Traveling the world is one of the best ways to grow as a person. Experiencing other cultures and languages is a great way to open your mind and be able to learn some unexpected life lessons.
It does take staying in one place for a while to be able to properly absorb those life lessons, however. Which means that a vacation is not going to cut it. You need to stay a while and actually live and work there.
Luckily, teaching English is a great way to be able to do this and actually get paid to be there. It could be a gap year or you could actually try to make a living out of it if you so choose.
In this article, we will go over some of the best countries where you can live and teach English.
1 – South Korea
If you want to experience a foregin culture completely different than your own but still enjoy good infrastructure and modern living then South Korea is an ideal destination. It is one of the most digital countries in the world with a very high quality grid and infrastructure.
The culture is still very traditional even though the country is so highly developed. This is good for a foreigner as it means good English teaching opportunities. In fact, native English teachers are so highly sought out that the pay is actually very good. For many, it proves to be very lucrative.
In addition, there are also a lot of other incentives such as subsidized housing and bonuses. You may want to find out if the school pays for health insurance. If not then you will have to find a private provider for your health insurance in South Korea.
Korean food is very good and extremely healthy but there is no lack of Western food available if it is too different for your tastes. Travel around Korea is great as there is a high speed rail. It is also located well to visit other countries in Asia.
2 – Spain
Another very popular country in which people are clamoring to teach English is Spain. The laid back life is hard to resist. The weather, the food and the friendly people make it a top destination.
There is a lot of demand for English teachers, but there is also a lot of competition due to its proximity to England. And, to be honest, the pay is not usually that great. You can often subsidize your low salary by doing private lessons, however.
Your best bet is to get away from the major cities like Barcelona and Madrid and focus on smaller cities that are less served by foreign, native speakers.
The benefits here are many from the ability to travel quickly and cheaply throughout Europe to the beaches and mountains to explore closer to your home. The cost of living is also quite low when you get out of the large cities.