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Top 5 TEFL Destinations with the Best Beaches

TEFL Certificate? Check. Passport? Check. Teaching job in a country with beaches that will act as a backdrop for every selfie you post, making friends back home green with envy? No check? Really? Then let us tell you about our Top 5 TEFL Destinations with…you’ve guessed it..the Best Beaches.


The perfect weekend break in Thailand

If you visited a different beach for every weekend of your time teaching abroad, you still might not see all the white sand Thailand has to offer. Add into the mix a vibrant party scene and mouth-watering food and you’ll see why Thailand has become a firm favourite on the map.

The biggest demand for teachers is in the big cities like Bangkok but there are still options for teaching on the islands like Koh Samui. All you’ll need is a degree, your TEFL certificate and a pair of flip flops!


Brazil beach

With both the Lopes Mendes Beach and the Baia do Sancho voted in Trip Advisor’s top 25 beaches of the world in 2013, Brazil has no shortage of beautiful vistas. In fact, you can choose from over 9,000 Kilometres of beach.

And the demand for English teachers is almost as great. Like any country that experiences strong economic growth, Brazil also needs more and more teachers to help their population speak the current language of business.

If you’re looking through our Free TEFL Jobs Board you may be forgiven for thinking that there aren’t that many positions out there, but don’t be fooled. Most of the jobs in Brazil are not widely advertised so you will have most success by getting yourself out there and knocking on doors in person. Oh, and fitting in a bit of sunbathing in between job interviews!

Bali, Indonesia

gili islands beach

This idyllic island is well known as a tourist destination – with people flocking from all over the world to kick back and relax on the white sands. And where better to mark your students’ work?!

It won’t come as a shock to know that competition for teaching positions is fierce. As well as a degree you’ll also probably need at least a year’s teaching experience – but the payoff is worth it! You’ll experience a low cost of living so your salary will stretch a long way. And to top it off, Indonesia is the home of Nasi Goreng – pretty much one of the tastiest dishes on the planet!


Think gold sands, blue seas, green palms and you’ve got it. Mexico beaches are pure perfection. And it doesn’t just end with the beaches. If you teach English in this culturally rich country you will have an unforgettable experience.

The salary may seem a little low but so is the cost of living so you should be able to live comfortably. And like Brazil, there’s a high demand for teachers so whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro, you’ll be able to find teaching work.


beach in spain

With more than 8,000 Kilometres of coastline to choose from, you’ll find plenty of places to stretch out by the shores of the Atlantic or Mediterranean sea.

For many first time TEFL teachers, summer camps are a popular option as are the numerous entry-level positions at schools across the country. English lessons are compulsory in all state schools so there is demand for teachers in pretty much every town and city.

The average salary for a new teacher working in Spain is around €1,000 to €1,400 (US$1,300 to US$1,835) a month, depending on where you’re teaching and who you’re working.

If sun and sand are your thing now you know where teaching abroad could take you. So get your certificate, pack your suntan lotion and get out there. We can’t wait to see those exotic selfies!!

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