If the classroom experience sparks your interest, perhaps you should consider teaching abroad. For native English speakers, teaching abroad ranks as one of the most accessible and popular options for paid or inexpensive long-term stays overseas. As an English teacher, your students could range from third-graders to successful local professionals. The classroom setting allows for considerable cultural immersion. As students learn the English language, you also absorb a great amount of the local culture.
CIEE- Council on International Educational Exchange Teach Abroad
CIEE offers teaching programs in Chile, China, Vietnam, Spain, Thailand, South Korea, and the Dominican Republic. Positions are paid and offer university graduates the opportunity to become immersed in a foreign culture.
Benefits: TEFL certification, medical and travel insurance, teaching salary, in-country orientation
WorldTeach provides volunteer teaching positions in developing countries in order to improve local communities and foster global citizenship. Year-long, summer, or semester programs are available in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Micronesia, Tanzania, Namibia, Vietnam, China, Costa Rica, Poland, South Africa, and many more!
Benefits: TEFL certification, monthly stipend, accommodations
JET- The Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme
The JET Programme promotes international exchange and foreign education by placing graduates in local government and language education roles to connect Japanese citizens with JET participants. Positions include Assistant Language Teachers, Coordinators for international Relations, and Sports Exchange Advisors.
Benefits: Health benefits, vacation and travel opportunities, ¥3.36 million salary for first year (~$34,000)
TaLK- Teach and Learn in Korea
Teach and Learn in Korea is a government funded program that allows participants to live and teach in South Korea for 6 months or 1 year. The program supports public English language education in rural South Korea.
Benefits: Health insurance coverage, accommodations, a round-trip flight ticket, KRW 1,500,000 monthly stipend (~$1400), and cultural field trips http://www.talk.go.kr
HKEDU promotes English education throughout Hong Kong by placing teachers from overseas in local schools. For a position as an Oral English Teacher, a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree is required, as well as a TEFL, TESOL, or Cambridge UCLES CELTA certification.
Benefits: visa assistance, orientation and training, 32 days of paid holiday during the year, shared accommodation or housing allowance
Teach and Learn with Georgia
This program was created in order to reform the educational system in the nation of Georgia. Teachers are placed in the nine regions of the country in order to promote the sharing of customs and cultural interaction while teaching English.
Benefits: round trip airline ticket to/from Georgia, medical insurance, housing, mobile phone, orientation training, 625 Georgian Lari monthly stipend (~$380)