Teaching Abroad

The majority of teaching positions overseas are for English teachers.  Teaching English abroad offers a range of options for longer-term work abroad.   Many positions require nothing more than being a native speaker of English.

The programs below provide opportunities to teach English abroad without teaching credentials as well as other opportunities.  Most offer a salary and some offer accommodation and/or insurance.  For more detailed information about teaching English overseas including an explanation of the TEFL credential, read Teaching Abroad Without Certification.

Also check Wesleyan's Office of International Students for their list of teaching abroad programs.


AEON - A well-established program providing ESL teachers for Japan.
AIDE (Association of International Development and Exchange) - Teaching programs in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru China and Spain.  Accommodations, meals and salary vary.
Austrian Fulbright Commission - Financed by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, this program provides U.S. university graduates with opportunities to work as English teaching assistants.  U.S. teaching assistants are assigned to one or two Austrian secondary schools and required to assist teachers of English in classroom instruction 12 hours per week.  Applicants should have at least a Bachelor's degree and be interested in careers in education.  Working knowledge of German required.
Central European Teaching Program - Placements for school year in Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and other Central European countries. Must have bachelor's degree; all degrees are welcome. Experience teaching ESL or other subject preferred. Teachers of English, History, Literature, Creative Writing, French, German, Social Studies and American Culture are needed.  Instruction in English. Housing, salary and basic health insurance provided.
China Education Initiative - CEI is an innovative nonprofit organization taking a unique approach to eliminating educational inequity in China by enlisting the U.S. and China's most promising future leaders in the effort.
CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) - Teach abroad programs offered in Chile, China, Spain and Thailand.  Bachelor’s degree, English language fluency and teaching experience required. Spanish language skills required for Spain and Chile.  Monthly stipend and insurance provided.  Accommodations provided in some programs.
French Teaching Assistantship Program – French Embassy - Program of the French Ministry of Education.  More than 1,500 teaching assistant positions are offered in French primary and secondary schools.  Job involves 12 hours of English conversation classes per week.  Basic French proficiency required.  Monthly salary. Position is from October to April. Application deadlines in December, January, and February. Early applications encouraged.
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships - One-year positions available in Argentina, Belgium and Luxembourg, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey.  See Wesleyan’s Fulbright Advisor, Dr. Krishna Winston. Deadline for currently enrolled students is mid-September.
International Teaching Advantage - ITA is a company that helps people find teaching positions in China.
Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)
Article:  Teaching English in Japan with the JET Exchange Program
Tips for Applying for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program 
Language Corps - Training and placement assistance.  Program fees vary by country.
Peace Corps - Education is the Peace Corps' largest program area.  Volunteers teach English in middle and high schools.  U.S. citizens only.
Princeton in Asia - Teaching fellowship program that places approximately 115 full-year teaching fellows in Cambodia, China/Hong Kong East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.  Salary, insurance and housing provided.  Asian language ability is not a prerequisite.
Teaching English in France as an Assistant
The American-Scandinavian Foundation - Teach English as a foreign language in Finnish kindergartens, schools, colleges, private and public institutions.
World Teach - Program places volunteer teachers in developing countries. Based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University,

Featured resources
BigDaikon - Website for past, present and future JETs (members of the Japan Exchange and Teaching program) to meet, chat, discuss issues, share problems and solutions.
Dave’s E.S.L. Café - Highly recommended resource for teaching English as a second language.  Job databases.
Search Associates - Placement service for teaching  English abroad.
Teaching English Abroad Without Certification - Lists U.S.-based programs for teaching abroad that do not require professional T.E.S.L. credentials