan/Japanese education system, mentally/physically healthy, Bachelor’s degree OR certification to teach in elementary or secondary schools, native citizen of English-speaking country, interested in working with children
  • Application Deadline: October to November

(P.S. To find out more about what it’s like to teach in Japan, check out this exclusive interview with an English teacher in…you guessed it…Japan.)

France

Do you want to teach English abroad, but don't know where to look? Here are 12 completely legitimate programs that will pay you to teach English abroad!

6. Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF)

This is the government-run organization that I applied to for my (amazing) experience in France. TAPIF places English Teaching Assistants all throughout the country (although you can specify your top 3 preferred regions).

And like the JET program, you’re an assistant, not a teacher. But unlike the JET program, it’s very possible that you could be teaching in your own classroom.

For example, I would come up with my own lesson plans (literally whatever I wanted to teach), and take about half of an already established English class to my own classroom.

After half of the class period was over, I would then take the other half of the students, and teach them the same lesson.

Your experience will very much depend on the school you’re placed in.

Through TAPIF, you are guaranteed medical insurance and a visa (sadly no airfare or housing).

  • Contract Period: 7 months
  • Hours Per Week: 12
  • Pay Per Month: 790 euros
  • Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizens or permanent residents, 20 to 35 years old, at least 3 years of higher education completed (including community college), native English speaker, intermediate French proficiency
  • Application Deadline: January

(Since TAPIF doesn’t cover airfare, head over to 12 Ways to Find the Cheapest Flight Possible to lower the cost by hundreds.)

Spain

Along with South Korea, Spain seems to have the most extensive list of English programs, which all cover medical insurance.

The job title for these programs is in some shape or form an English Language Assistant. Like JET, this means that you should be assisting in the classroom, rather than teaching independently.

Do you want to teach English abroad, but don't know where to look? Here are 12 completely legitimate programs that will pay you to teach English abroad!

7. North American Language and Culture Assistants Program

Aka Auxiliares de Conversación

This is probably the most popular teaching abroad program in Spain. Auxiliares (as it’s commonly referred to) places its teachers all throughout the country, although you can list your top regional preferences.

  • Contract Period: 8 months (Madrid: 9 months)
  • Hours Per Week: 12 (Madrid: 16)
  • Pay Per Month: 700 euros (Madrid: 1000 euros)
  • Eligibility Requirements: 3rd year or above in college OR Bachelor’s degree, clean background check, physically/mentally healthy, U.S. or Canadian passport, English (or French, for Canadians) as a 1st language
  • Application Deadline: January to April (although you will want to apply ASAP, since applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis)

8. Multilingual Education Development and Support (MEDDEAS)

Like Auxiliares, MEDDEAS places its teachers all throughout Spain. (Again, you can state your preferences during the application process.)

  • Contract Period: 6-10 months
  • Hours Per Week: 20
  • Pay Per Month: 300-400 euros (if living with a host family), 890 euros (if NOT living with a host family)
  • Eligibility Requirements: Bachelor’s degree (within the past 4 years) OR university student OR gap year, native English speaker
  • Application Deadline: Not Specified

9. Unión Cooperativa de Enseñanza de Trabajo Asociado de Madrid (UCETAM)

UCETAM is particular in that it only places its teachers throughout the Community of Madrid. It’s important to note that the Community of Madrid is different from the City of Madrid (which is inside the Community).

This means that you may not be placed in the actual city.

  • Contract Period: 9 months
  • Hours Per Week: 18-26
  • Pay Per Month: 1000-1400 euros
  • Eligibility Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, passport from country of origin, native English speaker, no criminal record
  • Application Deadline: January to February

10. Bilingual English Development and Assessment Program (BEDA)

BEDA places its teachers exclusively in Catholic schools, mostly throughout the Community of Madrid. However, there are a few placements in other regions as well.

NOTE: You do not need to be Catholic to qualify for this program.

  • Contract Period: 9 months
  • Hours Per Week: 18-24
  • Pay Per Month: 900-1200 euros
  • Eligibility Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, native English speaker
  • Application Deadline: December to January

Italy

Do you want to teach English abroad, but don't know where to look? Here are 12 completely legitimate programs that will pay you to teach English abroad!

11. Study, Intercultural Training and Experience Program (SITE)

Like most of the programs listed above, SITE covers your medical insurance. This program places its teachers exclusively throughout the region of Lombardy.

  • Contract Period: 8 months
  • Hours Per Week: 12 teaching hours
  • Pay Per Month: 700 euros
  • Eligibility Requirements: Bachelor’s degree (3.25 cumulative GPA), recently graduated, intermediate Italian proficiency
  • Application Deadline: March

Georgia

Do you want to teach English abroad, but don't know where to look? Here are 12 completely legitimate programs that will pay you to teach English abroad!

12. Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG)

First thing’s first, I’m talking about the European country, not the American state. You’d be surprised how many people mess that up.

Although TLG pays its teachers considerably less than prior programs, it covers roundtrip airfare and medical insurance.

  • Contract Period: 10 months
  • Hours Per Week: 28 (includes lesson planning and mandatory 3 hours of teaching host family at home)
  • Pay Per Month: 400 GEL (if living with a host family); 500 GEL (if NOT living with a host family)
  • Eligibility Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in education, didactics, linguistics, or related discipline OR Bachelor’s degree in any discipline and teaching experience OR final year of study in listed disciplines above, native English speaker, no criminal record, physically/mentally healthy
  • Application Deadline: Not Specified

TAKEAWAY

If you want to teach English abroad but don’t know where to begin, take a look at these completely legitimate programs:

  1. English Program in Korea (EPIK)
  2. Gyeonggi English Program in Korea (GEPIK)
  3. Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE)
  4. Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK)
  5. Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET)
  6. Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF)
  7. North American Language and Culture Assistants Program (aka Auxiliares de Conversación)
  8. Multilingual Education Development and Support (MEDDEAS)
  9. Unión Cooperativa de Enseñanza de Trabajo Asociado de Madrid (UCETAM)
  10. Bilingual English Development and Assessment Program (BEDA)
  11. Study, Intercultural Training and Experience Program (SITE)
  12. Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG)

For more ideas on how to fund your travels abroad, look into 13 Jobs that Pay You to Travel. Teaching English abroad isn’t the only option!


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