In light of the recent changes to the online TEFL industry in China, I have removed all China-based companies and replaced them with companies based elsewhere. That way, you can have more confidence in the longevity of your career. Most reputable English language institutions will require their teachers to hold a TEFL qualification. TEFL is an acronym for Teach English as a Foreign Language. Other acronyms for English instruction certifications are TESL (Teach English as a Second Language), TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages), and CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). Once you have become a TEFL teacher, you open up a new world of opportunities. Enjoy being paid to travel to and teach in distant lands, or work abroad from the comfort of your home! The choice is yours!

You don’t have an English instruction certification? No problem! Just head to the Get Certified section. There, you’ll find course offerings from reputable institutions. If you’re already TEFL certified, you can check out the jobs listed below or check out this list of ESL companies that are not based in China.


English courses are in high demand all over the world. Many refer to English as the language of business. Learning English opens the doors to jobs and opportunities for people in developing countries. In becoming a TEFL teacher, you will be helping to improve the quality of life of your students.

Become An Online TEFL Teacher

Consider online TEFL jobs if you desire location independence and flexible scheduling while sharing your culture and the English language.

Do you speak a language fluently? Or, are you great at painting? Great! Get paid to teach it. Be your own boss. Set your own hours and prices. Tutor students from all over the world. Tutors make, on average, $15 to $25 per hour with Preply. The platform offers lessons in more than 100 subjects You don’t need certification or teaching experience to apply.

Cambly has two sections. One is for adults and pays $0.17 per minute. The other section, Cambly Kids, is for children ages 4-15 and pays $0.20 per minute. Pay is weekly.

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Teach English to a global community of students. Skimatalk offers tutors flexible scheduling and location independence. Minimum of $16 per hour, set your own rates. For more information, contact the Skimatalk team at

italki offers positions for licensed teachers and informal tutors. Licensed teachers earn from $10 to $80 per lesson. Community tutors earn from $5 to $80 per lesson.

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Earn an average of $50 per hour teaching on the Outschool platform. choose your own schedule and teach your own curriculum. Teach languages or any other subject you’re passionate about.

Become A TEFL Teacher Abroad

Teaching abroad gives you the opportunity to give back to society and immerse yourself in a new culture. Though not comprehensive, this list of companies offers a starting point..

Photo of my TEFL teacher experience at Hwa Gang River.
I snapped some cool photos at the Snail Festival along the Hwa Gang river in Cheorwon.

Footprints Recruiting– The recruiters at Footprints Recruiting helped me find a teaching position in South Korea. The Footprints staff are professional yet down-to-earth. My recruiter kept in constant contact during the job application process, making sure I had everything I needed to get the job.

Teach Away– Teach Away has a huge selection of teaching jobs and travel opportunities to choose from. After completing your profile, you can apply for jobs with just the click of a button.

GoAbroad– From studying abroad to teaching abroad, find the travel program of your dreams through this travel search engine. GoAbroad has thousands of programs to choose from. Find the one that’s perfect for you.

Get Certified

Build credibility and improve your chances of getting the job you want with a TEFL or TESOL certificate.

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TEFL Pros gives you individualized support while you pursue your TEFL certification. Afterward, you receive assistance with finding the perfect TEFL opportunity. You can even try it for FREE!

Take advantage of quality courses at a great value with ITTT. After completing your certification, ITTT will assist you in finding an online position or an exciting job abroad!

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The TEFL Academy offers quality courses and a wealth of resources. Hang out in the online TEFL Learning Center to read blogs and browse useful resources to help you before, during, and after your certification journey.

Let’s TEFL offers a one-stop experience where you can find all the information you need to become a TEFL teacher, get certified, and receive job placement services.

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As you embark on your journey to become a TEFL teacher, be aware that there are some foul characters out there. Find out what red flags to look for in my post about TEFL scams.

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