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Three Places Where You Can Teach English Without A Degree

China

The Great Wall of China

Looking to teach English overseas? Don’t have a degree? Not a problem!

Even though a growing number of countries require a university degree in order to qualify for a working visa, there are still a few great destinations where you can find work TEFL work without a degree.

 1: China

With around 400 million learners, China is by far the biggest TEFL jobs market on the planet, and whilst some employers specify a degree – many don’t. It’s also worth mentioning that local government regulations change all the time over in China, so it’s probably best to check with individual employers before applying.

How Much Can You Earn Teaching English In China?

Obviously how much you can earn depends on how much training you’ve had and if you have any previous experience. If you have a recognised TEFL certificate and no previous experience you can expect to earn around £800 a month, though this can rise to £1300 a month if you have a few years experience. Many employers also help with accommodation, visa applications and flights.

Top Places To Teach English Without A Degree In China

Beijing

Beijing is China’s capital and the country’s main centre for international business. There are loads of TEFL jobs and a large and very sociable ex-pat community that will make the transition to living and teaching English in China that little easier.

Shanghai

Shanghai is considered by many people to be the most important financial and commercial centre in mainland China. So there are a good number of TEFL jobs to be found in schools and language institutes, as well as lots of opportunities to teach business English.

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2: Europe

If you’re a UK or Irish citizen you can work anywhere within the European Union without any legal constraints or visa requirements. English is the language of tourism so many of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations such as France, Spain, Italy and Greece require a constant stream of TEFL qualified teachers to meet the demand.

Take a look at TEFL jobs in Europe

How Much Can You Earn Teaching English In Europe?

That depends on which country or city you’re working in, how much experience you have and what level of TEFL certification you’ve achieved. Due to the high levels of competition in Spain and France, you may struggle to get the better TEFL jobs without a degree, but you should still be able to find entry-level and summer camp positions. If you’re willing to go a little further afield to places like Russia, the Czech Republic and Poland, you should be able to get better positions… and the lower cost of living means that your wages will go much further.

Top Places To Teach English Without A Degree In Europe

Spain

Skyline of Segovia, Spain

Spain

Despite huge competition, Spain is regularly at the top of the list when people think of teaching English in Europe. Competition is fierce in places like Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, but if you’re happy to work in less glamourous destinations there are plenty of TEFL jobs in Spain for people without degrees.

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 Russia

Russia is fast becoming one of the world’s leading TEFL destinations, and the number of TEFL jobs has shot through the roof in recent years. The wages aren’t as high as you can expect in Spain or France, but the cost of living and the competition is much lower.

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3: South America

 Teaching English in South America is a great way for people without university degrees to gain experience and improve their teaching CV. More experienced TEFLers can find work in countries like Mexico, Costa Rica and Brazil, while TEFL newbies can find opportunities in less developed places like Peru, Ecuador and Chile.

Take a look at TEFL jobs in South America

How Much Can You Earn Teaching English In South America

Nobody goes to teach English in South America to earn loads of money. But despite the fact that the wages on offer are relatively low and many of the jobs are on a voluntary basis, you can live relatively well on the money you earn from teaching English in South America. For example you can earn around $850 a month in Brazil, $500 in Argentina and as little as $400 a month in Ecuador. But there’s more to life than money, eh? There will be when you’re lying on a South American beach drinking from a fresh coconut.

Top Places To Teach English Without A Degree In South America

Costa Rica

The Costa Rican government has resolved to encourage English language education and English is now taught in all primary schools. Most TEFL jobs in Costa Rica are to be found in the capital San Jose, the second city, Alajuela, and the tourist town of Manuel Antonio.

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 Ecuador

While Ecuador won’t ever rival Japan or South Korea as a top TEFL jobs destination, it is one of the most stable and accessible TEFL jobs markets in South America. There is ample opportunity to teach English in schools and universities in the main cities – and guess what? Most don’t require a degree!

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  • http://teachingenglishinaforeignland.blogspot.com.es/ Barry O’Leary

    Not so sure about teaching in Spain without a degree, at least for the best schools. You normally need a CELTA, which means having a degree. Sure you can get jobs without a degree, but they might take advantage of you…

    I’d say so for Ecuador though, when I was there it didn’t seem to matter.

    Great post though, will be tweeting that now!

  • Phin

    You neeed to have a degree plus two years post-Uni work experience to get a Visa to teach in China.

  • Alana Joyal

    You don’t need a degree to do CELTA training. I am about to register for a CELTA program and do not have a degree. I was told as long as I passed the admission test I would be accepted.