Asia TEFL Job Markets


The job market for English teachers in East and Southeast Asia is the largest in the world. Most of these nations are highly industrialized and economically strong with large populations, enormous middle classes and a high demand for education. There are hundreds of thousands of jobs in public and private language schools. Click on the countries below to learn specific requirements and details.

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS preferred, not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $700 - $1,000 (2,835,000 - 4,000,000 KHR)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $450 - $600 (1,822500 - 2,430,000 KHR)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $700 - $1,000 (2,835,000 - 4,000,000 KHR)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS preferred, not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance & face-to-face
  • Visa: Work visa or tourist visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Free or subsidy provided
  • Reimbursed Airfare Yes
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 - 1,500 (6,475 - 9,715 RMB)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $600 - $800 (3,705 - 4,940 RMB)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $950 - $1,900 (6,000 - 12,000 RMB)

Can save $400 - 1,000 per month

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare Sometimes
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $2,000 - 3,000 (15,500 - 23,250 HKD)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $2,300 - 5,000 (17,825 - 38,750 HKD)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $2,300 - 3,000 (17,825 - 23,250 HKD)

Can save $500 - 600 per month

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare Sometimes
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $600 - 1,000 (7,860,000 - 13,095,000 IDR)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $550 - 900 (6,950,000 - 11,580,000 IDR)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $700 - 1,100 (9,264,000 - 13,896,000 IDR)

Can save $250 - 300 per month

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: In the U.S., 6 months in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Some free housing or subsidy
  • Reimbursed Airfare No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $2,600 - 4,200 (280,080 – 468,000 JPY)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $1,660 - 2,600 (185,195 - 288,080 JPY)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $2,250 - 2,600 (250,000 - 288,080 JPY)

Can save $600 - 800 per month

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $900 - 1,800 (3,650 – 7,300 MRY)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $900 - 1,800 (3,650 – 7,300 MRY)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,200 - 2,300 (4,850 - 9,350 MRY)

Can save $300 - 600 per month

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $2,100 - 3,000 (2,800 - 4,000 SGD)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $2,100 - 2,500 (2,800 - 3,400 SGD)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $2,400 - 3,000 (3,250 – 4,000 SGD)

Can save $300 - 500 per month

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Free or subsidy provided
  • Reimbursed Airfare Some round-trip, most one-way
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $700 - 1,000 (814,000 -1,161,000 KRW)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $600 - 900 (721,900 - 1,031,280 KRW)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,550 - 2,000 (1,800,000 - 2,300,000 KRW)

Can save $1,000 per month

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: After Lunar (Chinese) New Year & July - August
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 - 1,400 (32,300 – 45,200 TWD)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $935 - 1,300 (30,085 - 42,120 TWD)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,300 - 2,000 (42,120 - 63,000 TWD)

Can save $500 - 600 per month

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: May and November
  • Interview Procedure: Mostly face-to-face; some phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $750 - 1,100 (26,000 – 38,300 THB)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $500 - 750 (17,500 – 26,000 THB)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $850 - 1,000 (30,000 – 35,000 THB)

Can save $150 - 250 per month

InterExchange's Teach English Thailand program includes free housing and participants who begin in May and commit to two semesters also receive a completion bonus of 20,000 THB!

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Mostly face-to-face; rarely phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to work visa or work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,050 - 1,350 (23,347,315 – 30,000,000 VND)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $850 - 900 (14,864,500 – 20,000,000 VND)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,150 - 1,700 (25,482,000 - 38,223,000 VND)

Can save $500 - 600 per month

InterExchange's Teach English Vietnam program includes free housing and up to $1,500 for flight reimbursement.

NOTE:

For the most up-to-date exchange rates check out xe.com.

Start-up costs are estimates in a country for housing, food and expenses until receiving your first paycheck, which is typically 30 days after start of contract.

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